PCL executive takes top prize

Gordon Maron of PCL Construction Holdings Ltd. has been named Canada's chief financial officer of the year.

"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," says Michael Conway, chief executive and national president of Financial Executives International Canada. The association presents the annual CFO of the Year award along with PwC and Robert Half.

An independent committee led by Peter Dey, chairman of Paradigm Capital, selected Maron based on a number of criteria, including vision and leadership, corporate reporting and performance, social responsibility, innovation, and business complexity.

"While I humbly accept the honour, I credit the achievement to my co-workers and colleagues at PCL," Maron says.

The Edmonton-based executive has spent 40 years with PCL, joining the board of directors in 1995 before moving into the CFO position in 2001. In the decade that followed, Maron helped build the financial strategy and infrastructure that saw PCL through a period of rapid growth-between 2006 and 2009 alone, company billings grew from $4.7 billion to $6.3 billion.

This year, he transitioned from his role as CFO into a new position as executive vice-president, where he works on a variety of capital planning, risk management and succession planning initiatives for PCL.

The award will be celebrated at a gala in Toronto on April 28.

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