Investment community nominates best in investor relations



    Nominees announced for this year's IR Magazine Canada Awards

    TORONTO, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Despite the global financial crisis, the
investment community found praise for top-flight investor relations
professionals in the research for the 12th annual IR Magazine Canada Awards.
An independent survey of investors and analysts provides the basis for the
awards, which will be one bright spot of celebration in a chilly economic
climate. Only 17 percent of respondents said they had been getting less
information from companies since the credit crunch hit.
    The nominees are from across a wide range of companies and sectors,
including oil & gas, finance and mining. Once again this year, the survey
process focused especially on smaller-cap companies to more accurately reflect
the makeup of the Canadian market.
    The survey was conducted by Mary Maude Research using samples provided by
Thomson Reuters and Equicom and additional data from TSX Group. To identify
the nominees in two special categories, PrecisionIR Group surveyed retail
investors and Erdos & Morgan surveyed US investment professionals. The
complete results of the survey will be published in IR magazine's Investor
Perception Study, Canada 2009.
    The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Fairmont Royal York
on Thursday, February 5, 2009. Leading companies will be recognized in
categories including best investor relations officer, best corporate
governance, and best IR in the US market by a Canadian company.
    The event will be hosted in association with The Globe and Mail and is
co-sponsored by Barnes McInerney, Bell, Broadridge, Business Wire, CCR
Solutions, CIBC Mellon, the Canadian Investor Relations Institute, CNSX
Canadian National Stock Exchange, CNW Group, Computershare/Georgeson, Laurel
Hill Advisory Group, Marketwire, NASDAQ OMX, NYSE Euronext, otcQX, and Toronto
Stock Exchange.
    A full list of this year's nominees is available below, or on our website
at www.irmagazinecanada.com.
    The IR magazine investor perception studies together make up the world's
largest survey of this kind, canvassing over 5,000 analysts and investors in
more than 10 countries and regions. Survey respondents nominate companies in
specific categories and offer their opinions on IR-related topics and trends.
For more information on the study, please contact Kate Giblin at the number
listed at the bottom of this release.

    About Cross Border Ltd and IR magazine

    Cross Border Ltd is the publisher in New York and London of IR magazine,
the only global publication focused on the interface between companies and
their investors. IR magazine hosts annual awards ceremonies in the US, Europe,
Canada, the Nordic region, Asia, Brazil and Ireland, with a combined annual
attendance of around 8,000 investor relations professionals. Visit
www.thecrossbordergroup.com for more details.

    
    Full list of nominees

    Grand prix for best overall investor relations
    ----------------------------------------------

    Mega-cap(*)

    CN
    Rogers Communications
    Suncor Energy
    TD Bank Financial Group

    Large-cap(*)

    ARC Energy Trust
    Corus Entertainment
    Eldorado Gold Corporation
    Precision Drilling Trust
    Trinidad Drilling

    Mid-cap(*)

    Canadian Hydro Developers
    Cascades
    Cineplex Entertainment
    Maple Leaf Foods

    Small-cap(*)

    Allon Therapeutics
    Computer Modelling Group
    Logibec Groupe Informatique

    (*) Note about market caps: Mega-cap (over $10 bn), large-cap ($1 bn to
        $10 bn), mid-cap ($250 to $1 bn) and small-cap (under $250 mn) all
        refer to market capitalization as of the end of August 2008. The
        survey was conducted in October and November 2008.

    Best investor relations officer
    -------------------------------

    Mega-cap

    Bob Noorigian - CN
    Bruce Mann - Rogers Communications
    John Rogers - Suncor Energy

    Large-cap

    David Smith - Agnico-Eagle Mines
    David Carey - ARC Energy Trust
    Chaya Cooperberg - BFI Canada
    Greg Kist - Progress

    Small or mid-cap

    Didier Filion - Cascades
    Pat Marshall - Cineplex Entertainment
    Dale Noseworthy - Killam Properties
    Nicole Sayler - Matrikon

    Best investor relations by a CEO
    --------------------------------

    John Cassaday - Corus Entertainment
    Patrick Daniel - Enbridge
    Kevin McArthur - Goldcorp
    Kevin Neveu - Precision Drilling Trust
    Edmund Clark - TD Bank Financial Group

    Best annual report
    ------------------

    CN
    PotashCorp
    TD Bank Financial Group
    TELUS

    Best use of conferencing
    ------------------------

    EnCana
    Rogers Communications
    TD Bank Financial Group

    Best corporate governance
    -------------------------

    CN
    EnCana
    RBC
    Scotiabank

    Most progress in investor relations
    -----------------------------------

    GLV
    Kinross Gold Corporation
    Trinidad Drilling

    Best investor relations by a CFO - under $10 bn market cap
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    David Garofalo - Agnico-Eagle Mines
    Derek Aylesworth - Baytex Energy Trust
    Tom Medvedic - Calfrac Well Services (SVP, corporate development as of
    11/17/08)
    Huw Thomas - Canadian Tire Corporation

    Best investment community meetings - under $10 bn market cap
    ------------------------------------------------------------

    Addax Petroleum Corporation
    Agnico-Eagle Mines
    Canadian Tire Corporation
    Cineplex Entertainment

    Best investor relations website - under $10 bn market cap
    ---------------------------------------------------------

    CGI Group
    Coastal Contacts
    First Quantum Minerals
    SNC-Lavalin

    Best practice of corporate social responsibility
    ------------------------------------------------

    Addax Petroleum Corporation
    Barrick Gold
    Suncor Energy
    TELUS

    Best IR by a TSX Venture Exchange company
    -----------------------------------------

    Cervus Limited Partnership
    Diamonds North Resources
    Pure Technologies
    VIQ Solutions

    Best IR in the US market by a Canadian company
    ----------------------------------------------

    EnCana
    PotashCorp
    Research In Motion
    Suncor Energy

    Best retail investor communications
    -----------------------------------

    RBC
    Research In Motion
    TD Bank Financial Group
    





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For further information: Kate Giblin, Webcomms manager, Email:
kate.giblin@thecrossbordergroup.com, Tel (direct): +44 20 7251 7520

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