Canadian Investor Relations Institute - Alberta Chapter

Canadian Investor Relations Institute - Alberta Chapter

September 21, 2007 11:00 ET

CIRI Alberta Recognizes Top Investor Relations Professionals at 4th Annual Awards Gala

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - Leading investor relations professionals from across Alberta were recognized last night at the 4th Annual Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) Alberta Awards Gala at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary.

Keynote speaker Randall J. Findlay, oil patch veteran and accomplished philanthropist, emphasized the integral role IR professionals play in facilitating effective communications between public companies and their key stakeholders.

"This year's award winners made outstanding contributions to IR and should be proud of their accomplishments," said Paul Beique, CIRI Alberta President.

Awards went to:

CIRI Volunteer of the Year: Odette Ries Bustin

CIRI Leadership & Innovation: Rob Elgie

CIRI Lifetime Achievement: Tracy Lutz

CIRI Professional of the Year: Tanis Thacker

Management Team of the Year: Vermilion Energy Trust

Best Communication: OPTI Canada Inc.

CIRI Special Recognition 2007

The past year has been particularly challenging for income trusts, many of which are Calgary based oil and gas royalty trusts. CIRI recognizes the efforts of the Coalition of Canadian Energy Trusts (CCET) and the Canadian Association of Income Funds (CAIF) and the individuals of those organizations who have taken the lead in the fight against trust taxation.

CCET Recognition:

Sue Riddell Rose, Paramount Energy Trust
John Dielwart, ARC Energy Trust
Gord Kerr, Enerplus Resources Fund
Bill Andrew, Penn West Energy Trust
Marcel Coutu, Canadian Oil Sands Trust

CAIF Recognition:

George Kestevan, PrimeWest Energy

The event also served as a fundraiser for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (ACHF), an organization that raises funds for excellence in child health and family centred care. The event raised just over $10,000 for the ACHF.


The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) is a professional, not-for-profit association of executives responsible for communication between public corporations, investors and the financial community. CIRI is dedicated to advancing the stature and credibility of the investor relations profession and the competency of its members. With over 193 members, CIRI Alberta is CIRI's second-largest chapter. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI)
    Odette Ries Bustin
    Co-Chair, 4th Annual CIRI AB Gala, nonfiction studios inc.
    (403) 686-8887
    Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI)
    Debbie Carver
    Co-Chair, 4th Annual CIRI AB Gala, PrimeWest Energy Trust
    (403) 699-7464
    Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI)
    Paul Beique
    CIRI AB President, Vermilion Energy Trust
    (403) 698-8827