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Meet our winners > Meet our past winners 2007-2015
Celebrating the art and science of the deal

 2015 winners 

Deal Team of the Year: Magna International Inc.
Award received by
Jason Wolkove, Associate General Counsel, M&A
Patrick Harris, Director of Corporate Development

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Value Creation Award: Gildan Activewear Inc.
Award received by
Lindsay Matthews, Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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IPO of the Year: Shopify Inc.
Award received by
Joseph Frasca, General Counsel

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Consumer Business Industry Award: HBC
Award received by
Ian Putnam, Executive VP,Chief Corporate Development Officer
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Financial Industry Award: Element Financial Corporation
Award received by
Steven Hudson, CEO
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Media & Telecommunications Industry Award: Rogers Communications Inc.
Award received by
David Miller, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

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Foreign Outbound (Global) Award: Linamar Corporation
Award received by
Roger Fulton, EVP Human Resources, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Manufacturing Industry Award: New Flyer Industries Inc.
Award received by
Paul Soubry, President & CEO 
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Information Technology Industry Award: D+H Corporation
Award received by
David Caldwell, Head of Talent and Corporate Strategy
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Mid Market Deal of the Year: Clearwater Seafoods Inc.
Award received by
Telaina Kelly, Assistant General Counsel 
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Canadian Bank of the Year (Deal Volume): RBC Capital Markets
Award received by
Alex Graham, Managing Director, Head of Communications, Media & Technology Investment Banking

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Canadian Bank of the Year (Deal Value): BMO Capital Markets
Award received by
John Armstrong, Head of M&A, Canada and International
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Keynote speaker:
Brent Belzberg, Senior Managing Partner
TorQuest Partners

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Gala host:
Ben Mulroney, Anchor
CTV's eTalk

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Host:
Jean Cumming, Editor-in-Chief/Market Director
Lexpert

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Host:
Mark Jamrozinski, Managing Partner, Canadian M&A
Deloitte

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2014 winners 

Lifetime Achievement Award 
Purdy Crawford awarded posthumously

The Lifetime Achievement Award is Canadian Dealmakers' most prestigious award to an individual who has:

• An established history of distinguished service
• Exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others
• Made a lasting contribution to Canadian business
• Significantly influenced Canadian deal-making on a national and international level

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Corporate award recipients and their advisors:

Value Creation Award 
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. for their multiple acquisitions

Recipient advisors: Davies Ward Phillips &Vineberg LLP • Faegre Baker Daniels LLP • PWC• Deloitte • HSBC Holdings PLC • National Bank Financial • Rabobank • Scotiabank • Desjardins Group • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd • CréditAgricole • Wells Fargo • Fifth Third Bank • PNC Bank • ICICI Bank Canada • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation of Canada

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Deal Team of the Year Award
WSP Global Inc. for their multiple acquisitions
 

Recipient advisors: Hogan Lovells • Stikeman Elliott LLP • McMillan LLP • Barclays • CIBC World Markets • Deloitte • PWC

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Foreign Inbound Award 
Burger King Worldwide Inc. acquires Tim Hortons Inc.

Recipient advisors: Davies Ward Phillips &Vineberg LLP • Kirkland & Ellis LLP • Paul, Weiss,Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • JP Morgan • Lazard • Wells Fargo Securities • KingsdaleShareholder Services • D.F. King & Co., Inc. • Brunswick Group LLP
Target advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz • Citi • RBC Capital Markets • Earnscliffe Strategy Group • Longview Communications Inc.
Advisors: Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

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Foreign Outbound Award
Encana Corp. acquires Athlon Energy Inc.

Recipient advisors: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Vinson & Elkins LLP • Barclays Capital • Tudor Pickering & Co LLC • Computershare • Georgeson
Target advisors: Latham & Watkins LLP • GoldmanSachs • Evercore Group, L.L.C.

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IPO of the Year Award 
Encana Corp.'s spinoff of PrairieSky Royalty
Ltd.

Advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • PWC • Dorsey & Whitney LLP • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • AltaCorp Capital Inc.• BMO Nesbitt Burns • CIBC World Markets • First Energy Capital Corp. • GMP Securities L.P. • National Bank Financial • Peters & Co. • RBC Dominion Securities• Scotiabank • TD Securities

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Investment Bank of the Year Award 
RBC Capital Markets

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Financial Industry Award
Element Financial Corp. acquires PHH Arval

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP • GuggenheimPartners LLP • BMO Capital Markets • Ernst &Young • HUB HKMB • Dechert LLP
Target advisors: Kirkland & Ellis LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP • White & Case LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • JP Morgan
Advisors: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP • Wildeboer Dellelce LLP • Dentons Canada LLP • Mayer Brown LLP

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Utilities Industry Award
Fortis Inc. acquires UNS Energy Corp.

Recipient advisors: White & Case LLP • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Snell & Wilmer LLP • McInnes Cooper • Scotiabank
Target advisors: Lazard • Baker Botts L.L.P. • Roshka DeWulf & Patten
Advisors: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &Garrison LLP • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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Information Technology Industry Award 
OpenText Corp. acquires GXS Inc.

Recipient advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP • Citi • RBC Capital Markets • Barclays
Target advisors: Shearman & Sterling LLP • JP Morgan
Advisors: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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Media & Telecommunication Industry Award 
Shaw Communications Inc. acquires ViaWest Inc.

Recipient advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP • TD Securities • Ernst & Young
Target advisors: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • RBC Capital Markets

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Materials Industry Award 
Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund acquires General Chemical Holding Co.

