Strong Interest in CIRI's Investor Relations Certification

Inaugural CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Program Sold Out

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) has had so much interest in the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program and Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) designation that the inaugural program is full. Applications are now being accepted for the September 2012 program.

A limited number of spots are still available for the September 2011 Experience Recognition Program (ERP). The ERP is a somewhat condensed version of the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program that is available to individuals with ten or more years of investor relations experience. To learn more or to apply, contact Andrew Wright.

"We are thrilled with the tremendous interest shown in this program. We believe a professional certification will raise the bar for the practice of investor relations and create greater awareness of the important role it plays in the capital markets," said Tom Enright, President & CEO, CIRI.

The certification program was developed to address a need for formal education in the field of investor relations. CIRI has worked with the Richard Ivey School of Business (Ivey) to develop a program that will cover all relevant areas of this multi-disciplinary role including capital markets, corporate governance, securities law, finance and communications. This initiative supports CIRI's mandate of contributing 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.

CIRI has partnered with Ivey, Canada's top ranking business school, to offer this 10-month program that will be delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face classes. Once individuals have successfully completed the program, they will write an examination offered through CIRI to become a Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR).

About CIRI
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.

About Ivey
The Richard Ivey School of Business (www.ivey.ca) at The University of Western Ontario is Canada's leading provider of relevant, innovative and comprehensive business education. Drawing on extensive research and business experience, Ivey faculty provide the best classroom experience, equipping graduates with the skills and capabilities they need to tackle the leadership challenges in today's complex business world. Ivey offers world-renowned undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as Executive Development at campuses in London (Ontario), Toronto and Hong Kong.

SOURCE Canadian Investor Relations Institute

For further information:

Yvette Lokker
Director, Communications & Professional Development
ylokker@ciri.org
(416) 629-3269

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