SECOND CONSULTING AGREEMENT
This Second Consulting Agreement ("Second Consulting Agreement") is
entered into as of February 23, 2005 by and between Peter Y. Atkinson
("Consultant") and Hollinger International Inc. (the "Company") (together, the
"Parties") and will take effect on March 1, 2005 (the "Effective Date").
WHEREAS, the Consultant held the office of Executive Vice President of
the Company; and
WHEREAS, the Consultant resigned as an employee and officer of the
Company on April 27, 2004 and is serving as a consultant to the Company from
that date until February 28, 2005, which is the end of the term under the
Consulting Agreement entered into as of April 27, 2004 between Consultant and
the Company (the "First Consulting Agreement"); and
WHEREAS, in his former capacity as Executive Vice President of the
Company, and as a consultant to the Company during the term of the First
Consulting Agreement, Consultant gained valuable and important knowledge about
the Company and its operations, including knowledge regarding the Company's
relationship and negotiations with CanWest Global Communications Corp.
WHEREAS, the management of the Company has determined that it is in
the best interests of the Company and its shareholders that Consultant's
services continue to be retained on an hourly basis after the expiration of the
First Consulting Agreement to permit the interim President and Chief Executive
Officer and the General Counsel to avail themselves of Consultant's knowledge
NOW, THEREFORE, the Parties have agreed as follows:
1. DUTIES OF CONSULTANT. Consultant is hereby engaged by the Company to assist
the Chief Executive Officer of the Company with respect to the Company's ongoing
relationship with CanWest, and to perform such other functions and tasks as
assigned by the Chief Executive Officer of the Company from time to time.
Consultant will act as an independent contractor in the performance of his
duties under this Second Consulting Agreement. Consultant shall have the
discretion, in consultation with the Company's Chief Executive Officer and/or
General Counsel to determine the manner and means by which he shall perform his
duties and when and where such services shall be performed. These duties are
independent of Consultant's duties to cooperate under the Release and Settlement
Agreement between Consultant and the Company dated April 27, 2004 (the
2. TERM. This Second Consulting Agreement shall be in effect from March 1, 2005
until September 30, 2005, unless earlier terminated by either party as set forth
below (the "Second Term").
3. COMPENSATION. In consideration for services requested by the Chief Executive
Officer and/or the General Counsel of the Company and rendered by Consultant
pursuant hereto, the Consultant shall be paid at an hourly rate of US$350. The
Consultant shall provide a written itemization of the services rendered to
substantiate the hours billed. Consultant shall only receive compensation for
hours worked that are specifically authorized in advance by the Company's Chief
Executive Officer and/or General Counsel. The Company shall have no obligation
under this Second Consulting Agreement to request services from Consultant at
any given time.
4. SERVICES NON-EXCLUSIVE. The Parties acknowledge that Consultant is free to
engage in any activities outside those set forth in this Second Consulting
Agreement and to render services to others, provided that such activities do not
materially interfere with Consultant's performance of his duties pursuant to
this Second Consulting Agreement. By way of example, but without limiting the
generality of the foregoing, activities which (i) consume so much of
Consultant's time that he is unable to fulfill his obligations in Paragraph 1,
or (ii) present more than a DE MINIMIS possibility that Consultant will rely
upon Confidential Information, as defined herein, in the performance of such
activities, will be considered to materially interfere with Consultant's
performance of his duties pursuant to this Second Consulting Agreement.
Consultant is restricted from providing services to Conrad M. Black
, F. David
Radler, Hollinger Inc. or The Ravelston Corporation Limited ("Ravelston") during
the Second Term other than in accordance with his Ravelston pension obligations.
5. EXPENSES. The Company will reimburse Consultant for reasonable travel and
other expenses approved in advance by the Company and incurred in connection
with the services provided by Consultant pursuant to this Second Consulting
Agreement, provided that Consultant provides appropriate documentation to
substantiate such expenses.
6. CONFIDENTIALITY. "Confidential Information" means all information, knowledge
and data relating to the business of the Company that is not in the public
domain. "Confidential Information" includes, but is not limited to, trade
secrets; financial information; manufacturing costs; pricing formulas; internal
and external marketing plans, strategies and studies; new product plans; product
manufacturing methods; inventory control methods; research and development
techniques and activities; selling strategies and/or methods; lists of existing
or potential vendors, suppliers, customers and advertisers; compilations and
other materials developed by or on behalf of the Company (whether in written,
graphic, audiovisual, electronic or other media, including computer software).
