Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

January 14, 2008 08:25 ET

University of Western Ontario Students Win CA$H

Place first in CA Institute competition

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2008) - Three University of Western Ontario business students came in first in this year's edition of the Battle for CA$H. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario held its annual competition on January 12 to give teams of university students considering a career as a Chartered Accountant the opportunity to compete, have fun and earn some cash prizes.

The 2008 CA$H winners are:

- 1st Place - University of Western Ontario, represented by Jonathan To, Cathy Cao and Cindy Yip, who win $6,000 plus an additional $2,000 for their school's accounting club

- 2nd place - Queen's University, represented by Kellie Mildren, Henry Chak and Katie Bies, who win $3,000

- 3rd place - University of Toronto - Scarborough, represented by Sherry Feng, Bilal Khan and Michelle Lung, who win $1,500

- 4th place - University of Toronto - Mississauga, represented by Edgar Ramirez, Ryan Prashad and Max Tarazona, who win $500

- 5th place - The University of Waterloo represented by Ian Gutwinski, Carolyn Harriss and Nicole Tavares, who win $500

- 6th place - University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), represented by Nathan Staneland, Nadeem Munir and Drew Robinson, who win $500

To win, the three-person student teams took part in a friendly competition stressing the use of Chartered Accounting skills such as teamwork, leadership, organizational ability and time management. Thirty-nine teams from 18 universities were run through a skill-testing simulation designed by Eagles Flight to test the participants' ability to think on their feet and problem solve.

"The competition was excellent this year and all of the students worked hard and showed off their skills," said Mona Ghiami, Director, Career Information at the Institute. "Everyone had a great time and, even if they didn't win, we like to think CA$H gave participating students another opportunity to consider becoming a Chartered Accountant, a decision that would certainly make them a sure winner in the long run."

Other campuses taking part in the competition included:

- Brock University
- Carleton University
- Lakehead University
- McMaster University
- Nipissing University
- Ryerson University
- University of Guelph-Humber
- University of Ottawa
- University of Toronto - St. George Campus
- University of Windsor
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- York University - Atkinson College
- York University - Schulich School of Business

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 32,000 CAs and 4,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Recognized internationally, the CA designation denotes financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership. The Institute website is: and the student website is

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