Message from the Ontario Chapter
On behalf of CIRI Ontario’s Chapter Executive, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our members as we begin a stimulating 2014-2015 programming year. I am honored to serve as the Chair of the CIRI Ontario Chapter once again. The Board and I have been hard at work planning the new season, sourcing topics of interest and acquiring compelling speakers.
New Initiative Drives Member Value in 2014-2015
Working in conjunction with CIRI National, CIRI Ontario’s mission is to consistently enhance the value of your membership. As such, I’m proud to announce an exciting new initiative for this year. In an effort to provide a higher quality experience for our members, we have partnered with the Corporate Access teams at RBC Capital Markets, TD, CIBC and Scotiabank, and the law firm of Baker & McKenzie to deliver our professional development events. This significantly reduces the Chapter’s costs, allowing us to directly pass on savings to you, our valued members, in the form of special event pricing. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of these firms, we have reduced the price you pay to attend a luncheon event by nearly half to $35 from $65 previously. Along with our new sponsors, I’d like to thank our longtime sponsors CNW, our chapter strategic partner, and Craib Design and Communications. CNW provides webcasting and marketing support for our events, while Craib is the creative power behind our member communications, including the new look and feel of our event email invitations and professional development brochures.
Professional Development and Networking
The Board has also developed a compelling professional development and networking calendar for 2014-2015. One of the key benefits of being a CIRI Ontario member is the opportunity to expand your IR professional network. Events throughout the year provide opportunities to meet face-to-face with others in your field of work while also staying abreast of the latest developments in the profession.
We kicked off the year with a stimulating luncheon featuring Fay Dodds, VP IR at Burberry, gaining an international perspective on the profession as well as insight on how this luxury fashion powerhouse conducts IR.
Our September 25 after-work networking event at Houston’s Bar and Grill was a huge hit, bringing out old and new faces alike. We also held our first Mentorship Breakfast of the season featuring Naomi Nemeth, VP IR at Banro Corporation.
Upcoming events for the balance of 2014 include our November 13 luncheon on High-Frequency Trading, and our annual Holiday Gala on November 20 taking place at the exclusive Spoke Club. We will kick off the New Year with our January 13 Mentorship Breakfast featuring Dennis Westfall, VP IR at Intact Financial Corporation, followed by our January 27 luncheon on the 2015 economic forecast with Derek Burleton, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist at TD Bank Group. To register or learn more about these exciting events click here: http://www.ciri.org/Education/Events/Listings.aspx
Take your career to the next level with CIRI Ontario’s leading Mentorship Program. Each year the Mentorship Program matches top IR professionals with those new to the career. The matches meet over the course of six months to help the new IRO achieve specific career development goals. To learn more or to sign up, please email ciriONmentor@ciri.org.
Our members are driven and passionate about Investor Relations. The CIRI Ontario Professional of the Year Award recognizes the leading expert in our chapter. Nominations for the fourth annual Professional of the Year Award open in January 2015. If you’d like to nominate a worthy candidate, please email Alice Dunning at Alice.Dunning@cibc.com.
I’d like to thank our sponsors, the Corporate Access teams of Scotiabank, TD, RBC Capital Markets and CIBC, along with Baker McKenzie and our longtime sponsors CNW and Craib Design and Communications for their support of our events. Many thanks to my fellow board members: Linda Armstrong, Camilla Bartosiewicz, Sarah Borg-Olivier, Kelly Castledine, Lawrence Chamberlain, Alice Dunning, Laura Lepore, Chris Makuch, Meghan MacNicol, Deirdre Neary, Jodi Smith, Jacqueline Wagenaar and John Vincic.
Lastly, this organization would not be where it is today without the continued interest and support by you, our CIRI members. Thank you for driving this profession forward with your participation, passion and ideas.
I look forward to connecting with you at our next CIRI Ontario event!
Chair, CIRI Ontario