IR Leader
July 12, 2016
CIRI is one of the three judging organizations for the CPA's Awards of Excellence in Corporate Reporting and we are looking for a few CIRI members to volunteer as judges for this year's competition. As a CIRI judge, you'll be asked to spend a few hours over the summer reviewing some of Canada's best annual reports and have the chance to pick up some good ideas for your own report along the way.

To find out more, please contact Jane Maciel, CIRI Lead Judge, at (416) 364-8200 or
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The CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program has established a new standard for the profession. This flexible Program equips IR professionals with lasting knowledge and skills enabling them to deliver strategic value to their organizations and enhance their future career advancement.

Thinking about enrolling? Now is the time. The deadline for applicants for the September 2016 program is July 15, 2016.

Still have a few questions? Refer to the CPIR FAQs or contact Yvette Lokker at or 416-364-8200.
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CIRI is pleased to inform you that a new job opportunity is available in Ontario.

CIRI members can click here to view the posting. 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.

Click here to submit a job posting.
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Top Stories

Changes to Ontario's Securities Act Close Another Gap in the Insider Trading Rules

On July 8, 2016, the Ontario Securities Act (the Act) was amended to prohibit a person who possesses undisclosed material information from recommending trades or encouraging others to trade in securities of the issuer. The amendment is the latest in a series intended to close gaps in Ontario's insider trading rules.

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So Your Fund Wants to Invest in Canada, Eh?

Despite a recent cooling in the overall investment climate, the number of active U.S. venture investors in Canada has more than doubled over the past five years.

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The New-Look CFO

Modern finance chiefs have diverse professional backgrounds, meaning that accounting experience isn't always the path to becoming CFO.

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Canadian Securities Regulators Issue Guidance in the Event of the Disruption of Mail Service

In light of the possibility of a Canada-wide postal strike starting as early as Saturday, July 2, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recommends that all stakeholders required to deliver materials to one of its members, as well as deliver documents to security holders, contact their local securities regulator or visit their local regulator's website for guidance regarding prescribed delivery obligations.

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United States Joins Canada and European Union in Adopting Transparency Rules for Payments by Extractive Industry

In line with a global trend for greater transparency of payments made by companies in extractive industries to governments of resource-rich countries, the United States has joined Canada and the European Union in adopting "publish what you pay" rules for such companies. These rules are aimed at combatting corruption and promoting the accountability of these governments to their citizens.

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Will Virtual Meetings Become a Reality in Canada?

An emerging trend among public companies in the United States is to conduct their annual general meetings (AGMs) virtually through the use of remote meeting technologies, which enable some or all of the participants to attend electronically. With high-profile companies such as Comcast, Intel, Starbucks, Paypal, and Hewlett Packard having recently held virtual-only AGMs, we may soon see a similar acceptance of the online forum among Canadian companies. Recently, Lululemon (NASDAQ: LULU), a Delaware company based in Vancouver, conducted its AGM completely virtually, leading to local media coverage and a debate over the use of virtual AGMs.

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Negotiations Lead to Fall in Proxy Access Proposals

An increasing number of companies negotiating settlements with shareholders led to a material decrease in the number of shareholder proposals seeking proxy access in 2016, a new report said.

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Use of Non-GAAP Grows in Proxy Statements

Recent statements and papers from regulators and advisory firms suggest lack of compliance with non-GAAP accounting rules could be perceived as a significant regulatory risk.

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OSC Publishes Statement of Priorities for 2016-2017

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published its Statement of Priorities for 2016-2017. The Statement of Priorities is published annually and offers stakeholders a glimpse into the OSC's goals and priorities for the upcoming year, including where the OSC intends to focus key resources and actions. A draft of the Statement of Priorities was published on March 10, 2016, in response to which the OSC received 23 comment letters that, with some exceptions, were broadly supportive of the OSC's overall direction.

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OSC Notice 11-775 - Notice of Statement of Priorities for Financial Year to End March 31, 2017

The Securities Act (Act) requires the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC or Commission) to deliver to the Minister of Finance by June 30th of each year a statement from the Commission setting out its priorities for its current financial year in connection with the administration of the Act, the regulations and rules, together with a summary of the reasons for the adoption of the priorities.

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