Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

October 20, 2008 10:03 ET

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Lakehead Students to Learn About Careers in Chartered Accounting

CA Institute representative visits Thunder Bay Oct. 22-23

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2008) - A representative from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is visiting Thunder Bay's Lakehead University on October 22 and 23 to give local students a heads up on the many opportunities provided by a career as a CA. As noted in the profession's current recruitment campaign, the CA designation offers a chance to "Rule the world".

"Our campaign theme is laid out on our website - Its message: As the most highly trained and skilled business professionals, Chartered Accountants already have achieved pre-eminence in Ontario's workplaces," said Mona Ghiami, Director of Career Information at the Institute. "Sure it's a cheeky message, but students have asked us what sets the CA designation apart from other professional designations and we replied - it's your sure ticket to success."

The Canadian CA is the pre-eminent accounting designation and one of the most respected around the world. For example:

- In the most recent survey, 61 per cent of The Globe and Mail's Top 1000 companies had a CA in their senior executive team as, for example, Chair, President, CEO or Chief Financial Officer.

- A first-year CA in Ontario earns an average of $71,000 per year.

- Once his or her career is established, an Ontario CA's average compensation is $194,000.

- CAs typically work their way into prominent positions, not only in major public accounting firms but also in a myriad of businesses, not-for-profits, government agencies and academe.

- Many CAs are successful entrepreneurs running their own businesses.

- The Canadian CA designation is internationally recognized; in fact, while the majority of this province's 33,000 Chartered Accountants practice in Canada, 2,600 Ontario CAs are currently working in 88 countries around the globe.

"The demand for Chartered Accountants is high and will only rise, due to both current CAs retiring and the need for their expertise growing in our increasingly complex global business environment," said Institute representative Jon French. "We want students to understand that becoming a CA offers an exciting career with virtually unlimited choice and very competitive compensation."

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Local reporters are invited to check out the presentation at the school and Jon French, the Ontario CA Institute's Associate Director, Career Information, is available for interviews both prior to and after the visit.

WHAT: CA Institute representative brings career information to local students

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, October 23

WHO: Career information specialist Jon French and local university students

WHERE: Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 33,000 CAs and 5,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Recognized internationally, the CA designation denotes financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership. The Institute website is: and the student website is

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