Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

September 24, 2009 08:35 ET

CA Institute Confers FCA Designations on Seven Oakville Chartered Accountants

Local CAs among 75 Ontario-wide to receive profession's top honour

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has announced the election of 75 Ontario Chartered Accountants as Fellows of the Institute, earning the designation FCA. That includes seven Chartered Accountants in Oakville. Fellowship elections are held every three years.

The highest designation the Institute confers, Fellowship is awarded for outstanding career achievements as well as outstanding service to the community and the profession. The names of the new FCAs in Oakville are listed below:

               Keith Boocock, FCA (deceased)
               Anita K. Ferrari, FCA
               Gregory Gallant, FCA
               Glen Gilbert, FCA
               Anne Marie O'Donovan, FCA
               Gerald R. Popp, FCA
               Gino A. Scapillati, FCA

Keith Boocock became a CA in 1963 and, prior to passing away last year, achieved remarkable success in two very different environments. First, at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he served as expert witness on financial, regulatory, economic and accounting issues before numerous federal and provincial regulatory boards, and became National Director of Litigation Support and Forensic Accounting. Then, with the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB), where as CEO he led the transition from the start-up phase into a mature operation, well-positioned for recognition as a world class audit regulator. Keith served on the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council and further enhanced CPAB's international reputation by being a significant contributor to the International Forum for Independent Audit Regulators.

Anita Ferrari is Regional Managing Partner – Central Canada with Grant Thornton LLP in Toronto. A CA since 1985, she is currently an Advisory Board Member for the ICAO/Rotman Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education and serves on the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Professional Conduct Committee. In 2002, she received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in recognition of 10 years of voluntarism, including work as Treasurer, Director and Executive Committee Member of the Aphasia Institute, a charity dedicated to helping people with speaking difficulties associated with strokes.

Greg Gallant is currently Vice-Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. He has served as Chair of the Finance Committee, and has been a member of our Executive Committee since 2007. Greg is a Partner with Grant Thornton LLP in Toronto. He is the audit and assurance practice leader in its Toronto downtown location. He is currently Chair of the firm's Partnership Board and has served on the Board for the last three years. He has been a member of the firm's Compensation Committee and Chair of its Professional Standards Committee. Greg also volunteers for the provincial and federal operations of a political party where he has been active in political campaigns, fundraising and party administration including Chair of the Federal Party's Audit Committee.

Glen Gilbert is Managing Partner, GTA, with Grant Thornton LLP in Toronto, and is responsible for overall leadership of the firm's biggest business unit. Since receiving the CA designation in Newfoundland in 1981, he has made significant contributions over an extended period of time to Income Tax Education in Canada. That was recognized in 2005 when he won the CICA Award for Excellence in Tax Practice and Education. Glen has also served in senior roles with the Rotary Club of Toronto, the Salvation Army, the Canadian Paraplegic Association – Nova Scotia Division and Big Brothers Big Sisters – Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Anne Marie O'Donovan is Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer at Scotia Capital, part of Scotiabank Group, one of North America's premier financial institutions, with 69,000 employees and 12.5 million customers in 50 countries around the world. Prior to joining Scotiabank, she was a Partner with Ernst & Young LLP and also worked in senior roles at the London Life Insurance Company. A CA since 1985, Anne Marie is currently a member of CICA's Risk and Governance Committee and has served on the Criteria of Control Committee in the past. She is a member of the Board and Finance Committee of the Canadian Stage Company.

Gerald Popp is a Partner and Leader of Succession and Estate Planning practice for Grant Thornton LLP in the Greater Toronto Area. First achieving his CA in Nova Scotia in 1972 and becoming an Ontario Institute member in 1979, he has served on a number of CICA committees and groups, including as as a speaker at the CICA Conference on Succession Planning in 2008 and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Conference. Gerald has long been active in his community, serving in a number of roles at the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, including President from 2007-2008, and is a member of the Finance Committee of United Way Oakville.

Gino Scapillati is a National Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, overseeing the operations of numerous Canadian offices, the firm's Audit and Assurance practice, its market-facing industry programs, and service quality to major audit clients. A member of the ICAO's Council and its Finance Committee since 2007, in the past Gino served on the Institute's Practice Inspection Committee and the Halton-Peel District Association. A CA since 1983, Gino is currently is on the Board of Directors of the Bread of Life Catholic Renewal Centre. He has served on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Borders and Transportation Infrastructure Committee and as Past-President of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton-Wentworth.

Ontario's Chartered Accountants work in public practice, industry, academe, government and the not-for-profit sector. About three per cent of CAs have earned the FCA designation.

"Being elected an FCA by their peers is an indication of the esteem these CAs enjoy in their profession and communities," said Gerald Mills, FCA, Chair of the Institute. "It is also testimony to how much each has contributed to both the CA profession and their respective communities."

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's more than 33,000 CAs and 5,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's internationally recognized standards of qualification and conduct. A wide range of organizations and individuals count on Ontario CAs to provide trustworthy and strategic insight, business leadership and financial guidance. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

Contact Information

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271
    pjensen@icao.on.ca