CIRI Alberta President's Message
I am very excited to have assumed the Presidency of your CIRI Alberta
Board for 2013-2014. It is very clear to me that I am following in the
footsteps of someone who has tirelessly served this organization, Paul
Beique. I am looking forward to working with Paul as Past President and,
with the support, encouragement and input of the other Board members
and CIRI National, I am confident that we can work together to provide
value to all Alberta members.
This year, in the spirit of a more integrated and shared leadership
vision, we will be engaging our members in a process to identify where
CIRI Alberta should concentrate its focus to provide you with valuable,
relevant, interesting and timely information. Our priorities, grouped in
three major areas, are built upon the initiatives of the CIRI
Presidents who have preceded me.
We will undertake to raise awareness of the important role that IR
professionals play - in public markets, regulatory bodies and with other
complimentary professional organizations. We will continue to work with
institutions like Mount Royal College to help develop and prepare
tomorrow's IRO workforce.
Member Networking and Outreach
A second major set of priorities is related to member networking and
outreach. As an example, robust communications - especially electronic
communications - are not just vital to organizations today, they are
essential. We will be looking at social media forums to bring timely
updates on emerging issues and interesting articles relating to IR.
The third area is that of professional development. The plan for this
year is to "walk the talk". Taking advantage of technology tools to
enhance the professional development opportunities offered through CIRI,
you can expect to see more webinars, in-demand speakers and
role-specific workshops just for starters. We will be exploring various
options to provide robust, engaging and interactive education offerings.
We will be working closely with CIRI National and the other Provincial
Chapters to share ideas, educational resources and even complimentary
programs that can be accessed from anywhere, any time.
It promises to be an exciting year with many new happenings, all related
to the strategic visioning process and the core goals of CIRI. I urge
you to be an active participant this year.
Finally, on a personal note, I am honored to be representing you as the
President of CIRI Alberta and will work diligently to ensure that this
organization meets the needs of our membership.
Have a great summer and stay tuned for more on our 2013-2014 season!
President, CIRI Alberta