Past Recipients of
Canada’s CFO of the Year™
Past recipients of this Award come from a range of business sectors and have demonstrated their commitment to financial leadership.
Brookfield Asset Management
Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2013
Brian D. Lawson is Senior Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Brookfield Asset Management (Formerly, Brascan Corp.). Brian has held senior management positions within Brookfield since the early 1990’s. As Chief Financial Officer, Brian is responsible for Brookfield’s financial reporting, risk management and funding activities of the organization including the co-ordination of all group
capital markets activities and relationships with the banking investment community.
In 1983 Brian joined the audit practice of Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte & Touche) and moved to Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in late 1988. Brian’s time was spent mostly in the company’s restructuring, merchant banking and investment banking operations until 2002 when he was appointed Chief Financial Officer. As part of his responsibilities, Brian has served as an officer and/or director of a number of Brookfield investees and affiliates and sits on a number of the company’s investment committees.
Brian graduated from Trinity College School (Port Hope, ON) in 1978, and Trinity College, University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts) in 1983. Brian served as a member of the Trinity College School Board of Governors from 1998 to 2003 and is currently a Director and Chair of the Finance Committee for the School’s Foundation.
Brian and his wife, Joannah, live in Toronto and have three children, Tristan, Alexander and Gillian.
TD Bank Group
Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2012
Colleen Johnston first joined TD Bank Group in March of 2004 as Executive Vice-President, Finance Operations, after spending 15 years with Scotiabank in various senior positions. She was later appointed to TD’s top financial post in November 2005. After her appointment to CFO, Ms. Johnston restructured TD Bank Group’s entire finance department, seeking to focus less on numbers, more on playing key decision-making roles in the bank’s most important initiatives, including TD’s expansion into the U.S.
PCL Construction Holdings Ltd.
Canada's CFO of the Year™ for 2011
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 rap