2021 Small Cap Symposium

This ever-popular annual event will explore the specific challenges and opportunities that directly affect small cap companies and their IROs.

Learn from industry experts on how to maximize resources and deliver value through your IR program. This event is eligible for 4 CEUs.

Date: Tuesday, January 18
Time: 12:30 - 4:00pm ET
Price: $75 members; $95 non-members (plus taxes). Not yet a CIRI Member? Take advantage of the Small Cap Symposium/Membership Bundle and save!

Program outline: 

2022 Budgets & IR Programs: What To Keep & Toss from 2021
Heading into 2022, you are likely adapting your IR program to fit evolving circumstances. How do you balance the need for in-person meetings when virtual meetings are more efficient? Did you reallocate your travel budget to new IR initiatives in 2021 and will they make the cut for 2022? Hear how IROs are tackling these issues when putting together their IR program and budget for the coming year.

Transform Your IR Program with Technology
Technology has always had a role in IR but it has become more vital as a result of the pandemic. Over the last two years, IROs turned to technology as they looked for new ways to engage with investors, from creating digital assets such as videos to educate and showcase their companies to leveraging platforms to target and engage with existing and prospective shareholders. Hear how IROs have put technology to work, what they’ve learned and what they’ll carry into 2022.

Virtual Networking

Reaching Retail Investors
Sponsored by TMX Group
With the influence of the individual investor growing, you may be looking to expand or enhance communications with your retail shareholder base. How do you reach this key audience and meet their unique needs? Hear from IROs who have active retail IR programs on what has worked and what hasn’t. 

Supplier Spotlight with BTV Business Television & Irwin

ESG for Small-Caps: Where to Start?
Driven by investor demand, ESG has become more important than ever. There’s no more avoiding it. Small-cap issuers must determine how best to address this need using limited financial and human resources. Hear practical insights on putting an ESG program together, telling your ESG story effectively and how IR fits in.

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What You Will Learn

  • Key components to include in your 2022 budget;
  • How to effectively use technology in your IR program to broaden your reach;
  • The importance of retail and institutional investors and how to engage with them; and
  • How to start your ESG journey.

Who Should Attend

This event is intended for individuals working with or at an organization with a small market capitalization. 


Rob Buchanan, CPIR, Director, Investor Relations, Karora Resources Inc.
Rob has been Director of Investor Relations for TSX listed Karora Resources Inc. (formerly Royal Nickel Corporation) since 2011. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, most of that time in the area of investor relations and public affairs. Before joining Karora Resources, Rob was Director, Investor Relations - at TSX and JSE listed Uranium One Inc. from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, Rob also spent over 10 years in various Investor Relations and Public Affairs roles at TSX and NYSE listed Inco Limited and Vale Inco. Rob is a Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Resource Science.

Barbara Henderson, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Bear Creek Mining
Barbara Henderson is a geologist-turned-investor relations professional, with over 30 years’ experience designing and delivering effective investor relations programs and producing informative and engaging shareholder communications for mineral exploration and development companies. Aside from her role as Bear Creek Mining Corporation’s VP Corporate Communications, Barbara is heavily involved in corporate governance and regulatory matters pertinent to public mining companies, and has a special interest in corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues. Barbara holds a Master of Science degree in Economic Geology from the University of Alberta and is a registered Professional Geologist.

Mal Karwowska, Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, Newcore Gold
Mal Karwowska is currently the Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations at Newcore Gold. She has over ten years of experience in the mining sector, spanning both corporate development and investor relations roles within publicly listed mining companies, as well as corporate finance and principal investing. She spent the first five years of her career in investment banking, focused on the mining sector, before transitioning to investment roles for mining focused funds. Her most recent experience also includes working with corporates in a business development and investor relations capacity. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Omar Khafagy, Manager, Corporate Access, TMX Group
Omar Khafagy, CFA, is a Manager of Corporate Access at TMX Group who leads investor engagement efforts to help TSX and TSXV issuers connect directly and indirectly with investors. Omar is also a Relationship Manager to a portfolio of companies in Eastern Canada, acting as a trusted advisor and a provider of actionable insights to facilitate their funding, growth and success. He joined TMX Group in 2019 and previously he was a Relationship Manager at State Street servicing clients in both the U.S. and Canada.

Marc Lepage, CPIR, Vice President, Business Development, GFG Resources
Prior to joining GFG Resources, Mr. Lepage spent nearly eight years with Claude Resources Inc. as Manager, Investor Relations which was acquired by Silver Standard Inc. in 2016. Prior to his position with Claude, Mr. Lepage held marketing and business development positions in the consumer products and financial sectors. Mr. Lepage holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Certified Professional Investor Relations (CPIR) designation from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Stacey Pavlova, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, New Pacific Metals
Stacey Pavlova has over ten years of experience in investor relations, mining and finance. Ms. Pavlova is the Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at New Pacific Metals Corp., a junior mining company focused on the exploration and development of silver properties. Prior to joining New Pacific, Ms. Pavlova held roles in investor relations, metal sales and treasury at SSR Mining Inc., a large precious metals producer with operations in the U.S., Canada, South America and Turkey. Ms. Pavlova is fluent in Spanish and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst. She serves as a volunteer board member of the CIRI British Columbia chapter and a volunteer for the CFA Vancouver Society. Ms. Pavlova graduated from the University of Denver, where she completed a Master’s degree in Finance and a BSBA degree in Finance.

Jenni Piette, CPIR, Director, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Great Bear Resources
Ms. Piette has over 10 years of experience in mining investor relations, most recently serving as Head of Investor Relations at GT Gold, through its acquisition by Newmont in early 2021. Ms. Piette has also managed investor relations at Teranga Gold, Detour Gold and Richmont Mines through its aquisition by Alamos Gold in 2017. Prior to this, Ms. Piette was a mining and earth science outreach educator for PDAC Mining Matters. She holds a B.Sc. in Geology/Ecology from Concordia University, and is a Certified Professional in Investor Relations under CIRI and a Certified Sustainability Practitioner under the CMI.

Berk Sumen, CPIR, Head, Company Services, Capital Formation, TMX Group
Berk Sumen has 18 years of capital markets, investor relations and communications experience. He has led the investor relations and communications programs of several TSX-listed companies. Berk began his career as an investment analyst at a Calgary-based private equity firm. In his current role at the TMX Group, he provides solutions that facilitate the funding, growth and success of TSX and TSXV companies. Berk holds a double B.A. from McGill University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Mount Royal University and is a Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) through the Canadian Investor Relations Institute and the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance for reimbursement. Please contact Kaitlin Davis if you need to cancel your registration.

1/18/2022 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time

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