TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2014) - On Saturday, February 22, 1,201 soon-to-be Chartered Professional Accountants are gathering at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle to celebrate passing the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. 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.
Nicholas Tsai of Toronto captured the Canadian and Ontario Gold Medals as the top writer of the UFE in the country. A total of 20 Ontario CPA students placed on the prestigious 54-member National Honour Roll, making 2013 a very good year for this province.
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.
||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
Nicholas Tsai articles with EY in Toronto and has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. He 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 and, in particular, our Gold Medalist Nicholas Tsai," 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".