Recipient advisors: Covington & Burling LLP • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • KPMG • BMO Capital Markets • Jefferies LLC
Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Weil, Gotshal & Manges • Barclays • KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. • Deloitte

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Mining Industry Awar
Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. and Yamana Gold Inc. acquire Osisko Mining Corp.

Recipient advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • TD Securities • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • PWC • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. • National Bank Financial • Royal Bank of Scotland
Target advisors: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Bennett Jones LLP • BMO Capital Markets • Maxit Capital LP
Advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Energy Industry Award 
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. acquires Devon Energy Corp.'s Canadian assets

Advisors: Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP • BMO Capital Markets • Scotia Waterous Inc

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2013 winners

2013 Value Creation Award 
High Liner Foods Inc. acquires the U.S. subsidiary and Asian procurement operations of Icelandic Group h.f.

Recipient advisors:  Goodwin Procter LLP • Stewart McKelvey • Ernst & Young • Marko Partners • RBC Capital Markets • GSP Communications • KPMG
Advisors: Norton Rose Fulbright • Paul Hastings

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2013 Deal Team of the Year Award 
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. for their multiple acquisitions, particularly Bausch + Lomb Holdings Incorporated and Obagi Medical Products Inc.

Recipient advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Deloitte • Bank of America • Barclays • JP Morgan • Morgan Stanley • RBC Capital Markets

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2013 Consumer Business Industry Award
Sobeys Inc. acquires Canada Safeway Limited

Recipient advisors: Stewart McKelvey • Sullivan & Cornwall • Stikeman Elliott LLP • Aikins MacAulay & Thorvaldson • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP • MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman • Merovitz Potechin • Grant Thornton • Ernst & Young • Morgan Stanley • Scotiabank
Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Latham & Watkins • Bennett Jones • Deloitte • Goldman Sachs & Co.
Advisors: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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2013 Energy Industry Award
Bonterra Energy Corp. acquires Spartan Oil Corp.

Recipient  advisors: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP • AltaCorp Capital Inc. • Deloitte • Olympia Trust Company
Target advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Clarus Securities Inc. • GMP Securities L.P. • TD Securities 

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2013 Financial Industry Award
Element Financial Corporation acquires Canadian fleet portfolio of GE Capital Canada Inc.

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Barclays • BMO Capital Markets • GMP Securites L.P. • TD Securities • RBC Capital Markets • National Bank Financial (NBF) • HUB HKMB • Ernst & Young • Computershare
Target advisors:
McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Scotiabank
Advisors: Wildeboer Dellelce LLP • Bennett Jones LLP 

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2013 Foreign Inbound Award
CNOOC Ltd. acquires Nexen Inc.

Recipient advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP • BMO Capital Markets • Citibank
Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • Richard A. Shaw PC • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • Covington & Burling LLP • Norton Rose Fulbright • Goldman Sachs & Co. • RBC Capital Markets
 

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2013 Foreign Outbound Award (Global)
Pacific Rubiales Energy Corporation acquires Petrominerales Ltd.

Recipient advisors: Norton Rose Fulbright • Proskauer Rose LLP • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Martinez Neira Advogados • Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS
Target advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Torys LLP • TD Securities • Kingsdale Shareholder Services • Equity Financial Trust • Computershare Trust Company
Advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Brigard & Urrutia

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2013 Foreign Outbound Award (US)
Hudson's Bay Company acquires Saks Incorporated 

Recipient  advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Deloitte • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • RBC Capital Markets
Target advisors: Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz • Goldman Sachs & Co. • Guggenheim Partners LLC • Morgan Stanley
Advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher • Greenberg Traurig

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​​2013 Healthcare Industry Award
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. acquires Bausch + Lomb Holdings Incorporated 

Recipient  advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Skadden, Arps, Slate Meaghner & Flom LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Deloitte • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Barclays • JP Morgan • Morgan Stanley • RBC Capital Markets
Target advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP • Goldman Sachs & Co. • JP Morgan • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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2013 Industrials Industry Award
CCL Industries Inc. acquires Avery Dennison Corporation's office & consumer products and designed & engineered solution businesses 

Recipient  advisors: Warner Norcross & Judd LLP • McMillian LLP • BMO • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi • Scotiabank • Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer
Target advisors: Latham & Watkins LLP • Dentons Canada LLP • Norton Rose Fulbright • Davis Polk & Wardwell • JP Morgan
Advisors: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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2013 Information Technology Industry Award
Davis + Henderson Corporation acquires Harland Financial Solutions 

Recipient  advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Winston & Strawn LLP • Raymond James Ltd. • Deloitte • KPMG • Mercer • Scotiabank • RBC Capital Markets • CIBC World Markets Inc. • CIBC Melon • Fundamental Creative Inc. 
Advisors: Torys LLP • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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2013 IPO of the Year Award
BRP Inc. 

Recipient  advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • BMO Capital Markets • RBC Capital Markets • UBS Securities Canada • Citigroup Global Markets Canada • Deloitte • Solebury Communications • Tower Watson 
Advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Ropes & Gray • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Norton Rose Fulbright • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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2013 Media & Telecommunication Industry Award
BCE Inc. acquires Astral Media Inc. 

