Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

December 03, 2010 12:35 ET

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Niagara Region CA Students Make National Honour Roll

17 Other Niagara Region Students Pass Challenging Professional Entry Exam

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2010) - Niagara Region Chartered Accounting students Nora Kaethler and Marc Priestley were two of just 18 Ontario students to make the prestigious Honour Roll for top marks on this year's Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation (UFE).

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.

A St. Catharines native, Ms. Kaethler has a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University and articles at Crawford, Smith and Swallow Chartered Accountants LLP in St. Catharines. On why she chose the profession, Ms. Kaethler said: "I chose to become a CA because I've always liked the problem-solving side of accounting. I like the fact that it isn't a stagnant industry and that there is always more to learn. When I found out I made the Honour Roll, it was a shock, although I had been hoping for it. There is a steep learning curve involved in the CA qualification process and you have to apply yourself all the time."

Raised in Fonthill and currently a Toronto resident, Mr. Priestley also has a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University and articles at BDO Canada LLP in Mississauga. "In high school, I was lucky enough to be in a good accounting program with a really dedicated teacher who promoted the CA program to her students," said Mr. Priestly. "I knew I wanted to be in finance and that I needed more than a generic business degree. The amount of opportunity the CA designation provides on a world-wide basis is amazing. If you're interested in going anywhere or taking on anything, it helps you do it."

In total, Ontario had 1,172 of the country's 3,046 successful UFE writers and captured 18 of 50 National Honour roll spots. Vicky Au of Markham captured the Canada Gold Medal as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation in the country.

The following Niagara Region CA students also successfully wrote the exam and, upon completion of their 30-month experience requirement, have earned the right to add the letters CA to their names:


  • Jonathan Zwier

Fort Erie

  • Rania Khouri

Port Colbourne

  • David M. Haselgrove
  • Karlee R. Rutter

St. Catharines

  • Eric J. Bunn
  • Scott R. Donnelly
  • Norman S. Johnston
  • Matthew R.B. Lake
  • Travis W. McClinchey
  • Zhen Wang
  • Jillian L. Watson


  • Catrina L. Dowie


  • Laura K. Birnie
  • Cassie L. Bissonnette
  • Sean M.P. Grant-Young 
  • Brett J. Meinzinger
  • Darren C. Sutherland

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates," 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."

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