Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 24, 2010 10:38 ET

CA Profession Celebrates Three Waterloo-Area Honour Roll Graduates

Ontario Convocation brings together Chartered Accounting grads in Toronto Feb. 27

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2010) - Three Waterloo-Wellington Chartered Accounting students - Kitchener's Jeffrey Masse, Waterloo's Tristan Smith and Guelph's Philip Nightingale – were among just 20 Ontario students to make the prestigious Honour Roll for top marks on the 2009 Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations.

They'll join a record 1,363 soon-to-be Chartered Accountants – the biggest Ontario class in the profession`s history – at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday, February 27 to celebrate passing the UFE. It's a colourful celebration featuring pipers, music and a proud parade of young achievers and their families. The Ontario Government will be represented by the Honourable Jim Wilkinson, MPP, Minister of Revenue.

The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses whether candidates have acquired an appropriate degree of professional competency, including both a significant body of knowledge along with the skills and aptitudes to analyze, synthesize and apply that knowledge effectively. The UFE is an important component of the CA professional qualification program, which includes prescribed education, experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the prestigious designation of Chartered Accountant.

  • Mr. Masse has an Honours Bachelor of Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Math degree from the University of Waterloo. He articles at Ernst & Young LLP in Kitchener. He said: "I chose to become a CA for the flexibility the designation provides, which allows me to choose from many different career paths. I'm very excited, but moreso relieved, about making the Honour Roll."
  • Mr. Smith has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo and articles at KPMG LLP in Waterloo. He said: "I applied to the University of Waterloo because I wanted to take math and I noticed that the math course for CAs required the highest average to get in. I like a challenge, and I like financial issues and working with numbers, so I took it and eventually ended up taking both math and the Master of Accounting program. I'm interested in public practice and tax - Canadian and International. Eventually, I'd love to do some travelling and work abroad."
  • Mr. Nightingale has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and articles at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Kitchener. He said: "The opportunities that the designation provides are a big part of its attractiveness to me."

A total of 20 of the 51 CA students who earned places on the Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation's prestigious National Honour Roll were Ontario graduates, including seven women and thirteen men. The National Honour Roll lists the top students in the country who have successfully written the UFE.

  WHAT:   Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario Annual Convocation Ceremony
  WHEN:   Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 1:30 p.m.
  WHO:   Graduating CA students, their families, the Honourable John Wilkinson, MPP, Minister of Revenue and prominent Chartered Accountants
  WHERE:   Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square

At the top of the Ontario class in 2009 was Jacob Bell, who articles with Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto and has a Honours Bachelor of Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Math degree from the University of Waterloo.

"When I first started I didn't know a lot about the CA designation and how much you can do if you achieve it. The range of career possibilities offered by the CA designation really appealed to me," he said. "Winning the Ontario Gold Medal was very much a bonus. I was surprised. When you see the number of people writing the UFE it seems like really long odds."

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates and, in particular, our Gold Medallist Jacob Bell," said Rod Barr, FCA, President and CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CA is a very challenging process and the resulting career is rich in rewards and opportunities. I am confident that all of the students will make great contributions in their future careers and will uphold the high standards of the CA profession."

Interviews with Honour Roll students and/or photographs are available on request.

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 33,000 Chartered Accountants 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 the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Ontario CAs contribute greatly to international and domestic investor confidence in the soundness of the Ontario and Canadian economies. The Institute's website is: and the student website is

Contact Information

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