2017 Annual Conference Speakers
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Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations
Rhylin is the VP Investor Relations for Luna Gold Corp., which is advancing
the Aurizona Gold Mine in Brazil. Rhylin brings a diverse skill set to
this position, with a background in both science and finance and more
than 10 years of investor relations experience. Rhylin is a graduate of
University of Waterloo, Ontario, where she completed a Bachelor of
Environmental Studies degree with a double major in Resource Studies and
Biology and a minor in English.
Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, BMO Capital Markets
Geoff is a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of BMO Capital Markets with a specific focus on advising clients in Western Canada. Geoff joined BMO Capital Markets in 2006 and has over 15 years of advisory experience. Geoff has advised on more than 50 M&A transactions during his career at BMO Capital Markets and has significant experience with mergers, acquisitions, sale processes, takeover defense, activism defense, strategic investments, joint ventures, fairness opinions, cross border transactions and independent valuation mandates. Over Geoff’s career, he has been involved in a wide array of M&A assignments in the energy, mining, telecom, financial services and technology sectors. Geoff holds a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Geoff is also a CFA Charterholder.
Vice President, Investor Relations, Altus Group Limited
Bartosiewicz is Vice President, Investor Relations at Altus Group Ltd.,
(TSX:AIF), a leading provider of independent commercial real estate
consulting and advisory services, software and data solutions worldwide.
Prior to joining Altus Group, she served as Director of Investor
Relations and Corporate Communications at North American Palladium, a
dual listed mining company. Earlier in her career, Camilla worked as a
consultant at Kingsdale Communications Inc. and at Barnes McInerney Inc.
where she advised clients on strategic investor relations programs and
special situation communications. Camilla holds a B.A. Hons in Media
Studies from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Public Relations
from Humber College.
Founder & CEO, Corbin Advisors
Rebecca Corbin founded Corbin Advisors in 2007. Ms. Corbin is a subject matter expert and, with nearly 20 years of industry experience, is a trusted advisor to C-suite executives, boards and IR professionals. She is Editor-in-chief of Inside The Buy-side®, the firm’s leading-edge research publication, which identifies and tracks changes in global investor sentiment. Presenting on the firm’s research and best practices, Rebecca serves as external speaker at corporate meetings, conferences and is a recurring guest on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.
Prior to founding Corbin Advisors, Rebecca was a vice president with Thomson Reuters and began her career as a stock surveillance analyst covering media and cable stocks. In 2003, she established Thomson’s perception study business and, in 2005, was recognized for her contribution to the company and honored with the Award of Excellence for Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Vice President, Investor Relations, Fortis Inc.
Ms. Craig joined the Fortis Group in 2015 with more than 20 years in the investor relations field. She was Senior Vice President of Investor Relations for Loblaw Companies Limited and Vice President of Investor Relations for Nexen Inc., a global energy company based in Calgary. She also managed investor relations for Nortel Networks. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and English) from the University of Toronto. Ms. Craig serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of IR Magazine and is a frequent speaker on investor relations and shareholder engagement, including IR Think Tanks and Executive Management Programs. She holds numerous awards and recognition for investor relations, including over 20 #1 awards in Canada. In 2012 Janet was named one of the “Top 25 Investor Relations Officers of All Time” in a global ranking of investor relations officers by Investor Relations magazine.
Michelle De Cordova
Director, Corporate Engagement & Public Policy, NEI Investments
For the last eight years, Michelle has worked within the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Services team at NEI Investments, where she is responsible for the Corporate Engagement program. NEI’s comprehensive Corporate Engagement program integrates targeted, in-depth dialogues with companies; engaged proxy voting according to guidelines promoting sustainability and good governance; responding to proactive requests from leading companies and industry associations for an investor perspective on ESG issues; public policy engagement on corporate regulations and standards to create sector and economy-wide change; and participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives to find practical solutions to sustainability problems. She has authored and co-authored a variety of publications on responsible investment topics ranging from oil sands to executive compensation. Before joining NEI Investments, Michelle served as a diplomat and worked as a staff member and consultant for environment and social development organizations in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Mary-Jo Dionne Productions
Mary-Jo Dionne is an award-winning writer who has worked as a copywriter and strategist on some of North America’s biggest brands -- ranging from Nike Canada to Bell to various Olympic-sponsorships. Her work was called "A masterpiece in urban satire that will have you laughing so hard you'll glow," by the Globe and Mail. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post and as a dabbling comedian, she’s performed in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and LA and was a finalist for Vancouver's Funniest New Female Comedian. Her one-woman show “Glowing: A Reproduction Production” was hailed a “real crowd pleaser” by the CBC and her recent TEDx Talk was deemed a “crowd favourite”. In print, she has interviewed notable greats like Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Goodall, and Martha Stewart, among others. She’s creator and host of “Tea with a Titan”, a weekly podcast during which Mary-Jo has tea with those people – Olympians, actors, entrepreneurs, executives, thought-leaders -- who have one thing in common: The quest for greatness despite the hurdles. She is thrilled to be a presenter at CIRI’s 2017 National Conference.
