TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Brian Lawson, Senior Managing Partner and
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Brookfield Asset Management has been
selected as Canada's CFO of the Year ™ for 2013. Canada's CFO of the
Year Award is presented annually by Financial Executives International
Canada (FEI Canada), PwC and Robert Half International. The award
honours and recognizes the quality, insight, direction and leadership
of Canada's senior financial executives.
"Brian exemplifies all the characteristics of a true organizational
leader," says Michael Conway, Chief Executive and National President,
FEI Canada. "He was instrumental in Brookfield's growth strategy and
the diversification of its funding sources while successfully
navigating the organization through a challenging global economic
environment. Brian has also demonstrated strong social responsibility
through his personal involvement in various charities and foundations."
Mr. Lawson was named Canada's CFO of the Year™ by an independent
committee composed of several prominent members of Canada's business
community. The judging criteria are as follows: vision and leadership;
corporate reporting and performance; social responsibility; innovation
and business complexity. Award candidates from a wide range of business
sectors were nominated by CEOs, members of boards of directors,
financial analysts and other senior executives.
Mr. Lawson has been with Brookfield Asset Management since 1988,
initially focusing on restructuring, merchant banking and investment
banking operations until his appointment as CFO in 2002. In this role,
he has served as an officer or director of numerous Brookfield
investees and affiliates, and also is actively involved with the
company's many investment committees. He is a graduate of Trinity
College at the University of Toronto. Currently, he also sits as a
member of the President's Investment Advisory Committee at the
University of Toronto and, together with his wife, Joannah, is actively
involved in supporting Community Food Centres Canada (an organization
whose objective is to establish responsive, financially stable
community food centres across Canada and working toward a healthy and
fair food system).
"Canada's CFO of the Year Award celebrates a financial leader that
exhibits strong business acumen and passion, both within the CFO's
organization and the community-at-large," says Gino Scapillati,
National Managing Partner, Markets, PwC. "We congratulate Mr. Lawson
and are proud to be a part of the recognition of his success."
David King, Canadian Director of Robert Half Management Resources, adds,
"The CFO plays a crucial role in ensuring a company's continued growth
and success, particularly in these challenging economic times. This
award recognizes a financial stalwart that demonstrates the ability to
lead while also maintaining the integrity necessary to position the
organization's role within the marketplace and the community."
Previous recipients of Canada's CFO of the Year Award™ include:
2012: Colleen Johnston, Group Head Finance and Chief Financial Officer,
TD Bank Group
2011: Gordon Maron, Chief Financial Officer, PCL Construction Holdings
2010: Cynthia Devine, Chief Financial Officer, Tim Hortons Inc.
2010: Richard Bird, Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer
and Corporate Development, Enbridge Inc. *2010 had two winners
2009: David Garofalo, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial
Officer of Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.
2008: Bruce Waterman, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial
Officer of Agrium Inc.
2007: Marvin Romanow, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial
Officer of Nexen Inc.
2006: Karen Maidment, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of BMO
2005: Claude Mongeau, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial
Officer of CN
2004: Peter Rubenovitch, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer of Manulife Financial Group
2003: Peter W. Currie, Vice-Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of RBC
Canada's CFO of the Year Award 2013 is also sponsored by American
Express, Invest New Brunswick, the Canadian Institute of Chartered
Accountants (CICA), Lerners LLP, Sherrard Kuzz LLP, and The
Ritz-Carlton. The media sponsor is The Globe and Mail. Presentation
technology for the gala dinner is provided by AVW-TELAV Audio Visual
Mr. Lawson will be honoured at a gala dinner on May 2, 2013. Media are
invited to cover the gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. To indicate
your attendance and arrange for interviews and camera space, please
contact Abby Yung, 416-687-8644 or email@example.com.
For more information or to submit your nomination for the next Canada's
CFO of the Year, please visit www.cfoy.ca.
About Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada)
FEI Canada is the all-industry professional membership association for
senior financial executives. With eleven chapters across Canada and
2,000 members, FEI Canada provides professional development, thought
leadership and advocacy services to its members. The association
membership, which consists of Chief Financial Officers, Audit Committee
Directors and senior executives in the Finance, Controller, Treasury
and Taxation functions, represents a significant number of Canada's
leading and most influential corporations. Further information can be
found at www.feicanada.org.
About PwC Canada
PwC Canada helps organizations and individuals create the value they're
looking for. More than 5,700 partners and staff in offices across the
country are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax,
consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC
network of firms with close to 169,000 people in 158 countries. Find
out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/ca.
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About Robert Half International
Founded in 1948, Robert Half International (RHI) is the world's first
and largest specialized financial recruitment service and member of the
S&P 500. With over 360 locations worldwide including 22 in Canada, we
have an unparalleled track record helping companies hire highly skilled
accounting and finance professionals. From project consulting to
permanent recruitment to executive search solutions, we provide clients
with access to Canada's top talent. For more information, call (800)
474-4253 or visit www.roberthalf.ca.
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