Speaker Bios and Photos will be added as they are confirmed.

Helen Beck
Manager, Canadian Equities, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited. 

Prior to joining Jarislowsky, Fraser in 2009, Helen spent fifteen years with CN Investment Division, manager of the pension fund for Canadian National Railway.  At the time of her departure, Helen was manager of the North American equity portfolio and a member of the senior management committee. Helen holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in finance from Concordia University and the CFA designation.

Erica Belling
Executive Vice President of Investor Relations, Tau Capital Corp.

Since 2007, Erica has led investor relations for Tau Capital’s two TSX listed mining companies, CIC Energy Corp and Talon Metals Corp which have exploration projects in Africa and South America. Erica has over 10 years experience in international investor relations and over 20 years of business experience.  Prior to her career at Tau Capital, she was a Senior Manager, Analysis & Disclosure, External Reporting at RBC Financial Group. Prior to this, Erica worked as a Senior Consultant at National Investor Relations managing over 30 TSX listed clients.  Erica is also a former ranked equity research analyst and portfolio manager.  At Newcrest Capital she covered the chemicals and fertilizer sectors. Prior to this she held increasing senior positions at DuPont Canada Inc. Erica is a graduate of McGill University (B. Eng., Chemical Engineering), York University (M.B.A., Finance & Economics) and is a CFA Charterholder and Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).  Erica currently serves on CIRI’s Issues Committee.

Rhonda Bennetto

Vice President, Corporate Communications, Great Panther Silver Limited

Ms. Bennetto was appointed Vice President, Corporate Communications in April, 2012. In this capacity, she will lead the Company's Corporate Communications function, developing and implementing external and internal strategies that will enhance Great Panther's strategic vision of becoming a profitable mid-tier primary silver producer. Ms. Bennetto has held senior roles with several publically traded companies with a focus on international mining and resource assets, including Mexico, and brings more than 18 years of experience in capital markets and investor relations expertise to Great Panther Silver Limited.   Ms. Bennetto has sound expertise participating in and communicating initial public offerings, subsequent financings, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and recapitalizations. She currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute and is Chairman of the Public Relations Advisory Committee for Mount Royal University. Ms. Bennetto holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and has completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Tyler Burns

Director, Investor Relations, WI-LAN Inc

Tyler Burns is Director of Investor Relations at Wi-LAN Inc, a TSX and NASDAQ listed company that specializes in the development and licensing of intellectual property. Prior to joining Wi-LAN, he held senior level marketing positions at Azimuth Systems, Broadcom Corporation and IceFyre Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company that he co-founded in 2001. Tyler has 18 years of experience in product marketing and marketing communications. Among his volunteer activities, Tyler is a member of the White Coat Campaign Committee, Ottawa Hospital Foundation and a committee member of Project North, a volunteer organization focused on providing literacy and fitness programs that benefit Inuit youth in Canada's North. Tyler has also served as a member of the Campaign Cabinet, Ottawa Hospital Foundation; member of the program committee of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation – Zone5 Technology Marketing Forum, an advisory board member and lecturer at the Algonquin College Technology Marketing Program, Chairman of the Wi-Fi Alliance Consumer Electronics Task Group and Vice-Chair of the Wi-Fi Alliance Security Marketing Task Group. Tyler graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, with specialization in Aerodynamics and Propulsion. Tyler joined the CIRI

Ontario board in 2009 and serves on the Marketing Committee.

Meghan Brown
Director, Investor Relations, Canaco Resource Inc.

Meghan Brown is Director, Investor Relations for Canaco Resources Inc., a position she has held since December 2010. Prior to joining Canaco she was Investor Relations Manager for the Augusta group of companies, which included Augusta Resources, Ventana Gold and Wildcat Silver, three Vancouver-based mineral exploration companies. She works with analysts and investors, the financial community and the media, developing communications products and services, including news releases, annual reports, investor roadshows, speeches and employee newsletters.

Meghan has worked in investor relations and corporate communications at a number of publicly traded companies, including Placer Dome, TransCanada, Suncor Energy, Lake Shore Gold and Zincore Metals. She also spent several years at a leading communications agency, providing a full range of communications and investor relations products and services to public companies.

