IR Leader
June 21, 2016

Recognizing the need for formal education in the field of investor relations, CIRI and the Ivey Business School (Ivey) have developed a program that covers all relevant areas of this multidisciplinary role including capital markets, corporate governance, securities law, finance and communications.

This program is intended for experienced investor relations professionals, individuals working closely with investor relations professionals, and individuals who have corporate experience in a related field and are interested in gaining a solid understanding of the investor relations role.

For more information about Certification, contact Yvette Lokker or visit the Certification section on

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