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 is 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 and in 2019, we will continue the tradition and offer both researched and awards by nomination 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. 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.
Please scroll down to view further information on both awards categories.
Check back soon for our list of judges!
President & CEO
Prior to joining IR Magazine, Ben Ashwell was founder and editor of Executive Talent, the global quarterly magazine from the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants. Before moving to the US, he was vice president and editor at Executive Grapevine, overseeing a daily news website, 10 annual supplements and HR Grapevine, the UK’s leading HR and talent management magazine.
Former CFO, TD Bank
Colleen Johnston retired from TD Bank Group in 2018. Prior to this, she was Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs, TD Bank Group. Colleen also spent over ten years as Group Head Finance, Sourcing and Corporate Communications, and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group.
Colleen graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor of business administration. She received her chartered accountant designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), the highest designation conferred by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, recognizing her outstanding career achievements and dedication to community activities.
Colleen has received numerous top industry honours as a senior finance executive including Canada’s CFO of the Year in 2012. She was recognized by Women’s Executive Network as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women three years in a row and inducted into Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. Colleen was named “Best Chief Financial Officer” in October 2009 by Canadian Business magazine, and in 2011, for the third year in a row, was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category.
Colleen is Vice Chair of the newly integrated health network that includes St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare, a member on the Board of the Shaw Festival and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business. In the past, she served as the Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Chair of Bridgepoint Health.
Born in Vancouver, Colleen currently resides in Toronto with her husband. She enjoys travelling, reading and an active lifestyle.
Malcolm White, CFA is a Portfolio Manager and global technology, media and telecommunications specialist with CI Investments.
In addition to 21 years of investment experience, Malcolm developed his firm’s proxy voting policies and served as broker relations, creating a valuable perspective for engagement with investor relations professionals. His new focus is AI and its applications in finance.
Malcolm has consistently been voted as one of Canada’s top 50 money managers in Brendan Woods and the fund he co-manages won the 2017 Lipper Award for the Best Global Fund in Canada over a 3, 5 and 10-year time horizon.
Norton Rose Fulbright
Walied Soliman is global chair and chair of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. He is also co-chair of our Canadian special situations team, which encompasses Canada’s leading hostile M&A, shareholder activism and complex reorganization transactions. Over the past several years, Mr. Soliman has been involved in almost every major proxy battle in Canada, acting for both issuers and activists. He is widely regarded as one of the leading special situations practitioners in Canada. In addition, his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, financings, corporate governance and structured products.
Mr. Soliman was the only lawyer recognized in the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine Power 50 list for 2017; designated as a “Star Lawyer” by Acritas in 2017 for ranking in the top 28 lawyers globally (over 5,000 lawyers) as selected by a panel of over 3,000 senior in-house counsel; was ranked as a leading Canadian corporate lawyer by both Chambers Canada and Lexpert Canada since 2016; was named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine in 2014; ranked by Best Lawyers in Canada since 2013; and was ranked as one of the Top 40 Lawyers under 40 in Canada by Lexpert magazine in 2009. Among other philanthropic endeavours, Mr. Soliman is a board member of the Toronto SickKids Hospital Foundation. Mr. Soliman is also actively involved in provincial and federal politics in 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.
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.
The extended entry deadline is 5pm ET on Friday, January 25, 2019. Please note that this will be the final deadline, as the judging process kicks in very soon!
To submit a nomination click here. Good luck!
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.
The IR Magazine Awards – Canada will host our celebration at
The Ritz Carlton.
The Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
The Ritz Carlton is the official hotel of the IR Magazine Awards – Canada.
Room rates for the associated events are as follows:
Group run of house (single / double occupancy)
C$495 + HST
Availability of guestrooms is on a first come, first served basis. Please call the Ritz Carlton Reservations Department at 1-800-542-8680. For ease of booking, please mention the IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2019.
Sign up for the complete experience below. You will have full access to the welcome drinks reception, the glamorous dinner, the prestigious awards ceremony and the fun-filled after party!
Please note that these are our early bird rates which expire on Thursday, February 7, 2019 – 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.
In Association with
Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its eight mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Sweden. The Company and its shareholders have full exposure to gold prices due to its long-standing policy of no forward gold sales. Agnico Eagle has declared a cash dividend every year since 1983. For more information, please visit www.agnicoeagle.com
AST Trust Company (Canada) is a full-service, tech-enabled professional services firm that helps companies and security holders across North America maintain momentum through the use of secure corporate data, analytics, advisory services, and a strategic approach to every interaction.
AST and its affiliates, including D.F. King Canada, are dedicated to supporting clients throughout their organization’s evolution. From IPOs to specialized transactions, activist investors to M&A support, we help companies streamline operations and increase efficiencies.
