IR Leader
July 02, 2014

Certified Professional in Investor Relations - Deadline for submissions is July 15.

Recognizing the need for formal education in the field of investor relations, CIRI and the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) have developed a program that covers all relevant areas of this multidisciplinary role including capital markets, corporate governance, securities law, finance and communications. | Complete Article |

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Term Limits For Directors

Should there be a limit on the number of years an individual may serve on a board? Governance committees should put the issue of "term limits" on their meeting agenda.

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OSC Releases Statement Of Priorities For 2014-2015

The Ontario Securities Commission today released its Statement of Priorities for the 2014-2015 financial year. The OSC notice also addresses stakeholder comments received in response to a draft version released earlier this year.

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Investor Relations Officers Aspire to CFO Role

Though fewer IR officers have corporate finance experience compared with five years ago, a good portion aim to be finance chief one day.

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Crowdfunding 2.0?

On October 24, 2013, the Securities Exchange Commission (the "SEC") published proposed rules (Release Nos. 33-9470; 34-70741) to permit companies to offer and sell securities through "regulation" crowdfunding as proposed in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "JOBS Act"), which we have written about here. The 90-day comment period on the proposed rules ended January 23, 2014 but comments are still being submitted to the SEC's website, with the latest comment submitted on June 3, 2014. There is no indication as to when the SEC will publish its final rules relating to crowdfunding.

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Crowdfunding - Will It Be A Good Thing For Start-Up Companies?

In this article, we describe the equity version of crowdfunding, which start-ups and small and medium businesses hope will provide a mechanism for them to raise financing.

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If SEC Fails to Move on Proxy Advisers, Lawmaker Promises Congressional Action

The leadership of the House Financial Services Committee will act if the Securities and Exchange Commission fails to address the outsized influence wielded by the two dominant proxy advisory firms in the U.S., Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) said June 18.

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2014 Proxy Season Midterm Report

Management winning more votes in 2014, as greater percentage of shareholder proposals focus on social and political issues.

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A Refreshed Proposal To Streamline Disclosure Requirements For Venture Issuers

The Canadian Securities Administrators have launched new proposals to amend the disclosure and corporate governance requirements applicable to venture issuers, including the streamlining of the interim MD&A requirements.

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Beware the "Smooth" CEO Succession

CEO succession is an inherently bumpy process. Even when the outgoing leader has performed well and seems ready to retire, the transfer of power is fraught with sensitivities. It's hard for anyone who thrives in the all-consuming job of a CEO to hand over the reins.

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Powerful Coalition Spurs Change in Corporate Governance

A powerful coalition of large institutional shareholders has had a major impact on convincing companies in Canada to adopt leading corporate governance practices such as say on pay votes for shareholders, according to new academic research unveiled Tuesday.

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2013 ANNUAL REPORT: Improving Corporate Governance in Canada

The Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) released its 2013 Annual Report on June 3, 2014. The report sets out, among other things, the CCGG's priorities and projects for 2014 regarding several governance matters.

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