To determine the members of Institutional Investor’s 2020 All-Canada Executive Team, we surveyed buy-side analysts, money managers and sell-side researchers at securities firms and financial institutions that cover the region, including those who cast and received votes in this year’s 2019 All-America and All-Canada Research Team surveys. We asked voters to name the best chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and investor relations professionals at the companies in their coverage universes.

All votes are weighted by rating (five, four, three, two and one). We also asked them to rate the companies’ IR programs on the following attributes: company executes on strategy; corporate documents (inc. web site); IR team is well informed and empowered to speak; responds quickly and thoroughly to requests; senior executives are accessible; and timely and appropriate disclosure. These ratings were aggregated to produce an overall IR Program rank for each company. Nominations for Best Analyst Days, Best ESG/SRI Reporting, and Best Corporate Governance were also solicited from the voters as a separate award.

The overall rankings in each of the four categories — Best CEO, Best CFO, Best IR Professional, Best IR Company — are based on combined buy- and sell-side votes. Separate rosters (buy side, sell side) are also available for each award classification.

To earn the designation of Most Honored Company, a company must achieve two or more top-three appearances in the combined (buy-side and sell-side) rankings results; rank is determined by weighted score wherein each first-place position is worth three points; second place, two; and third place, one.

To be eligible for inclusion on the 2020 All-Canada Executive Team, a company must be headquartered or have operational or executive headquarters in the region. We keep confidential the identities of the survey respondents to ensure their continuing cooperation. Voters must meet eligibility requirements, and winners must achieve a minimum vote count. Survey results reflect the opinions from 168 investment professionals at 116 financial services firms.