Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

December 07, 2009 10:10 ET

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Three Western Students Earn Honours in Canada-Wide CA Exam

44 local students pass one of the world's most challenging professional exams

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Three University of Western Ontario Chartered Accounting students have achieved top marks on one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. According to the results of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), a national accounting examination, Valerie Chung Sik Yuen, Lauren Kehl and Matthew Unruh earned places on the prestigious National Honour Roll - the listing of the top 51 students in the country.

The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate. The UFE is an important component of the CA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Accountant, a profession known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

Valerie Chung Sik Yuen has an Honours in Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and articles at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto. She said: "I chose to pursue the CA designation for the opportunities it provides and because it is internationally recognized, especially if one wants to be in the accounting field. Although school requires a lot of work, I don't feel that it really prepares a person for the working world, making the experience requirement component of the CA training program very valuable in preparing for a future career."

Brampton's Lauren Kehl has an Honours in Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and articles at RSM Richter LLP in Toronto. "I chose to become a CA because the designation provides a good exposure and overview of many different businesses and industries" she said. "My career inspiration is my Dad, who is also a CA and always helped me when I was in university and deciding on a career."

Matthew Unruh has an Honours in Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario and articles at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Toronto. He said: "I was interested in becoming a Chartered Accountant because of the many career opportunities, and the fact that you are instantly recognized as a financial professional. As I gain experience, I plan to stay in finance with an eye to eventually becoming a partner or a CFO."

In total, Ontario had a record 1,363 successful UFE writers and captured 20 of 51 National Honour roll spots. Jacob Bell of Pickering captured the Ontario Gold Medal as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE) in the province.

The following 44 other Western Ontario CA students successfully wrote the exam and, upon completion of their 30-month experience requirement, will have earned the right to add the letters CA to their names:

- Michelle L. Cook
- Alicia S. Dick

- Andrew L. Bear

- Carolyn R. Allen

- Kara L. Van Slyke

- Grant W. Cuylle

- Jonathan A. Soltys

- Kirsten Bentzen-Bilkvist
- Johanna E. Burke
- Rola Z. Chadi
- Thomas M. Charbonneau
- Paul G.G. Cruz
- Blair W. Edwards
- Marcin Galczynski
- Katie M. Grund
- Aamir M. Ibrahim
- Bradley W.A Kirby
- Jeremy E.W. Knight
- Krista D. Knoll
- Colin D. Lawrence
- Megan C. Lockhart
- Amanda M.L. Lord
- Derek E. Michell
- Luke G. Miller
- Julie L. Mitchell
- Nicole J. Morton
- Siobhan E. Pardy
- Rachel A. Park
- Fiona R. Parsons
- Brent Penner
- Patrick M. Pettypiece
- Andrea J. Schneider
- Paul A. Schneider
- Graham C. Spence
- Christopher M. Thompson
- Christine M. Thomson
- Derek R. Vandenberghe
- Jana C. Verbakel
- Bradley H. Wammes
- Matthew M. Wheeler
- Bo Yuan

- Annalisa D. Streicher

- Elizabeth R. Sparling

- Adam S. Kuron

"Congratulations to all of the successful Toronto candidates," 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."

Photos of the Honour Roll students and interviews 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