TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2014) - Two Ottawa Chartered Professional Accounting students - Ben Scharfe and Bijan Toufighi - were among just 20 Ontario students to make the prestigious Honour Roll for top marks on the 2013 Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations.
They'll join approximately 1,200 soon-to-be Chartered Professional Accountants - one of the biggest Ontario classes in the profession's history - at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday, February 22 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 Hon. Monte Kwinter, MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment.
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 CPA professional qualification program, which includes prescribed education, experience and examination requirements.
Mr. Scharfe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and is currently articling at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Ottawa. "I'm really comfortable with numbers, good with people and I wanted a career in business," said Mr. Scharfe. "Having the CPA, CA will give me a solid, professional career. I feel that the designation opens doors in a way that few other designations could."
A Carleton University graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Mr. Toufighi articles at Deloitte LLP in Ottawa. He said: "In high school, the first classes I really enjoyed were in accounting. The CPA designation opens up a lot of opportunities and expands your expertise. It opens doors in Canada and globally as well."
||The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Annual Convocation Ceremony
||Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.
||Graduating CPA students, their families, the Hon. Monte Kwinter, MPP, and prominent Chartered Professional Accountants
||Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto
Nicholas Tsai of Toronto captured the Canadian and Ontario Gold Medals as the top writer of the UFE in the country. He articles with EY in Toronto and has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. Nicholas notes: "I was always interested in accounting and the CPA is the premium designation today, providing both knowledge and technical competency. You need drive and determination to achieve the CPA. It takes dedication to get through the program."
"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates," said Rod Barr, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CPA 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 CPA profession."
Journalists are welcome at Convocation and interviews with Honour Roll students and/or photographs are available on request.
About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (registered name of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario) is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's almost 37,000 CPAs and 6,000 CPA Students. With a rich history dating back to 1879, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario serves the public interest by developing, monitoring and enforcing the highest standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario's website is: www.cpaontario.ca. Information for students can be found under "High School & University".