TD Bank Group wins top distinction at IR Magazine Awards - Canada 2014

Financial services group earns five awards, making it the top winner for four years in a row

TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - 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 or click here.

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.

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 order a copy of the IR Magazine Investor Perception Study – Canada 2014, please contact Andrea Pion at andrea.pion@thecrossbordergroup.com.

Sponsors:

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.

About IR Magazine:
For more than 25 years, IR Magazine has remained the only monthly global publication that focuses on the interactions between companies and their investors. IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and conferences around the world. To learn more, please visit us online at www.irmagazine.com, on Twitter @IRmagazine and via our LinkedIn group, IR Magazine Leaders.

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2014 Canada award winners



Category

Winner



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

Lifetime achievement in investor relations

David Carey



Best in sector


Consumer goods & services

Loblaw Companies

Energy

ARC Resources

Financials

TD Bank Group

Forest products

Domtar

Industrials

Bombardier

Leisure & media

Cineplex Entertainment

Materials

Teck Resources

Real estate

RioCan REIT

Technology

TELUS

Transport

CN

Utilities & pipelines

Enbridge

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