Belle Mulligan Scholarship
CIRI has partnered with the Ivey
Business School (Ivey), Canada's top ranking business school, to develop
a program that covers all relevant areas of the multi-disciplinary role
of investor relations. This 10-month program is delivered through a
combination of online and face-to-face classes. Once individuals have
successfully completed the program, they may write an examination
offered through CIRI to become a certified investor relations
professional. The program will commence in the Fall. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 class.
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The Belle Mulligan Scholarship is awarded annually to one deserving
individual for participation in the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations
Certification Program. This Scholarship recognizes individuals who have
chosen investor relations (IR) as their career and are keen to
participate in this program to help them excel in IR through a deeper
knowledge of the key areas of this dynamic profession. This program
recognizes the strategic nature of the IR role and supports CIRI’s
mandate of raising the stature of the IR profession.
The Belle Mulligan Scholarship is given in honour of the late Belle
Mulligan (1940-2009) who will long be remembered as a leader and
standard setter in the IR profession, and a founder of CIRI. Her passion
for IR began through her association with NIRI in the early 1970s. When
she returned to Canada in 1981, she joined a small cadre of IR leaders
here to develop NIRI Canada, now CIRI. She served on both the CIRI and
NIRI Boards, and was a frequent speaker at IR events. She was respected
for her integrity, which cemented her credibility, and she was cited by
one analyst as "adding 10% to the valuation" of the senior gold mining
company she represented. Her professionalism won her many admirers, and
her engaging personality and generous heart won her a wide circle of
friends. She was a mentor to many IROs, urging them to set their sights
high within their organizations.
Belle Mulligan Scholarship Criteria
Scholarships are open to IR practitioners across Canada. In order to be considered for the scholarship applicants:
- must have at least three years investor relations experience* OR have
four years of related corporate experience and have participated in
CIRI’s Essentials of IR program within the past 5 years;
- must be a member of CIRI; and
- preference may be given to those who have demonstrated a
commitment to philanthropy and/or are unable to secure corporate funding
for CIRI/Ivey’s Investor Relations Certification Program and the
*Where 50% or more of your time was spent on investor relations.
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Belle Mulligan Scholarship Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by the Belle Mulligan Scholarship
Selection Committee. The Committee consists of CIRI’s President &
CEO, CIRI’s Director of Professional Development & Communications,
Len Mulligan and Jane Watson. The successful applicant will be notified
verbally by the end of May followed by enrollment confirmation.
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It may not be appropriate to grant the scholarship every year. The
scholarship will be granted only when there is a clearly deserving
recipient. When bestowed, the scholarship will be presented at CIRI’s
Annual Investor Relations Conference.
What to Expect if Awarded a Scholarship
This Scholarship covers the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations
Certification Program fee, which includes program materials, and the
certification examination fee, valued at $9,200 for the 2017-2018 Program period.
What You Need to Do to Apply
To apply for the Belle Mulligan Scholarship please submit the following to Yvette Lokker, President & CEO.
A current CV including volunteer experience.
An essay outlining what the CPIR designation means to you, what it
means to the IR profession and why you are deserving of this
A letter of support from your employer, a client, or other appropriate business reference.
A letter of support from a non-business party that outlines why you are deserving of this scholarship.
for applications for the 2017-2018 Program is April 28, 2017. The 2017-2018 scholarship will be
presented at CIRI's 2017 Annual Investor Relations Conference in June
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If you have any questions about the application process or if you wish
to be notified of upcoming information sessions, please contact Yvette Lokker.
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2012 Belle Mulligan Scholarship Recipient
The CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program was an essential step in building upon my skills and knowledge in investor relations. The content was relevant and applicable, the dialogue and brainstorming was invaluable and the overall academic experience was extremely rewarding. Learning and collaborating with some of the best IROs in Canada was exciting and a privilege.
Alyssa Barry, CPIR
Investor Relations and Communications Consultant