Message from the Ontario Chapter
It is with great honor and pleasure for me to assume the role of Chapter Chair for CIRI Ontario, 2015 – 2016. For those who don’t know me, I made a career change from sell-side equity analyst to investor relations in 2008 and during my transition, I benefitted greatly from my interactions with CIRI Ontario through the mentorship and professional development programs. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to give back to an important organization for IR professionals.
Over the past few months, your Board has been working hard at creating a thoughtful and informative line-up of topics and speakers for this upcoming year that will offer significant value to both new and veteran IR practitioners. With continuing support from sponsors such as CIBC, BMO, Scotia, TD, RBC and the TSX Group, we are able to once again, offer our members the reduced rate of $35 per event instead of the previous $65. In addition to professional development programs, there will be social functions where members will have the opportunity to renew old acquaintances, and make new ones. For those who are new to the industry, your CIRI ON membership will provide you with free access to our mentorship program where proteges are matched with experienced IR practitioners to develop industry skills and knowledge. As well, members are welcome to attend our free Mentorship Breakfast series where established IROs share stories and tips on how they successfully navigated their way through their career.
In an effort to promote CIRI Ontario to the capital markets community, we will be partnering with Women in Capital Markets (WCM) at a luncheon in January 2016. WCM is a well-established organization with more than 1,200 members, some of whom have expressed interest in investor relations. We look forward to this new partnership. Perhaps it could lead to further co-operation in the future.
Lastly, I would like to thank the outgoing Chair of CIRI Ontario, Sonya Mehan, as well as our 2014 – 2015 Board members, Linda Armstrong, Camilla Bartosiewicz, Sarah Borg-Olivier, Kelly Castledine, Lawrence Chamberlain, Laura Lapore, Meghan MacNicol, Chris Makuch, Deirdre Neary, Jodi Smith, John Vincic, and Jacquie Wagenaar. This organization would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer Board. As well, I would like to thank you, our members, for your continued interest and support in driving this profession forward. Your participation, passion and feedback are key factors in making CIRI Ontario a success. I encourage all members to contact me directly, or any member of the CIRI Ontario Executive with your feedback and/or suggestions. I look forward to meeting you at our CIRI Ontario events.
Alice Dunning, MBA, CFA
Chair, CIRI Ontario