Canada’s CFO of the Year™ welcomes new 2013 Selection Committee members

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TORONTO, December 6, 2012—Canada's CFO of the Year™ program presents its distinguished panel of business leaders from across the country which will review nominations and select Canada's 2013 CFO of the Year™ Award winner.

After 10 years of service, Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital Inc., will be stepping down as chair of this independent selection committee. Canada's CFO of the Year™ program thanks Mr. Dey for his insights, leadership and guidance during the past decade.

We are pleased to welcome Bruce Waterman, Executive Vice President - International Development of Agrium Inc. and Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2008, as the new chair of Canada's CFO of the Year™ Selection Committee. Mr. Waterman will be joined on this committee by the following notable names from the Canadian business community:

  • John Clappison, former Greater Toronto Area Managing Partner of PwC from 1990 – 2005
  • Colleen Johnston, Group Head, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, TD Bank Group and Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2012
  • Maureen Kempston Darkes, ,former Group Vice President, General Motors
  • Alice Laberge, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Fincentric Corporation
  • Brian MacNeill, former Chairman of the Board, Petro Canada
  • Claude Mongeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian National Railway Company
  • Hon. Brian V. Tobin, P.C., Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

Now in its eleventh year, the award honours the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada's senior financial leaders. Nominations are currently being accepted at www.cfoy.ca, and will close on December 21, 2012. Presenting sponsors for the 2013 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 2013 recipient of Canada's CFO of the Year Award will be honoured at a gala dinner May 2, 2013.

"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. "I would like to welcome Bruce Waterman as selection committee chair, and in particular, I would like to thank Peter Dey for his generous contributions during the past 10 years. His insights have been invaluable and are deeply appreciated."

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, Executive Vice President, (former Chief Financial Officer) PCL Construction Holdings Ltd.

2010 - Richard Bird, Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer & 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, International Development (former Chief Financial Officer), Agrium Inc.

2007 - Marvin Romanow, former CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Nexen Inc.

2006 - Karen Maidment, former Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, BMO Financial Group

2005 - Claude Mongeau, President and CEO (former Chief Financial Officer), CN

2004 - Peter Rubenovitch, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Manulife Financial Group

2003 - Peter W. Currie, former Vice-Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of 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, said "Recognizing the value of the CFO as a key driver in enterprise performance has never been more important. We feel privileged to contribute to a program that celebrates the very best of Canada's financial leaders."

Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award 2013 is also sponsored by American Express, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Invest NB, 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 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 1,800 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 more than 180,000 people in 158 countries. Find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/ca.

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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 www.roberthalf.ca.