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IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR
Bridging the gap in pay and skillset

Thursday, October 3, 2019

TD Bank, Toronto, Canada

About the event

IR Magazine’s Women in IR campaign has sparked a lively debate around the globe about how women can achieve gender equality and pay parity in the IR profession.

Our researched showed that while the IR profession has a 50/50 gender split, 67 percent of senior positions are held by men and just 33 percent by women.

Such stats are depressingly familiar throughout the business world. Within IR, however, the news came as a surprise: IR has always been an industry with many women in senior positions. This evening is part of our global initiative of events, articles and research reports aimed at throwing diversity within the IR profession into the spotlight.

We’d love to have you join the debate. Book your place today.

On the night

  • 17:00 PM
    Registration, networking drinks and canapés

  • 17:45 PM
    Welcome and opening remarks

  • 18:00 PM
    Panel discussion: Bridging the gap in pay and skillset to ease gender disparity in IR

    • How does an IRO’s past role impact his/her current pay and career advancement? Are women without a capital markets or corporate finance background at an irreparable disadvantage, or are there other ways they can bridge the perceived skills gap?
    • What additional IR responsibilities determine an IRO’s pay and career experience? Is international experience a factor? What is missing from your skillset?
    • Are you more likely to get senior jobs or higher compensation by staying with the same company or moving frequently? If the latter, how frequently should you move?
    • Research suggests that where you derive your job satisfaction from determines your salary expectations. How should you view job satisfaction as an IRO in order to progress?
    • What is your strategy? How do you build long-term relationships with the C-suite and investors? When your company is struggling, how do you pitch professional development and diversity?
    • Should balancing work and family even be part of our discussion? Would it be, if this was a ‘men in IR’ networking event?
    • Building an advocacy network: How to include female and male allies and what does that entail?
  • 19:00 PM
    Q&A and summary: Practical do’s and don’ts

    Negotiating equal or better pay, being heard, handling interruptions, saying the right things in investor meetings, networking

  • 19:15 PM
    Discussions and networking

  • 20:00 PM
    End of evening

Who attends?

Attendees are leading IR practitioners with a strategic IR role within his or her company. Some of our past attendees include:

Job title Company name Job title Company name
Account executive BTV Manager, Administrative and IR services RLH
Account Manager Laurel Hill Manager, Specialty Insurance Travelers Insurance Company
Analyst CIBC Manager, Corporate Development Newsfile
Assistant, Client Management Interac Association Manager, Global Capital Markets Donelley Financial Solutions
Associate Vice President, Investor Relations Canada Tire Manager, Investor Relations Canada Tire
Associate, Corporate Access & Equity Scotiabank Manager, Investor Relations Eastmain Resources
Asssociate Director, Research and Analysis Ipreo Manager, Investor Relations TD Bank Group
AVP and Head, IR Great-West Lifeco Manager, Investor Relations & Corporate Services Heron Resources Limited
AVP, Investor Relations & Compliance RioCan Manager, Professional Development CIRI
Brand Partnership Manager The Globe and Mail Managing Director Shorecrest Group
Business Development Director The Globe and Mail Managing Partner Kaiser Lachance
Business Development, Strategic IR Cision Manger, Investor Relations Alamos Gold
Capital Market Communications LodeRock Advisors Marketing Manager The Works Design
CEO Fig House Communications Partner and SVP, Investor Relations Brookfield Asset Management
CEO Platform Group Limited President CIRI
CEO Q4 President Craib Design & Communications
CEO Story Board Communication President DSA Corporate Services Inc.
CEO TechnoVenture Inc President Shareholder Response Group
Chair, Board of Directors Frontier College President & CEO AST
Co Founder & Managing Director Shorecrest Group President & CEO Horizons ETFs (Canada)
Consultant Dream Global REIT CEO, Chair of Women’s Exec Network Edelman
Consultant SimpleLogic Project Manager, Marketing and Advertising The Works Design
Corporate Access National Bank Regional Head, Company Services TSX
Corporate Access & Equity Marketing Scotiabank Senior Communications Manager Mimpi Consulting
Corporate Access Associate RBC Capital Markets Senior Communications Specialist Argonaut Gold
Director Donelley Financial Solutions Senior Director, Communications CIBC
Director Newsfile Senior Director, Investor Relations Royal Bank of Canada
Director Investor Relations Fortis Senior Investor Relations Analyst Barrick
Director IR New Gold Senior Manager, Investor Relations Royal Bank of Canada
Director IR Bitfarms Senior Manager, Investor Relations TSX
Director of IR & Communications Bristol Capital Senior Partner Global Governance
Director, Corporate Communication Jamieson Wellness Senior Vice President DF King Canada
Director, Finance Brookfield Asset Management Senior Vice President, Financial Communications Edelman
Director, Finance & IR Brookfield Business Partners Senior Vice President, IR and Communications Altagas
Director, Investor Relations Detour Gold Senior VP, Financial and Crisis Communications NATIONAL  Equicom
Director, Investor Relations Excellon Resources Inc. Sr. Associate Investor Relations Lundin Mining
Director, Investor Relations Sobeys Sr. Director, Investor Relations CIBC
Director, IR & Corporate Comms ATS Automation Sr. Manager, Investor Relations Celestica
Director, IR CIBC Strategic Account Director Cision
Director, Shareholder Services Sunlife Financial SVP, Investor Relations Aimia
Former CFO Retired from TD Vice President Corbin Advisors
Founder Wyatt Strategic Communications Vice President – Operations D.F. King
Founder & CEO Corbin Advisors Vice President Investor Relations Fortis
Head of Corporate Access Scotiabank Vice President Investor Relations and Operations Imperial Capital
Head of IR Solutions S&P Global Market Intelligence Vice President of Business Development Laurel Hill
Head of Investor Relations Roots Vice President Donelley Financial Solutions
Head of IR TD Bank Vice President, Corporate Development NIGHTHAWK GOLD CORP
Institutional Equity Research TD Securities VIce President, Investor Relations Altus Group Limited
Investor Relations McEwen Mining Inc. Vice President, IR & Communications MediPharm Labs
Investor relations Vertex strategies inc Vice President, IR & Communications Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.
Investor Relations Yamana Gold Vice President, Strategy & Product Innovation TSX
Investor relations NATIONAL  Equicom VP Corp Communications & IR Zenyatta Ventures
Investor relations Analyst AIP VP Investor Relations Advisory Story Board Communication
IR and Business Development Slate Asset Management VP IR Coro Mining Corp
Investor Relations Associate Detour Gold VP Marketing Blanc Labs
Investor Relations Coordinator Urbana Corporation VP Marketing and advisor Blockstation
Investor Relations Specialist CGI VP, Corporate Access TD Securities
Investor Relations Specialist Open Text Corporation VP, corporate Communications Yappn Corp
IR Advisor and Executive Assistant Canada Tire VP, Finance Q4
IR Associate CHF IR & Capital Markets VP, IR and Corporate Communications Real Matters
IR Strategy Advisor Sienna Senior Living VP, IR Dominion Diamond
Manager Seabridge Gold VP, Operations Kew Media Group