Meghan has a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Queen's University.

Stewart Busbridge
Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions, Canaccord Genuity

Stewart joined Canaccord in 2010 upon the acquisition of Genuity Capital Markets, where he was a principal in the Mergers & Acquisitions group, a position he had held since Genuity's founding in 2005.  Previously, Stewart had held several positions in the investment banking department at a Canadian bank-owned dealer.  Throughout his 15 year career, Stewart has advised on a large number of M&A, corporate finance and restructuring situations, including those involving hostile bidders and activist investors, in a wide range of industry sectors. Stewart holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (1st Class honours) from Queen's University.

Allan Candelario

Investor Relations, Alamos Gold  

Mr. Candelario has been coordinating Alamos Gold’s investor relations program since January 2011. He has several years of experience in capital markets, and prior to joining Alamos, he worked in equity research at TD Securities. He attained his business degree from the Schulich School of Business and received his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 2008.

David Carey

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, ARC Resources Limited

David is Senior Vice President, Capital Markets at ARC Resources, where he is responsible for ARC's government and investor relations, as well as corporate governance activities. He has over 30 years of diverse experience in the Canadian and international energy industries covering exploration, project evaluations, production, finance and investor relations. From 1999 to 2001 he held the dual roles of Director, Investor Relations at Gulf Canada Resources Ltd., and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Athabasca Oil Sands Trust.

David holds both an Honours BSc in Geological Engineering and an MBA from Queen's University. He is a member of CIRI's Board of Directors and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.

Caroline Clapham

Associate, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Caroline is an associate lawyer practicing in the area of Securities and M&A at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Vancouver, with experience advising on all aspects of securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, both public and private offerings and continuous disclosure requirements applicable to public companies.  Caroline has particular expertise in the use of social media by both public and private companies, and she regularly advises clients on disclosure issues arising from social media use.

Bryan Coates

Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Osisko Mining Corporation

Bryan is Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Osisko Mining Corporation. He has more than 30 years of progressive experience in the mining sector in Canada and South America. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He serves on the boards of U3O8 Corp., Québec Mining Association Inc., and is Chairman of the mining sector committee of Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.

Chaya Cooperberg

Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.

Chaya Cooperberg is the Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd., the third-largest provider of waste and recycling services in North America. Since joining in 2007, she has overseen the NYSE and TSX-listed company’s strategic investor relations, public relations and employee communications initiatives.   Prior to her appointment, Ms. Cooperberg was the Director of Investor Relations and Communications for Alderwoods Group, a NASDAQ-listed funeral and cemetery services operator. Previously, she was the Director, Investor Relations at Descartes Systems Group, an inter-listed Canadian logistics software firm.   Ms. Cooperberg has a BAA in Journalism from the Ryerson School of Journalism and has worked as a business journalist for publications such as the Globe and Mail, Stockhouse.com and Investor’s Digest of Canada. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute’s Virtual Chapter and served for several years on the Canadian Investor Relations Institute’s Ontario Chapter. She was a finalist for IR Magazine’s Best Investor Relations Officer (Canada) for 2008.

Sophie Cousineau
Columnist, La Press

As a young child, Sophie dreamed of flying airplanes. But with its galloping myopia, no one had told her what she would learn in 12 years as an economist. After three years at McGill University, to plot graphs, solve equations-packed full, she took to her heels.  She obtained her MA in journalism in Illinois. For over 15 years she has practiced the profession as a journalist, including 12 years as an economic reporter. She went through The Sun, Commerce magazine in Les Affaires before joining La Presse in 1998. To her, economics is not just a series of numbers, it embraces the whole life. Maple syrup poured over her daughter's pancakes, jeans worn by her son and the wireless that is connected into the ear of her friend.

Barry Critchley
Columnist, National Post

Barry, who hails from Australia, has been writing a column about Bay Street for more than 25 years.The deals, both big and small, the players and the perspective have been the central part of those columns. He is passionate about the rights of shareholders and believes that markets would be better served if their interests were better represented.

