As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 18, 2020

Registration No. 333-

Washington, D.C. 20549




(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)




(State or other Jurisdiction of

(I.R.S. Employer

Incorporation or Organization)

Identification Number)

5430 Ferrier
Mount-Royal, Québec, Canada, H4P 1M2

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan

(Full Title of the Plan)

Cogency Global Inc.
122 East 42nd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10168
(212) 947-7200

(Name, Address and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.


Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company







Title of securities to be registered




Amount to be Registered(1)




Proposed maximum


price per





Proposed Maximum Aggregate offering price





Amount of registration



2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, Common Shares, no par value






$ 1.07



$ 1,605,000.00



$ 208.33












$ 1,605,000.00



$ 208.33




Pursuant to Rule 416(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”), this Registration Statement shall also cover any additional shares of the registrant’s Common Shares that become issuable under the 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan, as described herein, by reason of any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or any other similar transaction effected without the registrant’s receipt of consideration that results in an increase in the number of the registrant’s outstanding shares of Common Shares.


Calculated solely for the purpose of determining the registration fee pursuant to the provisions of Rule 457(c) and (h) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The fee is calculated on the basis of the average of the high and low sale prices per Common Share on The NASDAQ Global Market as of a date June 12, 2020.






DAVIDsTEA Inc. (the “Registrant”) previously filed a registration statement on June 18, 2015 (Registration No. 333-205058) (the “Prior Registration Statement”), to register under the Securities Act Common Shares issuable under the 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan (the “2015 Omnibus Plan”). This Registration Statement has been prepared and filed pursuant to, and in accordance with, the requirements of General Instruction E to Form S-8 for the purpose of effecting the registration under the Securities Act of an additional 1,500,000 Common Shares (the “Additional Shares”), issuable under the 2015 Omnibus Plan. Accordingly, the contents of the Prior Registration Statement are incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement pursuant to General Instruction E of Form S-8.








Item 3. Incorporation of Documents by Reference.


The following documents and information previously filed by the Registrant with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) are hereby incorporated by reference in this registration statement.



The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 1, 2020 filed with the SEC on June 16, 2020.




The Registrant’s current report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on June 15, 2020, April 27, 2020 and March 17, 2020.


The description of the Registrant’s Common Shares, no par value, contained in the Registrant’s registration statement on Form 8-A, filed with the Commission pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act, on May 27, 2015 (File No. 001-37404), as updated by the description of the Company’s Common Shares contained in Exhibit 4.1 of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 2, 2019.


All documents filed by the Registrant pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act on or after the date of this Registration Statement and prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement and to be part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.


Any statement contained in any document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any subsequently filed document which also is, or is deemed to be, incorporated by reference herein, modified or supersedes such statement. Except as so modified or superseded, such statement shall not be deemed to constitute a part of this registration statement.


Unless expressly incorporated into this Registration Statement, a report furnished on Form 8-K shall not be incorporated by reference into this Registration Statement.

Item 6. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.


Section 124 of the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”) authorizes corporations to indemnify current and former directors and officers of the corporation or another individual who acts or acted at the corporation’s request as a director or officer, or an individual acting in a similar capacity, of another entity, against all costs, charges and expenses, including an amount paid to settle an action or satisfy a judgment, reasonably incurred by the individual in respect of any civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other proceeding in which the individual is involved because of that association with the corporation or other entity, if such individual acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the corporation, or, as the case may be, to the best interests of the other entity for which the individual acted as director or officer or in a similar capacity at the corporation’s request, and, in the case of a criminal or administrative action or proceeding that is enforced by a monetary penalty, the individual had reasonable grounds for believing that the individual’s conduct was lawful. The CBCA further provides that a corporation may advance moneys to a director, officer or other individual for the costs, charges and expenses of a proceeding referred to above. The individual must repay the moneys if the individual does not fulfil certain conditions.


The Registrant’s by-laws provide that the Registrant shall indemnify the individuals referred to above on substantially the same terms and conditions as set out in the CBCA.


The Registrant has entered into agreements with its directors and certain of its officers (each an “Indemnitee” under such agreements) to indemnify the Indemnitee, to the fullest extent permitted by law and subject to certain limitations, if, by reason of acting as a director, officer, employee, agent or fiduciary of the Corporation or of any other corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise that such person is or was serving at the express written request of the Corporation, the Indemnitee is, or is threatened to be made, a party to or participant in any action, suit, arbitration, alternate-dispute resolution mechanism, investigation, inquiry, administrative hearing or any other actual, threatened or completed proceeding, other than a proceeding by or on behalf of the Corporation, against all expenses (as therein defined), judgments, penalties, fines and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by the Indemnitee, or on the Indemnitee’s behalf, in connection with such proceeding or any claim, issue or matter therein, if the Indemnitee acted honestly and in good faith and with a view to the best interests of the Corporation, and with respect to any criminal or administrative proceeding that is enforced by a monetary penalty, had reasonable grounds for believing the Indemnitee’s conduct was lawful.


