IR Leader
July 07, 2015
Top notch corporate reporting is important to your investors. Enter the CPA Canada's Award of Excellence in Corporate Reporting this year and see how your reporting measures up against other listed Canadian companies.

For more than 60 years, the Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting have been providing recognition for organizations playing an active role in advancing corporate reporting in Canada.

Here are three excellent reasons to enter:
  • Demonstrate your commitment to high quality reporting;
  • Send a strong confident message to investors by putting your reports up against the best in  the country; and
  • Receive feedback from an independent panel of experts.
A confidential assessment including comments from the judges will be provided to entrants prior to December 31, 2015 to help your company make a strong reporting effort even better.  

“The awards showcase the best reporting models in the country but the program is about more than just bragging rights,” explains Kevin Dancey, president and CEO, CPA Canada. “It’s about participants striving to be the best through continuous improvement. In addition to recognizing winners and their leadership, the awards also provide an excellent platform from which to develop even stronger corporate reporting practices.”

Entries close July 10, 2015. Click here to download the Call For Entries Information Package.
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Have you been seriously considering applying for the CIRI/Ivey Certification Program but haven't had time to gather the supporting documents? If that's the case, CIRI urges you to submit your application by the July 15 deadline and the professional reference letters can follow.

Click here to apply now.

To learn more about the program, click here to listen to the CIRI/Ivey IR Certification Program Information Session webcast.

Don't delay, the deadline is approaching quickly!

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  • High quality professional development - at special member rates
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  • CIRI website - Members Only section
  • A voice representing the Investor Relations profession
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