Canada's CFO of the Year(TM) 2010 nominations close in one week

Submit your nomination at cfoy.ca

TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Nominations for the 2010 Canada's CFO of the Year(TM) Award will close in one week, on January 22, 2010. (Nomination packages are due by February 12, 2010). Candidates, from any public or private business sector, may be nominated by CEOs, corporate directors, financial analysts and other senior executives.

The award is given annually by presenting sponsors Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and The Caldwell Partners International. Now its eighth year, the award honours the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada's senior financial leaders.

An independent selection committee, chaired by Peter Dey and composed of some of Canada's most prominent business leaders, will select the 2010 award winner. The 2010 recipient of Canada's CFO of the Year(TM) Award will be honoured at a gala dinner May 6th, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

"Now more than ever, financial leaders across Canada play a critical role in ensuring the success of an organization," says Michael Conway, Chief Executive & National President of FEI Canada. "It is important we recognize and celebrate their dedication and accomplishments."

    
    Previous recipients of Canada's CFO of the Year Award include:

    -   2009: David Garofalo, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief
        Financial Officer of Agnico-Eagle Mines
    -   2008: Bruce Waterman, Senior Vice-President, Finance and Chief
        Financial Officer of Agrium Inc.
    -   2007: Marvin Romanow, former Executive Vice-President and Chief
        Financial Officer and now President and Chief Executive Officer of
        Nexen Inc.
    -   2006: Karen Maidment, former Chief Financial and Administrative
        Officer of BMO Financial Group
    -   2005: Claude Mongeau, former Executive Vice-President and Chief
        Financial Officer and now Executive Vice-President and CEO Designate
        of CN
    -   2004: Peter Rubenovitch, former Senior Executive Vice-President and
        Chief Financial Officer of Manulife Financial Group
    -   2003: Peter Currie, former Vice-Chairman and Chief Financial Officer
        of RBC Financial Group
    

"Over the past seven years we've seen many accomplished executives honoured for their commitment to sound financial reporting, building trust and assuming a critical leadership role within their respective companies," says Chris Clark, Canadian Senior Partner and CEO of PwC Canada. "We are looking forward to adding another name to this impressive list of award recipients."

Douglas Caldwell, Chairman of The Caldwell Partners International, adds, "In the eight years that we have been involved in this Award, we have seen the pressures on CFOs increase dramatically, from regulators, investors, Boards of Directors and Chief Executive Officers. Over the past year in particular, the pressures on CFOs to guide their business through challenging times and effectively compete in the global capital markets have been enormous - and they deserve our recognition and praise for their contribution."

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 PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

About PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 163,000 people in 151 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (www.pwc.com/ca) and its related entities have more than 5,300 partners and staff in offices across the country. "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, or, as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

About The Caldwell Partners

Retained executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc., founded in 1970, provides humancapital services to its clients through its offices and partners in Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Calgary, Chicago, Toronto, Stamford, and New York City. The Caldwell Partners focuses, in particular, on recruiting "C-class" executives (chief executive, chief financial, chief information officers, as well as other senior executives). The Caldwell Partners takes pride in delivering unmatched depth of service and expertise to its clients, the calibre and experience of its staff, and the successful completion of its engagements. The Caldwell Partners founded and continues to promote the prestigious national awards programs recognizing Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year(TM) and Canada's Top 40 Under 40(TM), and advises and supports the Canada's CFO of the Year Award(TM) program. In 2009, the Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year(TM) and Canada's Top 40 Under 40(TM) programs are marking their respective 19th and 14th anniversaries. The Caldwell Partners' Class-A non-voting shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CWL.A). Please visit our website at www.caldwell.ca for further information.

Canada's CFO of the Year Award is also sponsored by American Express, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) and The Fairmont Royal York. The media sponsor is The Globe and Mail. Air travel services are provided by Air Canada and presentation technology for the gala dinner is provided by AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions.

SOURCE PwC

For further information: For further information: For FEI Canada: Caroline Spivak, (416) 371-9740, caroline@profilecoms.com; For PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP: Kiran Chauhan, (416) 947-8983, kiran.chauhan@ca.pwc.com

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