Annual Conference Program

Additional speakers and sponsored sessions will be announced as they are confirmed.


6:30am      17th Annual Golf Tournament

8:30am      ATV Alpine Sunrise Tour

9:00am      PEAK 2 PEAK Guided Tour

12:00pm    Registration

1:45pm      Social Disclosure: How Does This Impact Me and What Can I Do Today?

Sponsored by Marketwired

The recent SEC Ruling that allows corporations to disclose material news via social channels with the proper notification will have a significant impact on corporate communication for years to come. But what does this mean today? How can I start embracing social disclosure without risk to my company and without losing control of my message? What do my investors think about this and how does social disclosure affect them?

Caroline Clapham, Lawyer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
David Kahn, Vice President, Sales, Marketwired
Dmitry Kushnir, Director, Investor Relations, Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.

2:30pm      In the Wake: The Impact of the Olympic Games on Whistler

Sponsored by CNW Group

In 2010, Whistler stepped onto the global stage as the host of the Winter Olympic Games. This is an achievement that thousands of cities around the world strive to achieve. But what has the impact been in the wake of the Olympic Games? Please join us as our panel share their perspectives on the impact, positive and negative, that the Games have had on the people, businesses and communities of Whistler.

Carolyn McGill, President & CEO, CNW Group


Maureen Douglas, former Director of Community Relations & Senior Representative in Whistler, VANOC
Barrett Fisher, President & CEO, Tourism Whistler
Ken Melamed, former Mayor of Whistler
Claire Ogilvie, Editor, Pique Newsmagazine

3:15pm      Online Annual Reports...The Benefits Are Clear!

Sponsored by Sutton Compliance Communications

The face of your retail investor has changed...have you? Old marketing tools are no longer as effective as they once were. In a digital world, investors are looking for information online. Dry. Technical. Data. How do you make it live? How do you make it relevant? How do you make it concise without losing what’s relevant? How can you tell your story in a way that people will never forget? Technology now facilitates more stakeholder engagement. Content is now born to be viewed online. It’s multimedia, more accessible, available to more people, and the opportunity is in flexibility. Digital media travels at the speed of light. It’s on-demand. It shifts shape at the same time as the stakeholder. It’s where they are when they are. Engage your investors. Find new ways to interact with them. Embrace new ways of telling your story. Come and hear some new and exciting solutions that are enabling issuers to give their stakeholders exactly what they want, when they want it. 

Akthem Sumrain, President, Sutton Compliance Communications

5:30pm      Welcome Reception & Opening Ceremony


7:00am      Registration / Breakfast with Exhibitors
Breakfast sponsored by S&P Capital IQ

7:30am      CIRI British Columbia Annual General Meeting

8:00am      Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15am      Movie Magic Creates Investor Success Story

Cineplex Entertainment is Canada’s largest and most successful theatre exhibition company in Canada and the fourth largest exhibitor in North America. In 2012, they celebrated their 100th anniversary and recorded the best year in the company’s history. Join Ellis Jacob, President and CEO to learn how this mature business has succeeded so well in this chaotic economy and time of great technology change. Find out how they have managed to not only survive but thrive. What role has IR played in their success?  What are the secrets behind their winning multiple IR awards over the years?

David Carey, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, ARC Resources Ltd.

Ellis Jacob, President & CEO, Cineplex Inc.

9:15am      Breakout Session (select one)

Option #1  IR/Board Engagement: How IROs Provide Value to Directors

More and more IROs are demonstrating their strategic value to management and the Board of Directors. How do you show management that you deserve an opportunity to engage with Directors, what insights should you be providing and in what format ranging from board reports to regular participation in Board meetings? IROs engaged with the Board and a Director will discuss the importance of having IR involved in Board discussions.

George Kesteven, Manager, Corporate & Investor Relations, Sterling Resources Ltd.

Mauk Breukels, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs, Finning International
Jerry Grandey, former President & CEO, Cameco Corporation
Nancy Woo, Vice President, Investor Relations, Eldorado Gold Corporation

Option #2  Raise Capital Successfully in Challenging Times

Raising capital in today’s markets can be one of your greatest challenges. Learn more about the current environment and examine recent transactions to identify popular financing tools for small to large cap companies. Why are these vehicles being used and what you can expect on the financing front in the future?

David Bustos, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Jim Mustard, Vice President, Investment Banking, PI Financial Corporation 

Option #3  Regulatory Update: What Every IRO Should Know

The regulatory environment continues to change and you need to know how the new rules impact you. Recently adopted and proposed regulations for both TSX and TSX Venture issuers will be discussed as well as U.S. regulatory changes that impact inter-listed Canadian issuers.

Carol Hansell, Senior Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

10:15am    Break with Exhibitors

10:45am    What to Do When You Are the Headline

Historically, communications advisers have told clients to ignore problematic questions and instead "stay on message". But is this media-training model broken? Jeff offers a peek behind the media curtain and reveals the tips and tricks necessary to successfully communicate with reporters and tell your IR story. Learn a new framework for addressing problematic issues and proven strategies to enhance credibility with investors, shareholders and analysts.

Jeff Ansell, Principal, Jeff Ansell & Associates

11:45pm    Reception with Exhibitors

12:30pm    Awards Ceremony & Lunch

Sponsored by RR Donnelley

2:00pm      Breakout Sessions (select one)

Option #1  Developing and Socializing a Competitive Career

Global capital markets have rapidly influenced management's perspective about the IRO role. How does this impact your IR career? What are the most effective career experiences required to be an advisor to the C-Suite? Learn how to socialize your career brand with the right executives, both internally and externally, and how to prepare for the career realities of the future. 

