IR Leader
June 09, 2015
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.

This program is intended for experienced investor relations professionals, individuals working closely with investor relations professionals, and individuals who have corporate experience in a related field and are interested in gaining a solid understanding of the investor relations role.

For more information about Certification, contact Salisha Hosein or visit the Certification section on

Enrol in the CIRI/Ivey IR Certification Program before June 20th, 2015 for your chance to win a free enrolment in the 2015 CIRI/Ivey Finance and Accounting Tutorial.

The objective of this tutorial is to provide a crash course on transactional analysis and the accounting cycle, including the preparation of the balance sheet and an income statement. Many of the fundamental accounting concepts, including money measurement, entity concept, going-concern concept, matching concept, etc., will be discussed as well as the difference between accrual accounting and cash flow. In addition, time value of money will be discussed in order to understand the basics of valuation.

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Workshop: Financial Modeling for IR Professionals

Join CIRI National for this one-day intensive workhop.

You will learn how to:
  • Design and layout a financial model clearly;
  • Create clearly defined inputs and assumptions;
  • Forecast a company's revenues and expenses;
  • Incorporate and build a company's income statement, balance sheet and cash flor statement;
  • Create the necessary schedules; and
This full-day workshop is eligible for 6 CEUs.

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