Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

December 03, 2010 12:00 ET

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Markham CA Student Captures Ontario Gold Medal

18 Ontario Students Earn Honours in Canada-Wide CA Exam

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Vicky Au of Markham captured the Canadian Gold Medal as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. A total of 18 Ontario CA students placed on the prestigious 50-member National Honour Roll, making 2010 a very good year for this province. Overall, Ontario had 1,172 of the country's 3,046 successful UFE writers and captured 18 of 50 National Honour roll spots.

The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate. The UFE is an important component of the CA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Accountant, a profession known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

Canada Gold Medallist Vicky Au has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. She lives in Markham and is currently articling at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto. Regarding winning the Gold Medal, she said: "I feel that this achievement is a reflection of the people behind me, including my awesome UFE coach, my supportive family and friends, and my amazing study group. I definitely gave it my all, but it's really been prayer and my faith that's kept me going through the whole process. I have a lot to be thankful for.

"Since my first year at the University of Waterloo, I had always looked to the plaque on the school wall, honouring past Gold Medallists, and hoped that someday my name would be there too. So it was a dream come true when I learned that I was this year's Canadian Gold Medallist."

The following 17 other Ontario UFE writers have also achieved recognition on the 2010 National Honour Roll:

  • David Bunce, PwC LLP, Waterloo
  • Lloyd Canis, KPMG LLP, Toronto
  • Eric Chow, Telus, Scarborough
  • Jacqueline Corneil, Grant Thornton LLP, Toronto
  • Joseph DeCamillis, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Vaughan
  • Derek Deutsch, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
  • Laura Di Paolo, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
  • Nora Kaethler, Crawford, Smith and Swallow, St. Catharines
  • Brian Kwan, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
  • Clarisse Lau, KPMG LLP, Toronto
  • Jacky Li, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
  • Adele McGee, Hendry Warren LLP, Ottawa
  • Lyndsay Mick, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Mississauga
  • Melissa Murphy, KPMG LLP, Toronto
  • Aaron Ng, PwC LLP, North York
  • Marc Priestley, BDO Canada LLP, Mississauga
  • Jonathan Sue, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates and, in particular, our Gold Medalist Vicky Au ," 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 34,000 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: and the student website is

Contact Information

  • For more information or photos of the Honour Roll students,
    please contact:
    The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271