TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investor Relations Institute
(CIRI) announces the appointment of Meghan Brown as Chair of the CIRI
Board of Directors for a two-year term. Ms. Brown is the Director of
Investor Relations at Endeavour Silver and has served on CIRI's Board
since 2011. She succeeds George Kesteven who will remain on the Board
as Past Chair.
Ms. Brown has over 20 years of experience in investor relations and
communications in the resource sector. In her current role, she manages
the company's investor relations program. Prior to joining Endeavour
Silver, Ms. Brown worked in investor relations and communications at
Suncor Energy, TransCanada, Placer Dome Inc. and Ventana Gold Corp. Ms.
Brown is a past Director of CIRI British Columbia, having served as
President from 2011-2013, and a Director of CIRI National, where she
serves as Co-chair of the Human Resource, and Corporate Governance
Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. She has completed the
Canadian Securities Course and the Institute of Corporate Directors'
Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit
Organizations, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ms. Brown holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA
from Queen's University.
"Meghan brings extensive experience in investor relations from both
small and large cap companies. This, coupled with her ongoing
involvement with CIRI through the Chapter and National Boards, 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 Yvette Lokker, President & CEO, CIRI.
"I am honoured and excited to take on the role of Chair and work with
this exceptionally talented team," stated Ms. Brown. "CIRI is a leader
in advancing the IR profession and George has played a key role in
promoting its mandate over his term as Chair. With George's support in
the role of Past Chair, I look forward to contributing to the future
direction and growth of the organization."
CIRI members also elected Rhylin Bailie, Vice President, Communications
and Investor Relations, New Zealand Energy Corp., John Cobb, Vice
President, Investor Relations and Information Technology, Keyera Corp.,
Denis Jasmin, Vice President, Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group
Inc., and Rudy Sankovic, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, TD
Rhylin Bailie started her career as an IRO in 2006 with NovaGold
Resources Inc., and is currently Vice President Communications and
Investor Relations for three resource companies as an employee of J.
Proust & Associates, which provides management services for publicly
listed companies. Rhylin has worked in the resource sector for more
than 18 years and brings a diverse skill set to her position, with
experience as a freelance writer and editor, nearly, 11 years in the
treasury group at Placer Dome Inc., and a degree in environmental
studies and biology from University of Waterloo.
John Cobb has over 30 years of experience in all sectors of the oil and
gas industry. He is currently Vice President, Investor Relations and
Information Technology of Keyera Corp., one of Canada's largest
midstream companies. He has held leadership positions with Keyera since
its inception in 1998. Prior to that, he held a number of roles in the
upstream and refining sectors of the oil and gas industry in the areas
of accounting, finance, and engineering. John holds a Bachelor's degree
in Mechanical Engineering from the Nova Scotia Technical College and an
MBA from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.
Denis Jasmin is a Chartered Accountant with 24 years of experience,
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 Professional Accountant
since 1991. Denis joined SNC-Lavalin in 2000 as Assistant Corporate
Controller. In this position, he was responsible for preparing the
company's annual and quarterly reports, revising financial analyses 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 2007, he was promoted to
Vice-President, Investor Relations. In 2011, under Denis' leadership,
SNC-Lavalin Group received an honourable mention for the Grand Prix for
Best Overall 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
Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada.
Rudy Sankovic is Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, at TD Bank
Group. As head of Investor Relations, Rudy works closely with the
Executive Team to communicate TD's corporate strategy and financial and
business performance to the investment community, and provide investor
feedback to the Executive Team on strategy and capital management
decisions. Rudy joined TD in February 2004 as SVP and CFO of the Wealth
Management Division responsible for Finance, Risk and Strategy with
teams in Canada, UK and the USA. Rudy was part of the executive team
that helped grow the division from $125 million in earnings in 2003 to
over $500 million in 2007. Prior to joining TD, Rudy was Senior Vice
President and CFO of the Personal and Commercial Banking Division of
Royal Bank of Canada, where he had a team of 300 in the USA and Canada,
responsible for finance and strategy.
Also joining the Board is Gladys Caron, the new CIRI Quebec Chapter
President. Ms. Caron is the Vice President, Public Affairs,
Communications and Investor Relations. She has spent most of her career
in communications and marketing. Holding a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Université Laval, Ms. Caron joined
Laurentian Bank in 2002 as Director of Communications. She subsequently
assumed the role of Senior Manager, Marketing, before being appointed
Vice-President of Public Affairs, Communications and Investor Relations
in 2004. In this position, she is responsible for investor relations,
media relations, sponsorships, donations, public relations and internal
communications. Prior to joining the ranks of the Laurentian Bank, Ms.
Caron was Manager, Communications and Marketing for Roche Ltd,
"We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented pool of IR
professionals to draw from. Each of these new Directors bring extensive IR skills and experience to the Board and I am
delighted to have them join the team," said Ms. Brown.
Dmitry Kushnir, Corporate Director, Business Strategy, Agnico Eagle
Mines Limited; Viki Lazaris, CAO, Wealth Management, BMO Financial
Group; Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor
Relations, Cineplex Entertainment; and Jennifer McCaughey, Senior
Director, Investor Relations & Financial Communications,
Transcontinental Inc. are retiring from the Board. All have dedicated
many years to volunteering for the organization and have made a
"On behalf of the entire organization I thank Dmitry, Viki, Pat and
Jennifer for their contributions to CIRI," said Ms. Brown. "Their
commitment to advancing the IR profession in Canada has translated into
many successes for the organization and we wish them all the best."
A complete list of CIRI Board of Directors can be found at www.ciri.org.
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 500 members and four Chapters
across the country, CIRI is the voice of IR in Canada. For further
information, please visit CIRI.org.
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