IR Leader
April 26, 2016
The Annual Conference Committee is pleased to announce the economist and closing keynote speakers who will be presenting at CIRI's 29th Annual Investor Relations Conference.

Today's Economy - When Do We See the Light?
Sponsored by TD Bank

The global economic outlook for 2016 continues to be challenging. As IROs, you need to stay informed about the changing landscape of the Canadian economy, what the key drivers are - in Canada and abroad and how they will impact your organization now and in the long term.

Speaker: Richard Yamarone, Bloomberg Intelligence Economist

Closing Keynote: How Issuers Can Create Value for the Long Term

On the backdrop of challenging U.S. and Canadian economies, existing and potential shareholders are looking for a longer term approach to a company's strategic plan. Hear from J. Royden Ward, econometrician and the chief analyst of Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Investor with 40 years of investment research and portfolio management experience, who will provide an overview on why creating value for the long term is imperative in today's economy and how companies can and should demonstrate this way of thinking in their company's strategy.

Speaker: J. Royden Ward, Chief Analyst & Founder, Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Investor

Visit today to register, book your hotel room, check out the optional activities and travel discount codes as well as see who will be speaking at the Conference.
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