Thomas Dea
Senior Partner, West Face Capital

Tom is a founding partner of West Face Capital Inc., a Toronto-based hedge fund with approximately $3.0 billion in capital under management.  West Face invests in private equity, private debt, distressed public debt and insolvency restructurings, and event-related public common equity strategies.  Tom was the West Face partner on the Maple Leaf Foods investment.  He is a former Managing Director of Onex Corporation, Canada's largest private equity investor (1995-2003).  He is a graduate of Yale College (B.A., Economics, 1987) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1993).

Daniella Dimitrov
Chairmain, Commonwealth Silver and Gold
Director, Aldridge Minerals & Orvana Minerals

Daniella Dimitrov has over 18 years of capital markets and operational experience. Ms. Dimitrov has held various consulting roles in the mining industry including with Baffinland Iron Mines where she served as a director and Executive Vice Chair during its five month hostile/friendly take-over process. Ms. Dimitrov’s former positions include Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives of Raymond James and Chief Operating Officer of Dundee Securities. Ms. Dimitrov has served as a director or member of various financial services regulatory organizations including the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments and is currently the Chair and a director of Commonwealth Silver and Gold Mining and a director of Aldridge Minerals and Orvana Minerals.  Ms. Dimitrov has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor and is completing an Executive MBA at Kellogg School of Management and Schulich School of Business.

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

Brian was appointed Vice President, Investor Relations on June 20, 2011 and is responsible for all of Baytex's investor relations functions. He joined Baytex in November 2009 and held the position of Director of Investor Relations from November 2009 to June 2011. Prior to joining Baytex, Brian 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. Brian 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 member of CIRI’s Board of Directors as well as a member of NIRI, the CFA Institute and the Calgary CFA Society.

Sara Elford
Analyst, Cannacord Genuity

Sara joined Canaccord in November 1998 with the acquisition of Brink, Hudson & Lefever, where she followed special situations. Prior, she worked in investment banking with Wood Gundy in Vancouver and Kidder Peabody in New York. Today, Sara follows a wide range of companies across numerous industries, mostly in the sustainability or clean tech space. She enjoys uncovering new companies that are not widely known, and then following their progress as they mature. Sara has ranked in the top 2 for stock picking in Diversified Industrials by StarMine, the world's leading provider of objective ratings of securities analysts, four times. Sara holds a CFA designation and a BBA from Bishop's University in Quebec.

Jason Fleury
Manager, Investor Relations
Penn West Exploration

Jason Fleury joined Penn West Exploration early in 2008 as Manager, Investor Relations. Jason has held Investor Relations positions of increasing seniority at a number of energy companies. He was promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Investor Relations in 2011.  A graduate of the University of Calgary, Jason earned an MBA in Global Energy Management.  Jason has been a member of the CIRI Alberta Board of Directors since 2009. 

Kelly Freeman

Manager, Investor Relations, PotashCorp

Kelly Freeman joined PotashCorp in 2007 in his current role as Manager, Investor Relations where he is responsible for external communications with PotashCorp’s investment community including both institutional and retail investors. A critical component of Kelly’s role is managing PotashCorp’s web and social media platforms. Before joining PotashCorp, he spent time in the forestry products industry with Weyerhaeuser in various financial management roles. Kelly has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and has earned his designation as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He also currently acts as a moderator for the Saskatchewan CMA Strategic Leadership Program.

Lynette Gould

Manager, Investor Relations, Goldcorp Inc.

Lynette joined Goldcorp in 2009 as Manager, Investor Relations.  Previously she worked as a financial analyst with Canada Bread in Toronto.  Prior to that post she held positions in financial analysis and investor relations for Vancouver firms Seaspan Ship Management, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals and Growthworks developing extensive experience in financial modeling, forecasting and reporting. Her current responsibilities include managing relations with the analyst and investment communities and working with the Goldcorp IR team and senior management on external messaging and maximizing opportunities to leverage investor oriented events.

Lynette is a CFA charterholder and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Fraser Valley.   She is also an active member of CIRI, serving as treasurer for the BC Chapter.

