TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - George Kesteven, Chairman of the Canadian
Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) Board of Directors, is pleased to
welcome Yvette Lokker as the new President and Chief Executive Officer
of CIRI effective January 1, 2013.
Ms. Lokker takes the reins of the organization when it is financially
stable and well positioned for growth. "The CIRI team has worked hard
over the past several years to ensure the organization is recognized as
the authority on investor relations in Canada. We have established an
investor relations certification program, offered high-quality
publications and professional development and advocated for greater
transparency in the Canadian capital market," said Ms. Lokker. "As the
role of investor relations continues to grow and be recognized for its
strategic value, CIRI will continue to enhance its offerings to meet
the evolving needs of our members," added Ms. Lokker.
Ms. Lokker joined CIRI in 2008 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) graduated in the fall of 2012.
"On behalf of CIRI's Board of Directors we are delighted to have Yvette
assume the role of President and CEO. She is an enthusiastic supporter
of the investor relations profession and possesses the managerial depth
and knowledge to advance CIRI's strategic imperatives," said Mr.
Kesteven. "We also wish to recognize and thank Tom Enright for his
leadership over the past four years and wish him the best as he
graduates to new opportunities," added Mr. Kesteven.
CIRI wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the outgoing President
and CEO, Tom Enright. In his tenure as President and CEO, Mr. Enright
brought financial stability to the organization while focusing on
membership value and growth, certification, pro-active advocacy efforts
and top-notch professional development.
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 650 members and four chapters
across the country, CIRI is the voice of IR in Canada. For further
information, please visit www.ciri.org.
Image with caption: "Yvette Lokker, President & CEO, CIRI (CNW Group/Canadian Investor Relations Institute)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130109_C4820_PHOTO_EN_22376.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Investor Relations Institute
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Chairman, CIRI National Board
Manager, Corporate & Investor Relations, Sterling Resources