CFO Agenda publications

The challenges facing CFOs today are multifold. On the one hand they need to manage the performance of their organizations, and on the other hand they need to leverage quality management information to support business decisions. As if this were not enough, their roles are further complicated by external circumstances such as the recent economic downturn.

Our CFO Agenda articles provide our perspectives on the issues that keep Canada’s senior finance executives awake at night, as their roles within the enterprise continue to evolve with changing market dynamics..

For our fresh Canadian perspective and to help you explore the possibilities for your unique situation, we invite you to review our recent thought leadership and other resources relevent to CFOs.

CFO Agenda issue 11: The sustainable cost reduction imperative
Canadian CFOs find themselves facing significant, disruptive challenges—and searching for ways to achieve sizeable and sustainable cost reductions.

CFO Agenda issue 10: Moving to the cloud: CFOs may experience some pain moving to the cloud, but the gain will make it well worth it
We take a closer look at cloud computing and what it will mean to CFOs and the finance function.

Making data analytics work: CFOs are keen to exploit the potential of data analytics – but are their organizations prepared?
Many CFOs are looking to data analytics as a way to meet the increasing expectations place on their role.

CFO Agenda Issue 8: Getting to the bottom line: Controlling spending and reducing deficits in the public sector
As Canada’s federal and provincial governments strive to control spending and reduce budget deficits, the role of public sector CFOs1 has changed.

CFO Agenda Issue 7: SAP on the fast track — Implementing SAP enterprise software under a time crunch
Today’s progressive CFO is often at the centre of everything that happens in an organization — especially in small and medium-sized companies.

Strategically picking up the pace — Global Mining Deals: 2014 report
"You will see an uptick in M&A, but it will be smarter, more conservative deals and you will start to see greater use of joint ventures and strategic alliances. You aren't going to see the big dollars in riskier jurisdictions." --Brett Mattison, SVP Corporate Development Strategy and Planning, Gold Fields

CFO Agenda Issue 6: Talent scouting – Finding and developing the right people to deliver high value from finance
The shortage of finance talent is a source of endless frustration for today’s CFOs.

CFO Agenda Issue 5: Improving capital management — How CFOs can help capital projects stay on track
The successful execution of major capital projects is a critical business activity for companies in asset-intensive sectors such as mining, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing and transportation.

CFO Agenda Issue 4: Achieving deal value
Today’s CFO acts as an important advisor to both the CEO and the board in offering a clear-eyed assessment of the financial and value implications behind business decisions.

CFO Agenda Issue 3: Linking risk and performance
CFOs now need to take a holistic approach and integrate risk and performance management to create a competitive advantage and differentiator for their organizations.

PwC Capital Markets Flash | Q4 2012
Despite a 9.6% decline in deal volumes in 2012, the aggregate value of announced deals climbed 10.5% to reach its highest level since the market peak in 2007.

The high-performance CFO
What does it take for CFOs to excel today? With the global economy struggling to regain its footing, finance chiefs face very different challenges from the ones they confronted just a few years ago.

CFOs: Opportunities and roles in the cloud - Five questions you should ask
Cloud computing can reduce IT and business costs, and it is fast becoming a powerful means for growth.

Re-energizing Finance: The Organization Challenge
Whatever the size of their teams, the onus is on CFOs today to leverage every part of the finance organization to deliver value beyond traditional transaction processing and control.

CFO Agenda Issue 2 - Planning ahead for agility and accuracy
Issue 2 of PwC’s CFO Agenda explores some new strategies for CFOs, including delving into the changing mindset towards financial planning and the importance of robust forecasting.

The top 10 issues faced by senior finance executives
The following brochure discusses the top 10 issues keeping finance executive awake at night and who at PwC can help your organization improve your finance effectiveness.

CFO Agenda Issue 1: Transforming performance - Powering an effective organization
The first article in the CFO Agenda series looks at how obtaining and analyzing the right information lies at the heart of enterprise performance management.