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IR Magazine Forum – Women in IR
Bridging the gap in pay and skillset

Thursday, October 3, 2019

TD Securities, Toronto, Canada

About the event

IR Magazine’s Women in IR campaign has sparked a lively debate around the globe about how women can achieve gender equality and pay parity in the IR profession.

Our researched showed that while the IR profession has a 50/50 gender split, 67 percent of senior positions are held by men and just 33 percent by women.

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. This evening was part of our global initiative of events, articles and research reports aimed at throwing diversity within the IR profession into the spotlight.


On the night

  • 17:00 PM
    Registration, networking drinks and canapés

  • 17:45 PM
    Welcome and opening remarks

    Ben Ashwell, editor, IR Magazine
    Meghan MacNicol, vice president, corporate access, institutional equity sales and trading, TD Securities

  • 18:00 PM
    Panel discussion: Bridging the gap in pay and skillset to ease gender disparity in IR

    • How does an IRO’s past role impact his/her current pay and career advancement? Are women without a capital markets or corporate finance background at an irreparable disadvantage, or are there other ways they can bridge the perceived skills gap?
    • What additional IR responsibilities determine an IRO’s pay and career experience? Is international experience a factor? What is missing from your skillset?
    • Are you more likely to get senior jobs or higher compensation by staying with the same company or moving frequently? If the latter, how frequently should you move?
    • Research suggests that where you derive your job satisfaction from determines your salary expectations. How should you view job satisfaction as an IRO in order to progress?
    • What is your strategy? How do you build long-term relationships with the C-suite and investors? When your company is struggling, how do you pitch professional development and diversity?
    • Should balancing work and family even be part of our discussion? Would it be, if this was a ‘men in IR’ networking event?
    • Building an advocacy network: How to include female and male allies and what does that entail?
    • Practical do’s and don’ts: negotiating equal or better pay, being heard, handling interruptions, saying the right things in investor meetings, networking

    Rebecca Corbin, founder and chief executive officer, Corbin Advisors
    Lisa Doddridge, director of investor relations, First Quantum Minerals
    Lisa Greatrix, senior vice president, finance and investor relations, Canadian Tire Corporation
    Jacqueline Wagenaar, vice president, investor relations and corporate communications, Guyana Goldfields (moderator)

  • 19:00 PM
    Q&A and summary

  • 19:15 PM
    Discussions and networking

  • 20:00 PM
    End of evening

Key speakers

Who attended

Attendees are leading IR practitioners with a strategic IR role within his or her company. This year’s attendees included:

Company Job Title Company Job Title
Platform Group Account Executive Intrado Key Account Manager
TransPerfect Account Executive Q4 Lead, Investor Relations
Donnelley Financial Solutions Associate Q4 Lead, Investor Relations
Scotiabank Associate Director, Corporate Access Denison Mines Manager, Corporate Development
TMX Associate Product Manager CTC Manager, Investor Relations
Scotiabank Associate, Corporate Access Fiera Infrastructure Manager, Investor Relations
Scotiabank Associate,  Equity Marketing Q4 Manager, Investor Relations
S&P Global Market Intelligence Associate, Relationship Management The Works Design Com. Manager, Marketing
CTC AVP Corporate Planning & Analysis DFIN Manager, Relationship
CTC AVP, Investor Relations Shorecrest Group Managing Director
CTC AVP, Investor Relations Shorecrest Group Managing Director
Brendan Wood International CEO Bay Street Com. Managing Partner
Corbin Advisors CEO & Founder Bay Street Com. Managing Partner
National Consultant Kaiser Lachance Managing Partner, President
Beth Marlin Media Consultant, Financial Communications E2 Management President
Scotiabank Coordinator, Corporate Access Frontline Advisors President
Q4 Coordinator, Digital Event Gryphon Advisors President & CEO
CPPI Board Director, Investment & Financial Com. TransPerfect Regional Director, Canada
First Quantum Minerals Director, Investor Relations Corbin Advisors Senior Advisor
Laurel Hill Advisory Group Director, Operations Sun Life Senior analyst, Shareholder Services
The Works Design Com Director, Project Management George Weston Senior Director, Investor Relations
Intrado Director, Sales (Canada) TD Bank Group Senior Finance Analyst
Sun Life Director, Shareholder Relations TMX Specialist, Client Success
TransPerfect Director, Strategic Accounts S&P Global Market Intelligence Specialist, Commercial Training
Canada Infrastructure Bank General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Q4 Supervisor, Support
National Group Director Canadian Tire SVP, Finance & Investor Relations
The Globe and Mail Head, Event Content Advertising Frontline Advisors SVP, Governance
TMX Head, TSX Company Services CO2 GRO VP, Communications
Loderock Advisors Investor Relations TD Securities VP, Corporate Access
Altius Minerals Investor Relations Executive Guyana Goldfields VP, Investor relations & corporate communications
Real Matters VP, Marketing & IR

What past attendees say

"It was so awesome. Everyone seemed so passionate about what they were doing. I'm starting out in IR and am now super motivated to get into the field. Plus, everyone was very friendly and helpful. People really made an effort to chat to you - which is so rare. More events like these! So great."

Pilot PMR

"The panellists were fantastic and questions were relatable and specific to ongoing issues and areas of need for women in IR."

Excellon Resources

"The evening was well organized, comfortable venue and good food and wine. "

retired from Brookfield Asset Management

"Panel discussion was great, and good networking sessions both before and after."


"I thought it was interesting to have several successful women at varying stages in their IR career speaking and providing their success stories."

Eastmain Resources

"I liked the networking in advance of the panel discussion. I liked the input from the panelists especially Colleen Johnston. Networking after the session was also great."

Storyboard Communications

"Each of the speakers represented a different stage of an IR career path and touched on many experiences with which I could identify, offering support or another perspective on the situation."

Imperial Capital

Women in IR: Research report

Based on responses from more than 900 IR professionals, our 2019 research report on Women in IR follows on from the findings in the IR Magazine Global IR Salary & Careers Report 2018. The report examines the pay and career experiences of women working in investor relations according to three factors:

  • What their role was before IR
  • What additional responsibilities they have in their job
  • What their primary focus is for job satisfaction.

It then compares these with those of their male counterparts to see where gender differences lie.

The report goes beyond the headline figures to identify when and where men and women are treated differently – and, indeed, equally – in their pay and career experiences. It shows that, while there is little overt or deliberate sexism in IR, a number of circumstantial factors have led to the overall gender disparity we currently see. Find out more about the report.

Venue and location

This year’s Women in IR Canada forum was hosted by TD Securities and took place at their corporate offices, in the heart of Toronto:

TD Securities Tower
66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON M5J 2W4

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