IR Leader
December 05, 2023

Each year, CIRI members rely on their increasingly valued membership for professional development, resources, networking opportunities and advocacy. Through these efforts, a CIRI membership has greater value today than ever before. 

On the professional development front, we offered virtual and in-person events to keep CIRI members informed of changes, best practices and emerging trends in IR and related areas. At the same time, we provided opportunities for CIRI members to network and interact with one another in a variety of meaningful, constructive and fun ways and we expanded, updated and refreshed our pool of valuable IR resources on topics of most relevance to you. As always, CIRI continued to be the voice of IR as we advocated on your behalf on several regulatory issues. These initiatives will continue into 2024. 

CIRI members, your membership expires at the end of this month. If you have renewed your membership, thank you. If you haven't yet renewed, please visit and click the 'Renew Now' button. While you are there, please take a moment to update your profile.

Not a member? See what you’re missing. Join CIRI today and access the resources and professional development you need to practice IR at the highest level.

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IFRS Foundation and ISO Commit to Future Cooperation

Following the publication of the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) inaugural Standards - IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 - the IFRS Foundation and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have confirmed their shared commitment to cooperate to support efficient and resilient global economies. Both organizations recognize that working together in areas of common interest is in the public interest.

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'The Shareholder Activism Phenomenon is Strong and Will Remain Strong for the Foreseeable Future'

Jon Feldman, partner at Goodmans LLP, discusses the state of shareholder activism in Canada following a banner year and delves into what’s top-of-mind for him as we head into the 2024 proxy season.

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ISS Governance Announces Proposed Benchmark Policy Changes for 2024

On November 21, 2023, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Governance announced proposed changes to its benchmark voting policy for 2024 (Proposed Changes). To ensure that a broad range of perspectives is considered, ISS is soliciting stakeholder feedback until November 30, 2023.

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2023 Canadian Proxy Season Review

Morrow Sodali’s data analysis on shareholder activism over the last 5 years suggests a reversal in 2023 of the decline experienced during the COVID years of 2020 through 2022. In 2023, activist campaigns returned to pre-COVID levels with 34 public campaigns this year so far, which is consistent with the 33 campaigns conducted in 2019.

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2024 Canadian ESG Reporting Insights

Our analysis of the sustainability reports from Canada’s top companies found few organizations ready for mandatory ESG reporting standards.

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Let Corporate Purpose Guide You Through ESG Turbulence

In the midst of divergent ESG (environmental, social, and governance) practices between the U.S. and Europe, companies face a challenging landscape. While U.S. stakeholders push for reduced ESG efforts, European regulations demand more stringent sustainability measures. The key to navigating this complexity lies in a corporate "statement of purpose."

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