IR Leader
December 10, 2019

For a small team, there has been a lot of activity at CIRI throughout 2019, focused on what our members value most from their membership: resourcesprofessional developmentnetworking opportunities; and advocacy

We continue to develop the resources you need to practice IR at the highest level. These resources keep you informed of the changes, best practices and emerging trends in IR and our most popular publication, 2019 Investor Relations Compensation and Responsibilities Survey, is available for purchase now!

I encourage you to renew your membership; to leverage our expanding pool of resources to inform your IR program. Your membership expires on December 31, 2019 and your invoice is now available online. To pay your invoice, please visit and Sign In using your email address as your username. Select your name from the top right corner to access your profile. Click the Renew Now button on the left and you will be taken to your open 2020 invoice where you can complete the payment. Your payment is complete once you receive an email from CIRI with your order confirmation. Should you require assistance with this, please contact Lora Turner.

If you have renewed your membership, thank you. If you haven't, please renew today!

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CIRI members identify four top reasons they value their membership. One of the top reasons is staying abreast of regulatory changes through CIRI's advocacy initiatives.

On September 5, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations and Changes to Certain Policies Related to the Business Acquisition Report Requirements. These proposals relate to a reporting issuer that is not an investment fund that is required to file a business acquisition report (BAR) after completing a significant acquisition.

On December 4, CIRI made a submission to the CSA supporting the proposed amendments to incorporate a two-trigger test regime and increase the significance test threshold from 20% to 30%. While these are all positive steps to reducing the regulatory burden on issuers, CIRI questioned the value of BARs and whether the threshold could be increased further. 

To view the complete submission, click here.

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OSC Publishes Ambitious Plan to Reduce Capital Markets Regulatory Burden

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CSA Notes Inadequate Disclosure of Financial Interest in Cannabis M&A

On November 12, 2019, staff of the securities regulatory authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia (the "Regulators") issued Canadian Securities Administrators Multilateral Staff Notice 51-359 Corporate Governance Related Disclosure Expectations for Reporting Issuers in the Cannabis Industry (the "Notice") to provide supplementary guidance related to disclosure of financial interests in the context of mergers, acquisitions or other significant corporate transactions.

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Buy Side Eyes Mandated ESG Disclosures

As environmental, social, and corporate governance concerns continue to grow, institutional investors and asset managers have found obtaining the necessary financially material disclosures from companies a growing challenge and have started to push towards mandated disclosures.

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