TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investor Relations Institute
(CIRI) has awarded the Belle Mulligan Scholarship for the CIRI/Ivey
Investor Relations Certification Program and Certified Professional in
Investor Relations (CPIR) exam to Melanie McCreath, Director of
Compliance and Communications and the Corporate Secretary for Search
Minerals Inc. Melanie was awarded the scholarship at CIRI's 26th Annual Investor Relations Conference in Whistler.
"Melanie joined the investor relations profession three years ago and
has made a concerted effort to enhance her knowledge of the profession
through educational programs offered by CIRI and other organizations,"
said Yvette Lokker, President and CEO, CIRI. "She has also participated
in the CIRI Ontario Mentorship Program, further demonstrating her
commitment to the profession and to professional development."
"I am honoured to be this year's recipient of the Belle Mulligan
Scholarship for the CPIR program, and I am excited to begin the program
in September. Thank you to CIRI, Len Mulligan and Jane Watson for
selecting me for this generous scholarship," said Melanie McCreath,
Director, Compliance and Communications and Corporate Secretary, Search
CIRI has partnered with the Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada's
top ranking business school, to develop a program that covers all
relevant areas of the multi-disciplinary role of investor relations.
This 10-month program is delivered through a combination of online and
in-person classes. Once individuals have successfully completed the
program, they may write an examination offered through CIRI to become a
Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR). The first program
commenced in September 2011.
This Scholarship, which will be awarded annually, recognizes individuals
who have chosen investor relations (IR) as their career and are keen to
participate in this program to help them excel in IR through a deeper
knowledge of the key areas of this dynamic profession.
It is being given in honour of the late Belle Mulligan (1940-2009) who
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.
"Melanie's personal development and accomplishments in Investor
Relations since entering this field three years ago make her a worthy
recipient of this award. I know Belle would be pleased with Melanie's
selection," 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 approximately 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
For further information:
President & CEO, CIRI