We lead the industry with a comprehensive portfolio that includes transfer agent and registrar services, corporate governance, proxy and ownership services, equity plan solutions, corporate trust and structured financial services.
AST Trust Company (Canada) | 888.444.0055 | www.astfinancial.com/ca
Broadridge, a global fintech leader with $4 billion in revenue, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation with solutions for enriching client engagement, navigating risk, optimizing efficiency and generating revenue growth. We power the entire investment lifecycle, from trading, portfolio management and financial advisory to omni-channel communications. Part of the Canadian financial services community for three decades, our footprint spans the big five banks, one-third of North American wealth management firms and 75 percent of the mailboxes in North America. We are uniquely positioned to help clients get ahead of today’s challenges and capitalize on what’s next.
Broadridge also delivers a single-source solution to help corporations simplify securityholder management, efficiently navigate regulatory and compliance communication requirements and gain insights to effectively serve and engage securityholders. Our smart, simple and strategic solutions for public companies and alternative investments, such as REITs help you build your brand and engage your securityholders. Our communication tools help gain efficiencies, cultivate goodwill toward your brand, educate and influence securityholders and increase participation. We simplify the annual meeting process by streamlining proxy communications that improve your annual meetings with solutions to efficiently, and effectively reach all of your securityholders and support your goals and priorities. We help you drive a successful proxy outcome with data-driven, predictive insights based on securityholder voting patterns. Our data and insights help you gain a greater understanding of securityholder behaviours and trends so you can make smart decisions that support good governance practices.
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries — serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.
For more information on CN, visit the company’s website at www.cn.ca
For more information please visit www.cibc.com/en/personal-banking.html
CIRI is a professional, not-for-profit association of executives responsible for communication between public corporations, investors and the financial community. CIRI contributes to the transparency and integrity of the Canadian capital market by advancing the practice of investor relations, the professional competency of its members and the stature of the profession. With more than 550 members and four chapters across the country, CIRI is the voice of IR in Canada and the world’s second-largest society of investor relations professionals.
To learn about the benefits of membership including our advocacy efforts and professional development opportunities, please visit CIRI.org.
Be informed. Be connected. Be current. Be a CIRI member.
Corbin Advisors is a specialized investor relations (IR) advisory firm with a track record as a strategic advisor and catalyst for positive, thoughtful change. Our proprietary approach combines shareholder research, investor engagement and communication strategies to unlock embedded value for public companies. Leveraging deep experience across sectors, market-caps and company situations, we engage with public companies on both high-level strategy and tactical execution.
Our comprehensive services include perception studies, investor targeting and marketing, investor presentations, investor days, specialized research, and retainer and event-driven consulting. Inside The Buy-side®, our industry-leading research publication, is covered by news affiliates globally and regularly featured on CNBC.
To learn more about us and the results we help our clients achieve, visit www.corbinadvisors.com
Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE: DFIN) provides software and services that enable clients to communicate with confidence in a complex regulatory environment. With 3,500 employees in 61 locations across 18 countries, we provide thousands of clients globally with innovative tools for content creation, management, and distribution, as well as data analytics and multi-lingual translations services. Leveraging advanced technology, deep- domain expertise, and 24/7 support, we deliver cost-effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
For more information, please visit www.dfsco.com
Hansell LLP provides expert, independent legal and governance counsel to businesses, their directors, shareholders and other stakeholders. From navigating critical situations to designing effective governance strategies, Hansell LLP has experience in all aspects of corporate governance that are important to our clients.” For more information click here
Ipreo by IHS Markit is a global leader in providing market intelligence, data, and technology solutions to all participants in the global capital markets, including sell-side banks, publicly traded companies and buy-side institutions. Our extensive suite of investor relations services provides our corporate clients with unparalleled cross-asset-class surveillance, investor targeting, buy-side perception studies, transaction analysis and predictive analytics. Additionally, Ipreo’s BD Corporate IR workflow platform offers the most accurate and comprehensive database covering global institutional contacts, profiles and ownership data. Our critical insights and flexible solutions help our clients run more effective investor relations programs. Ipreo by IHS Markit has nearly 2000 employees supporting clients in every major financial center around the world.
“Being the best in our field means reliably delivering the results our clients want— no matter the challenge. With offices in Toronto and New York, Kingsdale Advisors is the leading advisor to public companies on all shareholder, governance, and transaction related matters having acted on the largest and highest profile proxy fights, transactions, and other special situations. Our track record of success is backed by our unparalleled expertise and culture of 24/7 client service. Regardless of what your needs are—from governance advisory, corporate communications, shareholder identification, environmental and social advisory (E&S), depositary, to full proxy solicitation for any type of voting matter—Kingsdale has the complete solution for you. There’s a reason why we’re engaged on more proxy contests than all others combined: We win.