Recipient  advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP • BMO Capital Markets • CIBC World Markets LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Sullivan & Cromwell
Target advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • RBC Capital Markets • National Bank Financial Inc. • Goodmans LLP
Advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Dentons Canada LLP • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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2013 Mining Industry Award
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. acquires Inmet Mining Corporation 

Recipient  advisors: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Weil, Gotshal & Manges • Goldman Sachs & Co. • Jefferies & Co. • RBC Capital Markets • KPMG • Standard Chartered Bank • Computershare • Citibank • Georgeson • Harmony Communications Inc.
Target advisors: Torys LLP • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • CIBC World Markets Inc. • Scotiabank • KPMG • CIBC Mellon • Laurel Hill Advisory Group • Longview Communications Inc.
Advisors: Goodmans LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Allen & Overy LLP

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2013 Private Capital Offering - Private Equity Funding Award
Canada Goose 

Recipient  advisors: Torkin Manes LLP • Deloitte • Canaccord Genuity
Bain Capital advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Ropes & Gray LLP • Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg S.à.r.l • Maples and Calder
Advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Chapman and Cutler LLP

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​​2013 Top Canadian Investment Bank
RBC Capital Markets
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​​​2013 Top Canadian Mid-Market Investment Bank
GMP Securities L.P.
National Bank Financial

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  2012 winners

2012 Consumer Business Industry Award 
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Advisors:  Advokatfirmaet Haavind Vislie DA • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ • Barclays • Davies WardPhillips & Vineberg LLP • Deloitte,Eversheds • HSBC Holdings PLC • National Bank Financial Inc • Rabobank NV • Scotiabank • SEBEnskilda • UBS Investment Bank

 

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc 

 

try Award 
AltaGas Ltd.

Recipient advisors: Guess Rudd, BMO Capital Markets, Dykema  Gossett PLLC • Stikeman Elliott LLP
Target advisors:  Blackstone Group LP •  Goldman Sachs & Co
Advisors: Ashburn Mason • Cravath, Swaine & Moore

 

 

AltaGas 

 

 

ard 
CGI Group Inc.

Recipient advisors: CIBC Capital  Markets • Clifford Chance • Computershare • Ernst & Young • FaskenMartineau DuMoulin LLP • Goldman Sachs • Holland & Knight • KPMG • NBC Financial • Norton RoseCanada LLP • Osier, Hoskin & Harcourt • RLM Finsbury • Slaughter & May • Sullivan & Cromwell • TD Securities • Towers Watson
Target advisors: Bank of America I Merrill Lynch • Brunswick Group • Capita • Deutsche Bank •Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer • Rothschild

 

CGI 

 

2012 Mid-Market Award
DHX Media Ltd.

Recipient  advisors: Canaccord Genuity Corp • Mark G. Gosine • Stewart McKelvey
Target advisors: RBC Capital Markets • Goodmans  LLP
Advisors: McCarthy Tetrault LLP

 

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Entertainment One Ltd.

Recipient advisors: Credit Suisse Group • Deloitte • JP Morgan • Mayer Brown LLP • Osier Hoskin &Harcourt  LLP

 

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2012 Industrials Industry Award 
GENIVAR Inc.

Recipient advisors: Barclays • BMO Capital Markets • CIBC World Markets Inc • Fasken MartineauDuMoulin LLP • Linklaters • McMillan LLP • National Bank Financial Inc • Stikeman Elliott LLP
Target advisors: Jefferies & Co Inc • Nabarro • Numis Securities Ltd • Osier, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Rothschild
Advisors: Norton Rose Canada LLP • Lavery, de Billy, LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

 

Genivar 

 

2012 Media and Telecommunications Industry Award and Foreign Outbound - U.S. Award
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

Recipient advisors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch • BMO Capital Markets • Deloitte • Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy  LLP • Kaye Scholer  LLP • KPMG • Perkins Coie LLP • RBC Capital Markets • Shearman  & Sterling  LLP
Target advisors: Credit Suisse Group  • Deloitte • DLA Piper • JP Morgan • Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell • Vinson & Elkins • Willkie  Farr & Gallagher
Advisors: Cravath, Swaine & Moore

 

MDA 

 

 

2012 Mining Industry Award 
Pan American Silver Corp. 
 

Recipient  advisors: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP • CIBC World  Markets Inc. • Deloitte • GrupoAbogacia Profesional S.C. • Kingsdale Shareholder  Services Inc. • KPMG • Legalmex  S.C. • RBAbogados • Scotia Capital Inc. •Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher  & Flam  LLP
Target advisors: BMO Capital Markets • Cereceres & Villalobos Abogados S.C. • Dorsey & Whitney  LLP• Garcia Jimenez & Asociados • KPMG • Stikeman Elliott LLP

 

Pan American Silver Corp 

 

2012 Energy Industry Award
Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon  LLP • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton  & Garrison LLP •Scotia Waterous Inc
Target advisors: Andrews Kurth LLP • Dorsey & Whitney  LLP • Norton  Rose Canada LLP • TDSecurities Inc

 

Pembina 

 

2012 Foreign Inbound - Asia Award 
Petronas Carigali Canada Ltd.

Recipient advisors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch • Ernst & Young • Laurel Hill Advisory Group,LLC • Mercer • National Public Relations Inc.• Norton  Rose Canada LLP • StrategyCorp Inc
Target advisors: BMO Capital Markets • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer  LLP • Scotia Waterous Inc.

