IR Magazine

IR Magazine Awards ‒ Canada 2017
Celebrating IR excellence

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Carlu, Toronto, ON

About the awards

The gala dinner for the IR Magazine Awards – Canada, took place on February 2, 2017. 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.

Researched Awards

View the full list of winners and nominees here or click on each category below. More information on how the winners are chosen can be found in the tabs below.

Best overall investor relations (large cap)

Best overall investor relations (large cap)


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    WINNER

  • CN

  • Suncor Energy

  • TD Bank Group

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

Best overall investor relations (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Alamos Gold

  • ARC Resources

    WINNER

  • Stantec

  • WSP Global

Best overall investor relations (small cap)

Best overall investor relations (small cap)


Nominees

  • Aecon Group

    WINNER

  • Boralex

  • Precision Drilling Corporation

  • Pure Technologies

  • Richmont Mines

Best investor relations officer (large cap)

Best investor relations officer (large cap)


Nominees

  • Paul Butcher

    CN - WINNER

  • Jake Lawrence

    Scotiabank

  • Steve Douglas

    Suncor Energy

  • Gillian Manning

    TD Bank Group

Best investor relations officer (mid-cap)

Best investor relations officer (mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Scott Parsons

    Alamos Gold

  • David Carey (David Carey retired in September 2016 and was succeeded by Bevin Wirzba)

    ARC Resources - WINNER

  • Lisa Greatrix

    Canadian Tire

  • Isabelle Adjahi

    WSP Global

Best investor relations officer (small cap)

Best investor relations officer (small cap)


Nominees

  • Adam Borgatti

    Aecon Group - WINNER

  • Saber Rad

    Precision Drilling Corporation

  • Lisa Ottmann

    Trinidad Drilling

Best IR by a CEO (large cap)

Best IR by a CEO (large cap)


Nominees

  • Sean Boyd

    Agnico Eagle Mines - WINNER

  • Victor Dodig

    Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

  • Luc Jobin*

    CN - *Luc Jobin took over as CEO of CN in July 2016

  • Russ Girling

    TransCanada

Best IR by a CEO (small & mid-cap)

Best IR by a CEO (small & mid-cap)


Nominees

  • David Smith

    Keyera - WINNER

  • Randall Oliphant

    New Gold

  • Kevin Neveu

    Precision Drilling Corporation

Best IR by a CFO (large cap)

Best IR by a CFO (large cap)


Nominees

  • David Smith

    Agnico Eagle Mines - WINNER

  • Ghislain Houle*

    CN - *Ghislain Houle took over as CFO in July 2016 from Luc Jobin, who is now CEO

  • Michael Ross

    Dollarama

  • Janice Fukakusa

    RBC

  • Stephane Bello

    Thomson Reuters

Best IR by a CFO (Small & mid-cap)

Best IR by a CFO (Small & mid-cap)


