PCL’s Gordon Maron named Canada’s CFO of the Year for 2011

Mar 16, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Gordon Maron

First ever award winner from a private company

Gordon Maron, Chief Financial Officer of PCL Construction Holdings Ltd. (PCL) from 2001 to 2011, has been chosen as Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2011. Mr. Maron will be honoured at a gala dinner on April 28, 2011 in Toronto.

Canada’s CFO of the Year Award is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC and Robert Half. The award honours and recognizes the quality, insight, direction and leadership of Canada’s senior financial executives.

“With the world’s quickly evolving economy, many CFOs face new challenges as they navigate through these ever changing times. Today being a CFO is much more than just guiding a company’s corporate reporting, it’s about thinking strategically and building the business as Gordon Maron has done at PCL, a privately-owned company that is Canada’s largest construction group,” says Michael Conway, Chief Executive & National President of FEI Canada. “We’re proud to recognize an outstanding financial professional like Gordon who leads his organization with the distinctive skills seen in Canada’s best financial leaders.”

Gordon Maron was named Canada’s CFO of the Year by an independent committee, chaired by Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital, and composed of some of Canada’s most prominent business leaders. 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.

Gordon is a 40-year veteran of the PCL family of companies. His ability to anticipate change and to deliver strategic financial leadership led to his appointment to the PCL Board of Directors in 1995 and his promotion to Chief Financial Officer in 2001. As CFO, Gordon implemented the financial strategy and infrastructure required to support rapid growth, in particular during the period of 2006 to 2009, when billings rose from $4.7 billion to $6.3 billion. Gordon recently transitioned to the role of Executive Vice President and will work directly with PCL’s Chief Executive Officer on capital planning, enterprise risk management, and succession planning, which are vital initiatives within PCL’s multi-national corporation.

“Each year, Canada’s CFO of the Year Award honours a financial executive that has demonstrated a remarkable amount of passion, integrity and leadership within their organization,” says Gino Scapillati, National Managing Partner of PwC. “I am pleased to see that the selection committee has recognized Gordon Maron as Canada’s top CFO for 2011. Gordon has played a significant role in shaping the success and many achievements of his company.”

David King, Canadian President of Robert Half Management Resources, adds, “This award celebrates the instrumental role that today’s CFO plays within the business landscape.  The role of the CFO goes far beyond balancing the books. It takes superior financial management skills, a commitment to solid corporate governance and a passion for making a positive impact in their industry.  This year’s award recognizes the individual who fully embodies all of these characteristics.

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

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 Nexen Inc.

2006: Karen Maidment, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of BMO Financial Group

2005: Claude Mongeau, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CN

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 Financial Group 

Canada’s CFO of the Year Award 2011 is also sponsored by American Express, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Microsoft, Lerners LLP, Sherrard Kuzz LLP and The Fairmont Royal York. The media sponsor is The Globe and Mail. Presentation technology for the gala dinner is provided by AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions.

Media are invited to cover the April 28 award gala, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. To indicate your attendance and arrange for interviews and camera space, please contact David Rowney, 416-365-8858 or [email protected] 

For more information or to submit your nomination for the next Canada’s CFO of the Year, please visit http://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 http://www.feicanada.org/.

About PwC

PwC firms provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for their clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. See http://www.pwc.com/ for more information. 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. “PwC” is the brand under which member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwCIL) operate and provide services. Together, these firms form the PwC network. Each firm in the network is a separate legal entity and does not act as agent of PwCIL or any other member firm. PwCIL does not provide any services to clients. PwCIL is not responsible or liable for the acts or omissions of any of its member firms nor can it control the exercise of their professional judgment or bind them in any way.

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International (RHI) is the world’s first and largest specialized financial recruitment service and member of the S&P 500.  With over 360 locations worldwide including 22 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.  For more information, call (800) 474-4253 or visit http://www.roberthalf.ca/.

For further information:

For FEI Canada:
Christian Bellavance, 416-366-3007, ext 5114, [email protected] 

For PwC:
David Rowney, 416-365-8858, [email protected] 

For Robert Half International:
Linda Christensen, 416-350-2330, [email protected]

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