IR Leader
August 20, 2019
Summer is here, Q2 is hopefully behind you and now you have some time to enjoy this fantastic weather before things get into full swing in September.

During the summer, the CIRI team has been getting organized for the fall rollout of professional development and resources, while also taking some much needed time to work on some other projects, including our website redesign and the Certification Program curriculum review.

So far this quarter, we have hosted a free-to-member webinar; had a social event in BC; and published IR focus on the ESG role for the IR team. And there's still more to come in Q3, including:
  • Six more educational and networking events across Canada including the Essentials of IR Program, September 9-10 in Toronto and a free-to-member webinar on the IRO's responsibilities and compensation on September 25;
  • An Issues Backgrounder on the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority (CMRA);
  • CIRI's IR Compensation & Responsibilities Survey;
  • CIRI's ESG practices research;
  • wIRed with relevant timely articles; and
  • IR leader with articles on ESG from the perspective of the IRO, investors and regulators.
Take advantage of some, if not all, of these resources and get actively engaged with the IR community. You'll get more out of it than you put in!

Lastly, if you have any feedback on CIRI or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to Yvette Lokker. Your opinion matters.

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CIRI is pleased to inform you that job opportunities are available in Ontario and British Columbia.

CIRI members can click here to view the postings. 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.

To submit a job posting, contact Kaitlin Davis at or (416) 364-8200.

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The ABCs of ESG

Environmental, Social and Governance, or "ESG" refers to three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of investments. A growing number of investors rely on these factors to determine whether they ultimately want to invest, or continue to invest, in a given business. The practice places value on companies' choices to be environmentally conscious, ethically aware, and forward-looking. While ESG investment may be characterized as ethical in its approach to capture environmental and social impacts, at its core, ESG investment involves gauging a company's long-term, rather than short-term sustainability.

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Increased Diversity Disclosure for CBCA Corporations Coming in 2020

Beginning in the new year, public companies (including venture issuers) incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) will be required to include expanded diversity information about their boards and senior management teams in their annual proxy circulars presented to shareholders.

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CSA Provides Guidance Aimed at Improving Disclosure of Material Climate Change-Related Risks

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-358 Reporting of Climate Change-related Risks (the "Staff Notice") on August 1, 2019. The purpose of the Staff Notice is to provide guidance to boards of directors and management of reporting issuers as to how to properly identify and assess material climate change-related risks so that they may improve their disclosure of those risks. The Staff Notice does not modify or create legal obligations for reporting issuers. Rather, it reinforces the existing guidance in CSA Staff Notice 51-333 Environmental Reporting Guidance. The Staff Notice is intended solely as an educational tool for issuers to support their compliance with the requirement to disclosure material climate change-related risks.

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As Investors Suggested Tying Executive Compensation to Progress in ESG/Sustainability - Can This Be Factored Into Today's Corporate Pay Programs?

For several decades now, investors have increasingly focused on issues involving executive compensation.

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Bad Earnings Make Good Comedy

Financial markets are mechanisms for aggregating the behaviors and preferences of lots of human beings, which means that financial economics is essentially the study of human behavior. Mostly the behavior that gets studied is, you know, buying and selling stocks, stuff like that. Sometimes, though, it's jokes.

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From Nice to Have to Need to Have: How Companies Can Push ESG Up the Boardroom Agenda

Johanna Tahtinen of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development explains how boards can improve governance systems to meaningfully integrate ESG.

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