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 Hamilton's Christopher K. Bart, FCA, and Lynden-resident Paul F. Gibel, FCA.
The highest designation the Institute confers, Fellowship is awarded for outstanding career achievements as well as outstanding service to the community and the profession.
A CA since 1977, Dr. Chris Bart is a Professor of Strategic Market Leadership (Strategy and Governance) at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business in Hamilton. He is the world's leading researcher on corporate mission statements. He is also the founder, principal and lead professor of The Directors College, established as Canada's first university accredited program created for the certification of corporate directors and leading to the designation "Chartered Director". Along with being a bestselling author, Chris has been presented with the university's "Outstanding Undergraduate Business Professor" and "MBA Professor of the Year" awards on multiple occasions, and he has served as a visiting professor in South Africa, Switzerland, Australia, the U.K. and China.
A CA since 1982, Paul Gibel is a Partner with the firm MacGillvray Partners LLP in Hamilton, where he has responsibility for client advisory services, audits, reviews and compilations, including related tax issues. He has served the CA profession in a number of roles, including acting as an Investigator for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since 1998. While President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton, he oversaw a large increase in fundraising for the Rotary Foundation and he continues to serve as Chairman of the Foundation Committee. Paul has also held a number of senior roles with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Hamilton Community Foundation.
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. Fellowship elections are held every three years.
"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.