Annual Conference Program

Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.


6:00am      16th Annual Golf Tournament

8:30am      Grand Prix Canada – General Admittance to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

8:30am      Guided Bike Tour of Montreal

12:00pm    Registration

2:15pm      Trends, Transformation & Technology:  A Peer Group Discussion

Marketwire Sponsored Session

Technology has immeasurably impacted the practice of investor relations. Multimedia, social media and other disruptive communications, like web-based content publishing and mobile news consumption, position IROs in the centre of an increasingly vast and opportunity-rich arena for stakeholder identification, shareholder relations and corporate reputation management.  How can investor relations professionals maintain a personal connection with stakeholders in an increasingly virtual world?  When conversations about companies and their executives are both online and off - and in real time - how can practitioners stay informed and be proactive with their communications strategies?

We’ll discuss these issues and others during a discussion with your peers

Michael Nowlan, President & CEO, Marketwire

Debbie Carver, Investor Relations Advisor, Bryan Mills Iradesso
Eleanor Fritz, Director, Compliance & Disclosure, TMX Group
Anne Plasterer, Executive Director, Investor Relations, Newalta Corporation

3:00pm      A Changing Reality: How the Huffington Post Adapted to a Social World

CNW Group Sponsored Session

The media landscape is constantly changing. New technologies and the advent of numerous social networking sites challenge all media to keep up with the perpetual news cycle. Print publications in particular are at a crossroads – having had to adjust to the steady flow of information brought on by these outlets and their influencers. In order to effectively influence shareholders and attract investors through appropriate channels, investor relations professionals must be aware of and adapt to this changing media landscape. Take this opportunity to hear from and pose questions to Patrick White, Managing Editor and Publisher of the Huffington Post Québec, on how the publication has adapted to a social world.

Patrick White, Managing Editor & Publisher, Huffington Post Québec

3:45pm      Managing Your Corporate Reputation Through Social Media

Business Wire Sponsored Session

Today's media landscape raises new questions for companies: What social media channels are journalists listening to, and what's the best way to pitch them? How can your company use social media tools to get covered by the business and financial press? What regulatory and disclosure impact can social media use have? Join Business Wire and a moderated panel of corporate and media experts as we discuss best practices and the most effective ways to get your company noticed using social media.

Sanford Paek, Group Vice President, Eastern US & Canada, Business Wire

Shirley Chenier, Senior Director, Investor Relations, Bombardier Inc.
Susan Krashinsky, Marketing Reporter, Globe and Mail
Sonya Mehan, Manager, Investor Relations, Open Text Corporation
Adam Scherkus, Senior Communications Coordinator, Agnico-Eagle Mines

5:30pm      Welcome Reception & Opening Ceremony


7:00am      Registration / Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00am      Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:15am      A View of IR from the C-Suite

TC Transcontinental, which creates marketing products and services that allow businesses to attract, reach and retain their target customers, is the largest printer in Canada and is one of Canada's top media groups. It has achieved this leadership position through expansion of existing operations and acquisitions. Join us for an interactive discussion with François Olivier, President and CEO of Transcontinental Inc., as he talks about the company and its strategy, the IR framework it operates in and the dual role IR plays within this context.

François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Transcontinental Inc.

9:15am      Breakout Session (select one)

Option #1   When Companies & Shareholders Don’t See Eye to Eye

Sponsored by Canaccord Genuity

Is your company getting investor attention…but not exactly the kind of attention you want? Is there an activist fighting to have their voice heard? Could there be a proxy battle in your future? Join seasoned IROs and directors as they discuss their “battles”; how they dealt with them; and the lessons they learned.

Stewart Busbridge, Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Canaccord Genuity


Daniella Dimitrov, Chairman Commonwealth Silver and Gold, Director, Aldridge Mineral & Orvana Gold
Jess Nieukerk, Director, Investor Relations, TransAlta Corp.

Option #2  IR Across Borders

Given Canada’s economic stability relative to other countries, Canadian issuers continue to get the attention of global investors. Learn how two seasoned IROs have accessed capital in international markets; how they have diversified their shareholder base; how IR differs from country to country; and how listings on the OTCQX and NYSE have attracted international investors to their organizations.

Rhonda Bennetto, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Great Panther Silver Limited
John Vincic, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Hudbay Mineral Inc.

Option #3 Why Adopt a Social Media Strategy for IR and How?

