IR Leader
January 05, 2021

If being connected to a supportive and engaged community is on your New Year’s resolution list, CIRI is here to help!

Start the new year off by engaging with peers from CIRI's IR community. In addition to CIRI Connect, bi-weekly informal virtual discussions with peers, CIRI will be rolling out new, fun and interactive ways to bring the IR community together in 2021. Your network has become even more important as we continue with social distancing, so let us help you expand yours.

If you have not yet renewed for 2021, your membership has now expired. To ensure your CIRI 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 2021 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 or call (416) 364-8200 ext. 106.

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

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Are you looking for a new job opportunity?

Companies are planning for the year ahead and so we are seeing an increase in job listings. Currently, we have positions for a Head of IR, Director, Manager, Specialist and Coordinator in BC and Quebec. These listings are accessible to members only by logging in and visiting Job Listings.

Are you looking to hire someone for your company or for a client? 

CIRI offers an effective way to reach qualified targets through Job Listings. Get in front of IROs who may be looking for new challenges by posting your job opportunity with us. Members may submit a job listing free of charge. Non-members may submit a job listing for only $150+HST. Click here to sign in and submit a job listing.

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Top Stories

Glass Lewis and ISS Update Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2021

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently published updated guidelines governing shareholder meetings for the 2021 proxy season. The ISS Benchmark Policies for Canadian issuers and Glass Lewis Guidelines focused on key issues, including gender diversity, environmental and social risk oversight, board refreshment, and other corporate governance matters.

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Glass Lewis Gender Diversity Guidelines Could Impact Hundreds of TSX Issuers

Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently released its annual voting guidelines for the 2021 proxy season, which include the requirement for TSX-listed issuers to have at least two female board members. Glass Lewis made a number of additional changes to its guidelines, including in relation to other board composition matters, ESG, audit committee matters and exclusive forum provisions. Unless noted otherwise, all changes are effective starting Jan. 1, 2021.

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Canadian Securities Administrators Seek Input On Activist Short Selling Activities

On December 3, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") issued CSA Consultation Paper 25-403 – Activist Short Selling (the "Consultation Paper") seeking public consultation on a number of issues relating to activist short selling and its impact on Canadian public companies. The CSA is accepting comments on the Consultation Paper until March 3, 2021.

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Financial and Sustainability Reporting Must Be Given Equal Footing

GRI has called for strengthened financial reporting that complements sustainability reporting and takes account of the financial risks and opportunities related to a company's sustainability impacts – with mandatory disclosure to ensure transparency on corporate contributions to global challenges.

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OSC Seeks Input on Priorities for 2021-2022

The Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC") recently issued its 2021-2022 Draft Statement of Priorities for comment (the "Draft Statement"). The document sets out the priority initiatives that the OSC will pursue for the period from April 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022 in support of its four strategic goals, which are to: promote confidence in Ontario's capital markets; reduce regulatory burden; facilitate financial innovation; and strengthen the OSC's organizational foundation.

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