Location: Toronto, CANADA
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The IR Magazine Awards are
The IR Magazine Canada Awards
This annual event brings together
This year's winning companies have been profiled in the Investor Perception Study, Canada 2012, which is available to order here. The report contains quotes from buy-side and sell-side analysts on why these companies were chosen as the best exponents of IR in the region, as well as their comments on corporate IR and wider topical IR issues.
Broadridge Financial Solutions is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, mutual funds and corporations globally. Broadridge’s investor communication, securities processing and operations outsourcing solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure and increase their focus on core business activities.
With 50 years of experience, Broadridge’s infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for more than 90 percent of public companies and mutual funds in North America, processes more than $4.5 tn in fixed income and equity trades per day, and saves companies billions annually through its technology solutions.
Broadridge employs approximately 6,200 full-time associates in 11 countries. For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.chartingthecourse.ca
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multi-platform press release distribution and financial disclosure services. Thousands of organizations and communications professionals turn to Business Wire for superior optimization, presentation and distribution of their news, photos and multimedia to news media, websites, search engines and wireless services.
A recognized disclosure service in the United States, Canada and a dozen European countries, Business Wire handles XBRL tagging, document formatting and regulatory filing into EDGAR, SEDAR and other systems. With more distribution options in more countries than any other commercial newswire, Business Wire provides members with targeted reach to virtually any market or industry worldwide. For more information, visit us online at www.BusinessWire.com
CCR Solutions is your source for creative event staging and state of the art audio-visual and presentation technology. We work with you to skillfully combine sound, light, images and words to achieve premier performance and lasting impact for every event.
The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited (CDS), through its subsidiaries, is Canada’s national securities depository providing entitlement, clearing and settlement services to the Canadian capital markets. CDS also offers depository-related services to issuers and their agents to facilitate securities issuance and reporting, and operates SEDAR and SEDI on behalf of the Canadian Securities Administrators.
The Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) is a professional, not-for-profit association of executives responsible for communication between public corporations, investors and the financial community. CIRI contributes to the transparency and integrity of the Canadian capital market by advancing the practice of investor relations, the professional competency of its members and the stature of the profession.
With over 600 members, CIRI is the world’s second largest society of investor relations professionals. Approximately 88% of CIRI's public company members are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, 6% on the TSX Venture Exchange, and 30% are inter-listed on a US exchange. CIRI has active chapters in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Since 2001, over 90% of IR Magazine Canada Award winners have been members of CIRI. To learn about the benefits of membership and professional development opportunities, please visit www.ciri.org.
Be informed. Be connected. Be current.
Be a CIRI member.
CNW is Canada’s leading financial newswire company and offers quality disclosure solutions for public companies including webcast, regulatory filing services comprising SEDAR, EDGAR, SEDI and a XBRL-tagging solution in partnership with EDGAR Online, conference calls, transcription and translation services. Toronto Stock Exchange exclusively endorses CNW’s financial results webcasting and newswire service.
Computershare is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications. We also specialize in corporate trust, mortgage, bankruptcy, class action, utility and tax voucher administration, and a range of other diversified financial and governance services.
Founded in 1978, Computershare is renowned for its expertise in high-integrity data management, high-volume transaction processing and reconciliations, payments and stakeholder engagement. Many of the world’s leading organizations use us to streamline and maximize the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors and customers. Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has more than 12,000 employees worldwide.
For more information, visit www.computershare.com
Georgeson is the world’s leading provider of strategic proxy and corporate governance advisory services to corporations and shareholder groups working to influence corporate strategy. For more than half a century, Georgeson has specialized in complex solicitations such as hostile and friendly acquisitions, proxy contests and takeover defenses. The firm also provides issuers with expertise in corporate events solutions such as post-merger unexchanged holder programs and information agent services. For more information, visit www.georgeson.com.
Canadian Stock Transfer Company Inc. ("CST") is part of the Link Group, an international network of providers of transfer agent and employee plan services. Headquartered in Canada, with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver, CST provides issuers global solutions through local access points. Formerly the Issuer Services business of CIBC Mellon, CST joins American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (“AST”) to form the North American division of the Link Group. Together this division provides service to over 8,000 issues and more than 5.5 million shareholders in over 22 foreign countries, ranging in size from initial public offerings to Fortune 100 companies.
Contacts: Canadian Stock Transfer Company Inc., www.canstockta.com, 888-402-1644.
The Globe and Mail, through its newspaper, online and mobile platforms, is Canada’s foremost news media company. Each day, the Globe leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians in its award-winning coverage and analysis of news, politics, business and lifestyle. The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, founded in 1844, and globeandmail.com, the newspaper’s online and mobile media hub, reach a combined 3.14 mn readers every week. The Globe has received numerous journalism awards, including the international 2011 prize for General Excellence in Journalism from the Online News Association, nine Michener Awards for public service journalism, and more National Newspaper Awards than any other newspaper in Canada. The Globe and Mail is 85 percent owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family, and Bell Canada (15 percent).
