IR Leader
April 12, 2016
Time is running out! Nominations close April 22, 2016.

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. Please give some consideration to your IR program. Is there a peer, colleague, mentor, advisor who has been influential in modeling your IR program or career? Is there and IR practitioner whose initiatives have benefited others? Those are the people we want to hear about.

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.

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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 CIRI.

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

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CIRI is pleased to inform you that new job opportunities are available in Ontario and Saskatchewan.

CIRI members can click here to view the postings. You must be logged in as this is a 'Members Only' benefit.

Are you looking to create or fill a position in your company or for a client? Here's an effective way to reach CIRI members who are looking for new challenges in investor relations.

Members may submit a job posting free of charge. Non-members may submit a job posting for $150+HST.

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Top Stories

CSA Publishes Proposals for Proxy Vote Reconciliation

On March 31, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") published for comment proposed protocols with respect to proxy vote reconciliation for shares beneficially owned by shareholders who hold those shares through intermediaries (the "Protocols"). The comment period for the Protocols closes on July 15, 2016.

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TSX-V Provides Update on Revitalization Efforts

The TSX Venture Exchange is engaged in ongoing efforts to revitalize Canada's public venture market and to better meet the needs of the TSX-V's issuers. Although the TSX-V has traditionally served as a catalyst for the growth of early-stage or small-cap companies, activity on Canada's major venture exchange has experienced a significant decrease over the last several years due to various factors, including sluggish capital market conditions and a sustained collapse in commodity prices. In December 2015, the TSX-V issued a white paper outlining an action plan, and in March 2016, the exchange issued a report reaffirming its commitment to implementing the meaningful changes set forth in the white paper and providing an update on the progress made to date.

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Canadian Securities Regulators Publish Amendments to Order Protection Rule

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published final amendments to National Instrument 23-101 Trading Rules and its companion policy. The amendments adjust the order protection rule (OPR) framework to address inefficiencies and respond to market developments.

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OSFI Releases Draft Guideline on Application of IFRS 9 to Financial Instruments and Disclosure Obligations

On March 10, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) published a draft of its forthcoming guideline (Draft Guideline), IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and Disclosures, regarding the application of International Financial Reporting Standard 9 - Financial Instruments (IFRS 9) to Federally Regulated Entities (FREs).

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Corporate Reporting Dialogue releases a Statement of Common Principles of Materiality

A comparison of materiality definitions and approaches by eight of the world's most prominent organizations in corporate reporting is released today. The principles in this paper represent common foundational principles that participants of the Corporate Reporting Dialogue believe to be broadly consistent with all forms of standards' development and business reporting to stakeholders.

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New Takeover Rules Set Stage For Aggressive M&A Tactics

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) are making significant changes to Canada's takeover bid regime. The reforms are designed to obviate the need for overly aggressive and coercive behaviour on both the offensive and defensive sides of hostile takeovers. When the amendments come into force on May 9, 2016, it will mark the first time that the takeover bid rules have been harmonized across the entire country, as the formerly recalcitrant Ontario securities regime has agreed to abandon its own rules and adopt National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids.

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Companies With Unequal Voting Rights Underperform Shareholder Friendly Ones, Study Finds

New research finds that companies with unequal voting rights generally underperformed and pay their executives a lot more despite this financial underperformance.

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Here's What You Need to Know About the New CEO Pay Rule

Wondering about executive compensation at the companies you're invested in? You can sate your curiosity by checking company proxy statements.

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Activists Eyeing Special Meetings, Written Consent in 2016

After a record-breaking year, two new battle fronts - whether shareholders have the right to call a special meeting and to act by written consent - could create even more opportunities for activists this year.

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