Whether you have adopted social media or not, it is here to stay. Social media advisors and experienced IROs will discuss the key issues that public companies must consider when putting a social media program in place; how to create and implement a social media strategy; the day-to-day management of a public company’s social media networks; and the benefits to IR of having a social media program.

Caroline Clapham, Associate, Blake Cassels & Graydon


Kelly Freeman, Manager, Investor Relations, PotashCorp
Megan Patterson, Associate, Investor Relations, ARC Resources Ltd.

10:15am    Break with Exhibitors

10:45am    Breakout Sessions (select one)

Option #1  How is the Role of IR Changing and What Skills Do You Need to Succeed?

CIRI has updated a cornerstone publication – CIRI’s IR Compensation & Responsibilities Survey. Find out what major shifts that have occurred in the profession since 2010 and hear what your colleagues had to say about the current status of the profession and where IR may be headed.

Cathy Whitehead McIntyre, Carolyn Vose & Associates


George Kesteven, Manager, Corporate & Investor Relations, Sterling Resources Ltd.
Jennifer McCaughey, Senior Director, Investor Relations & Financial Communications, Transcontinental Inc.

Option #2  Changes in Equity Market Structure

Market share statistics have become very noisy. As the capital markets have evolved, new trading techniques have been developed in the backdrop of fragmentation across new trading venues. As an IRO, you need to understand how these techniques impact your company’s share price and volatility and what impact they have on reported volumes. During this session you will learn about trading strategies used by high-frequency traders; how derivative trading impacts block volumes; and how each of these impact the markets and your shares so that you can provide greater intelligence to your management.

John Shannon, Global Head of Institutional Equity Trading, BMO Capital Markets

Option #3  Wi-LAN Bids for MOSAID: The Target’s Perspective

In 2011, Wi-LAN attempted to acquire MOSAID Technologies in an unsolicited bid. After three months, a major patent transaction, intense media coverage and OSC hearings on its shareholder rights plan, MOSAID secured a white knight, taking them private. Michael Salter, MOSAID’s IRO, will take you through his experience, discussing the role of IR during a hostile bid, how the IR responsibilities differed from the day-to-day role and the lessons learned.

Michael Salter, Senior Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, MOSAID Technologoies Inc.

11:45pm    Reception with Exhibitors

12:30pm    Awards Ceremony & Lunch

2:00pm      Breakout Sessions (select one)

Option #1  Senior IRO Discussion – What’s on your Mind?

Join leading IROs from each of CIRI’s four Chapters to discuss the IR issues that are most relevant today. Ask them how they have accelerated their IR strategy and career. This session takes the format of a ‘fireside chat’ and we encourage you to participate in this interactive discussion, exchanging ideas and sharing strategies with your peers.

David Carey, Senior Vice-President, Capital Markets, ARC Resources Ltd.


Jason Fleury, Senior Manager, Investor Relations, Penn West Exploration
Bruce Mann, Vice President, Investor Relations, Rogers Communications Inc.
Robert Noorigian, Vice President, Investor Relations, Canadian National Railway Co.
Darren Seed, Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, Wesport Innovations

Option #2  Identify, Target & Market to Your Preferred Shareholders

In today’s markets it’s hard to know who owns your stock. And when you find out who does, are they the type of investors you want? Learn how two seasoned IROs identify their shareholders; use that information to target their preferred investor type and effectively market to this group.

Meghan Brown, Director, investor Relations, Canaco Resources Inc.
Chaya Cooperberg, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.

Option #3  Wi-LAN Bids for MOSAID: The Bidder’s Perspective

In 2011, Wi-LAN attempted to acquire MOSAID Technologies in an unsolicited bid. After three months, multiple bids and intense media coverage, Wi-LAN refused to increase their offer and walked away from the deal. Tyler Burns, Wi-LAN’s IRO, will discuss how his role was impacted by the takeover attempt, the IR and communications strategies he used during this event and the lessons learned.

Tyler Burns, Director, Investor Relations, WI-LAN Inc.

3:00pm      Break with Exhibitors

3:30pm      In Conversation with the Street

With today’s market turmoil, the players and their relationships with one another continues to shift. How do the sell-side and buy-side work together today? How do they interact with the IRO? Join a sell-side analyst and an institutional investor who will tell you how the environment is ever-changing, what they expect from the IRO and how you can ensure that your story is being heard.

Brian Ector, Vice-President, Investor Relations, Baytex Energy Corp.