Nominees

  • Michael Rousseau

    Air Canada

  • Jamie Porter

    Alamos Gold - WINNER

  • Dean McCann

    Canadian Tire

  • Dan Lefaivre

    Stantec - WINNER

Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market

Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market


Nominees

  • Agrium

  • Canadian Pacific Railway

  • Teck Resources

    WINNER

  • Thomson Reuters

Best financial reporting

Best financial reporting


Nominees

  • ARC Resources

    WINNER

  • CN

  • RBC

  • TD Bank Group

Best use of technology

Best use of technology


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

  • ARC Resources

    WINNER

Best investor meetings

Best investor meetings


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    WINNER

  • ARC Resources

  • CN

  • TD Bank Group

Most progress in IR

Most progress in IR


Nominees

  • Aecon Group

  • Canadian Utilities

  • Great-West Lifeco

  • Veresen

    WINNER

Best corporate governance

Best corporate governance


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

  • CN

  • Stantec

  • TD Bank Group

    WINNER

Best sustainability practice

Best sustainability practice


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

  • Suncor Energy

    WINNER

Best IR during a corporate transaction

Best IR during a corporate transaction


Nominees

  • Enbridge

    Acquisition of Spectra Energy ‒ announced September 2016

  • Fortis

    Acquisition of ITC Holdings, June 2016

  • PotashCorp

    Merger with Agrium ‒ announced September 2016

  • TransCanada

    Acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group, July 2016 - WINNER

Best IR for an IPO

Best IR for an IPO


Nominees

  • Aritzia

  • Hydro One

    WINNER

  • Neo Lithium Corporation

Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company

Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company


Nominees

  • Gold Standard Ventures

  • Mason Graphite

  • Red Eagle Mining

  • Tidewater Midstream

    WINNER

Best in sector: Communications

Best in sector: Communications


Nominees

  • BCE

    WINNER

  • Rogers Communications

  • TELUS

Best in sector: Consumer Discretionary

Best in sector: Consumer Discretionary


Nominees

  • Air Canada

    WINNER

  • Canadian Tire

  • Cineplex Entertainment

  • WestJet Airlines

Best in sector: Consumer staples

Best in sector: Consumer staples


Nominees

  • Alimentation Couche-Tard

  • Dollarama

    WINNER

  • Loblaw Companies

  • Metro

Best in sector: Energy

Best in sector: Energy


Nominees

  • ARC Resources

    WINNER

  • Precision Drilling Corporation

  • Suncor Energy

  • TransCanada

Best in sector: Financials

Best in sector: Financials


Nominees

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

  • RBC

  • Scotiabank

  • TD Bank Group

    WINNER

Best in sector: Industrials

Best in sector: Industrials


Nominees

  • Aecon Group

  • CN

    WINNER

  • Stantec

  • WSP Global

Best in sector: Materials

Best in sector: Materials


Nominees

  • Agnico Eagle Mines

    WINNER

  • Alamos Gold

  • Lundin Mining Corporation

  • New Gold

Best in sector: Technology

Best in sector: Technology


Nominees

  • CGI Group

    WINNER

  • Descartes Systems Group

  • Mitel Networks Corporation

  • OpenText Corporation

Best in sector: Utilities

Best in sector: Utilities


Nominees

  • Algonquin Power & Utilities

    WINNER

  • Boralex

  • Brookfield Renewable

  • Northland Power

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.

August: Online survey

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 500 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 2, 2017 attended by the leading lights of Canadian investor relations.

February: Report published

A few days after the awards, the Investor Perception Study ‒ Canada 2017 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.

 

  • 2016

    Grand prix for best overall investor relations (large cap)

    CN

  • 2016

    Grand prix for best overall investor relations (mid-cap)

    ARC Resources

  • 2016

    Grand prix for best overall investor relations (small cap)

    Alamos Gold

  • 2016

    Best investor relations officer (large cap)

    Janet Drysdale, CN

  • 2016

    Best investor relations officer (mid-cap)

    Isabelle Adjahi, WSP Global

  • 2016

    Best investor relations officer (small cap)

    Lisa Ottmann, Trinidad Drilling

  • 2016

    Best IR by a CEO (large cap)

    Hunter Harrison, CANADIAN PACIFIC

  • 2016

    Best IR by a CEO (mid-cap)

    Sean Boyd, Agnico Eagle Mines

  • 2016

    Best IR by a CEO (small cap)

    Duncan Davies, Interfor

  • 2016

    Best IR by a CFO (large cap)

    Luc Jobin, CN

  • 2016

    Best IR by a CFO (mid-cap)

    Dan Lefaivre, Stantec

  • 2016

    Best IR by a CFO (small cap)

    Jamie Porter, Alamos Gold

  • 2016

    Best financial reporting

    ARC Resources

  • 2016

    Best use of technology

    CN

  • 2016

    Best investor meetings

    CN

  • 2016

    Most progress in IR

    CANADIAN PACIFIC

  • 2016

    Best corporate governance

    TD Bank Group

  • 2016

    Best sustainability practice

    Northland Power

  • 2016

    Best IR during a corporate transaction

    WSP Global

  • 2016

    Best crisis management

    Canadian Natural Resources

  • 2016

    Best IR for an IPO

    Singray Digital Group

  • 2016

    Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company

    Input Capital Corp

  • 2016

    Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market

    CANADIAN PACIFIC

  • 2016

    Lifetime achievement in IR

    Sharon Mathers, CIBC

  • 2016

    Best in sector: communications

    Rogers Communication

  • 2016

    Best in sector: consumer discretionary

    Cineplex

  • 2016

    Best in sector: consumer staples

    Loblaw Companies

  • 2016

    Best in sector: energy

    ARC Resources

  • 2016

    Best in sector: financials

    TD Bank Group

  • 2016

    Best in sector: industrials

    CN

  • 2016

    Best in sector: materials

    Agnico Eagle Mines

  • 2016

    Best in sector: technology

    Thomson Reuters

  • 2016

    Best in sector: Utilities

    Northland Power

People's choice award for innovation

This new award was presented to a publicly listed company that has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of IR and the community of IR professionals. While the rest of the IR Magazine Awards were determined by a survey of investor professionals, this people’s choice award for innovation was decided by you.

The shortlisted companies included:

  • Fortis – For managing an exciting listing at the NYSE in 2016 (WINNER!)
  • Vermilion Energy – For successful IR through recent commodity price downturn
  • WSP Global – For innovative approach to corporate and sustainability reporting

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