TD Bank Group wins top distinction at IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2014
TD Bank Group has been named the top Canadian company for investor relations (IR) at the IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2014.
The financial services firm secured five awards, including the grand prix for best overall IR by a large-cap company, at this year’s event, which was held on February 5 at the Fairmont Royal York in TD’s home city of Toronto.
For the full list of winners, please scroll down.
Bombardier takes home the grand prix award for best overall IR by a mid-cap firm
TD’s haul of trophies was enough to place it first in the Canada Top 50 rankings for the fourth year in a row. Similarly, 2014 marks the fourth year in a row that TD’s Edmund Clark and Colleen Johnston have retained their top standing with the investment community, earning recognition for best IR by a CEO and CFO, respectively, at a large-cap company.
Railway operator CN repeated its second-place finish as Janet Drysdale was named the best IRO at a large-cap company. CN walked away with four awards on the evening – twice the amount it won in 2013 – including best corporate governance and best investment community meetings.
Fellow transportation firm Bombardier also earned two more awards than last year, including the grand prix for best overall IR by a mid-cap firm and an award for the best use of technology. Though the company dropped a place in the rankings to finish sixth in 2014, Bombardier held onto its title for best IR in the industrials sector.
Best investor relations officer (mid-cap) winner David Carey, head of IR at ARC Resources, also takes home a lifetime achievement award
Other big winners at the event include Loblaw Companies, which surged up the Canada Top 50 to reach ninth place, a huge improvement on its 2013 finish of joint 146th place.
The company – Canada’s largest food retailer – also won awards for best IR during a corporate transaction for its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart in early 2014, and for the most progress in IR.
About the awards:
The IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2014 were decided by an independent survey of more than 260 analysts and investors based in Canada who were asked to vote for the company they think provides the best IR service in each awards category. IR Magazine conducts similar awards programs in the US, Europe, Brazil and Asia.
More information about the methodology used, the views of analysts and investors, the award-winning companies and their IR programs can be found in the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Canada 2014, which will be published within a few days of the date of this news release. The study also profiles each award-winning company in the region and lists each company mentioned in IR Magazine’s survey.
To pre-order a copy of the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Canada 2014, please contact Andrea Pion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's event was hosted in association with The Globe & Mail and co-sponsored by Annan & Sons, Blender Media, Broadridge, Businesswire, CIRI, Computershare Georgeson, CST Phoenix Advisors, Ipreo, Kingsdale Shareholder Services, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, Marketwired, NASDAQ OMX, Norton Rose Fulbright, NYSE, Q4 Web Systems, Scotiabank, The Works Design and TMX Group.
2014 Canada award winners
|Grand prix for best overall investor relations – large cap||TD Bank Group|
|Grand prix for best overall investor relations – mid-cap||Bombardier|
|Grand prix for best overall investor relations – small cap||Semafo|
|Best investor relations officer – large cap||CN – Janet Drysdale|
|Best investor relations officer – mid-cap||ARC Resources – David Carey|
|Best investor relations officer – small cap||Churchill Corporation – Andrew Apedoe|
|Best investor relations by a CEO – large cap||TD Bank Group – Edmund Clark|
|Best investor relations by a CEO – mid-cap||Bombardier – Pierre Beaudoin|
|Best investor relations by a CEO – small cap||Interfor – Duncan Davies|
|Best investor relations by a CFO – large cap||TD Bank Group – Colleen Johnston|
|Best investor relations by a CFO – mid-cap||Cineplex Entertainment – Gord Nelson|
|Best investor relations by a CFO – small cap||Tembec – Michel Dumas|
|Best financial reporting||TD Bank Group|
|Best investment community meetings||CN|
|Best use of technology||Bombardier|
|Most progress in investor relations||Loblaw Companies|
|Best corporate governance||CN|
|Best sustainability practice||Cenovus Energy|
|Best IR during a corporate transaction||Loblaw Companies|
|Best crisis management||TELUS|
|Best IR for an IPO||Hudson’s Bay Company|
|Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company||Painted Pony Petroleum|
|Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market||lululemon|
Best in sector
|Consumer goods & services||Loblaw Companies|
|Financials||TD Bank Group|
|Leisure & media||Cineplex Entertainment|
|Real estate||RioCan REIT|
|Utilities & pipelines||Enbridge|