Electronic signatures are widely accepted in Canada and many other countries. Each Canadian jurisdiction has general electronic commerce statutes that deem electronic signatures acceptable and equivalent to “wet” or handwritten ones, with certain exceptions, and if they meet stated requirements.
Let me tell you a story because it is the time of year for fables. A Scottish company (Dundee Ltd) is growing rapidly after only a couple of years in existence and needs to find a supplier that has the capacity to scale up to meet increasing demand.
Bruce Turner, “an active company director and audit committee chair”, was recently interviewed on this topic. You can see the full interview at CERM Risk Insights and there is also an article in Future of Professions.