Our Services Include: Strategic & Defensive Advisory, Governance Advisory, Environmental and Social (E&S) Advisory, Compensation Advisory, Communications, Proxy Solicitation, Depositary Agent, Voting Analytics, Information Agent & Debt Services, Asset Reclamation, M&A and Creative Services.
For more information about Kingsdale Advisors click here.
National Bank Financial Markets is committed to supporting and advancing the practice of investor relations in Canada’s capital markets. Our Corporate Access program draws on the expertise of seasoned professionals to design customized outreach strategies that connect companies to the right institutional and retail investor prospects. With a full-suite of roadshow services, our investor relations team brings comprehensive, value-add resources to the marketing process. For more information, please visit https://nbfm.ca.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQXÂ® Best Market, the OTCQBÂ® Venture Market, and the PinkÂ® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC LinkÂ® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient markets, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
About Q4 Inc.
Q4 is a leading global provider of cloud-based investor relations and capital market solutions. Q4 empowers customers to be leaders in IR through innovative technology and exceptional customer service. Our comprehensive portfolio of communications and intelligence solutions, including websites, webcasting, stock surveillance, and IR Desktop arm industry professionals with the tools and insights required to run award-winning IR programs, make more effective decisions, and better engage with the investors. Q4 has offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Copenhagen, and London.
For more information visit www.q4websystems.com
At Scotiabank, our superior insight helps deliver outstanding results. Through our Global Banking and Markets division, we provide corporate and investment banking and capital markets products and services to corporate, institutional and government clients in Canada and globally – helping them seize opportunities, unlock value and achieve their goals.
For more information please visit http://www.gbm.scotiabank.com/Products&Services/Global_Equity/PR_GE_Corporate_Access.htm
The Works Design Communications Ltd is an award-winning integrated communications company. Providing a full range of in-house services, including strategy, writing, design, multimedia development and print production, The Works has developed annual reports and Corporate Social Responsibility reports for many well-known and well-respected international organizations. We help our clients define their objectives, sharpen their messages and connect with their most important audiences.
For more information, please visit www.worksdesign.com
About TMX Group (TSX: X)
TMX Group’s key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets and clearinghouses for multiple asset classes including equities and fixed income. Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TSX Alpha Exchange, The Canadian Depository for Securities, Montréal Exchange, Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, Trayport and other TMX Group companies provide listing markets, trading markets, clearing facilities, depository services, technology solutions, data products and other services to the global financial community. TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto and operates offices across North America (Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver and New York), as well as in key international markets including London, Beijing and Singapore. For more information about TMX Group, visit our website at www.tmx.com. Follow TMX Group on Twitter: @TMXGroup.
À propos du Groupe TMX (TSX : X)
Les filiales principales du Groupe TMX exploitent des marchés au comptant, des marchés dérivés et des chambres de compensation couvrant de multiples catégories d’actifs, dont les actions et les titres à revenu fixe. La Bourse de Toronto, la Bourse de croissance TSX, la Bourse Alpha TSX, La Caisse canadienne de dépôt de valeurs, la Bourse de Montréal, la Corporation canadienne de compensation de produits dérivés, Trayport et d’autres sociétés du Groupe TMX offrent des marchés d’inscription, des marchés de négociation, des mécanismes de compensation, des services de dépôt, des produits d’information et d’autres services à la communauté financière mondiale. Le Groupe TMX a son siège social à Toronto et des bureaux dans l’ensemble de l’Amérique du Nord (Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver et New York), ainsi que dans des marchés internationaux clés, dont Londres, Pékin et Singapour. Pour en savoir plus sur le Groupe TMX, visitez le www.tmx.com. Suivez le Groupe TMX sur Twitter : @TMXGroup.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure. Investor relations, public relations, public policy and marketing professionals rely on Business Wire to accurately distribute market-moving news and multimedia, host online newsrooms and IR websites, build content marketing platforms, generate social engagements and provide audience analysis that improves interaction with specified target markets. Founded in 1961, Business Wire is a trusted source for news organizations, journalists, investment professionals and regulatory authorities, delivering news directly into editorial systems and leading online news sources via its multi-patented simultaneous NX Network. Business Wire has 29 offices worldwide to securely meet the varying needs of communications professionals and news consumers. In 2015, Business Wire teamed up with Al Roker Entertainment to create BizWireTV, a weekly digital video news program that features the top trending news releases that cross the wire.
Learn more at services.BusinessWire.com and Tempo, the Business Wire resource for industry trends; follow updates on Twitter: @businesswire or on Facebook. For more information on Business Wire click here.
Our awards provides a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in North-America. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.
Sponsoring the event will provide:
To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.