Stephen Jarislowsky
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited

Stephen was born in Berlin, Germany in September 1925.  He immigrated to the United States in 1941.  He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University and then served in the US Army.  He finished basic training and studied Japanese at the University of Chicago prior to serving in Counter-Intelligence in Japan after the War.

On return to the United States in 1946, he attended the University of Chicago, graduating with an MA and Phi Beta Kappa Honours.  He followed this with MBA studies at Harvard Business School, graduating in 1949 with distinction.

He worked three years with Alcan Aluminium in Montreal and briefly returned to the United States prior to starting Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited in June of 1955 in Montreal.

Now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and former President of the firm, for 56 years he has directed the growth of the company to become one of the largest and most successful investment management firms in Canada.

He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a Grand Officier de L’Ordre National du Québec, Honorary LL.Ds from Queens University, University of Alberta, l’Université de Montréal, McMaster University, Concordia University, Assumption University, l’Université Laval, University of Ottawa, Simon Fraser University, McGill University and l’Université de Québec.

Directorships during his lifetime of some 30 companies include, SNC-Lavalin, Canadian Marconi, Abitibi Consolidated, Southam, Unimedia, The Daily Telegraph (UK), Didier Refractories, Swiss Bank  Corporation, Canon Canada, Velan Inc., Canfor (formerly Slocan) and Chairman of Goodfellow Inc.

He is the co-founder and director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, as well as the Institut sur la gouvernance d’organisations privées et publiques as well as four University Chairs for Corporate Governance.  He holds the International Entrepreneur Award from the University of Manitoba, Corporate Director Lifelong Achievement Award, Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Denis Jasmin
Vice President, Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Denis is a Chartered Accountant with 23 years of experience in auditing, finance, and accounting, primarily in management positions. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal, and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1991.

Denis joined SNC-Lavalin in 2000 as Assistant Corporate Controller in the Finance Department.  In this position, he was responsible for preparing the company’s annual and quarterly reports, revising financial analysis for acquisitions and investments, and for the financial aspects of strategic planning. Five of the six annual reports written under his direction have garnered awards. In June 2007, he was promoted to Vice-President, Investor Relations.  In 2011, under Denis’ leadership, SNC-Lavalin Group was awarded the Grand Prix for Best Investor Relations Mid-Cap at the annual IR Awards.  Denis received an honourable mention for Best Investor Relations Officer Mid-Cap at the 2011 and 2012 annual IR Awards.

Denis is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Chapter of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.  He is also a member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

George Kesteven
Manager, Corporate and Investor Relations, Sterling Resources Limited

George is currently Manager, Corporate and Investor Relations with Calgary-based Sterling Resources Ltd., an international junior oil and gas company with operations in the United Kingdom, Romania, and France. Prior to joining Sterling in mid 2008 he was Manager, Investor Relations at PrimeWest Energy Trust, a position he had held since 2001.

Concurrent to much of his tenure with PrimeWest he served as President of the Canadian Association of Income Funds (CAIF) from 2004 to 2006, and assumed the role of Chair from early 2007 until year-end 2008. Prior to his involvement with the income trust world he held senior roles in corporate finance and investor relations with TransCanada Pipelines and Petro-Canada respectively.

George is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds both an MBA (Finance) and a B.Comm. (Marketing) from the University of Calgary. He is on CIRI’s Board of Directors and an active member of CIRI Alberta and the Calgary CFA Society.

Dmitry Kushnir
Director, Investor Relations, Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Dmitry is a CFA Charterholder and has been in investor relations since 2008. Dmitry's capital markets knowledge has been developed through previous roles in Equity Research and Investment Banking. As a result, he strongly believes that buy-side and sell-side are well served by detailed, easily accessible financial and operating information from the issuers. In his current role, Dmitry developed a "Financial and Operating Database," an online tool that provides a vast array of key data to stakeholders in a model-like format. The successful adoption and usage of the database have led to its transformation into a key communication method for Agnico-Eagle.  

