IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards – Canada
Celebration of 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 in Toronto.  It remains the Canadian IR community’s largest annual gathering and is an evening of unforgettable celebration and networking for investor relations officers along with their senior managements, advisers and analysts.

Since the annual event first launched in 1996, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. 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.

By popular demand we will present 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 did not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and gave their opinions on which companies do the best IR.

In our nominated categories, companies had 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 research

Our researched awards nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and investors, which cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies do the best IR in Canada. Find the list of categories and winners below.

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    WINNER

  • CN

  • Fortis

  • RBC

  • Suncor Energy


Sponsored by

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Alamos Gold

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

  • ARC Resources

    WINNER

  • Endeavour Mining

  • WSP


Sponsored by

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)


Nominees

  • Boralex

  • Interfor

  • Kelt Exploration

    WINNER

  • Precision Drilling Corporation

  • TORC Oil & Gas


Sponsored by

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)


Nominees

  • Brian Christie

    Agnico Eagle Mines - WINNER

  • Lorne Gorber

    CGI Group

  • Paul Butcher

    CN

  • Stephanie Amaimo

    Fortis

  • Amy Cairncross & David Mun

    RBC

  • Gillian Manning

    TD Bank Group


Sponsored by

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (small & mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Scott Parsons

    Alamos Gold

  • Bevin Wirzba

    ARC Resources - WINNER

  • Marc Jasmin

    Boralex

  • Shant Madian

    Crescent Point Energy

  • Martino De Ciccio

    Endeavour Mining

  • Isabelle Adjahi

    WSP


Sponsored by

Best IR by a senior management team (large cap)

Best IR by a senior management team (large cap)


Nominees

  • Sean Boyd, CEO & David Smith, CFO

    Agnico Eagle Mines - WINNER

  • Bruce Flatt, CEO & Brian Lawson, CFO

    Brookfield Asset Managemen

  • Rod Bolger, CFO & David McKay, CEO

    RBC

  • Alister Cowan, CFO & Steve Williams, CEO

    Suncor Energy

  • Russ Girling, CEO & Don Marchand, CFO

    TransCanad


Sponsored by

Best IR by a senior management team (small & mid-cap)

Best IR by a senior management team (small & mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Ian Robertson, CEO, David Bronicheski, CFO

    Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp - WINNER

  • David Wilson, CEO, Sadiq Lalani, CFO

    Kelt Exploration

  • Paul Benson, CEO & Gregory Martin, CFO

    SSR Mining

  • Brett Herman, CEO & Jason Zabinsky, CFO

    TORC Oil & Gas

  • Grant Fagerheim, CEO & Thanh Kang, CFO

    Whitecap Resources


Sponsored by

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    WINNER

  • Fortis

  • RBC

  • Suncor Energy


Sponsored by

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings


Nominees

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CN

  • Goldcorp

  • Kinaxis

  • RBC

    WINNER


Sponsored by

Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR


Nominees

  • Barrick Gold

  • BlackBerry

  • Bombardier

  • Gibson Energy

    WINNER

  • Yamana Gold

Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market

Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

  • BlackBerry

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CN

    WINNER

  • Lululemon

  • Waste Connections


Sponsored by

Best in sector: consumer discretionary

Best in sector: consumer discretionary


Nominees

  • Air Canada

    WINNER

  • Canadian Tire Corporation

  • Cineplex Entertainment

  • Spin Master


Sponsored by

Best in sector: consumer staples

Best in sector: consumer staples


Nominees

  • Dollarama

    WINNER

  • Loblaw Companies

  • Metro

  • Saputo


Sponsored by

Best in sector: energy

Best in sector: energy


Nominees

  • ARC Resources

  • Gibson Energy

  • Suncor Energy

    WINNER

  • TransCanada

  • Vermilion Energy


Sponsored by

Best in sector: financials & real estate

Best in sector: financials & real estate


Nominees

  • BMO Financial Group

  • Brookfield Asset Management

  • Manulife Financial

  • RBC

    WINNER

  • TD Bank Group


Sponsored by

Best in sector: industrials

Best in sector: industrials


Nominees

  • Bombardier

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • CN

    WINNER

  • Waste Connections

  • WSP


Sponsored by

Best in sector: information technology & communications

Best in sector: information technology & communications


Nominees

  • BCE

  • BlackBerry

  • Celestica

  • CGI Group

    WINNER

  • Kinaxis

  • OpenText Corporation

  • Shopify

  • TELUS


Sponsored by

Best in sector: materials

Best in sector: materials


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    WINNER

  • Alamos Gold

  • Endeavour Mining

  • Lundin Mining Corporation

  • Teck Resources


Sponsored by

Best in sector: utilities

Best in sector: utilities


Nominees

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

  • Boralex

  • Brookfield Renewable Partners

  • Fortis

    WINNER

  • Northland Power


Sponsored by

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 2018: 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.

 

What attendees say

"A special event to recognize the commitment and efforts of investor relations professionals in Canada. Appreciated the efforts of the team to make it a truly special night."

