CIRI's 30th Annual Investor Relations Conference

June 11-13, 2017
Brilliant IR: Bringing Clarity and Value to Investor Relations
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
Kelowna, BC

This page features the most current conference related information, updated weekly. Scroll down to see session and speaker announcements, photos and videos about CIRI's 2017 Annual Investor Relations Conference. We hope to see you in Kelowna!


Conference Session Announcement

Elevate Your Earnings Game: Best Practices to Differentiate Your Company Earnings Season

Four times a year, you and your management team run hard to ensure a smooth announcement and call. The effort that goes into producing the press release and prepared remarks - impactful and broadly consumed content - is no small feat. But are your process and earnings materials effective? Are you fully utilizing this critical platform to positively differentiate your company? Hear industry-leading research from the IRO and investor perspectives. Leave this interactive session with valuable strategies and tips to improve your earnings approach and materials.

Speakers include:

This session is sponsored by:


Visit CIRI.org to register, sign up for optional activities, book your hotel room and see the travel discount codes that are available. Be sure to book your hotel room by Monday, May 8 to ensure you receive the discounted group rate.

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Conference Session Announcement: The Importance of Clear Messaging

Breakout Session: Bringing Clarity to Your Messaging

Communicating your story to the Street in a clear and effective manner is vital for all issuers. Join Michael Sider, faculty member of the CIRI/Ivey IR Certification Program, as he takes you through the essentials of effective writing, including how to develop and deliver compelling messages in plain language, and what makes any piece of communication effective. Click here to learn more about Michael Sider.

Click here to view the full program and download your copy of the brochure! Look for a copy of this year's Annual Conference Brochure in your mail. It includes information about optional activities, sponsors, exhibitors, hotel and travel discounts and much more. See you in Kelowna, June 11-13, 2017!

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Download the 2017 Conference Program Today!

The wait for is over - the 2017 Conference program is now available for download on CIRI.org! This year's conference theme: Brilliant IR: Bringing Clarity and Value to Investor Relations is reflective of the strategic role that you as IROs play in representing your companies.

The Annual Conference Committee, comprised of your peers from across Canada, has incorporated your feedback on past events to develop a comprehensive program for you. Click here to download your copy!

Look for a copy of this year's conference brochure in your mail. It includes information about optional activities, sponsors, exhibitors, hotel and travel discounts and much more. See you in Kelowna, June 11-13, 2017!

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Find out how to become a trusted Board advisor at #CIRI17

Strategic IR: Being a Trusted Board Advisor
IROs gather intelligence from the Street, analyze that information and use it to provide strategic insights to their management teams and Boards. In turn, this has earned many IROs the opportunity to interact more closely with their Boards. Hear from both sides - a Director and IROs - on what insight they expect and provide.

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Visit CIRI.org to register, sign up for optional activities, book your hotel room and see the travel discount codes that are available. Everyone who registers and books their hotel room at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel by March 17 will be entered to win a free nights' stay at the Delta during the Conference!

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Discover Kelowna - Conference Optional Activities Announced!

Cycle a trail, sample some wine, reel in a fish or hit the greens while building your IR network. Sign up for one of the four optional activities CIRI is offering at this year's Annual Confernece and discover one of the many gems that Kelowna has to offer. All activities take place on the morning of Sunday, June 11. This year's activities include:

Click here to learn more about the activities above and how you can join the fun!

Everything you need for #CIRI17 is on CIRI.org - register, sign up for optional activities, book your hotel room and see the travel discount codes that are available. Everyone who registers and books their hotel room at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel by March 17 will be entered to win a free nights' stay at the Delta during the Conference!

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Responsible Investing Session at #CIRI17

Responsible Investing: The Impact on CSR on Investment Decisions
Growth of corporate social responsibility (CSR) investment strategies and a strong international push for more disclosure has made CSR a greater focus for issuers. Learn about CSR trends, who is driving them, how investors and research firms use CSR information in their investment decisions and how and why IR can leverage CSR efforts to expand the shareholder base.

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This session is sponsored by:



Watch your mailbox! CIRI's program brochure will be on it's way to you shortly. While you wait, be sure to visit CIRI.org to register, book your hotel room and see the travel discount codes that are available. Everyone who registers and books their hotel room at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel by March 17 will be entered to win a free nights' stay at the Delta during the Conference!

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Annual Conference Theme & Keynote Speaker Announced!

As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of CIRI's Annual Investor Relations Conference we are proud to announce the theme for this year's Conference: Brilliant IR: Bringing Clarity and Value to Investor Relations. This year's theme not only recognizes the Conference's diamond anniversary, but the core of what the IR profession brings to investors and the companies you represent.




Keynote Session: The Anatomy of Brilliance
Speaker: Mary-Jo Dionne, Mary-Jo Dionne Productions

Be it an Olympian, or an IRO, brilliance leaves a trail of clues, traits, habits and perspectives. All we need to do is identify them, and apply them to our own daily lives. We will pull back the curtain on how we can tap into our own unique source of brilliance to feel radiant as individuals, so that we, in turn, can be fully radiant as professionals. Walk away with strategies for how you can think beyond the job description in order to radiate, innovate and truly shine. 

