The IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2022 will take place on Thursday, April 7 as a in-person awards ceremony. This very special event will honor excellence in the investor relations profession, and will be held back at The Ritz Carlton, Toronto.
Since the annual event first launched in 1996, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. 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 an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list and give IR teams the opportunity to nominate themselves.
By popular demand, we present 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.
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 provide the best IR service. In our nominated categories, companies submit written entries to articulate their success and achievements from the past year, giving any publicly listed company the opportunity to be considered for an award.
For our awards-by-nomination categories, 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 team members.
The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, 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 team members.
The judging process consists of three simple phases:
Phase one: Once the entry deadline has passed, the IR Magazine editorial team reviews all submissions and produces the short list
Phase two: The short-listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel made up of industry experts. The judges review each short-listed entry and select their top two picks per category
Phase three: The judges come together to discuss, debate and select the final list of winners who will go on to win an award
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.
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Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in Canada. Every year we invite any publicly listed company to submit their list of buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers, so that they have the opportunity to vote via our survey.
If you have any questions on this process or wish to access our data sharing agreement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For any further queries about the research, please contact [email protected].
The first thing to explain is that our researched 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.
July 2020: Sample selection
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases for more than 30 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock.
September – November 2020: 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.
October 2020: Electronic survey
IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 200 individual responses from the investment community. These responses then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for industry sector.
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 bench-marking tool.
January 2021: Short list 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 one month before the event.
March 25, 2021: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, April 8, 2021!
March 2021: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Canada 2021 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.
We’re pleased to hosting this year’s awards at The Ritz Carlton!
The Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
Why partner with us?
The IR Magazine Awards – Canada brings together some of the most influential people in the IR community.
Partnering with us is the perfect way to raise your organization’s profile and cement your position in the IR community.
The unique buzz we create at our virtual awards enables you to:
Put your brand in the spotlight and benefit from months of targeted, high profile publicity across multiple channels pre-and post-event.
We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience through the IR Magazine Awards – Canada. Get in touch with Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.
Attendees at this event are leading IR practitioners from across Canada. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company.
Below is a sample of some of 2021’s attendees:
|Company||Job title||Company||Job title|
|DLF||AGM – investor relations||Verde AgriTech||IR manager|
|Alamos Gold||Associate, investor relations||BRP||Manager, investor relations|
|AirBoss of America||CFO||Lundin Mining||Manager, investor relations|
|Cenovus Energy||Communications contractor||Tervita Corporation||Manager, investor relations|
|Suncor Energy||Coordinator, market access||Canadian Pacific Railway||Managing director investor relations|
|Shawcor||Corporate & investor relations||National Bank of Canada||Senior advisor, investor relations|
|Cordoba Minerals Corp/Kaizen Discovery||Corporate secretary and ethics compliance officer||Bank of Montreal||Senior analyst|
|BMO Financial Group||Director||George Weston||Senior director, investor relations|
|Endeavour Silver||Director of IR||IGM Financial||Senior manager, corporate responsibility|
|Parkland Corporation||Director, capital markets||Cineplex||Senior manager, investor relations|
|Air Canada||Director, investor relations||RBC||Senior manager, investor relations|
|Capital Power||Director, investor relations||Aecon Group||Senior vice president|
|Capstone Mining||Director, investor relations||Intact Financial||Senior vice president|
|Hudbay Minerals||Director, investor relations||Pembina Pipeline Corporation||Senior VP & chief financial officer|
|TC Transcontinental||Director, investor relations||Parkland||Sr. Associate, corporate communications|
|Fortis||Executive assistant||Kinross Gold||SVP, investor relations|
|TD Bank Group||Head of ESG reporting||Samsung Life Insurance||US chief representative officer|
|Roots Corporation||Head of investor relations||Boralex||Vice president|
|Thomson Reuters||Head of investor relations||Real Matters||Vice president, investor relations|
|Nutrien||Investor relations administrator||Altus Group||Vice president, investor relations|
|ARC Resources||Investor relations analyst||Hydro One||VP, investor relations|
|Canadian Tire||Investor relations associate and executive assistant||Stantec||VP, IR|
|WSP Global||IR||Gibson Energy||VP, strategy, planning & IR|
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