Carlos Leitao
Chief Strategist & Chief Economist, Laurentian Bank Securities

Carlos Leitao has extensive experience in banking and financial services, a field in which he has worked for over 25 years. This experience has given him excellent knowledge of Canada’s economic issues and business sectors as well as the broader North American context in which regional economic factors and players are situated. In 1979, after obtaining his degree in Economics from McGill University, Mr. Leitao began his career at Royal Bank. He joined the bank’s Economics Department in 1982, where he worked in different functional areas in both Montreal and Toronto. Carlos Leitao joined Laurentian Bank Securities in January 2003 as its Chief Economist, and joined the firm’s Management Committee in May of 2004. In 2006, he was appointed to the Credit Committee of Laurentian Bank. He has also been a member of the Bank of Canada’s Quebec Panel since 2007. In 2008, Bloomberg ranked Carlos Leitao, our Chief Economist, among their top economists regarding the U.S. forecast.

Bruce Mann
Vice-President, Investor Relations, Rogers Communications Inc. 

Bruce M. Mann is Vice President, Investor Relations at Rogers Communications Inc., a $20 billion diversified Canadian telecommunications and media company, and owner of the country’s largest wireless and cable operations.   In this role Bruce has overall responsibility for directing and coordinating Investor Relations and related programs across the Rogers group of communications and media companies. In this position he serves as corporate spokesperson with external financial audiences and is responsible for managing Rogers' relationships with institutional share owners, bondholders and industry analysts. As well, he is responsible for marketing Rogers’ equity securities to institutional investors globally and for driving capital market perspectives into the company and board of directors to help shape business and financial strategy. Bruce brings a deep investor relations and capital markets background to his position, as well as strong industry and cross border experience.

Bruce is a seasoned and strategic international investor relations and corporate communications professional with strong credentials in public company capital markets initiatives, M&A and financial reporting, and with proven success in Fortune 100, mid-cap and IPO environments.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and finance from Colorado Mesa University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).  He has also taught accounting as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s MBA program, has had two articles published in Management Accounting Magazine, is a member of National Investor Relations Institute’s Senior Roundtable, and serves on the Canadian Investor Relations Institute Board of Directors and the Ontario Securities Commission’s Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee.  He has been recognized with numerous awards as a leading investor relations officer and investor relations program leader.

Pat Marshall
Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment

Pat Marshall joined Cineplex Entertainment in May 2003 as Vice President Marketing and Communications.  In November 2003, she took on the added responsibility of Investor Relations.  In her current role she oversees all Corporate, Media and Employee Communications, Investor Relations and Corporate Giving.  Prior to joining Cineplex, Ms. Marshall was Vice President, IMAX Theatres for IMAX Corporation, where she was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide corporate theatre operations, marketing and communications. Before this she held management positions at Westin Hotels and Commonwealth Holiday Inns.  Ms. Marshall is a graduate of the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program from Red River College in Winnipeg.
Ms. Marshall is a member of the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, a founding member of Access 2 Entertainment and a Cabinet Member for Sick Kids Hospital Leaders.  She is also the recipient of IR Magazine’s Best Investor Relations Officer award in 2007 and 2008 in the small to mid-cap category.

Dave Mason
President, TMX Equicom

Dave Mason has been a member of the Equicom team since 2000. He has provided strategic counsel to a diverse group of companies at all stages of development – private, IPO and public. Prior to joining Equicom, Dave was a Vice President with the sales and marketing team at a mutual fund company. Over the course of his career, Dave has honed his skills in presentation development and delivery, earned his CFA charter, and built a network of contacts throughout the investment community. Dave’s strategic insight comes from his unique combination of financial acumen, communication skills and relationship-building experience. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.

Ian Matheson
CEO, Australasian IR Association Ltd. (AIRA)

Ian Matheson is Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Investor Relations Association, an industry association representing listed entities in advancing the awareness of and best practice in investor relations.  Ian has worked in association management, investor relations and corporate governance for 18 years.   Before AIRA, he was global head of Computershare Analytics, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters.   Prior to that Ian was Executive Director of the Australian Investment Managers’ Association (now IFSA) and has also worked in politics as Chief of Staff to the Hon Alexander Downer MP and also as an Economist for Westpac Banking Corporation. He is past Chairman of the Global Investor Relations Network and was a founding director of the International Corporate Governance Network.   Ian was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Member of the National Investor Relations Institute of the USA, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (FCIS) and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin).

