IR Magazine

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, will convene on February 7, 2018. It remains the Canadian IR community’s largest annual gathering and will be 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.

The investment community is now voting for the best IR in Canada, and you now have the opportunity to encourage the investors and analysts who cover your stock to take part. The online survey will run until mid-July, after which further research will be completed by telephone. If you have not already supplied us with your analyst and investor contacts, please send an Excel file with their names, firm, their direct telephone number and their email address to, so that we can be sure that they are all invited to vote.

Any data you send us will only be used for the purpose of identifying the best current exponents of IR and surveying investment community views on IR topics. It will not be attributed to your company or yourself; nor will it be passed on to any third parties.

In 2018, for the very first time, we will be presenting 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.

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.  Please click on the category names below to find out more about each one.

The entry form deadline is Friday, December 15, 2017.


Lifetime achievement

Lifetime achievement

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

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

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.

Best crisis management

Best crisis management

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

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?



You can find the entry criteria and nominate a company (or yourself) here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 1 , and the winners will be unveiled at the IR Magazine Awards ‒ Canada 2018 on February 7 in Toronto. Good luck!

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.

Venue & Accommodation

You asked and we listened…

2018 marks the return of the IR Magazine Awards – Canada to the
Fairmont Royal York.

Fairmont Royal York
100 Front St. W
Toronto, ON M5J 1E3


The Fairmont Royal York is the official hotel of the IR Magazine Awards – Canada and Investor Perception Seminar.

Room rates for the associated events are as follows:

Fairmont room (single / double occupancy)
C$229.00 + HST

Fairmont Luxury room (single / double occupancy)
C$289.00 + HST

Availability of guestrooms is on a first come, first served basis. Please call the Fairmont’s Reservations Department at 1-800-663-7229 or their Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414.  For ease of booking, please provide group code INVE0218 or mention the IR Magazine Awards.

Welcome to IRspace

A new social network for IR professionals! Connect with your peers via private messaging and groups, share ideas and know-how in the community forum, read all the latest IR news and download IR resources from the extensive, free knowledge base. Site features include:

Networking: Network with your peers by searching based on their sector, market cap, location and role, or look for individuals by their name or company. Connect with other members via private messaging and open or private groups.

Share knowledge and ideas: IRspace’s professionally moderated community forum will allow members to post queries and discussion topics and receive answers from a community of global IROs. This provides an opportunity for members to compare best practices and promote their own blog posts and thought leadership. Members can post queries anonymously or as themselves.

Knowledge base: The site contains an extensive, free and searchable knowledge base, granting IROs access to white papers, strategy and planning guides, research reports, investor perception studies and webinar recordings, as well as all the latest news and articles in the world of IR.

Apply now for free membership>


Book your seat

The tickets below will provide you with full access to the awards ceremony.

Please note that these are our early bird prices which expire on December 15, 2017.  Any bookings made after this date, will be charged at the standard rate.

If you have any questions regarding booking seats and tables for the awards, please contact Brigitte Toledano on +1 212 430 6861.

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