Frequently Asked Questions



  1. What is Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award?
  2. Who can nominate a CFO?
  3. Is there any fee to nominate a candidate in Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award program?
  4. Does a candidate for this Award have to have the title of CFO?
  5. Are CFOs at publicly funded institutions (ex. Universities or Crown Corporations) eligible to win the Award?
  6. Does a nominee have to work for a public company to be eligible for nomination?
  7. Can a previous nominee be nominated again?
  8. Is there a minimum term of service as CFO in their current role?
  9. Can a previous winner/company win again?
  10. How do I nominate a CFO for this Award?
  11. What is the deadline for all nominations?
  12. What is the deadline for completed nomination packages?
  13. Who will be judging the entries?
  14. How will I know if my nomination has been received and processed?
  15. How will the Award recipient be notified?
  16. What will the Award recipient receive?
  17. How recent should submitted initiatives be to be considered for this Award?
  18. Can in-process initiatives be submitted?
  19. What will be done with all of the information submitted?
  20. How do you ensure the independence of the selection process?
  21. Where can I get more information about the Award?





1. What is Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award?

Awarded by co-presenting sponsors FEI Canada, PwC and Robert Half, Canada’s CFO of the Year Award, is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to business in Canada through vision and leadership, corporate reporting and performance, social responsibility, innovation and business complexity.


2. Who can nominate a CFO?

Candidates may be nominated by CEOs, boards of directors, financial analysts, other senior executives, and industry peers. The nominee's Chief Executive Officer must acknowledge awareness and acceptance of the nomination in a signed letter.


3. Is there any fee to nominate a candidate in Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award program?

There is no entry fee to participate in Canada's CFO of the Year™Award program.


4. Does a candidate for this Award have to have the title of CFO?

CFOs and heads of finance are eligible to win Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award.


5. Are CFOs at publicly funded institutions (ex. Universities or Crown Corporations) eligible to win the Award?

Yes


6. Does a nominee have to work for a public company to be eligible for nomination?

Nominees may work for public or private organizations as well as publicly funded institutions.


7. Can a previous nominee be nominated again?

Yes


8. Is there a minimum term of service as CFO in their current role?

Yes, they must have served at least two years in their current role.


9. Can a previous winner/company win again?

There is a 10-year grace period before another CFO from a winning company can be considered for the Award.


10. How do I nominate a CFO for this Award?

To nominate someone you should a) review the eligibility requirements; b) complete the online nomination form; and, c) submit a completed nomination package. Click here to visit the nomination page.


11. What is the deadline for all nominations?

Nominations close on December 20, 2013.


12. What is the deadline for completed nomination packages?

Complete Nomination packages are due on January 17, 2014.


13. Who will be judging the entries?

A distinguished Selection Committee will review each entry for Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award.


14. How will I know if my nomination has been received and processed?

Upon receipt of a completed nomination, the nominator will receive confirmation of receipt from Robert Half. Included in this communication will be a timeline outlining the selection process and dates at which nominators will be contacted about the status of their nomination. Should a nomination be made by a group of individuals, please indicate a lead point of contact on the online Nomination Form.


15. How will the Award recipient be notified?

The nominee selected as Canada's CFO of the Year™ will be notified of their status by telephone. The nominator will also be notified of the nominee's status at this time. Canada's CFO of the Year Award asks that this information be held in confidence until the designated official announcement of the Award's recipient.


16. What will the Award recipient receive?

The winner will receive an award, a gold lapel pin, as well as a $5,000 contribution to the charity of their choice. The winner will be the guest of honour at a dinner reception in Calgary, Alberta on May 8, 2014. The winner's accomplishments will be highlighted on the Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award website and participating sponsors' sites, and a supplement in The Globe and Mail in May 2014. A news release announcing the 2014 Canada's CFO of the Year will be issued in March 2014.


17. How recent should submitted initiatives be to be considered for this Award?

Broadly speaking, the Selection Committee seeks to identify and reward the CFO who has had the greatest impact on their organization's performance during the last 12 to 24 months.

18. Can in-process initiatives be submitted?

Only initiatives that have measurable results can be submitted for consideration. If a project is a multi-step endeavour, accomplishments for individual steps may be entered provided that results are available.


19. What will be done with all of the information submitted?

The information submitted as part of the Award process will be collected by Robert Half and kept in the strictest confidence. Please see the Confidentiality section.


20. How do you ensure the independence of the selection process?

The Selection Committee is comprised of an independent group of some of Canada's top business professionals. All sponsors and associated organization named in support of Canada's CFO of the Year™ Award operate independent of the Selection Committee and its processes.


21. Where can I get more information about the Award?

Please direct any questions related to the nomination process to Robert Half via email at cfoy@roberthalf.com or call 1-877-865-0199.