 

Petronas 

 

2012 Financial Industry Award  
TMX Group Limited

Recipient advisors: Bank of America Merrill Lynch • BMO Capital Markets • KPMG • Torys LLP • Ernstand Young
Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon  LLP • CIBC World  Markets  Inc • Davies Ward Phillips &Vineberg  LLP • Kingsdale • McCarthy  Tetrault LLP • National Bank Financial Inc • Paul, Weiss,Rifkind, Wharton  & Garrison LLP • Scotia Capital Inc •TD Securities Inc • Weil, Gotshal & Manges  LLP • Fasken Martineau  Dumoulin  LLP
Advisors: Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP • Cassels Brock & Blackwell  LLP • Deloitte • Wildeboer Dellelce LLP • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP • Goodmans  LLP • Bennett  JonesLLP

 

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2011 winners

2011 Deal Team of the Year Award
The Bank of Nova Scotia

Acquisitions: Banco Colpatria and DundeeWealth 

 

Scotia Bank 

 

2011 Foreign Outbound Award
Barrick Gold Corporation

Acquisition: Equinox Minerals Ltd.


Recipient advisors: Clayton Utz • Computershare Investor Services Inc. • Georgeson Shareholder Communications Canada, Inc. • Mallesons Stephen Jaques • Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC • Morgan Stanley Canada Limited • Norton Rose LLP • RBC Capital Markets LLC • RBC Dominion Securities Inc. • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Target advisors: Allen & Overy LLP • CIBC World Markets, Inc. • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP • Goldman, Sachs & Co. • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • TD Securities Inc. Advisors: Bennett Jones LLP • Goodmans LLP •  White & Case LLP

Barrick 

2011 Media & Telecommunications Industry Award
BCE Inc.

Acquisition: CTVglobemedia Inc.

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • RBC Capital Markets LLC • TD Securities Inc. Target advisors: CIBC World Markets Inc. • Goodmans LLP Advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP • BMO Capital Markets Corp. • Torys LLP

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2011 Private Equity Award
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Acquisition: Kinetic Concepts Inc. 

Recipient advisors: AlixPartners • Andrews Kurth LLP • Bain • Duff & Phelps Corp. • Epstein Becker Borsody & Green • Ernst & Young LLP • HUB International • Investors Group Services • Kirkland & Ellis • Korn Ferry •  Lachman Consulting • Marwood • Mercer •  Morgan Stanley • On-Point Group • PMC Treasury •  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP •  Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP • Torys LLP • Translucency • Weil Gotshal & Manges Target advisors: Akin Gump • Baker & McKenzie LLP • Cox Smith Matthews Inc. • Ernst & Young LLP • JP Morgan • Morgan Lewis & Bockius • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom • Sullivan & Cromwell • Susman Godfrey • Towers Watson • Vedder Price • VRC 

CPP Investment Board  

2011 Mid-Market Award
Canadian Helicopters Group Inc.

Acquisition: Helicopters (NZ) Ltd.

Recipient advisors: Clifford Chance LLP • Ernst & Young LLP  • Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Target advisors: Goldman Sachs & Partners NZ

Canadian Helicopters Group 

2011 Consumer Business Industry Award
Canadian Tire Corporation

Acquisition: Forzani Group Ltd.

Recipient advisors: BMO Capital Markets Corp. • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Goodmans LLP • Phoenix Advisory Partners • Stikeman Elliott LLP Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Computershare Investor Services Inc. • Greenhill & Co. Canada Ltd. • Norton Rose LLP (formerly Macleod Dixon LLP) 

Canadian Tire 

2011 Mining Industry Award
Capstone Mining Corp.
(in partnership with Korea Resources Corporation) 

Acquisition: Far West Mining Ltd.


Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Gryphon Partners • RCI Capital Group Inc. • Scotia Capital Inc. • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom • Stikeman Elliott LLP Target advisors: BMO Capital Markets Corp. • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP • Davis LLP • National Bank Financial, Inc.  

Capstone Mining Corp  


 

2011 IPO of the Year Award 
Gibson Energy Inc.


Recipient advisors: Bennett Jones LLP • BMO Nesbitt Burns, Inc. • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP • Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc. • Computershare Trust Company of Canada • FirstEnergy Capital Corp. • J.P. Morgan Securities Canada Inc. • Latham & Watkins LLP • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • RBC Dominion Securities Inc. • Scotia Capital Inc. • TD Securities Inc. • UBS Securities Canada Inc. 

Gibsons  


 

2011 Financial Services Industry Award
Intact Financial Corporation 

Acquisition: AXA Canada Inc.

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • CIBC World Markets Inc. • Eckler • Ernst & Young LLP • McMillan LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP  Target advisors: McMillan LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Advisors: Ernst & Young LLP • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP

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2011 Industrials Industry Award
Martinrea International Inc.

Acquisition: HONSEL

Recipient advisors: Wildeboer Dellelce LLP • Kirkland & Ellis International LLP 

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2011 Private Equity Mid-Market Award
OMERS Private Equity   

Acquisition: CBI Health Group and Accelerated Rehabilitation Centres

Recipient advisors: Bain & Company • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP • Integro Insurance Brokers • KPMG LLP •  SECOR Group • Stikeman Elliott LLP • TD Securities Inc. • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Target advisors: Baker & McKenzie •  CIBC World Markets Inc. •  Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Jefferies & Co Inc. Advisors: Bank of Montreal • BMO Capital Markets • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP • Madison Capital Funding LLC • National Bank of Canada • The Bank of Nova Scotia

 
 Omers Private Equity

2011 Foreign Inbound- Buyout Award
Sinopec Group

Acquisition: Daylight Energy Ltd.

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2011 Energy Industry Award
Talisman Energy Inc.
(in partnership with Ecopetrol S.A.)

Acquisition: Equion Energia

Recipient advisors: Appleby (Cayman) Ltd. • Citigroup, Inc. • Macleod Dixon LLP • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Shearman & Sterling LLP • Slaughter and May • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Target advisors: Barclays Capital • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Talisman Energy 

2011 Oilfield and Exploration Services Industry Award
Western Energy Services Corp.

Acquisition: Stoneham Drilling Trust

Recipient advisors: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP • Cormark Securities Inc. • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Valiant Trust Company Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • National Bank Financial, Inc.

