IR Leader
January 07, 2020
If lifelong learning is on your New Year’s resolution list, CIRI is here to help!

Start the new year right with your CIRI team focused on what you want, but more importantly, what you need – resources; professional development; networking opportunities; and advocacy.

To ensure your membership is not disrupted, please pay your invoice online. To do so, 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.

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As indicated late last year, we will be making some modifications to how we communicate with members to tie in with our core focus on: resources; professional development; networking; and issues advocacy and education. In the coming weeks, all resources-related communications will come from; all event-related communications, whether they are educational or networking, will come from; all issues-related communications will continue to come from; and all membership-related emails will come from Please ensure these emails are added to your address book or safe senders list to ensure you do not miss any of these communications.
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How To Set Business Resolutions For 2020 Growth

The new year is around the corner. Busy business owners and managers hustle at the office while dreaming of eggnog-filled nights with the family. In the busyness of the end of the year, it's easy to forget that a brand-new year is just around the corner.

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Corporate Purpose in Play: The Role of ESG Investing

On August 19, 2019, the U.S. Business Roundtable (BR), comprising the CEOs of more than 200 of America's largest corporations, issued a new mission statement on "the purpose of a corporation" (BR, 2019a).

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EU Adopts Universal Taxonomy Aimed at Helping Investors Reduce Carbon Emissions

European heads of states and the European Parliament on Wednesday reached a milestone agreement that codifies the criteria for permitted carbon emissions of investment portfolios, known as the taxonomy, for universal use by investors across the Continent.

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Securities Regulators Provide Guidance to Improve Transparency for Reporting Issuers in the Cannabis Industry, Providing Lessons for All

On November 12, 2019, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Multilateral Staff Notice 51-359 Corporate Governance Related Discourse Expectations for Reporting Issuers in the Cannabis Industry ("MSN51-359") to address what securities regulators in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia (collectively, "securities regulators") see as a lack of transparency in the disclosure and vetting of financial interests by cannabis reporting issuers.

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Villains or Visionaries? Hedge Funds Short Companies they say 'Greenwash'

Tens of trillions of global investment dollars are pouring into companies touting robust environmental, social and governance credentials. Now short-sellers spy an opportunity.

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Proxy Season 2020: ISS and Glass Lewis Update Guidance

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis (GL) have updated their proxy voting guidelines for the 2020 proxy season. Changes to the guidelines include director meeting attendance and committee meeting disclosure, director overboarding, board diversity, ratification of auditors and excessive non-audit fees, policies applicable to majority-owned/controlled companies, and executive compensation and contractual payments and arrangements. Unless otherwise noted, the revised guidelines are generally applicable to meetings held in 2020.

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CSA to Review Automatic Securities Disposition Plans

On October 24, 2019, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced that it is undertaking a review of automatic securities disposition plans (ASDPs). ASDPs are plans that enable the pre-planned sales of securities through an arm's length third party in accordance with a pre-determined set of instructions.

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