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IR Magazine Awards ‒ Canada 2018
Celebrating IR excellence

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, ON

About the awards

The gala dinner for the IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2018 convened on February 7.  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. More information on the categories and how winners are chosen can be found below.

Master of ceremonies

Jennifer Valentyne
Host, “The Bachelor and the Bachelorette Canada After Show” | Co-Host, Q107

The warm and smiling face of Breakfast Television Toronto’s “Live Eye” segment for 23 years, Jennifer Valentyne is now the host of “The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Canada’s” first live After Show on the W Network, and a co-host on Q107 with John Derringer.

Over the course of her career, Jennifer has interviewed celebrities such as Sir Richard Branson, Billy Crystal, Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, and Harrison Ford, but her passion has always been people in the community – she has the exceptional gift of unearthing their fascinating stories and sharing them in a meaningful way.

Jennifer is deeply fulfilled by giving back to the community with volunteer initiatives and is actively involved with Camp Oochigeas, The Children’s Breakfast Club, Dreams Take Flight, Habitat for Humanity, Women Build, Pride Build, and World Vision.

 

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On the night

This year’s gala awards will be held at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto.

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 by clicking here or by clicking on a category below.

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    Winner

  • CN

  • Fortis

  • Suncor Energy

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Alamos Gold

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

  • ARC Resources

    Winner

  • WSP

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)


Nominees

  • Altus Group

    Winner

  • Boralex

  • Equitable Group

  • Precision Drilling Corporation

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)


Nominees

  • BCE

    Thane Fotopoulos

  • CGI Group

    Winner- Lorne Gorber

  • Fortis

    Janet Craig

  • Suncor Energy

    David Burdziuk

  • Suncor Energy

    Steve Douglas

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Alamos Gold

    Scott Parsons

  • ARC Resources

    Winner - Bevin Wirzba

  • SNC-Lavalin

    Denis Jasmin

  • WSP

    Isabelle Adjahi

Best IR by CEO or CFO (large cap)

Best IR by CEO or CFO (large cap)


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    Winner - Sean Boyd

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    David Smith

  • CN

    Luc Jobin

  • Dollarama

    Michael Ross

  • Enbridge

    Al Monaco

  • TransCanada

    Russ Girling

Best IR by a CEO or CFO (mid-cap)

Best IR by a CEO or CFO (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

    Ian Robertson

  • ARC Resources

    Winner - Myron Stadnyk

  • Kinaxis

    Richard Monkman

  • Lundin Mining Corporation

    Paul Conibear

  • Stantec

    Dan Lefaivre

  • Stella-Jones

    Brian McManus

Best IR by a CEO or CFO (small cap)

Best IR by a CEO or CFO (small cap)


