Investor Relations - Financial Communications


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Take your finance or communications career to the next level with two online workshops - Essentials of Investor Relations (IR) and Developing the IR Toolkit. Enrol in one or both workshops to earn a microcredential and explore the world of financial communications as an IR practitioner.

In these workshops, you'll learn how to strategically communicate corporate financial messaging to investors. Communications that are transparent, consistent and show how the company creates value for the investor are vital in today's dynamic financial world.

This microcredential is for those who have been working in communications or finance for three to five years, are new to the IR role and have not been formally trained in this capacity.

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Due to COVID-19, all Part-time Studies courses are being offered online until further notice, in one of the following two formats: online virtual classroom and online self-directed. Click Availability below to see current offerings.


Investor Relations Part I - Essentials of IR

Essentials of IR addresses the important role and responsibilities of an Investor Relations (IR) practitioner in a publicly-traded company. It covers the Corporate Report - including the Integrated Report; environmental, social and governance (ESR) tools and processes; corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting; quarterly reports; and online reporting. It discusses how legal and government regulations impact the IR function. Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants are equipped to provide an IR communications solution - identifying best practices frameworks, using correct terminology and selecting appropriate reporting tools when assessing a specific situation.

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Investor Relations Part II - Developing the IR Toolkit

In this workshop, participants develop an Investor Relations (IR) toolkit - specifically a key messaging document, an earnings transcript, remarks and a media kit - and demonstrate the role each piece plays to communicate financial and securities law compliance information between a publicly-traded company and its stakeholders. It explores how the IR practitioner gathers information, works with the executive level managers in a company, and engages with passive investors.

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Program Contacts

Joanna Crabtree
Director, Centre for Graduate & Professional Studies
416-491-5050 ext.26825