TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investor Relations Institute
(CIRI) announces the appointment of George Kesteven as Chair of the
CIRI Board of Directors for a two-year term. Mr. Kesteven is Manager,
Corporate and Investor Relations at Sterling Resources Ltd. and has
served on CIRI's Board since 2009. He succeeds Colleen Vancha who will
remain on the Board as Membership Co-Chair.
In his current role at Sterling Resources, Mr. Kesteven manages the
company's investor relations program and global corporate affairs.
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 2007 until 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. Mr. Kesteven is a Chartered Financial
Analyst and holds both an MBA and a B.Comm. from the University of
Calgary. He is an active member of CIRI Alberta and the Calgary CFA
"George brings extensive experience in investor relations from both
small and large cap companies. This, coupled with his experience as a
former analyst and chair of an association, will serve CIRI well as the
organization continues to contribute to the integrity of the capital
markets and strives to advance the practice of investor relations,"
said Tom Enright, President & CEO, CIRI.
"I am deeply honoured to be appointed Chair of the CIRI Board of
Directors and I look forward to working with the exceptionally talented
individuals on both the Board and Management team. As a team, we will
continue to work to fulfill CIRI's vision of being recognized as the
Canadian authority on investor relations, committed to enabling fair
and efficient capital markets," stated Mr. Kesteven. "A tremendous
debt of gratitude is owed to both Colleen Vancha and David Carey, who
in their respective roles as Chair and Past Chair have provided
distinguished service to the membership of CIRI and the investor
relations profession. I am delighted that both of them have agreed to
remain actively involved with the CIRI Board, as their wise counsel
will be appreciated as I transition into the Chair's role," added Mr.
The following individuals were newly elected by CIRI members at the
Annual General Meeting held today: Chaya Cooperberg, Vice President,
Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, Progressive Waste
Solutions Ltd.; Brian Ector, Vice President Investor Relations, Baytex
Energy Corp.; Dmitry Kushnir, Corporate Director, Investor Relations,
Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.; and Elisa Schupp, Vice President, National
Sales, CNW Group Ltd.
About Newly Elected Directors:
Chaya Cooperberg, Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate
Communications, Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd.
Chaya Cooperberg joined Progressive Waste Solutions in January 2007 and
is the Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications,
responsible for all corporate communications, including IR, PR and
employee communications. Prior to joining the company, Chaya was
Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Alderwoods
Group from 2004 to 2006, and Director, Investor Relations at Descartes
Systems Group from 2001 to 2004. Chaya is a skilled writer, having
worked as a business journalist for various business publications
including the Globe and Mail, Investor's Digest of Canada and
Stockhouse.com. She is currently the investor relations columnist for
Listed Magazine. Chaya earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from
Ryerson University. She is an active member of NIRI and is a member of
the NIRI Virtual Chapter Board. Chaya has been a CIRI member since
2001, and held a position on the CIRI Ontario Board from 2005 through
Brian Ector, Vice President Investor Relations, Baytex Energy Corp.
Brian Ector 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 fifteen 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 on finance
from the University of Calgary and received his CFA designation in
1996. He is a member of CIRI, NIRI, the CFA Institute, and the Calgary
CFA Society and became an appointed Director of CIRI's Board in October
Dmitry Kushnir, Corporate Director, Investor Relations, Agnico-Eagle
Dmitry Kushnir was appointed Corporate Director, Investor Relations,
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited in January 2012 and is responsible for the
development and execution of Agnico-Eagle's investor relations program,
policies and strategies. He joined Agnico-Eagle in 2009 and held the
position of Manager, Investor Relations until being promoted to his
current position. Prior to joining Agnico- Eagle, Dmitry was Manager,
Investor Relations at Sherritt International. From 2000 to 2007, he
held various positions within the financial sector, including roles in
Equity Research and Investment Banking. Dmitry received a Bachelor's
degree in Economics from York University in 2000 and received his
Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2005. Dmitry has been a
member of CIRI since 2008.
Elisa Schupp, Vice President, National Sales, CNW Group Ltd.
Elisa Schupp began her career with CNW in 1984 where she has taken on
positions of increasing responsibility and leadership. In 2010 she was
appointed Vice President, National Sales and, as a valued member of
CNW's Senior Management Team, is responsible for all aspects of
investor relations and public relations strategy. Elisa is an active
member of the International Association of Business Communicators and
Chair of the Humber College Public Relations Advisory Committee. She
has been a CIRI member since 1998, in 1999 Elisa completed the Richard
Ivey School's Strategic Management of Investor Relations program and in
2005 was designated as Strategic Advisor to the CIRI Ontario Board.
CIRI is a professional, not-for-profit association of executives
responsible for communication between public corporations, investors
and the financial community. 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. With more than 600 members and four chapters
across the country, CIRI is the voice of IR in Canada. For further
information, please visit www.ciri.org.
SOURCE Canadian Investor Relations Institute
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