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Press Release

Nathalie Bernier of PSP Investments Named Canada’s CFO of the Year

Toronto, May 18, 2018. Nathalie Bernier, Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Planning and Chief Financial Officer of Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) has been named Canada’s CFO of the Year™ for 2018. Now in its 16th year, Canada’s CFO of the Year™ (CFOY) Award honours senior financial leaders who have made significant contributions to business in Canada who have demonstrated quality, insight and integrity. The award is presented annually by Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada), PwC Canada and Robert Half.


Nathalie Bernier is a driven and successful leader who has led PSP Investments through a bold and innovative transformation, which has resulted in immediate improvements to the organization’s performance, stakeholder and investor relations, and governance. She is a seasoned professional who leads with passion, courageous and innovative vision, and a commitment to mentoring young talent and developing future leaders.


“Félicitations Nathalie Bernier, a leader who has truly embraced innovation and forward-thinking strategy. Nathalie demonstrates remarkable success, evidenced in transforming PSP Investments into a top performing business, building strong and resilient teams and showing the true value of financial leadership,” said Pete Pigott, President and CEO of FEI Canada. “Having witnessed Nathalie accept the honour of Financial Executive of the Year in the large corporation category at our FEI Canada Quebec Chapter Aces of Finance event last week, I would add the words gracious and humble to the list of her attributes. Well done Nathalie.”


“Congratulations to Nathalie Bernier for this well-deserved award which truly recognizes her many career achievements through her innovative thinking, strong leadership, and overall contributions to PSP Investments,” said Tahir Ayub, Managing Partner, Markets and Industries at PwC Canada.  “More than ever, CFOs like Nathalie play a critical role in building trust in their organizations, the capital markets and with the public. The award is a testament that CFOs help navigate their businesses through an increasingly complex world of decisions, risks and opportunities amid technological advances.”

“The role of today’s CFO includes understanding the connection between an engaged workforce, and a successful organization,” said David King, Canadian Director, Robert Half. “As an executive who wholly exemplifies this commitment to shared goals across the business, we’re honoured to celebrate Nathalie Bernier as Canada’s CFO of the year for 2018. Her leadership is representative of the vital role CFOs play in establishing a corporate culture that encourages competitive idea sharing, innovative growth and transparency at every level of the business.”


Nathalie Bernier joined the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP) in September 2015 as Senior Vice President, Strategic and Business Planning and Chief Financial Officer. With more than 30 years of experience, she leads a team spanning seven groups: Finance and Administration; Strategy; Business Planning; Internal Audit; Taxation; Treasury; Public Affairs, Strategic Communications and Government Relations. Mrs. Bernier is also responsible for PSP’s global expansion.


Nathalie holds a B. Comm degree from McGill University and is a Fellow member of CPA Canada.


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 Canada’s CFO of the Year™ Award. In addition to its presenting sponsors, it is also sponsored by, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA Canada). 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)

FEI Canada is the all-industry professional membership association for senior financial executives, many of whom represent Canada’s leading and most influential corporations. With eleven chapters across Canada, FEI Canada provides its members thought leadership, advocacy services and extensive professional development opportunities – including its executive education offering, the CFO Leadership Beyond Finance program presented in association with the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Learn more at  www.feicanada.org and follow us @FEICanada.


About PwC Canada

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. More than 6,500 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 230,000 people in 157 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

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Robert Half is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. The company has more than 300 staffing locations worldwide and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at roberthalf.ca. For career and management advice, follow our blog at roberthalf.ca/blog.


For further information, please contact:

For FEI Canada:

Michael Demone,  416.366.3007 ext 5103, mdemone@feicanada.org

For PwC:

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

For Robert Half:

Natasha Ferraro, 416.350.2330 ext. 62160, natasha.ferraro@roberthalf.com