IR Magazine

IR Magazine Think Tank – Canada

Thursday, October 3, 2019

TD Bank Tower, Toronto, Canada

About the think tank

The IR Magazine Think Tank – Canada 2019 is an invitation-only event exclusively for senior corporate, in-house IR professionals. It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues affecting IR.

What makes our format so unique?
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select IR issues. These interactive sessions are broken up by short, snappy best practice briefings from top-rated IROs. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.

How do our roundtable discussions work?
 Senior professionals – industry experts, top-rated IROs, the investment community – set the agenda on a panel discussion by sharing their thoughts on session topics.
 Small roundtable groups of IROs discuss these issues face to face.
 Each table gives feedback from its own discussion and shares ideas with the group as a whole.

Click here to read the write-up from last year’s event


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Who Attends?

Attendees are leading IR practitioners, many of whom have been highlighted in our IR Magazine Awards research over the years. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of our past attendees include:

Job title Company name Job title Company name
Analyst, IR Slate Asset Management IR professional Ex Hydro One and Rogers
Assistant Professor Concordia University Manager IR & corporate development Denison Mines
Assistant vice president of IR Sun life Financial Manager of investor relations Canadian Tire
Associate, Business Development & IR Slate Asset Management Manager of investor relations Element Financial
AVP, IR Great-West Lifeco Manager, Investor Relations Alamos Gold
CFO Sleep Country Canada Manager, Investor Relations Scotiabank
Chief executive officer Exelerate Manager, Investor Relations TD Bank
Director Investor Relations Manulife Partner Joele Frank
Director IR New Gold President CIRI
Director IR Onex President and CEO Horizons ETFs
Director IR Bitfarms Technologies Senior Analyst, Investor Relation IAMGOLD Corporation
Director of investor relations Canadian Pacific Senior associate of investor relations Lundin Mining
Director of investor relations Intact Financial Senior associate of investor relations Sun life Financial
Director of Investor Relations Sherritt International Senior director of investor relations CIBC
Director of investor relations Shopify Senior director, investor relations Celestica
Director of investor relations Theralase Technologies Senior financial analyst Power Financial Corporation
Director, ETF Portfolio Operations First Asset SVP & head of ETF portfolio management First Asset
Director, finance and investor relations AGF Management Senior vice president of investor relations Aimia
Director, investor relations Cynapsus Therapeutics Senior Communications Specialist Argonaut Gold Inc.
Director, Investor Relations Detour Gold SVP of IR Aecon Group Inc.
Director, Investor Relations Home Capital Group Vice president of corporate development Canadian Zinc Corporation
Director, investor relations Hydro One Vice President of investor relations Altus Group
Director, investor relations Rogers Communications Vice president of investor relations Fortis
Director, Investor Relations The Stars Group Vice president of investor relations Genworth Canada
Director, Shareholder Services Sun Life Financial Inc. Vice president of investor relations Intact Financial
DVP, investor relations & treasury Hudson’s Bay Vice president of investor relations Stonegate Agricom
Group Analyst, Corp Development & IR Aecon Construction Vice president of investor relations TMAC Resources
Head of Canada Canada Indexes VP – investor relations Loblaw
Head of Investor Relations Roots Corporation VP corporate development Economical Insurance
Investor Relations McEwen Mining Inc VP Investor Relations eCobalt
Investor Relations Sherrit VP Investor Relations Advisory Storyboard Communications
Investor relations Troy Resources Limited VP, investor relations Aecon Group Inc.
Investor Relations Urbana Corporation VP, Investor Relations Algonquin Power & Utilities
Investor Relations Associate Aurora Cannabis VP, Investor Relations Luxoft
Investor Relations Associate Detour Gold VP, Investor Relations and Marketing Real Matters
Investor relations coordinator Avalon Rare Metals VP, IR and operations Imperial Capital
Investor Relations Manager RLH VP, Operations Kew Media Group
Investor Relations Manager Teranga Gold VP, Strategy & Corp Development CWB Financial Group

Attendees say

"There is always something you grab and learn"

Laurie Gaborit, VP of IR, Detour Gold

"Fantastic event! Very informative. The best so far in over 20 years. It was perfectly organized, great panel speakers and content. "

Linda Armstrong, LA Consulting

"Excellent session! Well attended by many senior IR professionals. Very relevant topics discussed such as increase in passive investors raising importance of ESG. Very informative.

Lisa Headrick, VP of Finance (Global FP&A), Celestica

"I thought the day was valuable. The group is very honest and forthcoming which I believe is a result of the IR community being very tight-knit."

Derek Theobalds, Director of IR, Manulife

"Very good speakers, excellent opportunity to get an in depth look at what challenges are faced in a variety of industries."

Greg Blazina, Regional manager, Business Wire

"Good mix of topics/themes."

Joe Racanelli, Director of IR, Sherritt

"I thoroughly enjoyed the Think Tank as it made us discuss methods with people in the same job, but different industries. We had no choice but to be proactive. I loved how open and informative it was and would love to be asked back again next year."

Elizabeth Naumovski, IR, Urbana Corporation

"A great opportunity to connect with other senior IROs to share insights and learn from the experience of others."

Roy MacDonald, VP of IR, Loblaw

Venue and location

This year’s think tank is being hosted by TD Bank!


TD Tower
66 Wellington Street West
54th Floor, Lambert Room
Toronto, ON


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Request Invite

This event is exclusively for senior corporate IROs and other senior-level executives with IR responsibility. To register for this year’s event, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, we will send you a confirmation along with detailed event information. If you have any questions or require any assistance with registering for the think tank, please contact Janeshia Neeley on [email protected]

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