IR Leader
September 01, 2015
Are you new to investor relations, support the IR function or need a refresher?
We have the program for you!

The Essentials of Investor Relations two-day program is designed to develop and expand your investor relations knowledge and expertise. This comprehensive program covers the core responsibilities of the investor relations function including IR strategy and planning, capital markets, regulations, finance, stakeholder relationships and communications.
Take advantage of CIRI's Membership/Essentials of Investor Relations Program Bundle and receive more for less.
This Bundle includes:
  • A CIRI Annual National Membership;
  • A CIRI Annual Chapter Membership;
  • CIRI's Fourth Edition of Standards & Guidance for Disclosure with Model Disclosure Policy;
  • CIRI's Guide To Developing an IR Program; and  
  • A Registration to the Essentials of Investor Relations Program taking place in Toronto, Ontario on September 14 and 15, 2015.
Why become a CIRI member? You will become part of the IR community in Canada and benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experience with fellow members, build life-long professional relationships and have unlimited access to a variety of member-only benefits.
By registering for the Essentials of Investor Relations and becoming a member of CIRI through this Bundle you save $935!
To learn more about what is included in this bundle, visit To register and join, complete the application form and email it to or fax it to (416) 364-2805.
This offer is only available until September 14. Join CIRI today to learn and save! 

| Complete Article |

Top Stories

IIROC Annual Report 2014-2015

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has released its 2014-2015 Annual Report which highlights the organization's efforts undertaken in the public interest to deliver securities regulation across the country.

| View Original |

Another Milestone Achieved in Reform of Canada's Securities Regulatory Regime

Following the announcement of its first chair of the board of directors for the participating jurisdictions, there continues to be momentum toward the establishment the proposed Cooperative Capital Markets Regulator.

| View Original |

The Role of Institutional Investors in Curbing Corporate Short-Termism

Institutional investors are the majority owners of most publicly traded companies but allow activist hedge funds with smaller positions to push through corporate changes. The author offers various reasons why institutional investors may be reluctant to actively participate in proxy fights but then suggests several practical forms of investor engagement that support long-term value creation. So, in future campaigns by hedge funds, institutional investors should actively participate to ensure that the outcome promotes long-term growth instead of temporary price spurts.

| View Original |

Revised Uniform Capital Markets Act and Proposed Initial Regulations Published Today

Today, the participating provinces and territory in the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System achieved an important milestone towards implementation of the system by publishing a revised consultation draft of the uniform provincial and territorial capital markets act (now known as the Capital Markets Act), along with the drafts of the initial regulations proposed for adoption by the participating provinces and territory under the draft uniform act. These materials have been published for a 120-day public comment period.

| View Original |

Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the Proposed Initial Regulations

While the revisions to the consultation drafts of the uniform act (published today) and the complementary federal Capital Markets Stability Act (still to come) are of importance as they establish the regulatory framework for the system, market participants and others will be particularly interested in understanding the proposed initial regulations, as they will have the most impact on their day-to-day business and operations.

| View Original |

Proxy Access In Canada: CCGG Proposals to Give Shareholders More Input Into the Director Nomination Process

The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) recently published a policy encouraging issuers to take measures to enhance 'proxy access', meaning the ability of shareholders to have meaningful input into the director nomination process. The CCGG published this policy in the midst of a surge of voluntary adoption of proxy access by significant issuers in the United States. As of the date of this publication, we are not aware of any Canadian issuer that has adopted proxy access.

| View Original |

Proxy Access Proposals: Preliminary 2015 U.S. Postseason Review

Proxy access exploded on to the scene in 2015 as shareholder proponents lobbed almost 120 proposals into U.S. boardrooms. Almost 60 percent of the proposals voted on so far this year have drawn majority support. Average votes in favor of access have jumped by more than 20 percentage points - from 34 percent in 2014 to 54.4 percent so far in 2015. Spurred by this campaign, more than 40 companies have adopted or made commitments to adopt proxy access provisions.

| View Original |

The One Place It's OK to Be Old Is in the Boardroom

The one place in business where executives don't have to worry about being judged too old is the boardroom - if they're lucky to get a seat.

| View Original |

Efforts to Give Shareholders More Say on Corporate Boards May Be Gaining Traction

If the numbers are any indication, efforts to give shareholders more say on corporate boards is gaining traction. Last year, only 15 proposals were submitted to corporations aimed at granting so called "proxy access," which would allow shareholders to nominate board directors, rather than a corporate nomination committee. In 2015, that number has jumped to more than 100. So far, a majority of those have been approved.

| View Original |