IR Leader
January 22, 2019
Last year, we focused on what our members value most from their membership: resources; professional development; networking opportunities; and advocacy.

Most IR teams are small and many are a team of only one. With limited resources, it is important to build relationships within the IR profession so that you have peers to contact when considering a new IR strategy or dealing with an issue you may not have encountered before. CIRI members are always willing to share their experience and expertise with one another. CIRI understands the value of these relationships and so we create opportunities to help you make these connections. In 2018, networking events were hosted across Canada and many were free-to-members, further enhancing the value of a CIRI membership. For a comprehensive list of networking opportunities, click here.

Hear how Mariem Elsayed, the Director of Investor Relations & Public Affairs at Fiera Capital Corporation, makes the most of her CIRI membership by leveraging networking opportunities to build and strengthen relationships.

CIRI members, your membership expired December 31, 2018. If you have renewed your membership, thank you. If you haven't yet renewed, here's why you should: to leverage our expanding pool of resources to inform your IR program; to attend events about IR best practices and trends – like the 2019 Annual Conference in Halifax (early bird pricing in effect until February15); to take the time to network with your peers and learn from their experience; and to benefit from CIRI’s advocacy efforts.

Not a member? See what you are missing. Join CIRI today and access the networking you need to practice IR at the highest level.

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As we look back and take stock of what we accomplished in 2018, we'd like to recognize the CIRI team and volunteers for their contributions. As always, CIRI remains committed to creating the resources, professional development and networking opportunities that you need to excel in your investor relations career. In addition, we are keeping you apprised of regulatory issues affecting the field of IR and proactively advocating on your behalf to effect change.

In the fourth quarter, we focused on delivering high-quality professional development, hosting 16 events across Canada.

Since our last update, we:

  • Published IR focus on the evolution of the annual report;

  • Published IR leader with articles on long-termism; non-GAAP financial measures; and shareholder engagement;

  • Published top IR stories in wIRed

  • Hosted ten Chapter events across Canada; and

  • Hosted six National events across Canada.

Click here for a glimpse of everything we provided in 2018.

In 2019, we have some exciting plans to better facilitate member engagement and improve the accessibility of the many resources CIRI provides.

Not a member? Click here to join CIRI today!

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Top Stories

New Voices in the Boardroom: The Gradual Evolution of Board Composition

The stakes for having the right people around the boardroom table have never been higher. Directors need to have the skills and experiences that not only align with their company's long-term strategic direction but also enable their boards to effectively advise management amid unprecedented change and business disruption.

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Are You Ready? IFRS 16 and Your Contractual Arrangements

IFRS 16 Leases becomes effective for annual reporting periods beginning on, or after, January 1, 2019. Consequently, entities with a December 31 year end, who did not adopt the new standards early, will report financial results utilizing IFRS 16 for the first time in their March 2019 quarterly financial statements.

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OSC Taking Action to Reduce Regulatory Burden for Ontario Market Participants

Today the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published OSC Staff Notice 11-784: Burden Reduction, which outlines plans to broadly consult Ontario market participants on ways to further reduce regulatory burden and improve the investor experience.

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Wall Street's 'Short Termism' Misses the Point

Beating earnings estimates quarter after quarter doesn't have much to do with long-term shareholder value.

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Two-Thirds of U.S. and Canada Investors Set to Cut Back on Equities in 2019

BlackRock survey shows continued shift away from equities and into illiquid assets.

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Think Before You Tweet: Social Media and Securities Law

In September 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") charged Elon Musk, the former Chairman of Tesla, Inc., with securities fraud. A series of Tweets on Musk's personal page, the first of which read: "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured", caused share prices to instantly soar. In reality, the potential transaction was uncertain and subject to a number of contingencies. Market confusion and disruption ensued.

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How Corporations are Approaching Sustainability and the Global Goals

Corporations are increasingly building sustainability into their business strategies, and linking outcomes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as seen in the 7,500 companies issuing annual sustainability or corporate responsibility reports in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative. Given this evolution in corporate thinking and action, the pertinent questions are 'why' and 'how.'

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The Bill for the Buffet: Mifid II in the U.S.

A look at Mifid II in the U.S. a year after Europe-wide implementation.

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Top Issues for Boards Heading Into 2019

Board diversity, corporate culture, and sexual harassment will be among the key discussion topics for corporate directors next year.

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