Helen Beck, Lead Manager, Canadian Equities, Jarislowsky Fraser Limited
Sara Elford, Research Analyst, Sustainability & CleanTech, Canaccord Genuity

6:00pm      Race Day Reception with Exhibitors

7:30pm      Grand Prix Gala


7:30am      Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30am      The Global Economy – What’s Next

The global economic outlook for 2012 is unsettling. As IROs, you need to stay informed about changing economic conditions and how they may impact your organizations. What can we expect over the next 12 months - in Canada and abroad - and what does this mean for IROs? Chief Economist for Laurentian Bank Securities, Carlos Leitao, will share his views with us.

Carlos Leitao, Chief Strategist & Chief Economist, Laurentian Bank Securities

9:30am      Breakout Sessions (select one)

Option #1  Crisis Communications – The Plan

Sponsored by TMX Equicom

In the time of a crisis, providing clear and concise information to the public is essential to minimizing the impact on your company. Make sure you have a crisis communications plan in place before you need it – it can be your best resource. Learn what should be in your plan; how often you should review it; and who should be on your crisis management team. Hear first hand how IROs have handled their crisis, what role their plan played and what they would have done differently.

Allan Candelario, Investor Relations, Alamos Gold
Dave Mason, President, TMX Equicom
Ana Raman, Director, Investor Relations, Nordion Inc.

Option #2  Moderated Roundtables (Four to choose from!)

Join your peers in a lively discussion as a colleague moderates a roundtable on key IR issues. Participants will self-select the roundtable of their choice. Come prepared to not only learn from your peers, but to share your tips, tricks, examples and best practices. This interactive session is a great way to tap into your colleagues’ experiences and expertise. 

Topic: Raising Capital - Erica Belling, EVP, Investor Relations, Tau Capital Corp.
Topic: Reporting to the Board - Denis Jasmin, Vice President, Investor Relations, SNC Lavalin
Topic: Mining Industry - Lynette Gould, Director, Investor Relations, GoldCorp Inc.
Topic: Retail Shareholders - Dmitry Kushnir, Director, Investor Relations, Agnico-Eagle Mines

Option #3  Are You Maximizing Your IR Program Dollars?

In this day and age, IROs are being asked to do more with either the same resources or less. How do you maximize your budget dollars and people resources in order to achieve your IR objectives? What elements of the IR program are must-haves? Where can you get bigger bang for your buck? Learn how these two IR veterans have implemented meaningful IR programs with a small team (sometimes one member!) and on a limited budget.

Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment
Suzette Ramcharan, Manager, Investor Relations, St. Andrews Goldfields Ltd.

10:30am    Break with Exhibitors

11:00am    Uncovering Competitive Information on the Web

It’s amazing what you can find on the “invisible web” where approximately 70% of information about people, technologies and companies is not yet indexed by search engines. How can you access this information to gain competitive and strategic insights? Who may be doing similar searches on your company, what will they find and what can you do to protect your organization? Estelle Métayer, an expert in competitive and strategic intelligence, will discuss what surprising information can be found from digging a little bit deeper on the web.

Estelle Métayer, Principal & Founder, Competia & Adjunct Professor for McGill University

12:00pm    Reception with Exhibitors

12:30pm    Power Lunch organized with CIRI Quebec: Capital Market Stakeholders Weigh in on Emerging Issue

The capital markets have changed dramatically over the past several years making it more challenging for management teams to understand and assess the impact on their own companies. Join us for a thought-provoking session where we ask various capital market players some difficult questions about capital market trends and issues and what they mean to the practice of investor relations. As an audience member, you too will be able to provide your perspective in this highly interactive session.

David McAusland, Senior Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

Bryan Coates, Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Osisko Mining Corporation
Sophie Cousineau, Columnist, La Presse
Barry Critchley, Columnist, National Post
Thomas Dea, Partner, West face Capital Inc.
Stephen Jarislowsky, Chairman, CEO & Director, Jarislowsky Fraser Limited

2:00pm      A Global View of IR: What You Need to Know

What issues are IROs dealing with in the US, Europe, and Australia? Do they impact you and your organization? If so, how? If they don’t, is it just a matter of time before they make their way to Canada? Join the leading executives from the Global Investor Relations Network as they discuss their perspectives of IR and what it means for you.

Tom Enright, President and CEO, CIRI


Ian Matheson, CEO, Australasian IR Association Ltd. (AIRA)
Michael Mitchell, General Manager, The Investor Relations Society (IRS)
Jeffrey Morgan, President & CEO, National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)

3:00pm Closing Remarks

***Sessions are subject to change.

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