David McAusland
Senior Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

David is a partner in our Business Law Group. He is a distinguished senior corporate strategist and advisor and focuses on major corporate portfolio transactions, financial structures, divestitures, securities and corporate finance, governance and regulatory affairs.

David is an effective and proactive leader with a unique track record of success and innovation in the global business environment. David formerly served as Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Alcan Inc., where he led a multi-country team that completed more than 75 acquisition and divestiture transactions, as well as complex joint ventures around the world. Particularly noteworthy is David’s leadership role in the design and execution of major strategic initiatives, including the successful unprecedented, unsolicited offer for Pechiney (France), the spin-off of Novelis Inc., the response strategy for the unsolicited offer by Alcoa Inc. and the subsequent sale of Alcan to Rio Tinto plc., Canada’s largest-ever M&A transaction. Prior to joining Alcan, David was the managing partner of a major law firm, where he had a leading practice focused on innovative capital markets transactions and solutions. He appears as a leading lawyer in natural resources law in the last edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.

A seasoned corporate director and authority on governance, David currently serves on the boards of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc., Cascades Inc., Equinox Minerals Ltd. and Khan Resources Inc. and is Chairman of ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. He has served as Chair of the Reform Implementation Council for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and he is Chair of the National Circus School Foundation.

David’s achievements have been recognized with various awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 at the Canadian General Counsel Awards, which recognize the accomplishments of Canada’s top general counsel. He also received the Dealmaker Award at the 2005 Canadian General Counsel Awards and a Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for community and public service in 2002.

David received his BCL in 1976 and his LLB in 1977, both from McGill University. He was called to the Québec bar in 1978. He is a member of the Barreau du Québec, the Canadian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. 

Jennifer McCaughey
Senior Director, Investor Relations and Financial Communications, Transcontinental Inc.

Since joining in 2002, Jennifer has held numerous positions within the finance department. She is currently responsible for investor relations, financial communications, sustainable development and brand strategy. She sits on the Corporation’s Corporate Disclosure Committee and she is a member of the Board of the CIRI Quebec Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University as well as the CFA designation. She previously worked at Andersen (now Deloitte) as a Senior Consultant in Corporate Finance, at Sprott Securities (now Cormark Securities) as a Sell Side Analyst and at Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst. She is perfectly bilingual (French and English).

Cathy Whitehead McIntyre
Carolyn Vose & Associates

Cathy Whitehead McIntyre has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and market research.  She holds an MBA from the University of Victoria, a Certificate of Proficiency in Qualitative Research from the AC Nielsen Burke Institute in Cincinnati, and the Certified Marketing Research Professional (CMRP) designation awarded by the MRIA.  She sits on the Board of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and the Senate of the University of Victoria.  Cathy has worked with Carolyn Vose & Associates since 1998 on a wide range of business-to-business research projects in capital markets, including conducting executive interviews for the 2012 CIRI Compensation and Responsibilities Survey.

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

Estelle Métayer is an expert in Competitive and Strategic Intelligence. Her research focuses on how managers, CEOs, and board members build and improve their strategic planning and/or competitive intelligence function to avoid strategic blindspots. Her best work is done when companies need to drastically change the way they do business and/or grow aggressively. She is a reputed public speaker in international conferences ( for example in Davos in 2012) and facilitates strategic workshops around the world. An adjunct professor for McGill University, she teaches with Henry Mintzberg in the Advanced Leadership Programs and the International Master for Health Leadership. She also introduced Competitive Intelligence into the McGill-Rottman School of Business’s certification program for Canadian board directors, and into the new HEC-McGill Executive MBA . Estelle is also a guest lecturer in programs co-led by IMD (Lausanne), the IMB (India), INSEAD or MIT. 

