SOURCE: The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

December 04, 2015 10:30 ET

Elmira CPA Student Makes National Honour Roll

Benjamin Ahier Passes Challenging Professional Entry Exam

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 04, 2015) - The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) is proud to announce that Benjamin Ahier, an Elmira CPA student, was one of just 20 Ontario students to make the prestigious Honour Roll for top marks on this year's Canada-wide Common Final Examination (CFE).

Benjamin has a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo and works at PwC LLP in Toronto.

On why he chose a career in the accounting profession, Benjamin said: "I've had some sort of job since I was 7. My first job was a paperboy and, in high school, I used to work on a farm and for a roofing company.

"I've always wanted a career in business and know that no matter what role I pursue, the knowledge I have learned through the CPA process will help me succeed."

In addition to the 20 Ontario students placed on the prestigious 52-member National Honour Roll, Ontario had 782 of the country's 2,218 successful CFE writers. CPA Ontario also celebrated more than 3,550 successful students, who were either admitted into membership or on the cusp of achieving it, during four convocation ceremonies that took place during November. This marks a milestone for these CPAs, acknowledging years of hard work, dedicated study, steadfast work-life balance and a true commitment to the accounting profession and their careers.

The CFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate. The CFE is an important component of the new CPA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements.

This was the first time the new CFE was written by a cohort of students, as the new CPA program replaces the legacy Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) programs. Only those who complete this entire CPA program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Professional Accountant, a profession known for financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

"Congratulations to all the successful Ontario candidates," said Carol Wilding, 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 the students will make great contributions to the accounting profession and will uphold the high standards of the CPA designation."

Interviews with Honour Roll students are available on request.

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About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 85,000 members and 23,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. For information on the profession, visit To become a CPA in Ontario, visit

Contact Information

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    Perry Jensen
    Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735, ext. 4271