Click here to learn more about Mary-Jo and the other outstanding speakers you will hear from in Kelowna.


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It's Back - Register, Book and Win a Nights' Stay!

Register for the Annual Conference and book your room at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort by Friday, March 17 and you will be entered to win one free night at the Delta Grand Okanagan to be used during your stay at the 2017 Annual Conference! Visit the Travel & Hotel section of CIRI.org to book your room.

Have questions about the conference or room booking? Visit the Annual Conference FAQ section for more information. What are you waiting for? Register today!


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More Annual Conference Speakers Announced!

Responsible investing experts as well as sell-side veterans will share their expertise with you at the Conference. You don't want to miss this! Click here to learn more about who is speaking at the Conference.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

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Thinking About Kelowna? Here's Why You Should Attend!

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Look Who's Speaking at the Annual Conference!

IR and buy-side veterans will share their expertise with you at the Conference. You don't want to miss this!


These three industry leaders plus many more are part of an exceptional program organized by your peers: Meghan Brown, Gladys Caron, Greg Dilworth, Pamela Keck, Katie Keita, Lisa May and Dale Noseworthy.

What are you waiting for? Register today!

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Two Days Left for Early Bird Pricing & Session Topics Announced

There are only two days left to save $100 on your 2017 Annual Conference registration fee - rates expire on January 13. Take advantage of the savings and register today! Join your colleauges from across Canada for three days of networking, an exceptional program developed by your peers and the chance to experience all that Kelowna has to offer.

2017 Conference Sessions
The Annual Conference Committee is working hard to develop the following sessions:

  • CEO Keynote: Randy Smallwood
  • Economist Keynote: Chris Lawless
  • In Conversation with the Street
  • Understanding How Your Stock Trades
  • Technology Tools for IR 
  • IR & the Board 
  • Governance Trends 
  • ESG 
  • Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Stay tuned for additional session and speaker announcements in the coming weeks!

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Economist Keynote Speaker Announced

The Annual Conference Committee is pleased to announce Chris Lawless, Chief Economist at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) as a keynote speaker! 

Chris Lawless, Chief Economist at the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC)
A seasoned forecaster and observer of the BC and Canadian economies, Chris also served as chief economist with the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, with the Library of Parliament economic research service, and as an advisor to House of Commons and Senate committees.

Chris has an M.A. in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, and holds the Certified Business Economist designation from the National Association for Business Economics in the United States. He is a director and past-president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, director and secretary of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference, and a member of the advisory board of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University.

Time is running out to save $100 off of your Conference registration fee - early bird rates expire January 13, 2017. Take advantage of the savings and register today!

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CEO Keynote Speaker Announced

The Annual Conference Committee is pleased to announce Mr. Randy Smallwood, President & Chief Executive Officer of Silver Wheaton as a keynote speaker!  

Randy Smallwood, President & Chief Executive Officer, Silver Wheaton
Mr. Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Smallwood was involved in the founding of Silver Wheaton and in 2007 he joined Silver Wheaton full time as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the Company through the evaluation and acquisition of silver stream opportunities. In January 2010, he was appointed President, and in April 2011 he was appointed Silver Wheaton’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Smallwood originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp. Before joining the original Wheaton River group in 1993, Mr. Smallwood also worked with Homestake Mining Company, Teck Corp. and Westmin Resources. Mr. Smallwood was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River / Goldcorp into one of the largest, and more importantly most profitable gold companies in the world, and he is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Silver Wheaton. In 2015, Mr. Smallwood received the British Columbia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award.

Early bird registration is now open! Use your 2016 budget dollars and take advantage of the savings. Register now!

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2017 Annual Conference Co-Chairs Announced

Meghan and Greg are ready to begin planning a fantastic Conference in beautiful Kelowna. Stay tuned for more updates as the program develops.

Early bird registration is now open! Use your 2016 budget dollars and take advantage of the savings. Register now! Did you attend the 2016 Annual Conference? Look for an email from Kaitlin Davis with additional savings.

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2017 Annual Conference Location Revealed!

We asked, you answered, we deliver! In 2012, we surveyed you on conference destinations for 2014 through 2017. At that time, the location we selected for our 2017 Annual Conference was ranked among the top five destinations. In 2016, we asked again and got the same response. 

With that in mind, the 2017 Annual Conference will take place in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort! Early bird registration is now open! Take advantage of the savings and get a head start on planning for next year.

Now Available - CIRI's Annual Conference Brochure

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Did You Know..

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... CIRI's 2016 Annual Conference was a huge success, garnering an 87% "overall" rating and a 99% "would recommend" rating! Save the date for CIRI's 2017 Annual Conference in beautiful Kelowna, BC, June 11-13, 2017. Registration is open - click here to register today!

See What Past Conference Attendees Have to Say

Overall an excellent conference! The best one I've been to. I found all of the content to be useful and informative, and as always, I came away with some great tidbits that I will use to expand my IR program. I also met up with the best of the best in the IR community, which is one of the greatest benefits of these conferences. Looking forward to next year! ”

Anne Plasterer, CPIR
Investor Relations Professional

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