IR Leader
November 15, 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.  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.

CIRI Fellowship Program
The CIRI Fellowship Program was launched in 2015 to recognize leaders in the investor relations profession who, by their achievements, bring distinction to the profession and serve as role models for others. CIRI Fellows have made significant contributions to the advancement of the investor relations profession and to CIRI throughout their careers. Earning the designation of F.CIRI, the CIRI Fellow is the highest honour for investor relations professionals in Canada.

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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 the Institute.

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Nominations can be submitted to Jane Maciel by April 14, 2017.
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CFOs' Top Goal for 2017: Better Analysis and Reporting

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Update on TSX-V Policy 5.8 - Issuer Names, Issuer Name Changes, Share Consolidations and Splits

On November 1, 2016, the TSX Venture Exchange (Exchange) updated previous bulletins with regard to the adoption of four letter root symbols as stock tickers symbols. After obtaining regulatory approval for the amendments, the Exchange has now implemented amended Policy 5.8, which allows the Exchange to accommodate trading of four letter symbols.

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Q&A-Corporate Boards Suffer 'Tyranny of Short Term' as Activists Loom

Increasing pressure from activist shareholders to turn quick profits is overwhelming strategic decision-making in corporate boardrooms, according to Dominic Barton, global managing partner at consultancy McKinsey.

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Two Ways Canada Will Attract Large Foreign Investors in 2017

Bill Morneau, Canada's Minister of Finance has announced amendments to the Investment Canada Act aimed at attracting private-sector foreign investment. The Minister expressed the government's plans to make things easier for foreign investors in two ways.

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How Boards Can Assess the Health of Their Companies

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Results of poll show support for US system.

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Contested Private Placements Under the New Take-over Bid Regime: The Dolly Varden Decision

In a significant decision, the British Columbia and Ontario securities commissions have upheld a contested private placement by the target of an unsolicited take-over bid where they concluded that there was a legitimate need for the financing and the private placement was not implemented as a defensive tactic in response to the bid. The securities commissions provided important guidance on the regulatory analysis and treatment of contested private placements in light of the traditional limitations on defensive tactics set forth in National Policy 62-202. The decision is notable in particular for its explicit acknowledgement of the importance of the fiduciary responsibilities and business judgment of boards of directors in this context and arguably exhibits a degree of deference to that judgment which has not often been seen on the part of Canadian securities regulators.

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Forging a Path to Integrated Reporting

Today, GRI releases its new publication 'Forging a path to integrated reporting: Insights from the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting'. The publication summarizes the work done by the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting (CLGir), revealing challenges, questions raised, and solutions from a group of experienced companies which have chosen to use an integrated approach to reporting.

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