TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Colleen Vancha, Chairman of the Canadian
Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) Board of Directors, is pleased to
announce the appointment of Yvette Lokker to the position of President
and Chief Executive Officer of CIRI effective January 1, 2013. Ms.
Lokker will succeed Tom Enright, who is leaving to pursue future
opportunities December 31, 2012.
Ms. Lokker began her career as an investor relations professional with
MDS Inc. in 1999. During her time in investor relations she volunteered
for the CIRI Ontario Chapter as a Board member with responsibility for
the workshops. In 2008, she joined CIRI as the Director of
Communications and Professional Development and was promoted to Vice
President in the fall of 2011. In addition to her many accomplishments,
Ms. Lokker was responsible for establishing the first investor
relations certification program in North America in partnership with
the Richard Ivey School of Business. The first group of Certified
Professionals in Investor Relations (CPIR) will graduate this fall.
Ms. Lokker has a degree in chemistry and a business diploma both from
Wilfrid Laurier University. She has also completed the Ivey Strategic
Management of Investor Relations program and the Canadian Securities
"The Board of Directors is extremely pleased to have someone of Yvette's
calibre taking over the helm of this organization. Yvette is highly
respected in the industry and has the professional knowledge,
management capabilities and strategic vision to move CIRI forward",
said Colleen Vancha. "We are also very grateful to Tom Enright whose
leadership over the past four years has helped shape the organization
and create a strong foundation from which we will prosper. Over the
next six months Tom and Yvette will be working together to transition
leadership responsibilities as Yvette prepares the organization for the
next stage of its growth."
"I am honoured to be the next leader of this important organization,
particularly at a time when the role of investor relations is growing
and being recognized for its strategic value at the executive level,"
said Ms. Lokker in response to her appointment. "I look forward to
working with a very seasoned board and the CIRI team as we build on
recent accomplishments to contribute to the Canadian capital market by
raising the stature of the profession through advocacy and providing
meaningful professional development and resources to support the needs
of our membership."
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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