The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) and the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) have developed a rigorous curriculum for the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program that will cover all relevant areas of this multi-disciplinary role including finance, capital markets, securities law, corporate governance and communications.

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Finance & Accounting


Accounting & finance
supplemental workshop

  • Debits & credits
  • Time value of money

Financial statement analysis

  • Income statements
  • Balance sheets
  • Cash flow statements

Financial ratio analysis

  • Liquidity metrics
  • Resource management metrics
  • Capacity metrics
  • Profitability metrics
  • Differences across sectors

Understanding annual reports

  • Financial reporting regulations
  • Management discussion & analysis

Corporate finance & capital structure

  • Bonds
  • Stocks
  • Cost of capital
  • Debt-equity mix

Business valuation

  • Book value versus market value
  • Capitalized earnings approaches
  • Multiples & comparables
  • Discounted cash flow

Capital raising, mergers & acquisitions

  • IPOs, SEOs, recapitalization
  • Merger & acquisition activity
  • Spin-offs & reorganization
  • Cross-listings

Understanding analyst research reports

  • Financial forecasting
  • Drivers of growth & risk
  • Earnings guidance
  • Developing models

Capital Markets & Regulation


Capital markets

  • Capital markets: trading
  • Market efficiency: concepts & evidence
  • Pricing models
  • Behavioural finance: concepts & implications

Regulation: disclosure

  • Corporate disclosure policies
  • Materiality & how to determine it
  • Compensation use & disclosure
  • Say-on-pay issues
  • Shareholder engagement

Regulation: securities law

  • Security law related to debt issues, equity & share buybacks
  • Transfer agent duties
  • Stock exchange rules, M&A rules, proxy voting
  • Competition law, anti-competitive behaviour & IR potential pitfalls


  • CIRI code of ethics
  • Business ethics



Effective IR presentations

  • Telling the company’s story through a variety of media
  • Delivering IR presentations
  • Presenting & reporting to the Board

Brand management

  • Brands as assets
  • Brands as platforms to multiple stakeholders

Crisis management

  • Media & investor relations during a crisis

Social media & other communications

  • The social media landscape & its evolution
  • How IR departments are using social media


Corporate strategy

  • Understanding corporate strategy
  • Board of directors’ role
  • Board engagement
  • IR strategy

Assessing competition

  • Competitive landscape
  • Core competencies

Shareholder activism

  • Shareholders & competitors
  • Annual meetings during crisis


  • Understanding the nature of interdependence between negotiation parties
  • Applying key concepts of negotiation
  • Building trusting relationships with key stakeholders
  • Negotiating in an IR context

A Strong Partnership

Partnering with CIRI on this important program is an opportunity for Ivey to work alongside a dynamic group of participants who play a crucial role in the success of their organizations. The rigor of the program means that the CIRI certification will be both valued by individuals and organizations across Canada. ”

Steve Foerster
Professor of Finance, Richard Ivey School of Business and Faculty Director, CIRI/IVEY Investor Relations Certification Program

Have Questions?


Do you have questions about the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program or certification exam? If so, contact Yvette Lokker.  

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