2024 Small Cap Symposium

This ever-popular semi-annual event will explore the specific challenges and opportunities that directly affect small cap companies and their IROs. Available virtually or in person.

Join us in Vancouver to learn from industry experts on how to maximize resources and deliver value through your IR program. This event is eligible for 4 CEUs.

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Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Time: 12:15 - 5:00pm PT
Location: McCarthy Tetrault Office, 24th Floor, 745 Thurlow St., Vancouver, BC or Virtual

In-Person Price: $195 members; $235 non-members (plus taxes)
Lunch, Sessions + Networking Included

Virtual Price: $160 members; $200 non-members (plus taxes)
Sessions Included, virtual link to be provided ahead of the event

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12:15 – 12:30 PM PT - Registration & Lunch

12:25 - 12:30 PM PT - CIRI Welcome & Opening Remarks

12:30 – 1:30 PM PT: Optimize the ROI of Your Small Cap Budget
While your IR budget may be smaller, you can be very strategic in how you allocate dollars to get the biggest bang for your buck. We will discuss how IROs meet their goals and objectives by leveraging tools, technology and their service providers to plan their IR Program. Topics will include Artificial Intelligence - pros and cons, shareholder identification and marketing tips.

Rhylin Bailie, F.CIRI, Vice President, Investor Relations, Equinox Gold Corp.

1:30 – 2:30 PM PT: ESG for Small-Caps: Where to start and how to find the opportunity?
Driven by investor demand, ESG has become more important than ever. Small-cap company can run into challenges in managing reporting, and knowing what the most important ESG issues are for their company and stakeholders. Learn the key steps in putting an ESG program together in support of your company’s overall strategy and tell your ESG story effectively.

Stefan Parker, Manager, Sustainability, Eldorado Gold Corporation

2:30 – 2:40 PM PT: Quick Break

2:40 – 3:40 PM PT: The 123’s of Successful Financing
Raising capital is key for a smaller company. Hear what capital raising options are available today and how you can streamline the process to have an efficient and successful private placement to help your company grow.

Nicholas Van Dyk, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary, NorthIsle Copper and Gold Inc.

3:40 – 4:40 PM PT: What constitutes good analyst coverage and how to attract it
One of the most powerful means of raising the profile and credibility of your company is to have strong analyst coverage. Learn the best ways to gain the attention of sell-side analysts, how best to work with them to maximize their coverage to help you differentiate your company from your peers, and to create additional value for your investors and attract new ones.

Hamir Patel, Executive Director, Equity Research, CIBC Capital Markets

4:40 – 5:00 PM PT: Networking
We will boost your IR connections through speed networking. Take this time to share a bit more about your Investor Relations journey as well as discuss some top if mind issues amongst peers.

5:00 – 5:05 PM PT - CIRI Closing Remarks

What You Will Learn How To

  • Maximize budget dollars for an effective IR program;
  • Be more efficient and successful in raising capital;
  • Gain visibility through research coverage and broker sponsored events; and
  • Start and optimize your ESG journey.

Who Should Attend

This event is intended for individuals working with or at an organization with a small market capitalization.


Rhylin Bailie, F.CIRI, Vice President, Investor Relations, Equinox Gold Corp.  
Rhylin has been the VP Investor Relations of Equinox Gold since October 2016, bringing 27 years of mining industry experience and more than 16 years of investor relations experience to her role. From 2011 to October 2016, Rhylin managed all aspects of investor relations and communications for a number of resource companies. Previously Rhylin was Director of Investor Relations for NovaGold Resources from 2006 to 2011 where she managed both the investor relations program and sustainability reporting.

Prior to that she held various positions in the Treasury group at Placer Dome from 1995 to 2006. Rhylin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree and was a director on the national board of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute from 2014-2022. In 2023 Rhylin was awarded the CIRI Fellowship designation, which recognizes investor relations leaders who bring distinction to the profession and serve as a role model for others.

Stefan Parker, Manager, Sustainability, Eldorado Gold Corporation
Stefan works with diverse teams to develop and implement sustainability-related systems, governance and risk management processes to drive good practices for responsible mining in Canada and Europe. At Eldorado, Stefan’s work has included the development of a greenhouse gas mitigation target and climate change strategy, collaboration with site teams to develop industry-leading tailings management systems, and the evolution of sustainability-related disclosures that support Eldorado’s consistent ranking as a top quartile ESG performer in the mining industry. Prior to Eldorado, Stefan held roles of increasing responsibility with crown corporations and produced award-winning academic work. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Boyer Prize from the Australian Institute of International Affairs for his research in international environmental politics. Stefan holds a BA (Hons, First Class) in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and an MA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Hamir Patel, Executive Director, Equity Research, CIBC Capital Markets
Hamir is CIBC Capital Markets’ Forestry, Building Products & Packaging analyst. He has ranked highly in the major polls and surveys of Canadian Forest Products analysts, including receiving a “Top Gun” designation in the Brendan Wood surveys in each of the last six years. Hamir was also recognized by Thomson Reuters’ StarMine survey as a “top stock picker” for Canadian forestry stocks for the past three surveys (2018-2020).

Prior to joining CIBC in 2015, Hamir was a Vice-President in equity research at a competitor firm, working on a team that consistently ranked highly in surveys of institutional investors. Previously, he worked in investment banking and equity research at other Canadian securities firms. Hamirgraduated from McGill University with a B.A. (Honours) and received his Master of Finance (MFin) from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Nicholas Van Dyk, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary, NorthIsle Copper and Gold Inc.
Nicholas is a public company executive with nearly 20 years of experience in corporate development, finance, and investor relations with a focus on the mining industry. Nicholas has advised a range of public and private companies on strategic corporate matters, including internal and external growth projects as well as M&A transactions, equity, and debt financings totalling more than $35 billion.

Previously, Nicholas was the Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Development at Polaris Materials Corporation prior to its acquisition by a major US construction materials company in 2017. As a member of the executive leadership team at Polaris, he led the successful investor relations function and created significant value for shareholders as a key contributor to corporate strategy, business development, finance, community relations and other matters. Nicholas joined NorthIsle in November 2020 as its Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations and became Chief Financial Officer in 2021.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received in writing. All cancellations are subject to a $135.00 administration fee. Cancellations received after January 16, 2024 are non-refundable. Please contact Brittany Snell if you need to cancel your registration.

1/23/2024 12:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Pacific Standard Time
McCarthy Tetrault Office 24th Floor, 745 Thurlow St. Vancouver, BC V6E 0C5 CANADA

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