Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

April 15, 2009 08:58 ET

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Media Advisory-Niagara Falls Students Aim to Save the World

Competing in CA challenge contest April 22

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Two Niagara Falls high school students with big ideas are aiming to help mankind – and score some cash – in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Save the World contest. They're one of five two-person teams that will compete in Toronto on April 22 in a contest to decide which team has come up with the most exciting and innovative way to make the planet a better place.

Not content with just offering students a chance to “Rule the world” by becoming a CA, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario offered high school students a chance to “Save the world” by taking part in this unique CA philanthropy challenge. Young people were challenged to come up with revolutionary ideas that would help make the world a better place and the CAs are incenting them by offering both help and, more importantly, cash.

The Save the World prize is $10,000 for the winning two-person student team, with $5,000 going towards making the students' ideas reality and the extra $5,000 going towards anything the winners care to spend it on. The winning entry will be chosen by a team of expert CAs at an event at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario on Wednesday, April 22.

The Save the World finalists are:

  • Sarah Cabansay and Diane Cabansay of Saint Paul High School in Niagara Falls
    • Idea – Eco-Gym, a project that would turn the human energy produced in gyms into usable electricity.
  • Taylor Spring and Justine Growcott of Parkside High School in Dundas
    • Idea – GREEN (Getting Responsible for Environmental Education Now) Campaign, an awareness program designed to help schools and students recycle more efficiently. 
  • Alessandra Soda and Samantha Gopwani of Marguerite D'youville Secondary School in Brampton
    • Idea – CASE (Creative Awareness for your Safety and the Environment), creating a not-for-profit organization devoted to eliminating the improper storage of dangerous material in places likes homes and private garages.
  • Trevor Appleby and Laura Wheeler of White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville
    • Idea – Project Oasis, the creation of an environmentally friendly outdoor classroom that teaches and inspires students.  
  • John Zimnicki and Michael Stroud of Father Bressani Catholic High School in Woodbridge
    • Idea - Games to Remember, a self-sustaining charitable foundation that uses video game tournaments to raise funds for Alzheimer's disease research.

NOTE: Media are invited to attend Save the World and a new release announcing the winning team will be made available that day. Interviews can also be set up with local participants prior to or after the event.

WHAT: Save the World contest  
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Winners announced at 12:30 p.m.  
WHO: Students from five Ontario high schools, including Niagara Falls' Saint Paul High School  
WHERE: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, 69 Bloor Street East, Toronto  

Save the World is an important part of the irreverent new Rule the World student recruitment ad campaign that points out achieving the CA designation can be a valuable first step on the road to personal career success and business conquests. The campaign, launched by the Institute, was developed by the leading ad agency Ogilvy and speaks to students in terms that would capture their attention and help dispel any stereotypes that might still exist regarding the CA profession. The campaign, launched in September 2008, will continue through 2009.

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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