Message from the Ontario Chapter

Dear Members,

On behalf of the CIRI Ontario Board of Directors, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our members and invite you to join us as we begin an exciting 2013-2014 programming year.  I am honored to serve as the Chair of CIRI Ontario and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure you receive maximum value of your CIRI Ontario membership.

Working in conjunction with CIRI National, CIRI Ontario’s mission is to enhance the value of CIRI membership for its members through timely, value-added programming and events, mentorship, recognition and networking opportunities.

Current, Value-Added Programming and Events

The CIRI Ontario board has assembled a compelling schedule for the programming year featuring respected thought leaders and subject matter experts. We kick off the season with our September luncheon exploring and explaining dark pool trading. In October, we hear about roadshow targeting, measuring and best practices. November’s luncheon will ensure you fully understand and leverage your sell-side relationships. For a complete list of our events, and to register, please click here. Look for a hard copy schedule of our events in your mail slot over the next couple weeks.

In conjunction with CIRI National, we also webcast events so you can continue to stay connected even if your schedule does not permit in-person attendance. Whether we see you in person or as a webcast registration, I encourage you to stay abreast of the latest developments in IR and the regulatory environment.   

Mentorship

Our chapter’s successful and established Mentorship Program has been providing guidance to new IROs for over seven years. Pairing those new to the profession with seasoned practitioners for strategic, one-on-one meetings, the program provides personal career advice. In the last six years alone, we’ve had over 150 members participate in this invaluable program. If you’d like to sign up, please email ciriONmentor@ciri.org.

Our Mentorship Breakfast Series is a free, value-added feature of Ontario CIRI membership and serves as a forum for leading Ontario practitioners to share their career tips and tricks, and their IR best practices. Space is limited at these events and they are popular, so please register early.

Recognition

We all work hard at what is, no doubt, a demanding career, so it’s nice to occasionally get a “pat on the back” for a job well done. The CIRI Ontario Professional of the Year Award recognizes the best of the best in our chapter, those who set the bar high for the rest of us. Nominations for the third annual Professional of the Year Award open in January 2014.  If you’d like to nominate a worthy candidate, please email me directly at smehan@opentext.com.

Networking

Whether you need advice on how to handle a proxy battle, or simply want another perspective on an issue you are facing, a professional peer network is vital to your advancement. CIRI Ontario provides you with multiple social networking events to help you build and maintain your industry connections. This year’s CIRI Ontario Gala, conveniently being held in downtown Toronto at Eight Wine Bar on Thursday, November 21, provides a perfect opportunity to build your network. To register for this event click here.

Thanks

I’d like to thank our sponsors, CNW Group and Craib Design and Communications for their generous support of our events. Thanks are also due to my fellow board members, Craig Armitage, Sarah Borg-Olivier, Alice Dunning, Tracy Ewing, Tanis Feasby, Mary Lou Frazer, Indi Gopinathan, Laura Lepore, Chris Makuch, Jonathan Pinto, Ana Raman, Ernie Stapleton and John Vincic whose collective hard work make our events possible.

Most importantly, I’d like to thank all of our members for their passion for the profession and for their support and ideas.

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming fall events!

Sincerely,

Sonya Mehan
Chair, CIRI Ontario

2014 Professional of the Year

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CIRI Ontario would like to congratulate Belinda Labatte, President and Founder of The Capital Lab Inc. on being voted the 2014 CIRI Ontario Professional of the Year! Belinda was honoured at CIRI Ontario's luncheon and AGM held on May 27, 2014. In addtion, Belinda will be profiled in IR leader and featured at an upcoming CIRI Ontario Mentorship Breakfast.

Top Ten Reasons to Be a CIRI Ontario Member

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  1. HONE YOUR SKILLS
  2. SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE
  3. EARN A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION
  4. STAY INFORMED
  5. GET A RAISE
  6. NETWORKING
  7. MENTOR OR BE MENTORED
  8. BE A VOICE FOR CHANGE
  9. STAY CONNECTED
  10. HAVE FUN

Calendar of Events

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  • Oct 23, 2014
    British Columbia Chapter
    CIRI BC: Networking Social (Brains-over-Beers)

    Event Details

  • Nov 13, 2014
    Ontario Chapter
    High Frequency Trading (HFT): Is It Helping or Hurting Your Stock?

    Event Details

  • Nov 18, 2014
    Alberta Chapter
    Measuring the Success of Your IR Program and the Value of Investor Perception Studies

    Event Details

  • Thank You To CIRI's 2010 National Strategic Partners
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