IR Leader
January 05, 2016
2015 has been a busy and productive year for CIRI. We have had many accomplishments and there is much more to come in 2016.

For those of you who have renewed your membership for 2016, thank you! If you have not renewed yet, now is the time so that you can stay engaged in our IR community and benefit from what CIRI has to offer. Simply login at to process your payment.

Here’s a reminder of what CIRI did for you in 2015. Just wait to see what we have in store for you in 2016!   

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Each year, CIRI recognizes investor relations professionals who make a significant contribution to the practice of investor relations. These individuals are nominated by you - their peers.  During this season of strategy and budget planning, we ask you to think about your IR program and consider nominating those IROs whose programs or initiatives you admire.

Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in IR
The Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations 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. These could include new or improved applications of technology, progressive approaches to disclosure, outstanding mentorship, or remarkable leadership in any other aspects of IR.

Click here for more information and to access the Nomination Form.

CIRI Award for Excellence in Investor Relations
The Award for Excellence in Investor Relations is given by CIRI to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the investor relations profession and to the Institute.

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Nominations can be submitted to Jane Maciel by April 22, 2016.
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Top Stories

A Proxy Season Guide to 2016

With the close of another year quickly approaching, it is time again for public companies to get equipped with the developments of the past year to position themselves for success in 2016. A review of the 2015 proxy season and a summary of the current and anticipated changes to disclosure regulations for the 2016 proxy season are contained in this report.

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ISS Issues 2016 U.S. Voting Policy FAQs

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has issued FAQs with respect to its U.S. voting policies for the upcoming proxy season. The FAQs clarify ISS positions on a broader variety of topics than were covered in the voting policy updates issued in November.

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A Look Back at 2015: A Big Year in Canadian Securities Law Developments

It was a busy year for Canadian securities regulators and market participants. Significant developments impacted virtually every area of securities law from M&A to corporate finance to continuous disclosure to registrant regulation and derivatives.

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TSX Outlines Proposed Venture Exchange Reform

On December 17, 2015, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV or the Exchange) published a White Paper on its proposed broad-based reforms to various TSXV rules, policies and strategies aimed at fostering renewed interest in the Exchange and its services in the wake of ongoing sluggish capital markets conditions for junior issuers.

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What Can CEOs Learn From Activist Investors?

Although activist investors are often a source of worry for executives, there are a number of positive effects that they can bring to a company.

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Revitalizing TSX Venture Exchange: Canada's Public Venture Market

Earlier this month, TMX Group announced that TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) is introducing changes to help support, revitalize and grow its marketplace. Today, a whitepaper titled Revitalizing TSX Venture Exchange: Canada's Public Venture Market was published outlining TSXV''s tactics designed to address the current environment and secure a strong future as the leading public market for early-stage companies not only in natural resources sectors, but also in fast-growing sectors such as technology, clean technology, renewable energy, and life sciences.

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Back to the Future: Update on Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System's Approach to Take-over Bids and Issuer Bids

On August 25, 2015, a revised consultation draft of the CMA and draft initial regulations under the CMA (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the Consultation Drafts) were published for comment. Given their scope, Blakes is publishing a series of bulletins regarding various aspects of the Consultation Drafts, which can be accessed here. This bulletin provides an update regarding the anticipated regulation of take-over bids and issuer bids under the Cooperative System.

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Almost Half of Hedge Fund Firms Plan 2016 Fund Launch

Almost half of hedge fund firms plan to roll out a new hedge fund by the end of next year despite regulations challenging how they market, the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) said on Monday.

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Ceres Report Recommends Boards Focus on Sustainability

Recommendations to Boards also call for greater diversity and ties between pay and sustainability.

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