Managing Director, Global Equity Research, RBC Capital Markets
Neil is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and also serves as Associate Head of Canadian Research. As a senior member of Global Equity Research, Neil is responsible for the firm's coverage of the Canadian real estate and related sectors. With twenty years of experience and more than 30 REITs and REOCs in his coverage universe, Neil has significant breadth and depth of knowledge of the real estate sector. His research is highly valued by institutional investors, consistently ranking him highly in industry surveys. Most recently, he was ranked #1 in both the 2016 Greenwich survey and the 2015 Brendan Woods International survey. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets in 1996, Neil spent five years with Ernst & Young Canada as a senior staff accountant in the financial services and capital markets groups. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in 1993 with an honours bachelor of business administration, Neil received his CA designation in 1995 and was awarded his CFA charter in 1997.
Vice President, Investor & Corporate Relations, Agrium Inc.
Richard has held roles of increasing responsibility since joining Agrium in 1996. In his current role of Vice President, Investor and Corporate Relations he is responsible for interactions with investors, media and internal corporate communications. He is also responsible for overseeing Agrium’s market analysis and outlook duties. Previously, Richard held the role of Director of Strategic Planning and Market Research at Agrium. Prior to joining Agrium, Richard worked for various organizations such as the Canadian Wheat Board, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in France, specializing in international agricultural policies, trade and economic research. Richard is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned his Masters degree in Agriculture Economics.
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public Affairs, Baytex Energy Corp.
Ector was appointed Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Public
Affairs on May 21, 2014. He joined Baytex in November 2009 and has held
the following positions: Director of Investor Relations from November
2009 to June 2011, Vice President, Investor Relations from June 2011 to
May 2014. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Ector spent 15 years as a
sell-side research analyst covering both energy trusts and exploration
and production corporations. He spent the last seven years with Scotia
Capital where he was consistently ranked as one of the top rated
analysts in Canada. Mr. Ector received a Bachelor of Commerce with a
concentration in finance from the University of Calgary and received his
CFA designation in 1996. He is a national board member of CIRI as well
as a member of NIRI, the CFA Institute and the Calgary CFA Society.
Chief Economist, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC)
A seasoned forecaster and observer of the BC and Canadian economies, Chris also served as chief economist with the British Columbia Ministry of Finance, with the Library of Parliament economic research service, and as an advisor to House of Commons and Senate committees. Chris has an M.A. in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, and holds the Certified Business Economist designation from the National Association for Business Economics in the United States. He is a director and past-president of the Canadian Association for Business Economics, director and secretary of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference, and a member of the advisory board of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University.
President & CEO, CIRI
Yvette Lokker is the President & CEO of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI). Yvette joined CIRI in 2008 as the Director of Communications and Professional Development and was promoted to Vice President in the fall of 2011. In addition to her many accomplishments, Yvette was responsible for establishing the first investor relations certification program in North America in partnership with the Richard Ivey School of Business. Prior to joining CIRI, Yvette was the Manager, Investor Relations at MDS Inc. where she assisted in developing and directing the investor relations strategies and activities for seven years. Yvette has a BSc. in Chemistry and a Business Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. She has completed the Strategic Management of Investor Relations program at the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Canadian Securities Course.