Prior to selling the company in 2004, Estelle was the president and founder of a leading training organization for executives and analysts in Strategic Intelligence. The company launched in 1998 Competia.com which became the world's largest community, portal and magazine for strategy professionals, receiving over 1 million hits each month.  

A former consultant at the international Strategic Consulting firm McKinsey & Company, she gained first-hand practical experience while managing the competitive intelligence, business development and strategic planning function at CAE Inc. She started her career at the ING Bank in the Netherlands and in Poland, studying the financial risks of expanding into emerging countries, and in the French Conglomerate Bouygues in France and the United Kingdom.

She received in 2000 the Arista Sunlife Award for "Entrepreneur of the Year" and was a finalist in 2001 for the Award "Women of Merit" from the YWCA. She sat on the board of the Grands Ballets Canadiens and of World Canada Youth and was voted in 2011 one of the TOP10 most influential professionals in corporate governance globally.  

Estelle was trained in the Netherlands, where she obtained her MBA and Drs. from the University of Nijenrode. She speaks French, English, German, Dutch, Italian and Arabic. She is also a mother, a commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Michael Mitchell
General Manager
The IR Society

Michael qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and worked in the retail and transport sectors. After various line positions in finance he moved into investor relations in 1986. From 1998 until 2004 he was Director of Corporate Communications with FirstGroup plc, before working on the renewal of the Group’s railway franchises.  Michael has been a Board member of The Investor Relations Society since early 2005 and became General Manager in January 2007.


Jeffrey Morgan
President & CEO, National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)

Jeff Morgan is President and CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). Jeff has held this position since January 2008 and is responsible for defining and executing a plan to maximize member value in the areas of advocacy, education, information and peer-to-peer networking. Jeff is charged with achieving NIRI’s strategic vision which includes becoming the primary industry knowledge and education provider, maximizing NIRI’s many nationwide chapters, serving as the advocate for the IR profession, and ensuring NIRI members conform to the highest ethical standards.  

Prior to joining NIRI, Morgan was Chief Operating Officer of the Futures Industry Association (FIA) for nine years, where he also served as the Executive Vice President of the Institute for Financial Markets, an affiliate of the FIA. Prior to joining FIA, Jeff served as a Senior Vice President for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents.               

A Pennsylvania native, Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Information Technology from Susquehanna University and a Masters Degree program in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. Morgan is a CAE (Certified Association Executive) and Fellow (FASAE) of the American Society of Association Executives. Morgan also serves on the NYSE Individual Investor Advisory Committee and has been named by NACD Directorship Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the U.S. for 2010 and 2011.

Robert Noorigian
Vice President, Investor Relations, Canadian National Railway Co.

Appointed Vice-President, Investor Relations in November 1996, Mr. Robert Noorigian provides strategic direction and guidance for the company's position in the global equity markets, as well as managing the Company's relationship with its various investors. Prior to joining CN, Mr. Noorigian was Director of Investor Relations at Southern Pacific Railway, a Denver-based company, and formerly held a similar position with Union Pacific Corporation. He has also held various positions in finance and economics with a number of major US corporations over the past 20 years. Mr. Noorigian has received numerous awards from 2001 to 2011 for Best Overall Investor Relations and Best Investor Relations Officer in both the U.S. and Canadian Markets. Mr. Noorigian holds a Master in Science degree in economics and a Bachelor of Arts in economics/business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

François Olivier
President and Chief Executive Officer, Transcontinental Inc.

François Olivier has been President and Chief Executive Officer of TC Transcontinental since 2008. He joined the Corporation in 1993 and  rose through the ranks. He became a member of the Executive Management Committee of the Corporation in 2005 when he was appointed sector President.

François Olivier is the driving force behind TC Transcontinental’s successful newspaper outsourcing model in North America. He also spearheaded several investment projects over the past few years, in new printing technologies, totalling over $700 million. These initiatives resulted in a state-of-the-art hybrid printing platform across Canada and in California.  Under his leadership, TC Transcontinental’s digital revenues more than doubled, from $78 million in 2008 to more than $193 million in 2011.