Kingsdale Shareholder Services provides strategic shareholder communication and advisory services. Through its seamless, multi-dimensional mechanism for communicating with shareholders and seeking out timely, detailed and transaction critical information from third parties, clients are empowered to make well-informed key decisions. Operating in the context of takeover bids (hostile and friendly), proxy fights, special and routine shareholder meetings, Kingsdale offers an array of specialized programs, services and solutions including proxy solicitation, information agent, depositary, corporate governance advisory services, ISS-styled analysis and other shareholder-related services.
Kingsdale Communications, a division of Kingsdale Shareholder Services, offers tailored solutions and expertise in investor relations, public relations, multimedia, media management and corporate communications. A full service advisory firm with seasoned professionals experienced in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and proxy contests are focused to help your organization succeed.
For more information, please visit our websites at: www.kingsdaleshareholder.com and www.kingsdalecommunications.com
The Laurel Hill Advisory Group is the only independent provider of Shareholder Communication and Corporate Governance Advisory services in North America. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals gives our clients access to first rate cross border capabilities that specialize in Annual Meeting Solicitation, Information Agent services, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Actions, Special Meeting Solicitation and Shareholder Asset Recovery Programs. We also afford our clients with the most comprehensive Corporate Governance and Risk Assessment Consulting available anywhere.
Customer Relationship Management is paramount in our organization. We are here to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to call us anytime at 416 637-4661 or visit us at Laurelhill.com
Marketwire electronically delivers news and information to media and financial communities around the world via traditional and social media channels including newspapers, magazines, databases, analyst terminals, online portals, blogs, and more. Leveraging the latest in search engine optimization (SEO), multimedia, social media, monitoring and reporting, Marketwire maximizes the power and reach of its clients’ communications. Sysomos, a Marketwire company, provides unparalleled business intelligence for social media through advanced monitoring and analytics. Serving more than 12,000 clients worldwide through 20 offices on four continents, Marketwire is a dominant distributor of company news releases and other communications. For more information, visit us online at www.marketwire.com and blog.marketwire.com, or on Twitter @marketwire.
The NASDAQ OMX Group is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,600 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital-raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its US listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the US 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of more than 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com.
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates Open, Transparent and Connected financial marketplaces for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through our OTC Link® ATS, we directly link a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services for a wide spectrum of securities. We organize these securities into marketplaces to better inform investors of opportunities and risks – OTCQX®, The Best Marketplace with Qualified Companies; OTCQB®, The Venture Stage Marketplace with U.S. Reporting Companies; and OTC Pink®, The Open Marketplace with Variable Reporting Companies. Our data-driven platform enables investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice at the best possible price and empowers a broad range of companies to improve the quality and availability of information for their investors. To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient financial marketplaces, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
OTC Link ATS is operated by OTC Link LLC, member FINRA/SIPC and SEC regulated ATS.
Phoenix Advisory Partners is a leading cross-border provider of proxy solicitation and corporate governance advisory services. The team has the most collective experience in the industry and services more than 100 corporate clients, including Fortune 100 companies.
For additional information contact:
Glenn Keeling at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 647 351 3085, ext 227
Dexter John at email@example.com or +1 647 351 3085, ext 224
Renmark Financial Communications Inc. is a full service investor relations firm representing small, medium and large cap public companies trading on all major North American exchanges. Our team of 40 Investor Relations professionals works hand in hand with our media and web departments to communicate your company’s story to existing and potential shareholders, as well as to the entire financial community. The key to your communications success is the relationship building we have done within the investment community and financial media. Beyond electronic access to tens of thousands of North American brokers, your company will be given an ongoing live contact and an information exchange with our entire network of financial professionals. As a team we are committed to remaining both efficient and effective, allowing us to provide your company with the most proactive and comprehensive combination of services possible in the areas of investor relations, media relations and corporate communications.
The Works Design Communications Ltd is an award-winning integrated communications company. Providing a full range of in-house services, including strategy, writing, design, multimedia development and print production, The Works has developed annual reports and Corporate Social Responsibility reports for many of Canada’s most well-known and well-respected organizations. We help our clients define their objectives, sharpen their messages and connect with their most important audiences.
TMX Group owns companies that operate markets for multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives and energy products. From its home base in Canada, TMX Group reaches internationally as its equity markets list more resource companies than any other exchange group in the world. TMX Group provides trading markets, and trading and data products and services to the global financial community who access Canada's equity capital market. TMX Group’s exchanges are ranked as the 7th largest exchange group in the world and in 2007, where a record 150 billion of securities volume traded. TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto and maintains offices in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. For more information on TMX Group, visit our website at http://www.tsx.com.