CENTURION MINERALS LTD.
CHARTER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
(As adopted on December 23, 2008)
Audit Committee Charter
This Charter of the Audit Committee (the "Committee") of the Board of Directors (the "Board") of Centurion Minerals Ltd. (the "Company") was adopted by the Board on December 23, 2008.
Role of Audit Committee
The Committee shall assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of the Company's financial accounting and reporting, the system of internal controls established by management, and the adequacy of internal and independent auditing relative to these activities.
Authority to Retain Experts
The Committee shall have the authority to retain outside counsel or other experts as necessary to assist the Committee in fulfilling its responsibilities.
The Audit Committee shall report to the Board.
Appointment and Composition
The Committee and its Chair shall be appointed by the Board. The Chair shall be a member of the Committee.
The Committee shall consist of at least three directors, a majority of whom are independent (as that term is used in the report of the TSX Venture Exchange's Committee on Corporate Governance), that is, who are independent of management and are free from any interest and any business or other relationship which could, or might reasonably be perceived to, materially interfere with their ability to act with a view to the best interests of the Company, other than interests and relationships arising from shareholding.
Each of the members of the Committee shall have a working familiarity with basic finance and accounting practices, and shall have experience with reviewing and approving public company financial statements, either as part of management or as a member of a public company's audit committee.
The Committee shall:
Committee Meetings and Board Reporting
- Provide for an open avenue of communications between the independent auditors, management and the Board and, at least once annually, meet with the independent auditors independently of management.
- Review the qualifications and evaluate the performance of the independent auditors and make recommendations to the Board regarding the selection, fee arrangements, appointment or termination of the independent auditors. The independent auditors shall be ultimately accountable to the Board and the Committee, as representatives of the shareholders.
- Receive on an annual basis a formal written statement from the independent auditors that they are in fact independent, and discuss with the auditors any relationships that may impact the auditor's independence and recommend to the Board any actions necessary to oversee the auditor's independence.
- Review and approve the independent auditors' annual engagement letter.
- Review with the independent auditors (1) the proposed scope of their examination with emphasis on accounting and financial areas where the Committee, the independent auditors or management believe special attention should be directed, (2) the results of their audit, including their letter of recommendations for management (3) their evaluation of the adequacy of the Company's system of internal controls, (4) significant areas of disagreement, if any, with management (5) cooperation received from management in the conduct of the audit and (6) significant accounting, reporting, regulatory or industry developments affecting the Company.
- Discuss with management and the independent auditors any issues regarding significant business risks or exposures and assess the steps management has taken to minimize such risk.
- Review with management and the independent auditors the Company's unaudited quarterly financial statements and the Company's audited annual financial statements and make a recommendation to the Board as to approval thereof.
- In reviewing the quarterly and annual financial statements, include a review of estimates, reserves, accruals, writedowns, judgemental areas, audit adjustments, difficulties encountered in performing any audit, and such other review as may be appropriate.
- Perform such other functions as assigned by law, the Company's bylaws or as the Board deems necessary and appropriate.
Meetings will be held as required, but not less than quarterly. Minutes will be recorded and reports of committee meetings will be presented at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
Committee Charter Review and Approval
This Audit Committee Charter shall be reviewed, reassessed and approved by the Board annually.
The Audit Committee shall establish procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and for the confidential, anonymous submission by the Company's employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters. A copy of the procedures is attached as Schedule "A".