Who won the Canada Awards and why?
A changing of the guard has been taking place in the Canadian IR community. During the last year, industry veterans such as TD Bank’s Rudy Sankovic, Janet Drysdale of CN and David Carey of ARC Resources have moved on to new things. It is sad to see such talented individuals leave IR, but it does give others the chance to step up and leave their own mark on the profession.
The IR Magazine Awards – Canada 2017 reflected this great rotation. Carey was still in place when the research for the awards took place, and he finished on a high by taking the prize for best IR officer (midcap). Meanwhile, CN’s new head of IR, Paul Butcher, who took over the role in August, began his tenure in style by collecting the award for best IR officer (large cap).
The awards, which remain the Canadian IR world’s largest annual gathering, saw more than 400 guests gather at The Carlu in Toronto for a night of prize-giving, networking and fun hosted by CBC’s Bruce Sellery. The big winners on the night were Agnico Eagle Mines and ARC Resources, which took home five gongs each. The newly created people’s choice award for innovation went to Fortis. And Pat Marshall, communications and IR vice president at Cineplex Entertainment, received the lifetime achievement award.
The nominees and winners were selected by a survey of more than 225 portfolio managers, buy-side analysts and sell-side analysts based in the Canadian market. You can find the research behind the awards in the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Canada 2017, which includes rankings information for more than 150 companies across several awards categories. To order a copy, please contact Reece Tan at reece. firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 20 8004 5337.
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Best overall investor relations
Large cap: Agnico Eagle Mines
What the investment community says ‘Agnico Eagle has the best investor relations by a country mile. I hope it wins’ – sell side
Mid-cap: ARC Resources
What the investment community says ‘ARC takes IR seriously and this results in gold standard communications. I wish more companies would do the same’ – sell side
Small cap: Aecon Group
What the investment community says ‘Aecon has turned things around and, despite a global oil price downturn, it is managing to achieve its goals’ – buy side
Best investor relations officer
Large cap: Paul Butcher, CN
What the investment community says ‘CN has very open access to senior management, good communication from the IR team and a welleducated IR director in Paul Butcher’ – sell side
Mid-cap: David Carey, ARC Resources
What the investment community says ‘ARC treats IR as a senior executive position – that’s why it’s so good’ – sell side
Small cap: Adam Borgatti, Aecon Group
What the investment community says ‘Aecon group has been more accessible and responsive. I attribute this to the wonderful Adam Borgatti’ – sell side
Best IR by a CEO
Large cap: Sean Boyd, Agnico Eagle Mines
What the investment community says ‘The CEO at Agnico, Sean Boyd, communicates well. He sticks to his strategy and knows the company inside out’ – sell side
Small and mid-cap: David Smith, Keyera
What the investment community says ‘I’ve known David Smith for a long time. He has always been approachable, unlike some other CEOs, and will often return calls directly or he may get someone to respond on his behalf. Either way, he makes sure you get your answer’ – sell side
Best IR by a CFO
Large cap: David Smith, Agnico Eagle Mines
What the investment community says ‘David Smith is transparent, always available and communicates with shareholders and analysts, answering a full spectrum of questions’ – buy side
Small and mid-cap: Jamie Porter, Alamos Gold (joint winner)
What the investment community says ‘Jamie Porter is extremely articulate and really understands the company’ – buy side
Small and mid-cap: Dan Lefaivre, Stantec (joint winner)
What the investment community says ‘He is approachable and available for discussion. It’s good to have that visibility’ – buy side
Most progress in IR
What the investment community says ‘Veresen has gone from zero to hero. The new IRO, Mark Chyc-Cies, is so suited to dealing with institutional investors and has made massive improvements’ – sell side
Best in sector
Consumer discretionary: Air Canada
Consumer staples: Dollarama
Energy: ARC Resources
Financials: TD Bank Group
Materials: Agnico Eagle Mines
Technology: CGI Group
Utilities: Algonquin Power & Utilities
Best IR by a Canadian company in the US market
What the investment community says ‘Of all the IROs I deal with, Greg Waller of Teck Resources is the best because of his depth of knowledge’ – sell side
Best corporate governance
TD Bank Group
What the investment community says ‘In terms of corporate governance, TD Bank is very well run, with very high disclosure standards’ – buy side
Best IR during a corporate transaction
TransCanada Acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group
What the investment community says ‘The rationale for the Columbia Pipeline deal was well explained and the company addressed investor concerns about an over-concentration on the main pipeline that has since been clarified’ – buy side
Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange-listed company
What the investment community says ‘Tidewater Midstream makes a big effort to explain the business and this has resulted in a clear, consistent message’ – buy side
People’s choice award for innovation
Runners-up: Vermilion Energy, WSP Global
This new award was presented to a publicly listed company that has made an outstanding contribution to the practice of IR and the community of IR professionals. While the rest of the IR Magazine Awards were determined by a survey of investor professionals, this people’s choice award for innovation was decided by the general public.
Lifetime achievement award
Pat Marshall, Cineplex Entertainment
Pat Marshall, vice president of communications & IR at Cineplex Entertainment, won the lifetime achievement award for her outstanding contribution to IR over a career spanning more than 20 years. Speaking to IR Magazine at the awards, she offered tips for IR professionals new to the profession.
‘Absolutely get out to the seminars, the conferences, the events that are put on in the community, join the [CIRI] boards either locally or nationally, and meet the other IROs,’ she said. ‘They are an extraordinarily generous group of people and you’ll have a lot of fun, but it’ll also be a great career development opportunity for you.’
Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob added: ‘I’m very, very proud of Pat for receiving this award. She is an awesome individual to work with.’
Other award winners
Best investor meetings: Agnico Eagle Mines
Best financial reporting: ARC Resources
Best sustainability practice: Suncor Energy
Best use of technology: ARC Resources
Best IR for an IPO: Hydro One
This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of IR Magazine.