Report of Management
Report of Management
The consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report are the responsibility of the management of TransCanada Corporation (TransCanada or the Company) and have been approved by the Board of Directors of the Company. These consolidated financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in Canada and include amounts that are based on estimates and judgements. Financial information contained elsewhere in this Annual Report is consistent with the consolidated financial statements.
Management's Discussion and Analysis in this Annual Report has been prepared by management based on the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. It compares the Company's financial and operating performance in 2009 to that in 2008 and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. In addition, it highlights significant changes between 2008 and 2007.
Management has designed and maintains a system of internal controls over financial reporting, including a program of internal audits. Management believes these controls provide reasonable assurance that financial records are reliable and form a proper basis for the preparation of financial statements. The internal controls over financial reporting include management's communication to employees of policies that govern ethical business conduct.
Under the supervision and with the participation of the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of its internal controls over financial reporting based on the framework in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Management concluded, based on its evaluation, that internal controls over financial reporting are effective as of December 31, 2009 to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external reporting purposes.
The Board of Directors has appointed an Audit Committee consisting of independent, non-management directors. The Audit Committee meets with management at least five times a year and meets independently with the internal and external auditors and as a group to review any significant accounting, internal control and auditing matters in accordance with the terms of the Charter of the Audit Committee, which is set out in the Annual Information Form. The Audit Committee's responsibilities include overseeing management's performance in carrying out its financial reporting responsibilities and reviewing the Annual Report, including the consolidated financial statements, before the consolidated financial statements are submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. The internal and independent external auditors are able to access the Audit Committee without the requirement to obtain prior management approval.
The Audit Committee approves the terms of engagement of the independent external auditors and reviews the annual audit plan, the Auditors' Report and the results of the audit. It also recommends to the Board of Directors the firm of external auditors to be appointed by the shareholders.
The shareholders have appointed KPMG LLP as independent external auditors to express an opinion as to whether the consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows in accordance with GAAP. The report of KPMG LLP outlines the scope of its examination and its opinion on the consolidated financial statements.
Harold N. Kvisle
Gregory A. Lohnes
February 22, 2010