IR magazine announces winners of Canada investor relations awards

Top-performing investor relations teams celebrated at annual gala

TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - IR magazine, the only global publication dealing with the interfacing of companies and their shareholders, is excited to announce the winners of its annual investor relations awards in Canada. At the IR Magazine Canada Awards 2011, 25 awards were distributed to recognize the leading investor relations teams in important areas such as earnings calls, corporate governance and crisis management. Executives and their IR teams were celebrated for demonstrating the key competencies and actions that result in enhanced transparency and shareholder communication.

Winners of the IR Magazine Canada Awards 2011 were determined through a rigorous research and selection process managed by XbInsight, IR magazine's research arm. Surveys and interviews with analysts and investors provided the information necessary for the ultimate selection of the winners in each category.

XBInsight finds in a new survey that investor relations professionals are under increased pressure to demonstrate the benefits of their activities. With budgets constrained - a lasting legacy of the financial crisis - IR officers are under greater scrutiny and, as a result, the IR vendor marketplace has become increasingly competitive.

In its latest report, Global survey and team structure, available exclusively to professional subscribers to IR magazine, XBInsight examines the factors affecting the IR community based on 205 surveys conducted with senior IR professionals.

The awards event was held in association with The Globe and Mail and was co-sponsored by Broadridge, Business Wire, Canadian Stock Transfer Company, Capital IQ, A Standard & Poor's Business, CCR Solutions, CDS, CIRI, CNW, Ipreo, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, Marketwire, NASDAQ OMX, NYSE Euronext, OnDemandIR, OTCQX, Phoenix Advisory Partners, The Works Design Communications and TMX Group.

A full list of winners by category is provided below.

Janet Dignan, CEO, Cross Border Ltd
'The past few years have been challenging for investor relations professionals. The community and its best practices have been fundamentally reshaped by the financial crisis of 2008, and what we are seeing now are the implications of this. The IR professionals we have recognized at the IR Magazine Canada Awards this year have demonstrated the leading thinking and practices that will define the IR community well into the future.'

Clare Harrison, research editor, IR magazine
'The winners of this year's IR Magazine Canada Awards reflect the experience and insights of the people best equipped to evaluate investor relations teams: the investors and analysts. This view from the community with which IR departments speak provides the clearest and most genuine sense of what it takes to run IR effectively.'

Best corporate governance
Royal Bank of Canada

Best earnings calls
Rogers Communications

Best investor relations by a TSX Venture Exchange company
Sterling Resources

Best investment community meetings
TD Bank Group

Best investor relations by a CFO
Small cap
Thomas Peddie
Corus Entertainment

Best investor relations by a CFO
Mid-cap
Gilles Laramée
SNC-Lavalin

Best investor relations by a CFO
Large cap
Colleen Johnston
TD Bank Group

Best investor relations by a CEO
Small cap
Kevin Neveu
Precision Drilling

Best investor relations by a CEO
Mid-cap (joint winners)
Anthony Marino
Baytex Energy Corp
David Garofalo
HudBay Minerals

Best investor relations by a CEO
Large cap
Edmund Clark
TD Bank Group

Best investor relations website
PotashCorp

Best crisis management
Enbridge

Best practice of corporate social responsibility
Suncor Energy

Lifetime achievement in investor relations
John Rogers

Most progress in investor relations
Talisman Energy

Best investor relations in the US market by a Canadian company
CN

Best investor relations for a corporate transaction
PotashCorp

Best financial reporting
TELUS

Best investor relations officer
Small cap
Didier Filion
Cascades

Best investor relations officer
Mid-cap
David Carey
ARC Resources

Best investor relations officer
Large cap
Bruce Mann
Rogers Communications

Grand prix for best overall investor relations
Small cap
Stantec

Grand prix for best overall investor relations
Mid-cap
ARC Resources

Grand prix for best overall investor relations
Large cap
TD Bank Group

Best investor relations by sector
Basic materials 
PotashCorp

Best investor relations by sector
Consumer goods and services 
Canadian Tire

Best investor relations by sector
Energy 
Talisman Energy

Best investor relations by sector
Financials 
TD Bank Group

Best investor relations by sector
Healthcare 
Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Best investor relations by sector
Industrials 
SNC-Lavalin

Best investor relations by sector
Technology 
Rogers Communications

Best investor relations by sector
Utilities 
Enbridge

About XbInsight
XbInsight is IR magazine's research brand, building on the publication's established global research efforts. Since 1991, IR magazine has taken its renowned investor perception study around the world, to markets as diverse as Brazil, China, Singapore, the Nordic region, South Africa, Canada, the UK and the US. In every market, the process is the same: each year thousands of buy-side analysts, sell-side analysts and portfolio managers are asked which companies have the best investor relations. XbInsight is building on that expertise for its new series of studies examining successful investor relations practice and the key drivers of investor sentiment. To generate customized reports on your global peer group, please visit our website: www.insideinvestorrelations.com/research.

About IR magazine
IR magazine is the only global publication focused on the interface between companies and their investors. IR magazine hosts events in the US, the UK, Europe, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Brazil. Inside Investor Relations (www.insideinvestorrelations.com) is the magazine��s companion website, which includes daily news updates that are highly relevant to investor relations professionals. Visit www.insideinvestorrelations.com for more details.

About Cross Border Ltd
Cross Border Ltd publishes IR magazine and Corporate Secretary. Based in New York and London, the company reaches highly targeted audiences in the investor relations and corporate governance communities through the two magazines and accompanying newsletters, events and websites. With roots in the Economist Group, we are renowned for providing quality insight and a global perspective. Our flagship publications, IR magazine and Corporate Secretary, are essential reading for executives around the world. Our awards are a key part of the calendar in leading financial centers including New York, London and Shanghai. With an expanding portfolio of digital properties and more than 20 conferences and events each year, we are well positioned for growth.

Visit IR magazine: http://www.insideinvestorrelations.com
Visit Corporate Secretary: http://www.corporatesecretary.com 

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Tom Johansmeyer
Group marketing director
tom.johansmeyer@thecrossbordergroup.com
+1 212 430 6864

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