IR Leader
April 12, 2022
CIRI is conducting two important surveys and we are looking for input from Canada's corporate IR practitioner community.

LAST CHANCE - IR directions: News Release Practices - Sponsored by Business Wire
To thoroughly understand news release practices, we are conducting a survey of investor relations professionals. This survey will explore how issuers optimize their news releases to extend their reach.

IROs, please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey by end of day today: Members will receive a complimentary copy of the report to compare practices and learn of emerging trends.

CIRI's 2022 Investor Relations Compensation and Responsibilities Survey - Sponsored by Global Governance Advisors
The role of IROs has changed significantly over the years and this rate of change heightened during the pandemic. To see the extent of these changes, CIRI requests your participation in the 2022 Survey. The information collected through this survey will be used to inform two extensive reports – one focused on compensation trends and one on the responsibilities tied to various roles. Both reports will be valuable tools to have on hand when reviewing your compensation package and IR resources and will be provided free to all members who participate.

Be assured that the information you provide is strictly confidential. Your responses will be analyzed only in aggregate. Please complete this survey by April 22, 2022.

If you have already participated in this survey – THANK YOU! If not, please contact Jane Maciel at (416) 364-8200 x102 to get a link for the Compensation and Responsibilities Survey.
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CIRI's 2022 Annual Conference will be held virtually over three afternoons – June 21, 22 and 23.

This year’s Conference, themed Thriving in Our New Normal, will draw on investor relations, ESG and capital markets experts to deliver an engaging event that examines transformational changes in investor relations practices.

Building on the success of the past two years, this virtual format will include all the elements that make the Annual Conference a hallmark event for Canadian IROs including: general and breakout sessions; panel discussions; interactive roundtables; opportunities to engage with suppliers through a variety of options, time-tested and new; and networking with peers during social events.  

To see more details, click here. Additional Annual Conference updates will be provided in the coming weeks.

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Top Stories

Canadian Securities Regulators Seek Comment on the Implementation of an Access Equals Delivery Model for Non-investment Fund Reporting Issuers

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published proposed amendments to implement an access equals delivery model for prospectuses generally, annual financial statements, interim financial reports and related management's discussion & analysis (MD&A) for non-investment fund reporting issuers.

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CSA Seeks "Access Equals Delivery" for Most Filings

Proposed regime would apply to prospectuses and financials but not proxies.

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New Horizons: Navigating ESG in 2022

ISS ESG has identified 10 of the key global trends that we believe responsible investors will be focusing on through 2022, both in terms of impacts on portfolio risk/returns, and in terms of time spent managing policies and stakeholder relationships.

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ISSB Launches Consultation on First Two Proposed Standards

The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), established at COP26 to develop a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability disclosures for the capital markets, today launched a consultation on its first two proposed standards. One sets out general sustainability-related disclosure requirements and the other specifies climate-related disclosure requirements.

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2022 Proxy Voting Guidelines

SHARE's updated 2022 Proxy Voting Guidelines sharpens its focus on how considerations related to climate change, mine safety, and diversity should be brought to bear on the election of corporate boards.

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The SEC's Proposed Climate Disclosure Rules

Last week, the SEC issued its long-awaited proposed mandatory climate-related disclosure rules. Quite extensive at over 500 pages, the draft proposal builds upon existing global frameworks, the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), as widely expected. There is a sixty day comment window, with the SEC expected to finalize the rules before December 2022.

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2030 Emissions Reduction Plan – Canada's Next Steps for Clean Air and a Strong Economy

On climate change, the science is clear - we must take action now to protect our planet and secure our children's future. But the economics are clear too: to build a strong, resilient economy for generations to come, we must harness the power of a cleaner future.

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Majority Voting and Shareholder Proposal Amendments to the CBCA Effective August 31, 2022

Amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), which initially received Royal Assent in 2018, and related regulations concerning the election of directors and the timing for submission of shareholder proposals will come into effect on August 31, 2022.

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SEC Proposes New Climate Change Disclosure: Changes for Canadian Listed Issuers

On March 21, 2022 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a proposed rule (the Proposed Rule) outlining disclosure requirements for registrants in respect to climate change. In addition to our Canadian clients that have cross-border operations, Canadian listed issuers will want to pay close attention to developments at the SEC given that the Canadian Securities Administrator (CSA) is set to publish its new National Instrument regarding climate change disclosure.

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