Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 24, 2012 09:10 ET

CA Profession Celebrates Toronto Honour Roll graduates

Ontario Convocation Brings Together Chartered Accounting Grads in Toronto Feb. 25

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2012) - Eight Toronto Chartered Accounting students were among just 18 Ontario students to make the prestigious Honour Roll for top marks on the 2011 Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. The Toronto Honour Roll members are Iris Cheung, Sunny Cheung, Sally Chiu, Michael Dong, Christine Linton, Anne Mehta, Serena O'Keefe and Elizabeth Sidle.

They'll join 1,135 soon-to-be Chartered Accountants - one of the biggest Ontario classes in the profession's history - at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday, February 25 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 John Gerretsen, MPP, Attorney General.

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.

WHAT: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario Annual Convocation Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
WHO: Graduating CA students, their families, the Honourable John Gerretsen, MPP, Attorney General, and prominent Chartered Accountants
WHERE: Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square

Iris Cheung has a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management degree from the University of Waterloo and articles at PwC LLP in Toronto. "Currently, I am focused on public accounting and gaining auditing experience in different industries," said Ms. Cheung. "At some point in time, I may consider a career in tax planning or business valuations, and maybe even own a small business. Whatever path I take, I know the CA designation will be very helpful."

Sunny Cheung has a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Math degree from the University of Waterloo and articles at BDO Canada LLP in Toronto. On why he chose the profession, Mr. Cheung said: "Becoming a CA is an excellent first step for my professional career as it equips me with the tools and experience to make sound decisions. The skills I learned during the UFE process and the 30 months of practical experiences are invaluable and will be useful for the rest of my life."

Sally Chiu has a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Math degree from the University of Waterloo and articles at Ernst & Young in Toronto. On her future plans in the profession, Ms. Chiu said: "Right now, I'm focused on getting my CA designation, and then I'll see what opportunities open up in the future. I'm sure my designation will open doors."

Michael Dong has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University and articles at Grant Thornton LLP in Toronto. On why he chose the profession, Mr. Dong said: "Numbers make sense to me as does the whole concept of accounting. I became interested in the CA designation in high school and saw it as a route to a stable and fulfilling career."

Christine Linton has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and articles at KPMG LLP in Toronto. "I come from a long line of Chartered Accountants. My father recently became an FCA and my grandfather was a FCA. When I took my first co-op job, I found it came pretty easy to me," said Ms. Linton. "That said, I couldn't believe I passed, so making the Honour Roll was pretty surreal. I'd be surprised if anyone expected it because I didn't."

Anne Mehta has a Schulich International Bachelor of Business Administration degree from York University and articles at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto. On why she chose the profession, Ms. Mehta said: "Both of my parents were CAs so I've seen first-hand how hard they work, but also how much it pays off. I also knew that I could take this designation and go in any direction with it and that really appealed to me."

Serena O'Keefe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University and articles at PwC LLP in North York. "I chose to become a CA because of the exposure to the business world and the long standing reputation of the professional designation," said Ms. O'Keefe. "As a CA, you are valued for your integrity and expertise and respected for your accomplishments. Most importantly, CA's work to protect the public interest and help sustain the economy by using the technical knowledge and expertise developed through the CA process."

Elizabeth Sidle has a Graduate Accounting Diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen's University. She articles at Ernst & Young in Toronto. On why she chose the profession, Ms Sidle said: "The CA designation opens the doors to so many options and paths. My father and sister are both CAs, and both went in very different directions with their careers. There are many interesting areas to work in and unlimited potential for growth."

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario 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."

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 35,000 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. Chartered Accountants are the professionals Canada's business leaders trust to help make the financial, strategic and leadership decisions that matter. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

Journalists are welcome at Convocation.

Contact Information

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271
    Cell: 416-508-4798
    www.icao.on.ca