Nominees

  • Altus Group

    Winner - Robert Courteau

  • Birchcliff Energy

    Jeffery Tonken

  • Innergex Renewable Energy

    Michel Letellier

  • Kelt Exploration

    Sadiq Lalani

  • Richelieu Hardware

    Richard Lord

  • Sleep Country Canada

    Robert Masson

Best use of technology

Best use of technology


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

  • ARC Resources

    Winner

  • Fortis

  • Goldcorp

Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR


Nominees

  • Canadian Utilities

  • Great-West Lifeco

  • Kinross Gold Corporation

  • Veresen*

    Winner- *Veresen was acquired by Pembina Pipeline in October 2017

Best corporate governance

Best corporate governance


Nominees

  • ARC Resources

  • Franco-Nevada Corporation

  • Suncor Energy

    Winner

  • TELUS

Best sustainability practice

Best sustainability practice


Nominees

  • Boralex

  • Canadian Natural Resources

  • Suncor Energy

    Winner

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction


Nominees

  • Agrium

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

  • Canadian Natural Resources

    Winner

  • Open Text Corporation

Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company

Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company


Nominees

  • Atlantic Gold Corporation

    Winner

  • GreenSpace Brands

  • Mason Graphite

  • People Corporation

Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market

Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market


Nominees

  • Brookfield Asset Management

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CN

  • Pembina Pipeline

  • Shopify

  • Waste Connections

    Winner

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary


Nominees

  • Air Canada

  • Canadian Tire Corporation

    Winner

  • Cineplex Entertainment

  • Magna International

  • Spin Master

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples


Nominees

  • Dollarama

    Winner

  • Loblaw Companies

  • Metro

  • Saputo

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy


Nominees

  • ARC Resources

    Winner

  • Canadian Natural Resources

  • Encana Corporation

  • Suncor Energy

  • TransCanada

Best in sector: financials & real estate

Best in sector: financials & real estate


Nominees

  • Altus Group

  • Brookfield Asset Management

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

  • RBC

    Winner

  • TD Bank Group

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials


Nominees

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CN

    Winner

  • SNC-Lavalin

  • Stantec

  • WSP

Best in sector: information technology

Best in sector: information technology


Nominees

  • CGI Group

    Winner

  • Kinaxis

  • OpenText Corporation

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    Winner

  • Alamos Gold

  • Goldcorp

  • OceanaGold Corporation

  • Teck Resources

Best in sector: telcommunications

Best in sector: telcommunications


Nominees

  • BCE

  • Rogers Communications

  • TELUS

    Winner

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities


Nominees

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

  • Brookfield Renewable Partners

  • Fortis

    Winner

  • Hydro One

  • Veresen

The first thing to explain is that our researched awards are different from most others and from our judged awards: for our researched awards, 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.

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. These details are passed to Fox Insight, which conducts a preliminary electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers.

September-October: Telephone survey

The responses from the electronic survey then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for Canada’s industry sectors and geographical regions. It then conducts in-depth interviews with portfolio managers and analysts across Canada. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.

November: Results analysis & short list announced

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 and market cap. The 50 companies with the highest tallies are ranked in the Canada Top 50 league table.

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.

IR Magazine receives the results in November 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.

February: Winners announced

This year’s winners will be announced live on stage at a black-tie gala dinner event in Toronto on February 7, 2018 attended by the leading lights of Canadian investor relations.

February: Report published

A few days after the awards, the Investor Perception Study ‒ Canada 2018 is released and the data incorporated into our website in interactive form. Professional subscribers have full access to the data from all regions so they can benchmark their performance against that of other companies worldwide.

For further information on this year’s investor perception study, please contact IR Magazine’s research manager, Janet Dignan at +44 20 8004 6322.

 

Awards by nomination

In our awards by nomination categories, we offer 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. 

Click on the category names below to view our winners!

Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

Recognizing an outstanding career in investor relations, this award is presented to the brightest and best Canadian IROs.

Nominees

  • OpenText Corporation

    Winner - Greg Secord

  • WSP

    Isabelle Adjahi

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

Nominees

  • Guyana Goldfields

    Winner - Jacqueline Wagenaar

  • Excellon Resources

    Nisha Hasan

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting

Are shareholders and analysts raving about the quality of your annual print or online report? Have you successfully changed or updated your message to the Street? Give us your vision of best practice.

Nominees

  • ARC Resources

    Winner

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CN

  • Corby Spirit and Wine

  • Intact Financial Corporation

    Winner

  • Sun Life Financial

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

Describe how you successfully dealt with an unexpected event threatening your company's business or reputation.  

Nominees

  • Home Capital Group

    Winner

  • OceanaGold Corporation

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings

Did you hold an investor day, site visit or other investor event that marked your company out from the crowd?

Nominees

  • ARC Resources

  • OpenText Corporation

  • Scotiabank

  • Sun Life Financial

    Winner

  • Vermilion Energy

Ben Ashwell

Digital editor, IR Magazine

Brian Christie

Vice president of investor relations, Agnico Eagle Mines

Carol Hansell

Founder & senior partner, Hansell LLP

Meghan MacNicol

VP, corporate access, institutional equity sales & trading, TD Securities

Pat Marshall

Vice president of communications & investor relations, Cineplex

Malcolm White

Portfolio manager, CI Investment

In 2018, we have introduced categories which are open to self-nomination. These 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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