Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

March 23, 2011 09:25 ET

London Students Aim to Save the World

Competing in CA Challenge Contest March 25

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - Two London high school students with big ideas are aiming to help humankind – and score some cash – in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Save the World contest. They're one of four high school teams and four university teams that will compete in Toronto on March 25 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 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.

As their entry, the Oakridge Secondary School team has proposed providing "green" classrooms with plants to improve air quality in their school, student health and productivity.

The Save the World prize is up to $10,000 for the winning high school and university teams, with up to $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 Friday, March 25.

The Save the World high school finalists are:

  • Alina Popa and Eric (Heejoon) Shin of Oakridge Secondary School in London
    • EcoOxygen – "Green" classrooms with plants to improve air quality in schools, student health and productivity
  • Justin Herlick, Peter MacDonald and Sanahan Vijayakumar of Northern Secondary School in Toronto
    • MyStudentHours.com – online database of student volunteer opportunities to encourage students to fulfill their 40 hours in areas of personal interest
  • Ambreen Khan and Shirley Nakhshon of Maple High School in Vaughan
    • Cooking with Buddies – a food education program to improve the health and wellness of young people through cooking instruction
  • Jeremy De Mello and Jonathan Mendonca of Loyola Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga 
    • Commute Clothing – providing conscientious consumers with eco-friendly and fair-trade certified clothing

The Save the World university finalists are:

  • Karen Geng and Seymour Korman of York University - Schulich School of Business in Toronto
    • Money Tree – Financial Literacy program to teach students in Grades 3, 9, and 12 money management and personal finance skills through classroom presentations
  • Sequin Martel of York University – Schulich School of Business in Toronto
    • S.E.E.D. (Social Environmental and Economic Development) – encouraging sustainable community development in under-developed countries through investments in agricultural industries
  • Peter Moon, John Lau, and Max Fang of York University – Schulich School of Business in Toronto
    • LikesSavingLives – Connecting companies with charities in need through Facebook "likes"
  • Nawal Al Saidi of Ryerson University in Toronto
    • Charity Change Foundation – Using the "loose change" concept to create credit cards with a "Charity Change Savings Account" from the rounded up remainder of each customer's transactions

NOTE: Media are invited to attend Save the World and a new release announcing the winning teams 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: Friday, March 25 from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Winners announced at 1:00 p.m.
WHO: Students from 4 Ontario high schools and 4 Ontario universities
WHERE: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, 69 Bloor Street East, Toronto

Save the World is an important part of the 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, speaks to students in terms that would capture their attention and help dispel any stereotypes that might still exist regarding 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. Ontario CAs contribute greatly to international and domestic investor confidence in the soundness of the Ontario and Canadian economies. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

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