 

Western Energy Services Corp. 

 

2010 winners

2010 Foreign Outbound Award - Global
Agrium Inc.

Acquisition: AWB Limited

Recipient advisors: Barclays Capital Canada Inc. • Clayton Utz • Edelman • Ernst & Young LLP • Georgeson Inc. • Goldman Sachs • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Target advisors: Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited • Deutsche Australia Limited • Freehills • Lonergan Edwards & Associates Limited  

Agrium 

 

 

2010 Information Technology Industry Award and 2010 Foreign Outbound Award - United States
CGI Group Inc. 

Acquisition: Stanley Inc.  

Recipient advisors: Computershare Investor Services Inc. • Computershare Trust Company, N.A. • Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP • Holland & Knight LLP • Kaye Scholer LLP • Laurel Hill Advisory Group, LLC  LLP  • TD Securities Inc. Target advisors: Covington & Burling LLP • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP • Sagent Advisors Inc. 

CGI home

2010 Innovation Award - Cross Border Partnership
China Investment Corporation /
Penn West Exploration

Acquisition: Penn West Exploration (formerly the Penn West Energy Trust) 

Recipient advisors: Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Mackie Research Capital Corporation • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP 

China Investment Corporation 

 


Penn West Exploration  

 

2010 Energy Industry Award
Daylight Energy Ltd. 

Acquisition: West Energy Ltd. 

Recipient advisors: Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • GMP Securities L.P. • KPMG LLP • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Valiant Trust Company •  Target advisors: CIBC Mellon Trust Company • CIBC World Markets Inc. • Stikeman Elliott LLP

Daylight Energy 

2010 Value Creation Award
Eldorado Gold Corporation

Multiple acquisitions 

This award is presented to a Canadian headquartered company that has completed acquisitions during the period from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2009 and demonstrated significant value creation.

Eldorado Gold 

2010 Industrials Industry Award and 2010 Deal Team of the Year Award
IESI-BFC Ltd. 

Acquisition: Waste Services Inc., and multiple others

Recipient advisors: Computershare Trust Company, N.A. • J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. • Torys LLP Target advisors: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP • American Stock Transfer & Trust Company • CIBC World Markets, Inc.

BFI - IESI 

2010 Mining Industry Award
Kinross Gold Corporation

Acquisition: Red Back Mining Inc.

Recipient advisors: BMO Capital Markets Corp. • Computershare Investor Services LLC • Duff & Phelps Corp. • GMP Securities Ltd. • Jeantet Associés • Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. • KPMG LLP • Morgan Stanley Canada Limited • N M Rothschild & Sons Canada Holdings Limited • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP • Wilcox Group Target advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • CIBC World Markets, Inc. • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Scotia Capital Inc. • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, L.L.P

KinRoss 

2010 IPO of the Year Award
MEG Energy Corp. 

Recipient advisors: Barclays Capital Canada Inc. • Bennett Jones LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • BMO Nesbitt Burns, Inc. • Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc. • Deloitte & Touche LLP • FirstEnergy Capital Corp. • Goldman Sachs Canada, Inc. • Morgan Stanley Canada Limited • Olympia Trust Company • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP • Peters & Co., Limited • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Scotia Capital Inc. • TD Securities Inc.

Meg Energy 

2010 Private Equity Mid-Market Award
OMERS Private Equity
Société générale de financement du Québec (SGF)

Acquisition: Logibec Groupe

Recipient advisors: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP • Goodmans LLP • Kingsdale Shareholder Services Inc. • KPMG LLP • Lavery, de Billy L.L.P • L.E.K Consulting • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • National Bank Financial, Inc. • Stikeman Elliott LLP Target advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • GMP Securities L.P • Ogilvy Renault LLP

 Omers Private Equity


Societe generale de financement du Quebec  

2010 Private Equity Award
Onex Corporation
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) 
 

Acquisition: Tomkins plc

Recipient advisors: Aon Inc. • Bain & Company • Barclays Capital Canada Inc. • BofA Merrill Lynch • Citigroup, Inc. • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP • KPMG LLP • Latham & Watkins LLP • Maitland • Marsh • McKinsey & Company • Mercer • RBC Captial Markets • Torys LLP • UBS Investment Bank • URS Corporation Target advisors: Deloitte & Touche LLP • Finsbury Limited • Greenhill & Co • JPMorgan Cazenove Limited • Morgan Stanley • Sidley Austin LLP •  Slaughter and May

Onex  


CPP Investment Board  

2010 Media & Telecommunications Industry Award
Shaw Communications Inc.    

Acquisition: All broadcasting assets of Canwest Global Communications Corp., including the acquisition of 100% of the over-the-air and specialty television businesses of Canwest, including all of Canwest's equity interests in CW Investments Co.  

Recipient advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Ernst & Young LLP • TD Securities Inc. 

