IR Leader
December 22, 2020
Best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy New Year.

As we wrap up what was a very unusual year, CIRI would like to take a moment to thank you for your continued support. We hope that you stay safe and healthy during this holiday season and, as we move into a hopefully brighter new year, we wish you an abundance of good health, happiness and hope for a better year ahead.

Please note, our offices will be closed between Christmas and New Year. We will be back at work on January 4, 2021.

Best Wishes,

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While there are many important benefits of CIRI membership - resources, professional development, networking opportunities and advocacy - there is one important value that all members appreciate: the CIRI community.

Many IROs are part of a smaller team and appreciate the ability to connect with peers outside of their company, to share experiences and stay on top of best and emerging practices. Given the current environment, the need for these essential interactions has grown and evolved over the past year. In addition to CIRI Connect, launched in 2020, CIRI is committed to rolling out new, fun and interactive ways to bring CIRI’s community together in 2021. This is your community, one your can lean on in good times and, even more so, in bad.

In order to continue as a member of the CIRI community, we encourage you to renew your membership today. Your membership expires on December 31, 2020.

We remain committed to supporting those who have supported us by continuing to offer our Transition Program. This gives our members who are in job transition up to one year of complimentary membership. If you would like to learn more about this Program, please contact Lora Turner at or (416) 364-8200 ext. 106.

If you are not yet a member of CIRI, click here to join today and engage with this amazing community!

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