Smooch Repovich Reynolds, Managing Partner, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Practice Group/The Caldwell Partners International 

Option #2  Crisis Communications: The Plan is Your Best Defense
Sponsored by Cision Canada

Nothing can more quickly and negatively impact your valuation than a poorly handled crisis. Make sure you have a plan in place before you need it. Seasoned IROs will discuss how best to prepare for unplanned situations drawing from their own experiences. Learn why you should have a plan, what elements it should contain and who should be involved in creating it.  

Terry Foster, President, Cision Canada

Melanie Hennessey, Vice President, Corporate Communications, NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
Laurie Thomas, Senior Specialist, Investor Relations Marketing, Cameco Corporation

Option #3  How Do Analysts and Investors Value Your Company?

Have you ever wondered how analysts and investors value your company? Learn about the "art of valuation", different methods and metrics for valuation, and what factors can influence the valuation of your company.  

Angela Joyce, Consultant, Investor Relations & Strategic Financial Analysis

3:00pm      Break with Exhibitors

In Conversation with the Street
Sponsored by Corbin Perception Group

Sell-side analysts are covering more companies with less resources. Buy-side investors are relying less on the sell-side and conducting research in-house. Join the buy- and sell-side as they discuss structural changes impacting their day-to-day jobs. Learn how you can make the most of these relationships and ensure your story gets heard.  

Rebecca Corbin, Founder and President, Corbin Perception Group

Paul Quinn, Paper & Forest Products Analyst, RBC Capital Markets
AJ Grewal, Senior Research Analyst, Research and Risk Management, BcIMC
Joe Mazumdar, Senior Mining Analyst, Canaccord Genuity
Andrew Sweeney, Vice President, Phillips Hager & North Investment Management, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.  

6:00pm      "IR Superheroes Unite!" Reception with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Broadridge

7:30pm      "IR Superheroes Unite!" Dinner and Dance


7:30am      Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00am      CIRI National Annual General Meeting

8:30am      The Global Economy – What’s Next?

The global economic outlook for 2013 continues to be challenging. As IROs you need to stay on top of the shifts in economic conditions and how they may impact your organization. Todd Hirsch, Economist for ATB Financial, author of “The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline” will help us understand what to expect and what this means for the IRO.

Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist, ATB Financial

9:30am      Breakout Sessions (select one)

Option #1  The Evolution of CSR Reporting
Sponsored by The Works Design Communications

Growth of CSR investment strategies and a strong international push for more disclosure has made CSR a focus for issuers. Learn what and who are driving these trends and get a better understanding of the GRI reporting framework. Find out how CSR information is used by investors and research firms and how IR should be involved.

Wesley Gee, Director, Sustainability, The Works Design Communications

Stephanie MacVicar, Director, Investor Relations, Newalta Corporation
Jennifer Woofter, Founder & President, Strategic Sustainability Consulting
Max Zehrt, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Sustainalytics

Option #2  Putting the Power of Relationships to Work for You

To be successful in IR you need to effectively build relationships internally and externally. Learn who you should be developing relationships with and at what level. Find out how these relationships can make you a better decision-maker, strategic planner and marketer, thereby enhancing your reputation and career.    

Tom Enright, Chairman & CEO, Enright Management Coaching & Consulting, Inc.

Option #3  International Marketing
Sponsored by IR Magazine

IROs are spending a lot of time on the road, and more often it is outside of North America. Learn why IROs are going abroad, what their targeting and marketing strategies are and why they are reaching out to global markets such as Europe, Asia and South America.  

Neil Stewart, Editorial & Research Director, IR Magazine

Fiona Grant Leydier, Director, Investor Relations, Eco Oro Minerals Corporation
Darren Seed, Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, Westport Innovations Inc.
Victoria Vargas, Vice President, Investor Relations, Scorpio Gold

10:30am    Break with Exhibitors

11:00am    Senior IRO Roundtable - What's On Your Mind?

Leading IROs from across Canada will discuss their career, their IR program and the most relevant issues in IR today. This is your chance to ask questions regarding career development or to tap into their IR expertise. Come prepared to participate in this interactive discussion that will allow you to exchange ideas and share strategies with your peers.  

Richard Downey, Vice President, Investor/Corporate Relations & Market Research, Agrium Inc.

Meghan Brown, Director, Investor Relations, Endeavour Silver Corp.
Shirley Chenier, Senior Director, Investor Relations, Bombardier Inc.
Colleen Vancha, President, Creative Advantage Consulting Ltd.

12:00pm    Reception with Exhibitors

12:30pm    Power Lunch - Shareholder Activism: Stories from the Trenches
Sponsored by Norton Rose

Shareholder activism is on the rise and having a major impact on companies. Gain first-hand insight and lessons learned from recent high profile shareholder activism events in Canada. What role should the IRO have in an activist situation and how can issuers prepare before activism becomes their reality.

Walied Soliman, Co-chair, Special Situations Team, Norton Rose Canada LLP

Richard Downey, Vice President, Investor/Corporate Relations & Market Research, Agrium Inc.
Janet Weiss, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Planning, Canadian Pacific Railway
John Wheeler, Vice President, Investor Relations, TELUS Corporation

2:00pm     Closing Remarks

***Sessions are subject to change

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