The IR Magazine Awards – Canada will take place on April 2, 2020 in Toronto. This event honors excellence in the investor relations profession, and will be held at the Ritz Carlton. It remains the Canadian IR community’s largest annual gathering and is an evening of unforgettable celebration and networking for investor relations officers along with their senior management, advisers and analysts.
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.
Over the last two decades the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of investor relations, particularly the contributions of senior management, as well as to identify the best IR by sector. In addition, the research now covers the perspective of winning companies in addition to the views of analysts and investors.
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 do the best IR.
In our nominated categories, companies have the opportunity to nominate themselves or other publicly listed companies, free of charge, for aspects of IR that complement our researched categories. More information on the categories and how winners are chosen can be found below.
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 the US.
For inquiries about the research process and timeline, please contact [email protected].
Please note that the categories below are subject to change depending on the research results.
View the entire list of 2019 winners and nominees here
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.
June 2019: Sample selection
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases over the past 20 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock.
July – September 2019: Electronic survey
IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers based in Canada. The responses from this survey then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for industry sector.
September – December 2019: 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.
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 benchmarking tool.
January 2020: Shortlist 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 2, 2020: Winners announced
And finally… on the night of the awards, the winners are announced and receive their trophies at a black-tie gala dinner event in Toronto on April 2, 2020, attended by the leading lights of Canadian investor relations.
Coming soon: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Canada 2020 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.
"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."
"Excellent! Great way to re-connect with colleagues in the industry."
"This was my first experience at the Awards and I was blown away by the calibre of the entire event, including the cocktail hour, awards ceremony and "after party". "
"A great opportunity to network with some of our country's finest IROs."
"The IR Magazine Awards Canada is the premier event of the Year - classy, fabulous venue and celebrating the very best companies and individuals in IR. It is a not to be missed event!"
"A truly fantastic event and a great opportunity to network with people you may not typically encounter. "
"As a service provider, the IR Awards provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate our clients and network. I will always support the IR Awards in some capacity. "
"A great event. I love how it stays classy and everyone still dresses up. The MC was very entertaining. "
"Great Awards event. I look forward to attending next year!"
"It was much bigger than I expected. There were people there that night I never even found!"
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 members.
We are now open for entries and you can submit a nomination via the submission form here. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, December 13.
Please note that the categories below are subject to change.
The judging process is made up of three simple phases:
Phase one: The IR Magazine editorial team reviews the entries and produces the shortlist.
Phase two: The shortlisted entries are shared with an independent judging panel of industry experts. The judges review each shortlisted entry and select their top two picks.
Phase three: The judges come together for a discussion to select the winners.
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event
Attendees at this year’s 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.
Attendees in 2019 included:
|Job Title||Attendee Company||Job Title||Attendee Company|
|Account Executive||Broadridge||Investor Relations||Shopify|
|Account Manager||DFIN||Investor Relations||WSP|
|Analyst, Investor Relations||CN||Junior Analyst, Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group|
|Analyst, Investor Relations||Fortis||Manager||TD Bank Group|
|Associate||Norton Rose Fulbright||Manager, Investor Relations||Largo Resources|
|Associate, Investor Relations||Cineplex||Manager, Corporate Development||Denison Mines|
|Associate, Investor Relations||Element Fleet Mgmt||Manager, Finance||Brookfield Asset Mgmt|
|AVP, Finance||TD Bank Group||Manager, Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group|
|AVP, Investor Relations||TD Bank Group||Manager, Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group|
|AVP, Legal||TD Bank Group||Manager, Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group|
|AVP, TBSM||TD Bank Group||Managing Counsel, Commercial||Rogers Communications|
|Business Development, Strategic IR||Cision||Managing Director||Shorescrest Group|
|CEO, Executive Producer||BTV||Managing Director||Rose & Company|
|CFO||Cineplex||Managing Director||Rose & Company|
|CFO||Metro||Managing Director, IR and Strategy||TSX|
|Chief Sustainability Officer||BMO Financial Group||National Agency Consultant||Cision|
|Client Success Manager||West DMS||Partner||Longview|
|Co-Chair, Capital Markets and M&A||McMillan||Partner||Osler|
|Communications Team Lead||Crescent Point Energy||President||Craib|
|Consultant||LodeRock Advisors||President & CEO||AST|
|Corporate Development||CannaRoyalty||President & CEO||CIRI|
|Corporate Development||Newsfile||President WDMS||West DMS|
|Corporate Director, FP&A||Agnico Eagle Mines||Principal||Vincic Advisors|
|Director||Energy and Mines||Principal||WIN Expertise|
|Director||Sherritt International||Regional Vice President||AST|
|Director Canadian Sales||West DMS||Senior Analyst||TD Bank Group|
|Director, Investor Relations||Magna International||Senior Analyst, Corporate Finance||Gibson Energy|
|Director, Corporate Access||Scotiabank||Senior Analyst, Corporate Finance||Gibson Energy|
|Director, Investor Relations||Agnico Eagle Mines||Senior Director, Sales||Broadridge|
|Director, Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group||Senior Manager||TD Bank Group|
|Director, Investor Relations||Fortis||Senior Manager Investor Relations||CN|
|Director, Investor Relations||Onex Corporation||Senior Manager Investor Relations||Cineplex|
