IR Leader
June 20, 2017
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 time 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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Shareholder Activism and Proxy Contests: Issues and Trends

Shareholder activism - in the form of both headline-grabbing proxy contests and the new, quieter engagement between boards and shareholders - has been on an upward trend in Canada for the past 10 years. It is now a permanent feature on the corporate landscape, reflecting the increased focus of shareholders, boards of directors, regulators and other market participants on corporate governance and shareholder democracy. This guide discusses issues and challenges faced by both activists and target companies, as well as notable recent developments and contrasts between Canadian rules and U.S. requirements.

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Small-Caps are Missing Key Ways to Attract New Investors and Raise Capital

Despite myriad capital market challenges, small-cap companies are overlooking important ways they can boost investor interest in their stock, according to a new survey released today by OTC Markets Group Inc., operator of the OTCQX, OTCQB and Pink financial markets.

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CIRI Elects New Vice Chair and Directors

The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), Canada's national association representing investor relations professionals, announced the election of Denis Jasmin as the Vice Chair of the CIRI Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Mr. Jasmin is Vice President, Investor Relations at SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. He will succeed Brian Ector as Chair, CIRI Board of Directors in 2018.

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CIRI Announces the 2017 Recipients for the Award for Excellence and the Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations

The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), Canada's national association representing investor relations professionals, is pleased to announce that Chaya Cooperberg has been chosen as the 29th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Investor Relations and Isabelle Adjahi has been chosen as the eighth recipient of the Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations. These individuals were honoured at CIRI's 30th Annual Investor Relations Conference in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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What's a Woman on the Board Worth to Stock Investors? About 300 BPS, According to CIBC Study

Having women on a company's board of directors leads to better stock market returns and that's information institutional investors can use when deploying their portfolio strategies, a new report prepared by CIBC World suggests.

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3 Types of Materiality for Sustainability Executives

Successful sustainability strategies connect their sustainability efforts with strategic issues. Companies that do this are 50% more likely to report business value from sustainability compared with those that do not, whereas 16% of companies paying little or no attention to material issues report that they profit from sustainability.

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