Message from the President & CEO

Dear CIRI Members,

In 2015, we were busy advancing the CIRI mandate through the following initiatives:

We Represented Your Views on Public Policy

  • We continued to meet with regulators and various stakeholders to advocate for a reduced early warning reporting threshold of 5%, down from 10%.
  • We submitted five comment papers on: Aequitas Innovations Inc. and Aequitas Neo Exchange Inc. as an Exchange; Women on Boards and in Senior Management (two times); Proxy Advisory Firms; and Canada Business Corporations Act.

We Kept You Current on Leading IR Practices through Professional Development and Resources

  • We hosted 44 professional development events between National and the Chapters, all aimed at keeping our members up-to-date on the changing role of investor relations and the evolving capital markets. Many of these events were also available via live and/or archived webcast.
  • We issued four IR Backgrounders/IR Briefs on: Gender Diversity and Board Renewal Mechaninsms; Social Media; Equity Crowdfunding; and Advance Notice By-laws.
  • We published six issues of IR leader and six issues of IR focus.

We Raised Awareness of the IR Profession

  • With the successful completion of the third CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program and the certification exam that followed, 12 students were awarded the CPIR designation. There are now 53 CPIRs, representing 10% of our membership.

Delivering More Member Value in 2015

We started 2015 with the objective of providing you, our members, with even more resources to make your job easier.

  • In February we issued the first IR directions, periodic surveys to establish benchmarks and identify trends in the practice of IR, with a look at guidance practices. The second survey, on Board-Shareholder Engagement and Governance Practices, is currently in the field and we intend to publish the report in Q2.
  • In late 2014, we launched Phase I of the IR eLibrary, sample documents from IROs including templates, plans, schedules and policies, with documents on marketing and disclosure. Phase II is currently under development and will be launched in Q1.
  • We have two free-to-member webinars scheduled for the summer. More details on timing and topics will be announced during Q1.

These new member benefits are in addition to the ones you are accustomed to receiving from CIRI. We will continue to evolve our member benefits to ensure we are meeting your needs. Should you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

Yvette


Yvette Lokker

President & CEO, CIRI

February 2015

Calendar of Events

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  • Mar 10, 2015
    CIRI National
    IRO Roundtable: Preparing for and Maximizing Shareholder Engagement

    Event Details

  • Mar 12, 2015
    Alberta Chapter
    Ensure your Disclosure Communicates Effectively

    Event Details

  • Mar 31, 2015
    Ontario Chapter
    Straight Talk from the Street

    Event Details

  • Thank You To CIRI's 2010 National Strategic Partners
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