What past attendees say

"It was so awesome. Everyone seemed so passionate about what they were doing. I'm starting out in IR and am now super motivated to get into the field. Plus, everyone was very friendly and helpful. People really made an effort to chat to you - which is so rare. More events like these! So great."

Sabina Wex, Pilot PMR

"The panellists were fantastic and questions were relatable and specific to ongoing issues and areas of need for women in IR."

Nisha Hasan, Excellon Resources

"The evening was well organized, comfortable venue and good food and wine. "

Katherine Vyse, retired from Brookfield Asset Management

"Panel discussion was great, and good networking sessions both before and after."

Amanda Tang, TMX

"I thought it was interesting to have several successful women at varying stages in their IR career speaking and providing their success stories."

Alison Dwoskin, Eastmain Resources

"I liked the networking in advance of the panel discussion. I liked the input from the panelists especially Colleen Johnston. Networking after the session was also great."

Linda Armstrong, Storyboard Communications

"Each of the speakers represented a different stage of an IR career path and touched on many experiences with which I could identify, offering support or another perspective on the situation."

Karen Carr, Imperial Capital

Women in IR: Research report

Based on responses from more than 900 IR professionals, our 2019 research report on Women in IR follows on from the findings in the IR Magazine Global IR Salary & Careers Report 2018. The report examines the pay and career experiences of women working in investor relations according to three factors:

  • What their role was before IR
  • What additional responsibilities they have in their job
  • What their primary focus is for job satisfaction.

It then compares these with those of their male counterparts to see where gender differences lie.

The report goes beyond the headline figures to identify when and where men and women are treated differently – and, indeed, equally – in their pay and career experiences. It shows that, while there is little overt or deliberate sexism in IR, a number of circumstantial factors have led to the overall gender disparity we currently see. Find out more about the report.

Venue and location

This year’s Women in IR Canada forum is hosted by TD Bank and will take place at their corporate offices, in the heart of Toronto:

TD Bank Tower
66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON M5J 2W4


Looking for the perfect place to stay before or after the event? Why not try our exclusive HotelMap to browse real-time room rates of hotels close in proximity to TD Bank.

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The event is open to all IR professionals – men and women – to build on last year’s discussion and learn how those leading the way are facing challenges head-on. Please note that these are our early bird rates which expire on Friday, August 30, 2019 – any bookings made after this date will be charged at the standard rate.

  • Early bird rate expires Friday, August 30, 2019



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