The Registrant maintains insurance policies relating to certain liabilities that the Registrant’s directors and officers may incur in such capacity.



Item 8. Exhibits.


Incorporated by Reference

Exhibit Number


Description of Document




Filing Date


Exhibit Number



2015 Omnibus Incentive Plan









Amendment to 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan


Filed herewith



Opinion of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


Filed herewith



Consent of Ernst & Young LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


Filed herewith



Consent of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)


Filed herewith



Power of Attorney (included on the signature page of this Registration Statement)


Filed herewith






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the city of Montreal, Canada on June 18, 2020.








/s/ Herschel Segal



Herschel Segal




Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board







KNOW ALL PERSONS BY THESE PRESENTS, that each person whose signature appears below constitutes and appoints each of Herschel Segal and Frank Zitella, as his or her true and lawful attorneys-in-fact and agents, with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him or her and in his or her name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign the Registration Statement on Form S-8 of DAVIDsTEA Inc., and any or all amendments thereto (including post-effective amendments), and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto, and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary to be done in connection therewith and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as he or she might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or their, his or her substitute or substitutes, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.


/s/ Herschel Segal

Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, and Director

Name: Herschel Segal

(principal executive officer)

/s/ Frank Zitella

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Name: Frank Zitella

(principal financial officer and principal accounting officer)


/s/ Pat De Marco



Name: Pat De Marco


/s/ Emilia Di Raddo



Name: Emilia Di Raddo


/s/ Max Ludwig Fischer


Name: Max Ludwig Fischer


/s/ Susan L. Burkman


Name: Susan L. Burkman


/s/ Peter Robinson



Name: Peter Robinson



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant’s duly authorized representative has signed this Registration Statement on Form S-8 in New York, on June 18, 2020.



Cogency Global Inc.







/s/ Colleen A. De Vries



Colleen A. De Vries



Sr. Vice President on behalf of Cogency Global Inc.










The first sentence of section 4(a) of the 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan is amended so as to read as follows:


“Subject to adjustment as provided in Section 4(e), the maximum number of shares of Stock that are available for issuance under Awards shall be 2,940,000 shares of Stock.”


The foregoing amendment to the 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan was adopted by the Board of Directors of DAVIDsTEA Inc. at a meeting held on June 12, 2019 and ratified, confirmed and approved by the shareholders of DAVIDsTEA Inc. at an annual and special meeting of shareholders held on July 10, 2019.







June 18, 2020

Neil Wiener

File No.: 311208.00019/19905


Direct  +1 514 397 7483




5430 Ferrier Street

Town of Mount Royal, Québec, Canada

H4P 1M2


Dear Sirs:



S-8 Registration Statement


We are the Canadian attorneys for DAVIDsTEA Inc. (the “Corporation”), a corporation governed by the Canada Business Corporations Act. This opinion is furnished to you in connection with the registration statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) filed by the Corporation with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission under the  Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), for the registration of an additional 1,500,000 common shares (the “Shares”) in the share capital of the Corporation, issuable under its 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan adopted on March 31, 2015, as amended from time to time (the “Plan”).


In connection with this opinion, we have examined the Registration Statement, the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, the amendments thereto, and the resolutions of the Corporation contained in its minute book including, without limitation, resolutions dated June 6, 2019 and July 10, 2019 of the Board of Directors and shareholders of the Corporation, respectively.


In our foregoing examinations, we have assumed, without independent verification or investigation, that all individuals had the requisite legal capacity, the genuineness of all signatures, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals and the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as certified, photostatic, e-mailed, conformed, notarial, facsimile or other copies.


Based and subject to the foregoing, we are of the opinion that the Shares have been duly authorized and, when issued in accordance with the terms of the Plan, will be validly issued as fully paid and non-assessable common shares in the share capital of the Corporation.


The opinion set out above is given as at the date hereof. We undertake no, and hereby expressly disclaim any, obligation to advise you of any change in any matters set out herein as a result of any amendment or coming into force of any law after the date hereof. The foregoing opinion extends only to the laws of the Province of Québec and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein. The foregoing opinion can be relied upon only by the party to whom it is addressed and for the purposes of the matter herein contemplated.







We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the use of our name wherever it appears in the Registration Statement and any amendments thereto. In giving this consent we do not hereby admit that we are included in the category of persons whose consent is required under section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission promulgated thereunder.


Yours faithfully,













Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm


We consent to the incorporation by reference in this Registration Statement pertaining to the 2015 Omnibus Equity Incentive Plan of DAVIDsTEA Inc. of our report dated June 15, 2020, with respect to the consolidated financial statements of DAVIDsTEA Inc. included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended February 1, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


/s/ Ernst & Young LLP1

Montreal, Canada

June 18, 2020



(1) CPA Auditor, CA, public accounting permit no. A123806