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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
The list of 2018 nominees will be released in January, 2018 and you can view the list of winners from 2017 by clicking here.
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.
In our self-nomination categories, we offer individuals and companies the opportunity to nominate themselves, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. Click on the category names below to find out more about each one.
The entry form deadline is December 1, 2017.
Check back soon for our list of judges!
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.
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.
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.
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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 November 30th, 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.