IR Leader
March 17, 2015
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This year's theme is:

Today's IRO: Knowledgeable. Credible. Insightful.

Over three days of programming, the Conference will bring together industry leaders and IR experts that offer their views and advice during numerous breakout sessions, panel discussions and presentations. Plus...there will be numerous opportunities to network with your peers from across Canada and share your IR successes and challenges.

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Award season is upon us and it is time to recognize your colleagues or yourself for exceptional contributions made to the IR profession.
CIRI is calling for nominations for the Awards programs listed below. As well, CIRI is introducing the CIRI Fellowship Program - new in 2015.

CIRI Fellowship Program

The CIRI Fellows is the highest distinction for investor relations professionals in Canada. Fellows have made significant contributions to the advancement of the IR profession and CIRI throughout their careers. This prestigious, honourary designation recognizes CIRI members who, by their achievements, bring distinction to the profession and serve as role models for other IR professionals. 
Nomination Deadline: March 23, 2015
Click here to download the Nomination Form.

Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations

This Award is given in honour of the late Belle Mulligan to recognize individuals who have shown singular leadership in one or more aspects of the practice of IR. This could include, but is not limited to, new or improved applications of technology, progressive approaches to disclosure, outstanding mentorship, or remarkable leadership in many other aspects of IR. 
Nomination Deadline: April 27, 2015
Click here to download the Nomination Form.

CIRI Award for Excellence in Investor Relations

This award is given by CIRI to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution throughout their career to the investor relations profession and to CIRI.
Nomination Deadline: April 27, 2015
Click here to download the Nomination Form.

The Belle Mulligan Scholarship

The Belle Mulligan Scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving individual for participation in the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program. This Scholarship recognizes individuals who have chosen investor relations as their career and are keen to participate in this program to help them excel, through a deeper knowledge of the key areas of this dynamic profession. 
Nomination Deadline: April 27, 2015
Click here for more details and to apply.
If you know of a CIRI Member that you think would make a worthy candidate for any of the above awards, please take a few moments to complete and submit the application form by the prescribed nomination deadline.  
We welcome and encourage your submission.

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