Canada's CFO of the Year™ welcomes new 2012 Selection Committee members

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TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada's CFO of the Year™ program welcomes Sheila Fraser, Maureen Kempston Darkes, Gordon Maron and Claude Mongeau to the distinguished panel of business leaders from across the country which will review nominations and select Canada's 2012 CFO of the Year™ Award winner. This independent selection committee includes the following notable names from the Canadian finance community:

  • Peter Dey, Chairman, Paradigm Capital, Selection Committee Chair
  • John Clappison, former Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner of PwC from 1990 - 2005
  • Sheila Fraser, former Auditor General of Canada
  • Fred Gorbet, former Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada, and corporate director
  • Maureen Kempston Darkes, former Group Vice President, General Motors
  • Brian MacNeill, former Chairman of the Board, Petro Canada
  • Gordon Maron, Executive Vice President, PCL Construction Holdings Ltd.
  • Claude Mongeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian National Railway Company
  • Hon. Brian V. Tobin, P.C., Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
  • Bruce Waterman, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Development & Investment Officer, Agrium Inc.

Now in its tenth year, the award honours the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada's senior financial leaders. Nominations are still being accepted at, and close on December 16, 2011. Presenting sponsors for the 2012 award are Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC, and Robert Half.

Candidates from any business sector may be nominated by CEOs, corporate directors, financial analysts and other senior executives. The 2012 recipient of Canada's CFO of the Year Award is to be honoured at a gala dinner on May 3, 2012.

"We are honoured that these celebrated members of this country's business establishment will be choosing Canada's next CFO of the Year™," said Michael Conway, Chief Executive and National President of FEI Canada. "This selection committee of elite executives and corporate directors is well positioned to recognize similar leadership traits in their peers."

The CFO of the Year™ program thanks the following outgoing committee members for their valuable contributions:

  • Richard Bird, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development, Enbridge Inc.
  • Bev Briscoe, Former president and owner, Hiway Refrigeration Ltd
  • Cynthia Devine, Chief Financial Officer, Tim Hortons Inc.
  • Guylaine Saucier, Former Chair, Joint Committee on Corporate Governance

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

2011  Gordon Maron, Executive Vice President (former Chief Financial Officer), PCL Construction Holdings Ltd.
2010  Richard Bird, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development, Enbridge Inc.
2010  Cynthia Devine, Chief Financial Officer, Tim Hortons Inc.
2009  David Garofalo, President and CEO, HudBay Minerals Inc. (former Chief Financial Officer, Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd.)
2008   Bruce Waterman, EVP, Chief Strategy Development & Investment Officer (former Chief Financial Officer), Agrium Inc.
2007  Marvin Romanow, CEO (former Chief Financial Officer), Nexen Inc.
2006  Karen Maidment, former Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, BMO Financial Group
2005  Claude Mongeau, CEO (former Chief Financial Officer), Canadian National Railway Company
2004  Peter Rubenovitch, former Senior Executive Vice-President and CFO, Manulife Financial Group
2003  Peter Currie, former Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, RBC Financial Group

"This year's CFO of the Year TM Award will once again recognize an outstanding financial leader in Canada," said Gino Scapillati, National Managing Partner, Markets at PwC. "We look forward to another winner being added to this celebrated list of award recipients."

Kathryn Bolt, President of Robert Half Canada, adds, "We are extremely honoured to contribute to a program recognizing the very best of Canada's financial leaders. This award celebrates their ongoing commitment, dedication and expertise in shaping the success of Canadian businesses."

Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award 2012 is also sponsored by American Express, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Lerners LLP and Sherrard Kuzz LLP. The media sponsor is The Globe and Mail. Presentation technology for the gala dinner is provided by AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions.

For more information or to submit your nomination for the next Canada's CFO of the Year™, please visit

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

About PwC
The firms of the PwC network provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in PwC firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, and its related entities have more than 5,700 partners and staff in offices across the country. See for more information.

About Robert Half
Founded in 1948, Robert Half is the world's first and largest specialized financial recruitment service and member of the S&P 500.  With over 350 locations worldwide including 21 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. Robert Half again was named to FORTUNE® magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies" list, ranking #1 in our industry in service quality and innovation. (March 21, 2011) For more information, call (800) 474-4253 or visit




For further information:

For FEI Canada:
Christian Bellavance, 416-366-3007, ext 5114,

For PwC:
David Rowney, 416-365-8858,

For Robert Half International:
Gisele Jones, 416-350-2330,

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