IR Magazine

IR Magazine Forum ‒ Women in IR Canada

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Toronto, Canada

About this event

In 2016 we uncovered a glass ceiling in the IR world: our global IRO survey revealed that while the number of men and women who work in IR is roughly equal, two thirds of heads of IR positions go to men.  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. Despite this, the study shows more needs to be done to improve career opportunities for women in investor relations.

  • Globally, 67% of top IR jobs are held by men
  • Across four major indices – S&P 100, TSX 60, FTSE 100 and DAX – 25% of companies have a female IR head
  • The figure for the TSX 60 on its own was 30%
  • 36% of female IR heads take home more than $200,000 a year – compared with 47% of male IR heads

We included this research in an entry for the Willis Towers Watson Media Awards and are happy to say we won the prize of best institutional investment publication! We will be continuing to bang the drum for gender equality and highlight the issue of equality and inclusion.

This evening is part of our new global series of events aimed at improving the role and value of women in IR. These evening events will feature prominent female speakers from IR and beyond, as well as panel debates designed to explore how to address the issues and put pressure on the industry to confront it. Request your invite!


This year’s Women in IR – Canada will be held at the Toronto Stock Exchange, ON Canada.


TMX Broadcast Centre
130 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5X 1J2

On the night

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  • 17:00 PM
    Arrival drinks, canapés and networking

    The evening will begin at 5.00 pm. You can pick up your name tags, grab a drink, get a bite to eat and meet some fantastic people from the IR community!

  • 17:45 PM
    A welcome from us

    Ben Ashwell, digital editor, IR Magazine
    Lisa Kimmel, president & CEO, Canada and chair, Global Women’s Executive Network, Edelman

  • 18:00 PM
    Panel: Improving the role of women in IR: setting the agenda for change

    • Research data and statistics: What do the numbers tell us?
    • How IR compares with other fields and functions
    • Realistic, achievable goals and how to pursue them
    • Lessons from heads of IR: What distinguishes the most successful women in IR
    • Diversity as an investment strategy and as a management strategy: how these two align
    • Paving the path to management: taking personal responsibility for your career
    • Keeping the pressure on: working with the community

    Camilla Bartosiewicz, vice president, investor relations, Altus Group
    Rebecca Corbin, founder and CEO, Corbin Advisors
    Karen Keyes, SVP of investor relations, Aimia
    Katherine Vyse, retired partner and SVP of IR, Brookfield Asset Management
    Janet A. Craig, senior investor relations professional (chairperson)

  • 19:00 PM
    Q&A, discussion wrap-up and networking

  • 20:00 PM
    End of evening

Book your place

Book your place now before early bird pricing ends August 30, 2018.