 Shaw
 

2010 Healthcare Industry Award
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (formerly Biovail Corporation)

Acquisition: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • CIBC Mellon / Canadian Stock Transfer Company • Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Ernst & Young LLP • Fenwick & West LLP • Georgeson Inc. • Goldman Sachs • Innisfree M&A Inc. • Jefferies & Company, Inc. • Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated • Ogilvy Renault LLP • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP •  Sullivan & Cromwell LLP   

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International 


2009 winners

2009 Industrials Industry Award
Aecon Group Inc.

Recipient advisors: Bennett Jones LLP • TD Securities • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Target advisors: Macleod Dixon LLP • Dorsey & Whitney LLP • GMP Securities L.P. • KPMG LLP

Aecon 

 

 

2009 Private Equity Award
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Recipient advisors: Rothschild • Goldman Sachs JBWere • Spectrum Value Partners • Gibson Quai-AAS • Allens Arthur Robinson • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP • Torys LLP • KPMG LLP • URS Corporation Target advisors: Macquarie Bank Limited • Clifford Chance LLP • Freehills • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

CPP Investment Board 

2009 Deal Team of the Year Award
Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Recipient advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP • BMO Capital Markets • Scotia Capital Inc. • CIBC World Markets Inc. • RBC Capital Markets • FirstEnergy Capital Corp. • National Bank Financial • Peters & Co. Limited • Deloitte & Touche LLP

Crescent Point Energy Corp. 

2009 IPO of the Year Award
Dollarama Inc.

Recipient advisorsStikeman Elliott LLP • Ogilvy Renault LLP • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP •RBC Dominion Securities Inc. • CIBC World Markets Inc. • Credit Suisse Securities (Canada), Inc.

Dollarama 

2009 Mining Industry Award
Eldorado Gold Corporation

Recipient advisors: Macquarie Capital Advisors • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP • Freehills • Deloitte & Touche LLP • KPMG LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Link Market Services Limited • Valiant Trust Company Target advisors: Goldman Sachs • JBWere Pty Ltd. • Allens Arthur Robinson • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP • Ernst & Young LLP • Grant Samuel & Associates Pty Limited • Registries Limited

Eldorado Gold 

2009 Consumer Business Industry Award
Groupe Aeroplan Inc.

Recipient advisors: RBC Capital Markets • Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. • Ogilvy Renault LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP • Royal Bank of Canada Target advisors: Petsky Prunier LLC

Group Aeroplan 

2009 Value Creation Award
Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd.

Recipient advisors: TD Securities • Haywood Securities Inc. • Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. • UBS Securities Canada Inc. • Saether Capital Corp. • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Toronto-Dominion Bank • Bank of Montreal • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce • Bank of Nova Scotia • Royal Bank of Canada • Société Générale (Canada Branch) • BNP Paribas (Canada) • Alberta Treasury Branches • Union Bank, Canada Branch • HSBC Bank Canada • Credit Suisse, Toronto Branch • Canadian Western Bank Target advisors: Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. • BMO Capital Markets • CIBC World Markets Inc. • GMP Securities L.P. • National Bank Financial

Petrobank Energy and Resources 

2009 Information Technology Industry Award
Sierra Wireless Inc.

Recipient advisors: CIBC World Markets Inc. • TD Securities • Lazard • Linklaters LLP • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Target advisors: Merrill Lynch • Jones Day

Sierra Wireless 

2009 Energy Industry Award
Suncor Energy Inc.

Recipient advisors: CIBC World Markets Inc. • Morgan Stanley • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Shearman & Sterling LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Target advisors: RBC Capital Markets • Deutsche Bank • Macleod Dixon LLP • Torys LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP

Suncor Energy 

2009 Strategic Deal of the Year Award
Suncor Energy Inc.

Recipient advisors: CIBC World Markets Inc. • Morgan Stanley • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • Shearman & Sterling LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Target advisors: RBC Capital Markets • Deutsche Bank • Macleod Dixon LLP • Torys LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP

Suncor Energy 

2009 Private Equity Mid-Market Award
TorQuest Partners Inc. and FirstOnSite Restoration L.P.

Recipient advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP • KPMG LLP • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • Bank of Montreal • Bank of Nova Scotia • National Bank FinancialTarget advisors: CCC Investment Banking • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

 TorQuest
First onsite Restoration  

2009 Utilities Industry Award
TransAlta Corporation

Recipient advisors: Goldman Sachs • RBC Capital Markets • Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • Ernst & Young LLP • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce • Bank of Nova Scotia • HSBC Bank Canada • Royal Bank of Scotland • Longview Communications Target advisors: FirstEnergy Capital Corp. • Societé Générale • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Transalta 

2009 Global Expansion Award
Viterra Inc.

Recipient advisors: Torys LLP • Genuity Capital Markets • Freehills • Macquarie Capital Advisors • Deloitte & Touche LLP Target advisors: Johnson Winter & Slattery • JPMorgan Chase & Co. • Deloitte & Touche LLP

Viterra 

2009 Mid-Market Award
Worldlynx Wireless LP and Mistral Equity Partners LLC

Recipient advisors: Genuity Capital Markets • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP • McCarthy Tétrault LLP • Aird & Berlis LLP • DLA Piper US LLP • Van Doorne N.V. • Deloitte & Touche LLP • Grant Thornton LLP • Straighthink Inc. • G.C. Anderson Partners, LLC • Kent Thexton • Randall Reynolds • Lance McIntosh • Bank of Montreal • TD Commercial Banking Target advisors: McCarter Grespan Beynon Weir • Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Lockington Lawless Fitzpatrick LLP • Mosher Chedore Barrister & Solicitors • Aird & Berlis LLP • Ernest H. Cutler Law Office • Giffen & Partners • Bingham, Robinson, MacLennan Ehrhardt Teed LLP • Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Worldlynx Wireless
Miestral Equity Partners  

2008 winners

2008 Industrials Award
Canadian National Railway Company

Recipient advisors: Freeborn & Peters LLP • Harkins Cunningham LLP • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

 CN

CN’s acquisition of the major portion of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway Company will significantly improve the fluidity of CN's rail operations in the Chicago region, rewarding customers with faster transit times and more reliable service. In addition to helping to relieve the rail congestion that has plagued the Chicago region for decades, the transaction brings economic and environmental benefits to the area and goes a long way toward ensuring Chicago's continued role as the “rail hub” of North America.  This last, vital link in CN’s transportation chain provides more efficient and consistent connections between the Eastern, Western, and Southern regions of our network. 

