Issues Committee Overview

The Voice of IR in Canada

The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) contributes to the transparency and integrity of the Canadian capital market by advancing the practice of investor relations, the professional competency of its members and the stature of the profession.  A key component of fulfilling this mandate is keeping members apprised of important issues affecting the field of IR and proactively advocating to effect change.

CIRI’s Issues Committee is responsible for identifying, exploring and analyzing important issues and their impact on IR.  The Committee collaborates with other organizations such as the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada, the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS), and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), to name a few, which raises greater awareness of an issue and strengthens CIRI’s voice.

The Issues Committee produces several publications on issues and their impact on IR to educate CIRI members.  The Committee also polls CIRI members to raise awareness of issues and solicit feedback, most often when preparing comments or submissions to the regulatory authorities. 

Committee Mandate

The Committee will support the priorities of CIRI’s business plan by informing members of the issues, explaining their impact on IROs and developing a formal CIRI position if one is warranted. These issues will be considered in a broad context to ensure that CIRI’s position upholds the transparency and integrity of the capital markets.

When there is an opportunity to comment on proposed regulatory changes, the Committee will evaluate the relevance and potential impact of such proposed changes and prepare the necessary comments for submission.

If the issue is important enough to the IR profession, the Issues Committee will alert the CIRI Board who will determine whether CIRI will proactively advocate on behalf of the membership. If beneficial, CIRI will seek alliances with other associations in support of its cause.

Recent Submissions


CIRI Backgrounders

Backgrounders are published on an ad hoc basis as issues arise.  These publications alert CIRI members on regulatory issues affecting IR, providing an in-depth analysis of the issue.

Recent Backgrounders cover issues such as:
  • Amendments to Reduce the Regulatory Burden on TSX Venture Issuers
  • New Publish-What-You-Pay Law
  • Proxy Advisory Firms
  • Proxy Voting Infrastructure
  • Proposed Changed to the Take-Over Bid Regime in Canada
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