The Ritz Carlton, Toronto
We are delighted to announce that the IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2022 will take place live and in-person on Thursday, April 7 at The Ritz Carlton, Toronto. This very special event will honor excellence in the investor relations profession across Canada and we’re excited to welcome everyone back for an evening of fine food, dancing and lots of celebrating!
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 entry deadline for 2022 nominations has now passed and we are no longer accepting entries. We will be in touch with all submitters from January onwards.
Please note that categories are subject to change based on the final number of submissions received. Some categories may be split by market cap size.
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.
Click on the judges' photos below to find out more
Vice president, investor relations
Agnico Eagle Mines
Mr. Christie is the Vice President, Investor Relations and has held this position since 2012. Prior to his appointment, he worked for over 17 years in the investment industry, primarily as a precious and base metals mining analyst with Desjardins Securities, National Bank Financial, Canaccord Capital and HSBC Securities. Prior to this, Mr. Christie spent 13 years in the mining industry as a geologist for a variety of mining companies, including Homestake, Billiton, Falconbridge Copper and Newmont Mining.
Mr. Christie holds a BSc. in Geology (University of Toronto) and an MSc. in Geology (Queen’s University). He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Denver Gold Group.
Lorne is an executive communications professional with 15+ years of success leading global strategic reputation management initiatives. He delivers effective communications strategies and campaigns for multiple stakeholders within large, global, and publicly-traded companies.
Recognized as a passionate and effective listener with the ability to synthesize complexity into actionable insights and develop messages relevant to all audiences. He also has a strong background in creative arts and writing, and brings a talent for crystalizing key messages and engaging as the company spokesperson.
Former senior vice president, finance and investor relations
Canadian Tire Corporation
Lisa Greatrix is a seasoned Finance and Investor Relations Executive and Board member with extensive experience in managing diverse groups and initiatives in multiple disciplines including finance, customer support and operations.
Recently retired, Lisa previously held the role of Senior Vice-President, Finance and Investor Relations at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), Lisa and her team directly supported CTC’s Board of Directors, CFO and CEO. In this role, Lisa oversaw investor relations strategies and programs and also managed relationships with the investor and analyst communities. Lisa’s IR team was recognized with two IR Magazine Awards for Best in Sector.
Lisa joined Canadian Tire in 2007 as Vice-President, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis. During this time, she acted as a trusted advisor to senior management, supported the creation of CT REIT and played a key role in creating a sustainable financial framework. Throughout her career at CTC, she has set strategies and inspired change that has made CTC home to some of the best practices in financial planning and analysis, and investor relations.
Prior to joining Canadian Tire, Lisa held senior positions at MDS, Research in Motion and Xerox Canada. Lisa is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. She has also completed the Queen’s Executive Program.
Lisa currently serves as a Board and Audit Committee member for the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI), and as a Board member for Neighbourly Pharmacy.
Colleen currently serves on the boards of Shopify, McCain Foods and Q4. Colleen is Chair of Unity Health Toronto, which 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. She previously served as the Chair of Bridgepoint Health and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Colleen Johnston retired from TD Bank Group in 2018. Prior to this, she was the Group Head Direct Channels, Technology, Marketing and Corporate & Public Affairs, TD Bank Group. Colleen served as TD’s Chief Financial Officer from 2005 2015. Prior to joining TD in 2004, Colleen spent 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior finance positions. Colleen started her career at PwC in 1982. She received her CA designation in 1984 and in 2006 was elected an FCA (FCPA) recognizing her outstanding career achievements and
dedication to community activities.
At TD, she was actively involved in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace as Chair of the Women in Leadership Committee for ten years. In 2013, Colleen was awarded the Catalyst Canada Honours in the Business Leader Category. 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. In 2011, for the third year in a row, she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. Colleen has received Honorary Degrees from St. Mary’s University and York University (Schulich School of Business).
Laurie Havelock is a journalist, writer and podcaster who has worked with IR Magazine for almost a decade. Outside of writing about investor relations, corporate governance and green finance, he also works for the i newspaper as a news editor and culture writer. Away from writing, he works on several comedy podcasts including Podshambles and Idle Fantasy and was formerly a radio DJ, and hosted a weekly show on Shoreditch Radio called What’s Your Plan B? He lives in London with Mischa, his dog.
"A special event to recognize the commitment and efforts of investor relations professionals in Canada. Appreciated the efforts of the team to make it a truly special night."
"It's the Oscars of the Investment Community"
"Very classy event and great networking opportunity."
"This was my first time attending the Awards and it was a spectacular evening celebrating Canadian IROs."
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. We are no longer accepting lists for the 2022 research, but should you have any queries about the process, please contact [email protected].
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.
July 2021: 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. These details are combined with IHS Markit’s list of US investment community contacts to produce a total of around 50,000 investors and analysts.
September – November 2021: Telephone survey
The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with an additional 250 portfolio managers and analysts across the US and 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 2021: 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 2022: 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 the month before the event.
April 7, 2022: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced live at the black tie awards gala on Thursday, April 7, 2022!
April 2022: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Canada 2022 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers. This report will profile the top ranked companies and reveal information on how they conduct their IR activities and why investors voted for them.
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 our past attendees:
|Company||Job title||Company||Job title|
|DLF||AGM, investor relations||Verde AgriTech||Manager, investor relations|
|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||CS & ethics compliance officer||Bank of Montreal||Senior analyst|
|BMO Financial Group||Director||George Weston||Senior director, investor relations|
|Endeavour Silver||Director, investor relations||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||VP|
|Thomson Reuters||Head of investor relations||Real Matters||VP, investor relations|
|Nutrien||Investor relations administrator||Altus Group||VP, investor relations|
|ARC Resources||Investor relations analyst||Hydro One||VP, investor relations|
|Canadian Tire||IR associate and executive assistant||Stantec||VP, investor relations|
|WSP Global||IR||Gibson Energy||VP, strategy, planning & IR|
Why partner with us?
Our awards provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the Canadian IR community. As a partner, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital 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 – the ones pushing the profession forward through innovation.
Partnering with the event will provide:
All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives. To find out more get in touch with Adam Dar or call on +1 212 430 6895.
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For more information please visit www.cibccm.com
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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
We’re pleased to hosting this year’s awards at:
The Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
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