A determined businessman, he is a member of the new generation of managers who focus on innovation, teamwork and customer satisfaction. Growth and performance are central to his management philosophy. It is his belief that the corporate culture is key to TC Transcontinental’s growth.

François Olivier has a B. Sc from McGill University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School.

Micheal Salter
Senior Director, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, MOSAID Technologies

Michael is responsible for developing IR and corporate communications strategies at MOSAID.  In 2010, he broke new ground with the Investor Channel , the first web video-based IR site and communications platform in North America.  In late 2011, following a widely publicized hostile takeover attempt, MOSAID was acquired by Sterling Partners, a U.S.-based private equity company.   Michael joined MOSAID in 2006, and was immediately tasked with developing the Company’s communications strategy during a proxy contest launched by Loeb Partners, a New York City hedge fund.  Prior to MOSAID, he was Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing Communications at Ottawa’s Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.   Michael worked as an independent communications consultant during the 1990s.  He began his career in Toronto as a business reporter and editor for the Financial Post newspaper, Maclean’s magazine, and the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business Magazine.  Most recently, he wrote the Investor Relations column for Listed, a specialty magazine for Canadian public companies.

Darren Seed
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications,
Westport Innovations

Darren Seed is the Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications at Westport Innovations, a dual-listed company and the global leader in natural gas engines. Darren's key role at Westport has been the establishment of the Company's U.S. listing and shareholder base since the Company's Nasdaq listing in the summer of 2008. Westport's shareholder base has grown from 10,000 shareholders in 2008 to over 60,000 in 2012. Prior to joining Westport, Darren was the Director of IR for Forbes Medi-Tech where he developed an investor relations program which helped increase Forbes' shareholder base from approximately 3,000 to over 8,000 shareholders with a particular focus on increasing institutional ownership. He has worked extensively in both the Canadian and American markets with over 15 years IR experience across various industries including Biotech, Fuel Cell, High Tech and the venture capital arena. Prior to joining Forbes, Darren was Manager, Investor Relations for TeraGlobal Communications Corp and has completed CIRI's Strategic Management of Investor Relations Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Darren is the National Membership Chair for CIRI and Past President of the B.C. Chapter and has been a board member since 2005.

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

John is a Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets, Head of Institutional Equity Trading.  Previously, John worked as a Research Associate in the Small Cap Technology Group at Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles. Since joining BMO in 1998, John has managed the Preferred Shares book, the Single Stock Options book and ran Sales and Trading for Income Trusts.  John was appointed Head of Canadian Sales Trading in 2006, and Head of Equity Trading in 2010.  As Head of Equity Trading, John is responsible for the BMO Capital Markets Institutional Equity Trading businesses in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. John holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics from McGill University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.  He also holds the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) designation. John sits on the Board of Directors of FNS, a United Way Sponsored not-for-profit assisting residents of one of Toronto’s most at risk neighborhoods.

John Vincic
Vice-President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Hudbay Mineral Inc. 

John Vincic is Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Hudbay Minerals Inc., where he is responsible for all aspects of investor relations, government relations, corporate reputation management, media relations and corporate branding. He joined Hudbay Minerals in 2009 and since then has established a proactive investor relations engagement strategy, implemented formal benchmarking of the overall IR program and developed a new government relations program. His work at Hudbay Minerals was recognized in 2010 and 2011 with nominations at the IR Magazine Canada Awards in the category for Most Progress in Investor Relations. John’s career in investor relations and corporate communications has spanned more than 15 years.

Prior to joining Hudbay Minerals, John was Executive Vice President at Barnes McInerney Inc. In this role he was responsible for managing relationships and providing strategic IR guidance to a group of clients across various industries including mining, financial services, retail, bio-technology, oil and gas, manufacturing and real estate. His areas of expertise included advising clients on pre- and Post-IPO IR programs, M&A communications, proxy contests, takeover defense strategies, media relations, executive coaching and training, corporate reorganizations and public affairs issues. John has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo and a post-graduate certificate with high honors in Journalism from Sheridan College. John joined the CIRI Ontario Board in 2010 and serves on the Membership and Mentoring committees.

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