Brookfield Asset Management's Brian Lawson named CFO of the Year for 2013
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
"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
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
2011: Gordon Maron, Chief Financial Officer, PCL Construction Holdings Ltd.
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
2006: Karen Maidment, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of BMO
2005: Claude Mongeau, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of
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 Solutions.
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
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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
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