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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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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