"Confidential Information" shall further mean information, knowledge and data of
any third party doing business with the Company, actively or prospectively,
which such third party identifies as being confidential. "Confidential
Information" shall also mean any areas of inquiry by the Special Committee of
the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Special Committee") or the Company
in accordance with Consultant's cooperation obligation in the Settlement
Agreement. "Confidential Information" does not include any information,
knowledge or data that is in the public domain or otherwise publicly available
(other than as a result of a wrongful act by Consultant or Consultant's agent,
or anyone else). Consultant agrees that he will not, during the Second Term or
at any time thereafter, divulge to any person, directly or indirectly, any
Confidential Information, except to the Company or its officers and agents, or
as reasonably required in connection with his provision of consulting services
to the Company, or with the prior written consent of the Company, or as required
by law. Consultant further agrees not to use such Confidential Information,
except on behalf of the Company or in furtherance of the Company's interests.
7. RETURN OF COMPANY PROPERTY. Consultant agrees that if his consulting
relationship with the Company is terminated for any reason, he will return all
Company property, including but not limited to, records, papers and computer
data and any copies thereof immediately upon such termination. Consultant
acknowledges that all such papers, records, computer data and copies thereof are
and remain the property of the Company.
8. TERMINATION. This Second Consulting Agreement may be terminated by either
party upon 10 days' written notice. Upon the termination of this Second
Consulting Agreement for any reason, Consultant shall be entitled to any earned
but unpaid compensation set forth in Section 3 hereof.
9. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Second Consulting Agreement is found
to be unenforceable in whole or in part, it shall be construed or limited in
such a way as to make it enforceable, consistent with the intentions of the
parties. If such construction or limitation is not possible, the unenforceable
provision will be stricken, and the remaining provisions of this Second
Consulting Agreement will remain valid and enforceable.
10. NO EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP. Nothing in this Second Consulting Agreement
shall be construed to create an employment or agency relationship, partnership
or joint venture between the parties. Consultant is an independent contractor
and shall have no authority to bind or represent the Company. Except as
otherwise provided herein and except for the Company's "cashless" stock option
exercise program with respect to the options described in Section 12 herein,
Consultant shall not be entitled to participate in and/or receive any benefits
which may be offered to the Company's employees from time to time. Consultant
shall be responsible for the payment of any and all taxes and withholding
obligations associated with the consulting fees paid to him hereunder.
11. SUCCESSORS. The Second Consulting Agreement shall apply to, and inure to the
benefit of, the successors and assigns of the Company.
12. ENTIRE AGREEMENT. Upon the Effective Date, this Second Consulting Agreement
constitutes the entire agreement of the Parties with respect to the subject
matter hereof and supersedes all other prior and contemporaneous agreements,
understandings, and commitments between the Parties with respect to the subject
matter hereof, including but not limited to the First Consulting Agreement.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, (A) the following two obligations of the First
Consulting Agreement are continuing and shall survive the termination of this
Second Consulting Agreement for any reason: (i) the confidentiality obligations
under Section 7 of the First Consulting Agreement; and (ii) the Company's
obligation to take all actions necessary to vest the options that vest on
February 5 and 6, 2005 under the First Consulting Agreement provided that the
First Consulting Agreement has not been terminated by Consultant or terminated
for cause by the Company under Section 4B of the First Consulting Agreement, in
which case the Consultant shall forfeit the Continuing Options (as defined in
the First Consulting Agreement) retroactive to the date of the First Consulting
Agreement; and (B) this Second Consulting Agreement does not supersede or
replace the Settlement Agreement, which remains in full force and effect from
and after the date hereof, subject to the approval of the Delaware
Court as described in the Settlement Agreement. No provision of this Second
Consulting Agreement may be terminated, modified, or waived, by course of
dealing or otherwise, unless such termination, modification, or waiver is set
forth in a written agreement referencing this Second Consulting Agreement and
executed by the Consultant and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
13. NO WAIVER. Failure to insist upon strict compliance with any of the terms,
covenants or conditions contained in this Second Consulting Agreement shall not
operate as a waiver of such term, covenant or condition, nor shall any waiver or
relinquishment of any right or power hereunder at any one or more time be deemed
a waiver or relinquishment of such right or power at any other time.
14. GOVERNING LAW; CHOICE OF FORUM; JURY WAIVER. This Second Consulting
Agreement and any claim related directly or indirectly to this Second Consulting
Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the
State of Delaware
, without regard to the principles of conflicts of law thereof.
All disputes arising out of or relating to this Second Consulting Agreement or
its breach shall be resolved in the courts located within the State of Delaware
New Castle County, and Consultant and the Company hereby submit exclusively to
the jurisdiction and venue of those Delaware
courts. EACH PARTY HEREBY
IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO, AND AGREES NOT TO REQUEST, A JURY
TRIAL FOR THE ADJUDICATION OF ANY DISPUTE ARISING OUT OF THIS SECOND CONSULTING
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have executed this Second Consulting
Agreement as of the date first above written.
HOLLINGER INTERNATIONAL INC.
By: /s/ Paul B. Healy
Name: Paul B. Healy
Title: Vice President
/s/ Peter Y. Atkinson
Peter Y. Atkinson