2008 Mid-Market Award
Colabor Income Fund

Recipient advisors: McCarthy Tétrault LLP •  Bélanger Sauvé LLP • National Bank Financial Inc. • Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP Target advisor: BCF LLP

 Colabor
As a leading player in the Quebec food distribution industry, the acquisition of Bertrand & Frères Inc. was highly strategic for Colabor and consistent with the Fund’s primary objective of generating distributable cash. This acquisition with its strong and increasing free cash flow generation allows Colabor to position itself in Quebec as it has in Ontario with the Summit division to further consolidate the market. 

2008 Consumer Business Award
Dorel Industries Inc.

Recipient advisors: Schiff Hardin LLP • Heenan Blaikie LLP • Richards, Layton & Finger LLP • Holland Van Gijzen Advocaten en Notarissen LLP • Lenz & Staehelin • Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated • Royal Bank • Ernst & Young LLP Target advisors: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP • Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP • Morrison Cohen LLP • Deutsche Bank AG (USA)

Dorel 

The Cannondale transaction is an important accomplishment in Dorel’s plan to further unlock shareholder value by concentrating on the Company’s core Recreational/Leisure and Juvenile segments.  Cannondale is one of the world’s top brands and has already increased Dorel’s visibility. With a strong heritage in competitive cycling, they sponsor several teams including Liquigas, winners of several stages of the Tour de France. Dorel’s vast resources and experience provide the ability and resources to continue to build the Cannondale brand.  The Cannondale purchase is the first step in becoming the world’s number one bicycle company. 

2008 Energy Award
Enerplus Resources Fund

Recipient advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP • RBC Capital Markets • BMO Capital Markets Target advisors: Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP • Scotia Waterous Inc. • CIBC World Markets Inc.

 The energy of enerplus

Focus Energy Trust met our strategic objective of adding concentrated assets with significant upside potential that fit into our portfolio of resource plays.  By successfully executing the transaction and integrating the people and assets, we created significant value for our shareholders.

2008 Mining Award
Goldcorp Inc.

Recipient advisors: Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP • Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. • J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. Target advisors: Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP • BMO Nesbitt Burns, Inc.

 goldcorp Inc.

The Gold Eagle transaction is consistent with our strategy of growth through a combination of exploration and accretive acquisitions, with a focus on safe jurisdictions and Canada in particular. Our focus at Red Lake now turns to optimizing our district-wide opportunities including development of the Cochenour-Bruce Channel Resource, review of open pit potential and enhanced milling alternatives and further exploration success achieved at this world-class mine.

2008 Foreign Outbound Award
Kinross Gold Corporation

Recipient advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Perez Bustamante & Ponce • Scotia Capital Inc. • Rothschild Inc. • CIBC World Markets Inc. Target advisors: Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP • Stikeman Elliott LLP • BMO Nesbitt Burns, Inc. • Dundee Securities Corporation

Kenross 

Kinross is committed to long-term, disciplined growth through maintaining a pipeline of high-quality development projects.  The acquisition of Fruta del Norte – one of the world’s great gold deposits – plays to our proven strengths of working cooperatively with government and local communities to bring new development projects into production responsibly.

2008 Utilities Award
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Recipient advisors: Torys LLP • Barros & Errázuriz Abogados • Dresdner Kleinwort • Morgan Stanley • KPMG LLP • PA Consulting • Bitrán & Asociados • SW Consulting • Newenche Ltda.Target advisors: Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP • Credit Suisse Group

 Teachers' pension plan
As a global infrastructure investor, we are very excited to be a long-term shareholder of SAESA’s diversified electricity assets. We invest in companies with stable cash flows linked to inflation to help pay inflation-indexed pensions. SAESA is an excellent fit for our portfolio. It operates in a high-growth market within a favorable regulatory environment, allowing for long-term, stable returns that fit our investment objectives

2008 Value Creation Award
Open Text Corporation

Recipient advisors: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP • Gardiner Roberts LLP • Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw LLP • Deloitte & Touche LLP • RBC Capital Markets Corporation Targetadvisors: Goodmans LLP • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • Banc of America Securities LLC • Lehman Brothers Inc.

Open Text 
Open Text is Canada’s largest software company and the world’s largest independent provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software. We have a ten year cumulative aggregate revenue growth rate of 32%. Fiscal 2008 has been our most successful year to date with strong license growth, record profitability and strong cash flow. Since announcing the Hummingbird acquisition in July 2006, Open Text stock has risen from $16 to well over $44 today (TSX).

2008 Deal Team of the Year Award
TMX Group Inc.

Recipient advisors: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP • BMO Capital Markets Corporation • Desjardins Securities Inc. • UBS Securities Canada Inc. • CIBC Mellon Trust Company Target advisors: Ogilvy Renault LLP • National Bank Financial Inc. • Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

 TMX
The combination of TSX Group and Montreal Exchange grew out of a common vision for the future of the Canadian capital markets.  Together they created TMX Group – a new integrated exchange group that can offer innovative cash and derivative products across multiple asset classes.

