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While many saw 2016 as a troublesome year, reflecting back I would have to say that the time was good to CNW and Cision.

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It’s a multichannel world. But as customers have become more connected across channels, communicators have become more disconnected.

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Many institutional investors have finally woken up to the dangers of ‘short-termism’ and are actively urging companies to focus their attention on long-term value creation.

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‘When it rains, it pours’ might be the mantra for companies trying to weather a downturn only to find that they’ve become the target of a shareholder activist. Many experts believe that tough economic times lead to an uptick in activism simply because poor performers are so easy to find.

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This summer marks CNW’s 56th year in business, an impressive amount of time for a brand to lead its industry, which CNW has done with unwavering consistency.

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Interesting things are happening at CNW! Just a few short years after CNW was acquired by PR Newswire, PR Newswire has been acquired by Cision. This means that CNW is now a Cision company.

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Even one of the stodgiest and most traditional forms of financial communications—the earnings release—is getting a makeover in some circles these days.

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Cision has announced an agreement to acquire CNW Group's parent company, PR Newswire, from UBM plc.

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As these reporting worlds converge, IR professionals will be increasingly tasked to produce CSR reports and speak to the impact of improving CSR/sustainability performance on overall corporate health. Here are a few things IR people should know:

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It’s long been known that not enough women have roles in senior leadership or on the boards of public companies in Canada. Since that may not be good for business, or for society, eight provinces and territories have put in place new rules that insist boards be more transparent about who’s making the decisions at the top.

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As a profession, public relations is dominated by women, and yet the industry’s leaders and top earners are predominantly male. Last year an infographic of the modern Canadian PR practitioner, based on research findings released by the Communications + Public Relations Foundation (CPRF), revealed that while the Canadian industry was made up of 72% female practitioners, the average male salary...

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There is more and more evidence showing that companies who combine strong financial performance with sound environmental, social and governance practices have greater potential to outperform over the long term.

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Described as one of the toughest anti-spam laws in the world, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect on July 1, 2014. CASL will require that companies have consent to send Commercial Electronic Messages (CEM) to their contacts, and that they provide detailed sender identification and include an unsubscribe mechanism within the email body.

CNW recently hosted the “Employing Visual Content for Compelling Storytelling” event on that one, beautiful spring day that we had here in April, and it took me on a journey of inspiration to worry and back again.

I'm very proud of the CNW team today, even more so than most days. CNW Group team members rallied to raise more than $10,000 in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation with a series of fundraising initiatives culminating in today's Big Bike event in Toronto.

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CNW Group has just introduced CNW Social Monitoring, a new platform that gives brand stewards of all stripes an easy way to track, analyze and engage in conversations taking place online. This solution is perfect for anyone seeking a straightforward yet comprehensive way to monitor and analyze conversations happening online.

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The news release is out, the pitches are done and the interviews are complete. Your monitoring service alerts you to the first post online and excitedly you click to open the link. Your smile fades and your stomach drops to the floor. There’s a mistake in the story; the reporter’s facts are wrong.