TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), Canada’s national association representing investor relations professionals, awarded the Belle Mulligan Scholarship for the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program and Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR) exam to Monica Hamm, Manager, Investor Relations at Entrée Gold Inc. at CIRI’s 28th Annual Investor Relations Conference in Banff, AB.
“Monica has 10 years of investor relations experience and is a long-standing member of CIRI. She attributes much of her growth in the profession to her valuable relationships developed at CIRI BC Chapter events and CIRI’s Annual Conference,” remarked Yvette Lokker, President and CEO, CIRI. “In addition to her passion for investor relations and her eagerness to continue her professional development, Monica has demonstrated her commitment to the local community through her involvement with various charities.”
“I am very honoured and grateful to be chosen as the recipient of the highly respected Belle Mulligan Scholarship. Thank you to the Mulligan family, and to CIRI for this generous opportunity to further my knowledge and experience through the CIRI/Ivey Investor Relations Certification Program.”
CIRI has partnered with the Ivey Business School, 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, which was launched in 2011, is delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. Once individuals successfully complete the program, they may write an examination offered through CIRI to become a Certified Professional in Investor Relations (CPIR).
This Scholarship, which is awarded annually, recognizes individuals who have chosen investor relations (IR) as their career and are keen to participate in this program to help them advance in the profession through a deeper knowledge of the key areas of IR.
The Belle Mulligan Scholarship is awarded 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 who was 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.
“Monica’s experience, passion and commitment to IR is impressive and embodies the spirit of the Belle Mulligan Scholarship, and is just as noteworthy as her community involvement,” said Len Mulligan, Belle’s husband. “I wish her the best of luck in the program.”
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.