The IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2023 will take place on Wednesday, April 5 in Toronto. This very special event honors excellence in the investor relations profession across Canada and we are excited to welcome everyone for an evening of fine food and lots of celebrating!
Since the annual event first launched in 1996, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys that fuels 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 presented 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.
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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.
We are now accepting entries for 2022! Please click here to access the entry form. The deadline for submissions is midnight (ET) on Friday, December 2.
If you have any questions that are not answered in the FAQ section on the entry form, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8004 4989.
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.
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|
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 process, please contact [email protected].
To view the full list of 2022 nominees and winners click 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.
July 2022: 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 2022: 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 2022: 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 2023: 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 6, 2023: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced live at the black tie awards gala on Thursday, April 6, 2023!
May 2022: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Canada 2023 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.
We’re pleased to hosting this year’s awards at:
The Ritz Carlton
181 Wellington St W
Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
Warning: Please note the event may contain flashing lights or sudden loud sound effects.
The organizers have arranged for discounted rates at nearby hotels located a short distance away from the venue. Click here to view the hotels and rates.
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 Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.
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If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4989.