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Press Release

Pamela Steer of WSIB named Canada’s CFO of the Year™

Toronto, April 26, 2019.  Pamela Steer, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has been named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2019. Now in its 17th year, the award honours senior financial leaders who have made significant contributions to business in Canada with demonstrated quality, insight and integrity.

Pamela Steer led the WSIB through a major transformation that resulted in improved financial operations and helped to increase public trust and credibility of the crown corporation. Over the last few years, she has focused on ensuring the WSIB has the right talent, hiring more accredited accountants with private sector experience, strengthening actuarial expertise, and investing in training programs to foster young professionals’ development.

“Congratulations to Pamela Steer! Pamela’s team at WSIB issupported by her leadership and the team supports her leadership 100%. A wonderful example of the mentor CFO,” says Pete Pigott, President and CEO at FEI Canada.  “Our finalists exemplify the best of Canadian financial leadership.”

“Congratulations to Pamela Steer for being named Canada’s CFO of the Year™,” says Alainna Tennison, Partner and CFO at PwC Canada. “Today, financial leaders are paving the way for business strategy and growth, while creating space for innovation to thrive. All the finalists have set an exceptional example for what it means to be a CFO in a rapidly changing world.”

“Pamela Steer’s outstanding efforts at the WSIB epitomize exceptional leadership and dedication — congratulations to her on this well-deserved achievement,” says David King, Senior Director at Robert Half Canada. “The CFO of the Year™ Award provides a unique look at how strong financial stewardship coupled with collaboration, innovative thinking and responsible governance builds inspired teams and helps organizations thrive. The successes of all our finalists are a testament to the expertise and integrity we have at the forefront of Canadian business.”

Pamela Steer joined the WSIB in 2012 as project director of the finance team. As an inspirational leader, she is personally invested in the future of the finance profession, through her work mentoring and developing future leaders, particularly young women and entrepreneurs. Passionate about mental health issues, she created the WSIB’s first ever mental health in the workplace policy and mandatory training for senior leaders. Steer holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo.

Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award is selected by an independent panel of judges based on various CFO functions, including: transparency of financial reporting, highest standards of corporate behaviour, nature of accounting practices, and a commitment to good corporate governance consistent with current standards and evolving guidelines. Candidates are also assessed on their vision and leadership, external reporting and stakeholder relations, social responsibility, innovation, business performance and mentoring/development.

Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half are all presenting sponsors of the 2019 Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award. The Award is also supported by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), Ricoh Canada Inc. and SAP Canada Inc. The Globe and Mail is the program’s media sponsor.

For more information, including information on award criteria and eligibility requirements, please visit www.cfoy.ca


About Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada)

Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) is the leading voice and informed choice for senior financial executives across the country. With 12 chapters and 1,600+ members, FEI Canada provides professional development, networking opportunities, thought leadership and advocacy services to its members. The association membership consists of senior level financial executives spanning various industries, functions and disciplines, representing a significant number of Canada’s leading and most influential corporations.

For more information, please visit www.feicanada.org or follow us on LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/fei-canada and Twitter @FEICanada.


About PwC Canada

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. More than 7,000 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 250,000 people in 158 countries. Find out more and tell us what matters to you 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 staffing firm with more than 300 staffing locations worldwide, and offers job search and management tools at roberthalf.ca. Insight into the latest hiring and salary trends can be found in the company’s newly released 2019 Salary Guides. For career and management advice, as well as hiring and job search insights, follow our blog at www.roberthalf.ca/blog.


For further information, please contact:


For FEI Canada:

Thomas Rigg, 416.366.3007, ext 5105, trigg@feicanada.org


For PwC:

Pierre Campeau, 416.687.8643, pierre.campeau@pwc.com


For Robert Half:

Natasha Ferraro, 647.956.5575, natasha.ferraro@roberthalf.com