2008 Foreign Inbound Award
Yara International ASA

Recipient advisors: Stikeman Elliott LLP Target advisors: MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP • CIBC World Markets • RBC Capital Markets Corporation

 Yara

Saskferco further strengthens Yara's scale and position in North America and is a perfect complement, bringing efficient production capacity from a world-class nitrogen fertilizer facility that is in close proximity to one of the key global fertilizer markets. Yara is fully committed to the growth and expansion of Saskferco which is a win-win situation for all Saskferco stakeholders.

 

2007 winners

The 2007 awards, which were attended by over 400 corporate executives, legal professionals and investment bankers, targeted Canadian-headquartered companies or funds that completed transactions in 2007 or were likely to complete them in 2008.

The Deal Team of the Year award was awarded to Fortis Inc. and its financial and legal advisors - CIBC World Markets Inc., Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP - for the Terasen Inc. acquisition. Fortis Inc. also received the industry award for the Energy, Power & Utilities sector.

The Canadian Dealmakers of 2007 award winners were:

Materials Industry Award

Agrium Inc.(Calgary)
Aquisition: UAP Holding Corp.
Value ($millions): $2,699
Advisors: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; RBC Capital Markets Corporation

Winner in the Materials category was Agrium Inc. for its acquisition of UAP Holding Corp. This transaction demonstrated classic deal-making excellence across the full M&A spectrum, from the initial targeting through pursuit, structuring and financing.  The result was a transaction that greatly enhanced diversification and generated significant synergies. 

Consumer Products and Services Industry Award

Astral Media Inc. (Montreal)
Aquisition: Standard Broadcasting Corporation
Value ($millions): $935
Advisors: National Bank Financial Inc.; National Bank of Canada; Stikeman Elliott LLP; Watson Wyatt Canada; Ernst & Young LLP

Winner in the Consumer Products and Services Category was Astral Media Inc. for its acquisition of Standard Broadcasting.  As a result of this very large but private transaction, it transformed itself from a dominant regional player into the largest radio broadcaster in Canada with resulting increased scale and geographic diversification.

Industrials Industry Award

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (Calgary)
Aquisition: Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation
Value ($millions): $2,537
Advisors: Morgan Stanley Canada Limited; RBC Capital Markets Corporation; Sidley Austin LLP

Winner in the Industrials category was Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, one of Canada’s oldest companies. They structured the largest and most important transaction in their history with the acquisition of Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad. The transaction significantly expanded its current geographic footprint with an option for even further expansion into a key resource play, with an innovative earn-out approach developed to seal the deal.   All stakeholders benefited from the planned increased investment in infrastructure and improved operations and safety conditions.

Deal Team of the Year Award
Energy, Power & Utilities Award

Fortis Inc. (St. John's)
Aquisition: Terasen Inc.
Value ($millions): $3,807
Advisors: CIBC World Markets Inc.; Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP. 

Winner in the Energy, Power and Utilities category was Fortis Inc. for its acquisition of Terasen Inc.  The transaction doubled its regulated rate base and established the company as the largest investor-owned gas and electric distribution utility in Canada.Fortis Inc. was also awarded the Deal Team of the Year award. 
Fortis Inc. has been very quietly building a track record at sourcing and executing excellent deals.  Since 1987, the team has grown its asset base from less than $400 million located primarily in just one small region of Canada to an internationally diversified company with assets of over $10 billion.  The company’s performance along the way has been truly impressive, exceeding both its index and the S&P/TSX Composite index as a whole over the past five years despite being a very conservative organization and in a segment not exactly known for high rates of returns.  It has also increased its annual dividend to common shareholders for 35 consecutive years, the longest record of any public corporation in Canada.  The blockbuster transaction which it executed in 2007 continues this pattern.  It wasn’t a duke it out affair broadcast in the public arena or one that involved new intricacies of law or complex financial instruments, but rather another example of a team quietly working a deal and executing it properly with precision and creating value for its shareholders.

Finance & Real Estate Industry Award
Foreign Acquisition Award

TD Bank Financial Group (Toronto)
Aquisition: Commerce Bancorp, New Jersey
Value ($millions): $8,638
Advisors: Davis Polk & Wardwell; JPMorgan; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Inc.; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; TD Securities Inc.

Winner of the Finance and Real Estate deal award was TD Bank Financial Group with its acquisition of Commerce Bancorp.  This is a definitive step in its objective of becoming a leading North American power house in financial services by completing a transaction which was a perfect strategic and cultural fit. 

Winner of the Foreign Acquisition of the Year Award was TD Bank Financial Group with its acquisition of Commerce Bancorp.  They winner demonstrated excellence in executing a very complex and extremely strategic acquisition in the United States of America, earning accolades from all involved.   In this case the target’s stated objective was to turn customers into FANS! and put the WOW! into the world of banking.  That turned out to be very prophetic as our judges were WOWED! by the transaction and became FANS! of the deal.

Mining Industry Award
Value Creation Award

Yamana Gold Inc. (Toronto)
Aquisition: Meridian Gold Inc.
Value ($millions): $3,202
Advisors: Canaccord Capital Inc.; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP; Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Genuity Capital Markets; JPMorgan; Wellington West Capital Inc.

Winner in the Mining category was Yamana Gold, Inc. for its acquisitions of Meridian Gold and Northern Orion. They completed a company defining event in a very complex and rare three-way merger.  The deal is both strategic and logical and provides shareholders with growth in resources, production, cash flow and earnings as well as sustainability and longevity. 
Yamana Gold, Inc  was also the winner of the Value Creation Deal of the Year.  The judges were also fans of this winner, which has truly transformed the company over the past three years with its demonstrated proficiency in executing not one but a series of value enhancing deals.  The value creation results are truly impressive. 

Recipient advisors