IR Leader
February 16, 2021

Over the past several months, CIRI and a team of dedicated and experienced volunteers has been busy updating CIRI’s Guide to Developing an Investor Relations Program, Fourth Edition – a valuable and comprehensive resource for developing and managing a successful investor relations program.

In addition to the fresh new look, this fourth edition reflects the continued strategic evolution of the IR role and the profession’s response to expanded investor focus on ESG. It also reflects changes to regulatory requirements since 2013 and best practices around the use of technology and social media.

Whether you are new to IR or a seasoned IRO; developing, managing or renewing an IR program, this Guide is a ‘must have’ resource in every IR toolkit.

CIRI members will receive their complimentary copy of the Guide to Developing an Investor Relations Program, Fourth Edition this week.

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Calling All CIRI Members:
CIRI has transformed some member benefits to better meet your needs during this unusual time. In the coming year, you will see more transformation. To ensure we focus on what is most important to you, we need your feedback on what we currently provide as well as potential new initiatives. Please take 20-25 minutes to complete the survey. Your feedback will be used to enhance member value for all CIRI members.

Calling Corporate IROs:
AGM Best Practices Survey

CIRI is currently studying the lessons learned from 2020 AGMs in order to understand and inform best practices for 2021. Please click here to complete the 10-minute survey.

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Top Stories

Open Letter from the CSA in Response to the Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce Final Report

The securities regulatory authorities of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Québec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon (CSA members), today published a response to the Ontario Capital Markets Modernization Taskforce (Taskforce) Final Report (Report) issued January 22, 2021.

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Matters to Consider for the 2021 Annual Meeting and Proxy Season

Every year, reporting issuers are faced with the task of tailoring the disclosure for their annual general meeting to an ever-evolving list of changes in corporate and securities laws, updates to stock exchange rules, new guidance from proxy advisors and regulators and developing corporate governance trends.

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BCI Raises Expectations on Board Diversity and Addressing Climate Change Risk in New Proxy Voting Guidelines

Today, BCI published new Proxy Voting Guidelines detailing our evolving expectations regarding the governance practices of the publicly traded companies in which we invest. The new guidelines raise our expectations on increasing board diversity, addressing climate change risk, and reviewing executive compensation in the context of COVID-19 and its impact on human capital.

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Playing the Short Game: Activist Short Sellers May Soon Face Greater Regulation

In mid-to-late January 2021, GameStop Corp. saw its American stock price increase by approximately 1600%. This surge occurred, in part, as an attack against hedge funds, including some which attempted to profit by taking a short position in GameStop and making public statements intended to decrease the stock price.

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IFRS Foundation Considers Proposing Sustainability Standards Board

The IFRS Foundation Trustees have agreed to conduct further analysis as they consider whether to establish a new Board that would issue global standards for sustainability accounting and reporting.

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2021 Outlook: Why, and How, the CFO Should Lead ESG Efforts

This year, CFOs should prepare their companies for increased scrutiny on environmental, social and governance performance, if they haven't already.

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Top Red Flags CFOs Accidentally Raise on Earnings Calls

Wall Street analysts say CFOs give off red flags during earnings calls when they say - or don't say - certain things. Virtually all of those things have to do with transparency.

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