Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

December 07, 2009 10:05 ET

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario: Three Waterloo-Wellington Students Earn Honours in Canada-Wide CA Exam

72 local students pass one of the world's most challenging professional exams

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Three Waterloo-Wellington area Chartered Accounting students have achieved top marks on one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. According to the results of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), a national accounting examination, Kitchener's Jeffrey Masse, Waterloo's Tristan Smith and Guelph's Philip Nightingale earned places on the prestigious National Honour Roll - the listing of the top 51 students in the country.

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.

Mr. Masse has an Honours Bachelor of Business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and articles at Ernst & Young LLP in Kitchener. He said: "I chose to become a CA for the flexibility the designation provides, which allows me to choose from many different career paths. I'm very excited, but moreso relieved, about making the Honour Roll."

Mr. Smith has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo and articles at KPMG LLP in Waterloo. He said:" I applied to the University of Waterloo because I wanted to take math and I noticed that the math course for CAs required the highest average to get in. I like a challenge, and I like financial issues and working with numbers, so I took it and eventually ended up taking both math and the Master of Accounting program. I'm interested in public practice and tax - Canadian and International. Eventually, I'd love to do some travelling and work abroad."

Mr. Nightingale has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and articles at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Kitchener. He said: "The opportunities that the designation provides are a big part of its attractiveness to me."

In total, Ontario had a record 1,363 successful UFE writers and captured 20 of 51 National Honour roll spots. Wilfrid Laurier University graduate Jacob Bell of Pickering captured the Ontario Gold Medal as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE) in the province.

The following other Waterloo-Wellington CA students successfully wrote the exam and, upon completion of their 30-month experience requirement, will have earned the right to add the letters CA to their names:

- Alexis L. Huber

- Matthew Bruce
- Linda S. Cheung
- Lauren M. Jamieson
- Scott M. Murray

- Joshua H. Weber

- Jarrett W. Reaume
- Jade V. Surgeoner

- Leanne K. Bowden
- Shane R.J. Durham
- Jingchan Hu
- Dylan A. Koch
- Yun Liu
- Donald S. Nardi
- Shanna L. O'Dwyer
- Drew M. Reid
- Jason M. Robinson
- Xi Yin
- Anne W. Zhang

- Nouman Ahmad
- Christakis Christodoulou
- Nicole A. Cutler
- Marina Gobran
- Julia M. Grzyb
- Manhhung N. Ha
- Arnab Hari
- Amanda C. Heimpel
- Tyler M. Lewis
- Ivana Manojlovic
- Kristen M. Newell
- Kristina L. Owens
- Carey L. Oxner
- Konrad Pawlak
- Gregory J. Payton
- Shantanu H. Pharasi
- Bridget A. Stockie
- Jennifer Thai
- Tiffany Wong

St. Agatha
- Sara M. Meyer

- Jeffrey A. Baker
- Stefanie L. Doede
- Kathleen M. Fischer
- Drew W. Groff
- Jessica A. Haley
- Rachel S. Hewitt
- Mark J. Jarvie
- Yu H. Kao
- Abby M.Y. Lee
- Ki Kwan Lee
- David H.P. Lin
- David M. Oliver
- Evelyn Peng
- Elizabeth V.T. Pittman
- Scott M. Redden
- Andrew W. Renner
- Graham G. Rumble
- David B. Rusk
- Karl G. Schuett
- Rajan H. Shah
- Stephanie D. Sinclair
- Garry M.Y. Siu
- Veronica J. Strauss
- Dzafer Sulemanovski
- Michael Tao
- Sumaiya Tasneem
- Nicholas J. Weber
- Suzanne L. Welch
- Alaina S. Yan
- Teresa K. Yung

"Congratulations to all of the successful Toronto 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."

Photos of the Honour Roll students and interviews 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 33,000 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. Ontario CAs contribute greatly to international and domestic investor confidence in the soundness of the Ontario and Canadian economies. The Institute's website is: and the student website is

Contact Information

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271