IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Canada
Celebrating IR excellence

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Ritz Carlton, Toronto, ON

About the awards

The 30th anniversary gala for the IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2019 will convene on April 3.  It remains the Canadian IR community’s largest annual gathering and was an evening of unforgettable celebration and networking for investor relations officers along with their senior managements, advisers and analysts.

For the last quarter-century the IR Magazine Awards have honored excellence in investor relations around the world. Across North America, Europe and Asia, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have cast their votes and given their opinions in our investment community surveys. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR. In recent years the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of investor relations, particularly the contributions of senior management, as well as to identify the best IR by sector. In addition, the awards research now covers the perspective of winning companies in addition to the views of analysts and investors.

In 2018, for the very first time, we presented two types of award categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Canada. For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in Canada. In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories.

In 2019, we will continue the tradition and offer both researched and awards by nomination categories. Please scroll down to view further information on both awards categories.

Awards by research

For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in Canada.

View the list of 2018 list of winners please click here 

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)


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Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


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Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)


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Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)


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Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)


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Best IR by a senior management team

Best IR by a senior management team


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Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR


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Best ESG practice

Best ESG practice


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Best investor meeting or analyst day

Best investor meeting or analyst day


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Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting


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Best in sector: communications

Best in sector: communications


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Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary


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Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples


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Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy


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Best in sector: financials & real estate

Best in sector: financials & real estate


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Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials


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Best in sector: information technology

Best in sector: information technology


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Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials


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Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities


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The first thing to explain is that our awards are different from most others: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.

June 2018: Sample selection

IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock.

July – September 2018: Electronic survey

IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers based in Canada. The responses from this survey then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for industry sector.

September – December: Telephone survey

The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with an additional 200 portfolio managers and analysts based in Canada. Many of them participate in the study year after year, but there is always a healthy proportion of new respondents each year as well. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.

Results analysis

Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector. The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable benchmarking tool.

January 2019: Shortlist compiled

IR Magazine receives the results in January and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.

April 3, 2019: Winners announced

And finally… on the night of the awards, the winners are announced and receive their trophies at a black-tie gala dinner event in Toronto on April 3, 2019, attended by the leading lights of Canadian investor relations.

Coming soon: Report published

Shortly after the awards, the IR Magazine Award Winning IR – Canada 2019 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.

 

Awards by nomination

Our awards by nomination categories offers individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. Individuals nominated must be corporate, in-house investor relations professionals. 

Scroll below to view our awards by nomination categories.

To submit a nomination click here. Good luck!

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction

How did your IR team go above and beyond to support a recent corporate transaction? Let us know the details. We’ll be looking at the IR team’s involvement in crafting/releasing the messaging for the financial markets and how it organized outreach and dialogue to gain approval from key shareholders.

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Best use of technology & social media for IR

Best use of technology & social media for IR

Are you a tech-savvy IRO always looking out for cutting-edge technological solutions for IR? Describe the innovative ways you have incorporated video, audio, infographics or webcasts into your IR program. Judges will be looking for evidence of heightened investor and analyst engagement via these channels.

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Rising star

Rising star

Open to IR professionals under 35, this award is looking for individuals bringing fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession

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Ben Ashwell

Digital editor, IR Magazine

Our awards by nomination categories differ from our traditional researched categories, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial members.

The judging process is made up of two simple phases:

PHASE 1: Judges are sent all submissions after the entry deadline for review. They are asked to score the entries for each category based on the given criteria. This will form the initial shortlists.

PHASE 2: For the second phase, judges come together to discuss and review, with renewed scrutiny, those entries that have made it through to the shortlist. This final stage will determine the winners and high commendations, where applicable, in each category.

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