Canadian Tire Corp.

"Excellent! Great way to re-connect with colleagues in the industry."

Primero Mining

"This was my first experience at the Awards and I was blown away by the calibre of the entire event, including the cocktail hour, awards ceremony and "after party". "

Aecon Group

"A great opportunity to network with some of our country's finest IROs."

Avigilon

"The IR Magazine Awards Canada is the premier event of the Year - classy, fabulous venue and celebrating the very best companies and individuals in IR. It is a not to be missed event!"

LA Consulting

"A truly fantastic event and a great opportunity to network with people you may not typically encounter. "

Mason Graphite

"As a service provider, the IR Awards provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate our clients and network. I will always support the IR Awards in some capacity. "

TD Securities

"A great event. I love how it stays classy and everyone still dresses up. The MC was very entertaining. "

National Bank

"Great Awards event. I look forward to attending next year!"

Sun Life Financial Inc.

"It was much bigger than I expected. There were people there that night I never even found!"

Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust

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. The nomination period is now closed. Click on each category to view 2019 nominees and winners.

Best ESG reporting

Best ESG reporting

Companies face growing demands to inform investors about the risk and opportunities - they face from a range of ESG issues. Describe how your company was able to meet the demands of shareholders looking for substance in ESG reporting?

Nominees

  • ARC Resources

  • BMO Financial Group

  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority

  • TD Bank Group

    WINNER

  • Vermilion Energy


Sponsored by

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.

Nominees

  • Aurora Cannabis

  • Empire Company

    WINNER

  • Nevsun Resources

  • Vermilion Energy


Sponsored by

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.

Nominees

  • ARC Resources

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

    WINNER

  • Corby Spirit and Wine

  • Sun Life Financial


Sponsored by

Rising star

Rising star

This award seeks to honor individuals who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession. This category is open to anyone who has been working in IR for less than 5 years.

Nominees

  • Samantha Taccone

    CGI Group

  • Mark Chyc-Cies

    Gibson Energy

  • Ashley Connolly

    Precision Drilling Corporation - WINNER


Sponsored by

Awards by nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, 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.

Judging panel


Venue and Accommodation

Venue:

We’re pleased to be celebrating our 30th anniversary at The Ritz Carlton!

The Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7

 

Accommodation offer:

The Ritz Carlton is the official hotel of the IR Magazine Awards – Canada! Room rates are C$495 + HST for group run of house (single/double occupancy). Availability of guestrooms is on a first come, first served basis. Please call the reservations department on 1-800-542-8680 and mention IR Magazine Awards – Canada!

On the night

Make a day of it

Taking place on the morning of the awards ceremony, the IR Magazine Forum – Canada 2019 is the must-attend event when wanting to learn about the developments within the world of investor relations.

Join us to learn how to adjust your IR program as the impacts of Mifid II become more apparent, take a refreshing look at targeting, stay updated with policy changes and get the truth about what the buy-side and sell-side really want.

IR professionals from across the region will be in Toronto to share their experiences, perspectives and teachings about the latest issues impacting Canadian public companies and their investors – including award winners from 2018!

You can find more details on our website

Our Sponsors

Master of ceremonies

We’re pleased to have Ramy Inocencio as our master of ceremonies! Ramy is an anchor and correspondent for Bloomberg Television & Radio and Bloomberg’s digital Daybreak global podcast.

On Bloomberg Television, he reports and anchors for the Asia-Pacific’s flagship weekday morning show. He covered the first face-to-face summit of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping from Mar-a-Lago, reported from Paris on France’s Bastille Day terror attack in 2016 and travelled across the U.S. in 2015 reporting for his technology series Wiring the World and Bloomberg Technology.

A global journalist with 15 years’ experience across the U.S and Asia, Inocencio joined Bloomberg from the Wall Street Journal Digital Network in Hong Kong where he covered the Philippine devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Revolution in 2014 and Pope Francis’ first visit to the Philippines in 2015. He also hosted Digits, the WSJ’s weekly technology show.

Inocencio is a champion of newsroom diversity, internationalism and volunteerism. He serves as National Senior Vice-President of the non-profit Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA), Global Co-Lead of Bloomberg’s Pan-Asian Community (BPAC) and President of the New York alumni chapter of the Hawaii-based East-West Center (EWC). He is a 2009 fellowship recipient of the EWC’s Asia-Pacific Leadership Program and a 2016 recipient of the “50 Best Asian-Americans in Business” Award.

Investor Perception Study – Canada

The Investor Perception Study – Canada 2019 looks at the current leading companies and individuals for IR in Canada as voted for by the investment community. To view a sample of this report, click here.

Key benefits:

  • Learn which companies are the best current exponents of IR in Canada
  • Identify the high performers in eight different IR research categories
  • Find out why they were nominated from verbatim comments made by the investors and analysts who voted for them
  • View the points’ breakdown by research category of more than 117 ranked companies
  • See results broken down by market cap and sector.

For more information on how to access this report, please contact Paul Campbell at [email protected] or call +44 (0) 207 8004 5337

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