TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) today announced that National and Chapter professional development events will be available to investor relations professionals across Canada through live and archived audio webcasts. This provides investor relations professionals with access to capital market and investor relations experts from across Canada at a time that is convenient for them. "Our decision to virtualize Chapter and National investor relations education as a complement to in-person events reflects a growing need within our industry for increased and flexible access to professional development," said Yvette Lokker, President & CEO of CIRI. "In effect, it means that our members can choose from close to 40 seminars offered annually instead of being limited to 10 or fewer professional development events. This also allows practitioners who live outside the boundaries of our four provincial chapters to take advantage of industry-leading resources." Effective March 1, 2013, professional development events for the British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec Chapters as well as National will be available for in-person participation in the local regions as well as live webcasts for individuals outside of the regions. Events that are a half-day or more, such as workshops and multi-day conferences, will not be available by webcast. To access CIRI's professional development schedule click here. Chapter rates for the webcasts will be honoured for all Chapter members regardless of what Chapter they belong to, resulting in considerable member value. CNW Webcasting was selected during a competitive RFP process to deliver all webcasts. About CIRI 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 more than 650 members and four chapters across the country, CIRI is the voice of IR in Canada. For further information, please visit CIRI.org. About CNW Webcasting CNW is the trusted source for Investor Relations and Compliance services including webcasts, investor calls, newswire distribution, financial printing, SEDAR/EDGAR, XBRL, website solutions, and Virtual Data Room. The Toronto Stock Exchange exclusively endorses CNW for news release distribution and financial results webcasting services. To round out its support of the entire communications cycle, CNW offers MediaVantage, the premier web-based application for reputation management and communications workflow management.