TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investor Relations Institute
(CIRI) is pleased to announce that Katherine Vyse has been chosen as
the 26th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Investor Relations and
Jennifer McCaughey has been chosen as the fifth recipient of the Belle
Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations. These individuals
were honoured at CIRI's 27th Annual Investor Relations Conference in Ottawa.
Award for Excellence in Investor Relations
The Award for Excellence in Investor Relations is given by CIRI to
honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the
investor relations profession and to the Institute.
Katherine Vyse is a recognized leader in the investor relations
profession and has been a significant contributor to CIRI. Her career
spans 25 years, 15 years in investor relations and communications and
10 years in the financial industry. Most recently, Ms. Vyse was Partner
and Senior Vice President of Investor Relations for Brookfield Asset
Management. She joined the Brookfield Group of companies in 2000,
initially within Brookfield's commercial real estate affiliate,
Brookfield Office Properties, as Vice President, Investor Relations and
Communications. Ms. Vyse holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of
Business, a BA from the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma in
Retail Management from Sheridan College. Ms. Vyse has been an active
volunteer for many years, having been on the CIRI National and CIRI
Ontario Chapter Boards and contributed to development of CIRI's Guide to Developing an IR Program, 2012 edition.
"Katherine's contribution to the capital markets, to investor relations
professionals throughout Canada and to the CIRI organization make her
the perfect choice for the 2014 Award of Excellence," said Colleen
Vancha, 2013 Award recipient and President of Creative Advantage
"Katherine has had a tremendous impact on the IR community, willingly
giving her time to mentor those new to the profession and sharing her
experiences through numerous speaking engagements at CIRI's
professional development events," said Yvette Lokker, President & CEO,
CIRI. "In addition, she has made a significant contribution to CIRI
through her National and Ontario Chapter Board involvement as the
Membership Committee Chair.
Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations
The Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations is given
by CIRI in honour of the late Belle Mulligan to recognize individuals
who have shown singular leadership in one or more aspects of the
practice of investor relations.
Belle Mulligan (1940-2009) will long be remembered as a leader and
standard setter in the IR profession, and a founder of CIRI. Her
passion for IR began through her association with NIRI in the early
1970s. When she returned to Canada in 1981, she joined a small cadre of
IR leaders here to develop NIRI Canada, now CIRI. She served on both
the CIRI and NIRI Boards, and was a frequent speaker at IR events. She
was respected for her integrity, which cemented her credibility, and
she was cited by one analyst as "adding 10% to the valuation" of the
senior gold mining company she represented. Her professionalism won her
many admirers, and her engaging personality and generous heart won her
a wide circle of friends. She was a mentor to many IROs, urging them to
set their sights high within their organizations.
As President of the CIRI Quebec Chapter, Jennifer F. McCaughey has
demonstrated exceptional leadership by increasing awareness of the
investor relation profession and CIRI through high-profile professional
development events. Ms. McCaughey is the Senior Director, Investor
Relations and External Corporate Communications at Transcontinental
Inc. She is responsible for all aspects of investor relations, external
communications and sustainable development. Since joining
Transcontinental Inc. in 2002, Ms. McCaughey has held numerous
positions with increasing responsibility and seniority. Previously, she
worked at Andersen as a Senior Consultant in Corporate Finance, Sprott
Securities as a Sell-Side Analyst and at Deloitte Consulting as a
Business Analyst. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill
University and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
"Jennifer has been an exceptional leader for the CIRI Quebec Board,
launching events that raise the profile of the investor relations
profession and CIRI to a broader audience," said Yvette Lokker,
President & CEO of CIRI. "By having high profile individuals with broad
appeal speak at professional development events, the CIRI Quebec
Chapter has attracted some 150 participants from various professions in
the capital markets."
"Jennifer's involvement on the CIRI Quebec Board and her creative
approach to professional development events have raised the profile of
both the investor relations profession and CIRI among capital market
participants in Quebec. Her leadership and commitment to advance the
investor relations profession exemplify qualities that Belle admired,"
said Len Mulligan, Belle's husband.
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.
SOURCE: Canadian Investor Relations Institute
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