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October 1, 2009
Toronto’s Corporate Finance Director Len Brittain becomes GFOA President-Elect
Len Brittain, Director of Corporate Finance for the City of Toronto, has been elected as president-elect of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The election was held recently at the association’s annual business meeting in Seattle, Washington.

“Len’s appointment speaks volumes about the City of Toronto’s commitment to good financial governance,” commented City Manager Joe Pennachetti. “His leadership has contributed to Toronto being recognized as a government with a comprehensive long-term fiscal strategy, on an international scale.”

Brittain will serve on the GFOA’s Executive Board for one year as president-elect. In June 2010, he will become the association’s president at its annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. GFOA Executive Director Jeffrey L. Esser said Brittain was elected by his peers because of his outstanding leadership ability and stature as a public finance professional. Brittain’s leadership will help the GFOA continuously raise the bar of the government finance profession.

“As the Director of Corporate Finance for Toronto, Len knows what it takes to manage government finances - our city is the largest municipality in Canada and fifth largest in North America. It makes him the perfect candidate to lead the GFOA,” said Cam Weldon, Toronto’s Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

Brittain has served on the GFOA Executive Board since 2006. He also is the former co-chair of the GFOA's Committee on Canadian Issues and the former co-chair of the committee’s Professional Development Task Force. Under his leadership, the City of Toronto won the prestigious GFOA Award for Excellence in Government Finance in 2006 for its long-term fiscal plan. Brittain also contributes to the association as an instructor in financial planning seminars and as an author for the association’s magazine, Government Finance Review, and its Canadian newsletter Canadian Finance Matters.

“It is a privilege and an honour to represent the City of Toronto, and those across Canada and the United States in the government financial sector,” commented Brittain.

The Government Finance Officers Association is the major professional association serving the needs of 17,600 appointed and elected local, provincial and state-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top-quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, 416-392-4993,
Jeffrey L. Esser, Executive Director, GFOA, 312-977-9700



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