Chief Accountant, Ontario Securities Commission
Cameron McInnis is the Chief Accountant of the Ontario Securities Commission, and is responsible for providing specialized accounting advisory services to the Commission, its senior management and staff, as well as market participants. Cameron represents the Canadian Securities Administrators on the Audit and Assurance Standards Oversight Council and is a member of the IFRS Discussion Group of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board. He joined the OSC in 2001 and has served as Manager in the Corporate Finance branch of the OSC as well as Associate Chief Accountant at both the OSC and the British Columbia Securities Commission. Cameron worked at a major accounting firm for several years prior to beginning his securities regulatory career.
Managing Partner, CAI Capital Management Co. & Director, Teck Resources
Ms. McVicar is the Managing Partner at CAI, a mid-market private equity firm. She is a former investment banker (RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James Ltd.) and a graduate of the Sauder School of Business. Ms. McVicar is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is currently Chair of Feeney Brothers Excavation LLC, GSI Inc. and White House Design Co. Inc., and a director at Canadian Heating Products Ltd. - all CAI portfolio companies. She is also a director and Audit Committee Chair at Teck Resources Limited and a former director of BC Hydro Corporation, where she chaired the Audit & Finance Committee.
Vice President, Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment, RBC Global Asset Management
Jason is Vice President, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM). Jason joined the private client department of PH&N IM in 2000 and took on the role of Corporate Governance Analyst two years later. He assumed his current role in 2008 when PH&N was acquired by RBC GAM and is now part of the Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment Group within RBC GAM which is responsible for the integration of environmental, social, and governance factors into the investment process.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked in the corporate finance department of a national brokerage and as a mutual fund accountant. Jason became a CFA charterholder in 2001, and is currently the chair of the board of the Responsible Investment Association of Canada (RIA Canada).
Vice President, Capital Markets, Seven Generations Energy Ltd.
Brian joined Seven Generations in October of 2014 and is responsible for Investor Relations, Treasury and Risk Management. Prior to joining Seven Generations Brian was responsible for Canadian energy marketing during his time with Credit Suisse and Citibank. Additionally, Brian has held various currency, treasury and risk management roles at ARC Resources and RBC Capital Markets. Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Planning, Killam Apartment REIT
Dale Noseworthy is Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Planning of Killam Apartment REIT, a public real estate trust owning and operating over 14,000 apartment units and 5,200 manufactured home community sites in Canada, and has been appointed Chief Financial Officer effective April 1, 2017. Ms. Noseworthy has over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, investor relations and strategic planning. Prior to joining Killam in 2006, Dale worked as an equity research analyst at Beacon Securities Ltd. and held a variety of financial positions at Emera and Nova Scotia Power Inc. Ms. Noseworthy is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a CFA charterholder.
Assistant Professor, Management Communications, Ivey Business School
Sider teaches Management Communication at the Ivey Business School. He
teaches in Ivey's Executive MBA, MBA, and HBA programs, and is heavily
involved in Ivey's executive development programs.
Dr. Sider has led communications workshops for managers from many
organizations, including Ford, GM, 3M, TELUS, McCormick, Comcare,
Convergence Corporation, Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving, Agnico-Eagle,
the Canadian Investor Relations Institute, the City of London, the City
of Stratford, Syngenta, CIBC, The Weather Network, ATCO, the First
Nations Tribal Councils, and the Canadian Association of Independent
Schools. He has delivered specialized communications and writing
workshops for lawyers, engineers, economists and political scientists,
and has created and delivered a wide range of teaching workshops to help
professors improve their teaching.
President & CEO, Silver Wheaton Corp.
Mr. Smallwood holds a geological engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Smallwood was involved in the founding of Silver Wheaton and in 2007 he joined Silver Wheaton full time as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, primarily focusing on growing the Company through the evaluation and acquisition of silver stream opportunities. In January 2010, he was appointed President, and in April 2011 he was appointed Silver Wheaton’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Smallwood originally started as an exploration geologist with Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., and in 2001 was promoted to Director of Project Development, his role through its 2005 merger with Goldcorp. Before joining the original Wheaton River group in 1993, Mr. Smallwood also worked with Homestake Mining Company, Teck Corp. and Westmin Resources. Mr. Smallwood was an instrumental part of the team that built Wheaton River / Goldcorp into one of the largest, and more importantly most profitable gold companies in the world, and he is now focused on continuing to add to the impressive growth profile of Silver Wheaton. In 2015, Mr. Smallwood received the British Columbia Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award.