|Director, Investor Relations||Bombardier||Senior Manager, Corporate Development||TSX|
|Director, Investor Relations||Hydro One||Senior Manager, Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group|
|Director, Investor Relations||Electrovaya||Senior Sales Analyst||West DMS|
|Director, Marketing & Communications||Kingsdale Advisors||Senior Sales Analyst||West DMS|
|Director, Regulatory & Industry Affairs||Computershare||SVP, Business Development||Corbin Advisors|
|Director, Shareholder Services||Sun Life Financial||SVP, Corporate Services||OTC Markets|
|Director, Strategic Investor Relations||Cision||SVP, Corporate Services||OTC Markets|
|EVP, Communication Strategy||Kingsdale Advisors||SVP, Finance & CFO||Agnico Eagle Mines|
|EVP, D.F.King||AST||SVP, Investor Relations & Corporate||Kinross Gold|
|Executive Assistant||BMO Financial Group||Treasurer & IRO||Dollarama|
|Executive Assistant, Investor Relations||Cineplex||Vice President (VP)||Corbin Advisors|
|Founder & CEO||Rose & Company||Vice President (VP)||DFIN|
|Global Chair; Canadian Chair||Norton Rose Fulbright||VP & Chief Financial Officer||Kelt Exploration|
|Global Head, Client Success||TMX||VP, Finance||BlackBerry|
|Head, ESG Reporting||TD Bank Group||VP, Investor Relations||Centerra Gold|
|Head, Investor Relations||TD Bank Group||VP, Investor Relations||Fortis|
|Head, Company Services||TMX||Vice President, Strategy||TMX|
|Head, Investor, Government Relations||BMO Financial Group||VP, Finance||Agnico Eagle Mines|
|Investor Relations||CannaRoyalty||VP Canada||Marubeni Corporation|
|Investor Relations||Teranga Gold||VP, Investor Relations||CN|
|Investor Relations||Centerra Gold||VP, Marketing & IR||Blockstation|
|Investor Relations||Enbridge||VP, Business Development||AST|
|Associate, Investor Relations||Detour Gold||VP, Investor Relations||Agnico Eagle Mines|
|Investor Relations||Agnico Eagle Mines||VP, Investor Relations||Detour Gold|
|Investor Relations||BMO Financial Group||VP, Investor Relations||Bombardier|
|Manager, Investor Relations||Air Canada||VP, Investor Relations||Green Organic Dutchman|
|Investor Relations||Canopy Rivers||VP, Operations||Kingsdale Advisors|
|Investor Relations||Shopify||VP, Strategy & Investor Relations||Endeavor Mining|
|Investor Relations||TD Bank Group||VP, Strategy, Planning & IR||Gibson Energy|
We’re pleased to hosting this year’s awards at The Ritz Carlton!
The Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
The Ritz Carlton is the official hotel of the IR Magazine Awards – Canada! Availability of guestrooms is on a first come, first served basis. Please call the reservations department on 1-800-542-8680 and mention IR Magazine Awards – Canada!
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Broadridge, a global fintech leader with $4 billion in revenue, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation with solutions for enriching client engagement, navigating risk, optimizing efficiency and generating revenue growth. We power the entire investment lifecycle, from trading, portfolio management and financial advisory to omni-channel communications. Part of the Canadian financial services community for three decades, our footprint spans the big five banks, one-third of North American wealth management firms and 75 percent of the mailboxes in North America. We are uniquely positioned to help clients get ahead of today’s challenges and capitalize on what’s next.
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Corbin Advisors is a specialized investor relations advisory firm that partners with C-suite and IR executives to drive long-term shareholder value. We bring third-party objectivity and best practice knowledge as we collaborate with our clients to design and execute sound, effective investor communication and engagement strategies.
Our proven methodology, proprietary analytics database, trusted reputation and in-depth experience generate a foundation of unique insights. This marriage of research and rigor delivers comprehensive, actionable recommendations for internal and external value creation.
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Craib Design & Communications (Craib) is an industry-leading, full-service design and communications agency specializing in Investor Relations (IR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). For over four decades, Craib has been delivering creative and award-winning integrated IR and CSR solutions for some of North America’s most notable companies. Our experience has helped to inform “The Craib Difference”, our expert approach to communications, strategy, planning, design and implementation.
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Our services draw upon a wide range of expertise across many industry sectors to help you deliver one-off projects or complete integrated solutions across all forms of print and digital media. The following outlines our group of IR and CSR products and services:
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• Proxy, MIC, and shareholder materials
• Fact sheets
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Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE: DFIN) provides software and services that enable clients to communicate with confidence in a complex regulatory environment. With 3,500 employees in 61 locations across 18 countries, we provide thousands of clients globally with innovative tools for content creation, management, and distribution, as well as data analytics and multi-lingual translations services. Leveraging advanced technology, deep- domain expertise, and 24/7 support, we deliver cost-effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
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OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates the OTCQXÂ® Best Market, the OTCQBÂ® Venture Market, and the PinkÂ® Open Market for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through OTC LinkÂ® ATS, we connect a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services. We enable investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice and empower companies to improve the quality of information available for investors.
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The Works Design Communications Ltd is an award-winning integrated communications company. Providing a full range of in-house services, including strategy, writing, design, multimedia development and print production, The Works has developed annual reports and Corporate Social Responsibility reports for many well-known and well-respected international organizations. We help our clients define their objectives, sharpen their messages and connect with their most important audiences.
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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
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