TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), Canada’s national association representing investor relations professionals, is pleased to announce that George Kesteven has been chosen as the 27th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Investor Relations and Paul Carpino has been chosen as the sixth recipient of the Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations (IR). These individuals were honoured at CIRI’s 28th Annual Investor Relations Conference in Banff, AB.
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.
“I am deeply touched and honoured to receive this award of excellence from my peers in the Canadian IR community. To be recognized in the company of the previous recipients, whom I regard as icons of the IR profession, is truly humbling. It continues to be a privilege and a pleasure to work with the dedicated and talented leadership at CIRI from whom I have learned so much and I am most appreciative of both my corporate family at Sterling Resources and my immediate family for their ongoing support.”
George is a recognized leader in the investor relations profession and has been a significant contributor to CIRI, most recently as a member of the CIRI National Board holding the role of Chair from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the Manager, Corporate and Investor Relations with Calgary-based Sterling Resources Ltd., an international junior oil and gas company. George’s 18-year career in investor relations began in 2001 with PrimeWest Energy Trust, during which time he also served as President of the Canadian Association of Income Funds (CAIF) from 2004 to 2006, and later assumed the role of Chair.
Prior to his involvement with the income trust space, George held senior roles in corporate finance and investor relations with TransCanada Pipelines and Petro-Canada, respectively. George is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds both an MBA (Finance) and a B.Com. (Marketing) from the University of Calgary.
“George’s long tenure as an active CIRI member, including his membership on CIRI’s National Board for many years, as well as his recent service as Board Chair demonstrates his dedication to the IR profession and his commitment to sharing knowledge with fellow IROs,” commented Katherine Vyse, 2014 Award recipient and Partner and former Senior Vice President of Investor Relations for Brookfield Asset Management.
“George’s contribution to the investor relations profession and to CIRI has been invaluable. He has volunteered countless hours through his involvement on the CIRI Board, serving on CIRI’s Issues Committee that monitors and responds to regulatory issues impacting IR professionals, and speaking at CIRI events across the country,” said Yvette Lokker, President and CEO, CIRI. “It is this dedication and professionalism that makes him so highly-regarded by peers and the ideal recipient of this year’s Award for Excellence.”
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 practices of investor relations.
Belle Mulligan (1940-2009) will long be remembered as a leader and standard setter in the IR profession and as a founder of CIRI. Her passion for IR began through her association with NIRI in the early 1970s, and in 1981, she joined a small cadre of IR leaders to help develop, NIRI Canada, now CIRI. She served on both the CIRI and NIRI Boards and 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 CIRI’s first CPIR-In-Residence, Paul Carpino has demonstrated exceptional leadership by increasing awareness of the CIRI/Ivey IR Certification Program while sharing his experience and investor relations expertise with the students enrolled in the 2014-2015 program. Paul Carpino is Vice President, Investor Relations at TELUS Corporation and has specialized in investor relations for 28 years, holding senior investor relations positions with a variety of organizations including BlackBerry, Celestica, Tim Hortons, Royal Bank of Canada, The Barnes Organization, PC DOCS, Trimac Limited and LSI Logic Corporation of Canada. Paul is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) from the CIRI/Richard Ivey School of Business.
“Paul has been a champion of CIRI for many years, supporting the CIRI/Ivey IR Certification Program first as a student and more recently as the program’s first CPIR-In-Residence. He has dedicated his time to helping IROs further develop their knowledge of the profession during online and in-class sessions,” said Yvette Lokker, President and CEO of CIRI. “Through his involvement in the program he has raised the profile of the program and added valuable insight to class discussions.”
“It is an honour to accept an award named after Belle Mulligan, who insisted on IROs holding themselves to the highest global standard in investor relations,” commented Paul Carpino. “Without question, Belle would have embraced The CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program not only for its pioneering role as the first of its kind in the world for the investor relations field, but also for the role it is playing in taking the standards of the investor relations profession even higher.”
“Paul’s ongoing involvement with the CIRI/Ivey IR Certification Program has demonstrated his passion for the investor relations profession and his passion to develop future IR leaders,” 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 markets by advancing the practices 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.