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Chief Financial Officer

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services - CFMWS

This is a Contract position in Ottawa, ON posted March 16, 2023.


CFMWS. A job with purpose. Our 4000+ person strong organization champions a healthy, fun, creative and active lifestyle for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families. Help us deliver a variety of recreation and fitness programs, offer family support, organize charity events and make sure our members access retail, travel and banking discounts and customized financial services. At Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), we love what we do. And we live it too.


We are looking for a CFO who will take a role within the executive leadership team to oversee the comprehensive finances for this complex suite of businesses, its accounting infrastructure and delivery of these services that are critical to those who serve.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of CFMWS. The CFO is responsible for the provision of comprehensive financial and accounting services for all Canadian Armed Forces’ Non-Public Property activities, including financial stewardship, assessing financial risks and opportunities, and investment management. The CFO holds fiduciary responsibility for annual NPP cash flow in excess of $500m and market investments in excess of $1B. The CFO is also involved in maintaining effective relationships with CFMWS senior management, the Canadian Armed Forces General Officer leadership, industry executives and executive level government officials.


Education, Certifications and Licenses

Bachelor’s degree in Commerce or Finance/Accounting or a degree in a related field combined with several years of experience or equivalent work/life experiences. This includes but is not limited to demonstrated education, training or experience.

Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

MBA degree will be considered an asset.


Knowledge of Non-Public Property and Government of Canada public accounting principles;

Strong understanding of treasury and investment management;

Experience in short and long-term planning, change management, assessing risk and opportunities, and commercial business or social enterprise financial operations.

Competencies, Skills and Abilities

Empathetic and energetic leader possessing demonstrable passion for excellence;

Demonstrated strength of character, personality and intellect;

Influencer and effective communicator with the ability to build partnerships, motivate staff and encourage teamwork and collaboration;

Excellent judgment, tact and discretion as well as high energy and drive;

Collaborative integrator able to manage day-to-day issues, adhering to core processes and operating system with consistency;

Client focus, organizational knowledge, communication, innovation, teamwork and leadership.


Bilingual Essential

Reading: Advanced

Writing: Functional

Oral: Advanced


Health Benefits: Drug coverage, travel insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage.

Work Life Balance: A wide range of paid/unpaid leave, including paid vacation, family related leave and personal days.

Retirement Planning: A Defined Benefit Pension Plan and Group Savings Plans.

Learning and Development: Tuition Assistance Program and Advanced Learning Program, payment of professional association memberships, online learning opportunities and second language training.

Perks: Discounts through CF One Member Appreciation.


How to Apply

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to Copy and paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application: AFDH-858215 Chief Financial Officer Search- Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) – ON – Ottawa


June 1, 2023


CFMWS is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and accessible environment, where all employees feel valued, respected and supported. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates who can help us build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live. Accommodations are available to all candidates identifying a need during all or any parts of the selection process.