“The web has the potential to bring millions more people into the capital markets as productive and engaged participants, but only if companies are there to welcome them.”
Dominic Jones is the founder of IRWebReport.com and President of IR Web Reporting International Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in journalism, investor education and online investor relations communications.
His research and guidelines for online investor relations communication best practices have been cited and referenced by industry associations, academics and consultants around the world. He has been a speaker at seminars and conferences for the National Investor Relations Institute in the United States and the Canadian Investor Relations Institute in the area of online investor relations.
Dominic has consulted for leading international corporations and has been quoted by many financial publications on the topic of investor-centric online investor relations communications, including Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Investor Relations Magazine, Real IR, NIRI’s IR Update; CFO magazine, Investor Relations Business, Investor Relations Newsletter, Corporate Governance Advisor, The Globe and Mail Report on Business, Financial Executive, and the National Post.
He was formerly director of investor education at the Canadian Securities Institute and its foundation for public education. There he pioneered popular Internet-based investor education programs and led the production of a wide range of innovative investor education programs and materials in collaboration with securities industry regulators, academics and industry associations.
A former newspaper and magazine journalist in Canada and South Africa, Dominic has authored several books on investing for retail investors and has served on securities industry committees in the area of investor education.
Last updated: May 28, 2011
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