Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 23, 2011 08:20 ET

Media Advisory: CA Profession celebrates Ottawa Honour Roll graduates

Ontario Convocation brings together Chartered Accounting grads in Toronto Feb. 26

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2011) - Ottawa Chartered Accounting student - Derek Deutsch and Adele McGee – were among just 18 Ontario students to make the prestigious Honour Roll for top marks on the 2010 Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations.

They'll join almost 1,200 soon-to-be Chartered Accountants – one of the biggest Ontario classes in the profession's history – at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday, February 26 to celebrate passing the UFE. It's a colourful celebration featuring pipers, music and a proud parade of young achievers and their families. The Ontario Government will be represented by the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses whether candidates have acquired an appropriate degree of professional competency, including both a significant body of knowledge along with the skills and aptitudes to analyze, synthesize and apply that knowledge effectively. The UFE is an important component of the CA professional qualification program, which includes prescribed education, experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the prestigious designation of Chartered Accountant.

Mr. Deutsch has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto-St. George and is currently articling at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto. "I was very surprised when I found out that I made the Honour Roll. It was something that was way beyond my expectations as I was pretty sick during the UFE week. I definitely attribute my success to all of the support that I received from family and friends during those three long days," he said. "I'm a big fan of travel and, when I complete my experience requirements, I'd like to explore international opportunities. I anticipate that the CA designation will be a big help along the way due to its global recognition."

Ms. McGee has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and articles at Hendry Warren LLP in Ottawa. On why she chose the profession, Ms. McGee said: "The accounting industry provides so many opportunities, although there's a big misconception of the profession being heavily math-based – there really is very little math involved. I don't know where my future career will take me but I know having my CA will only open doors and allow the freedom to make decisions along the way."

WHAT:   Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario Annual Convocation Ceremony
WHEN:   Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
WHO:   Graduating CA students, their families, the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and prominent Chartered Accountants
WHERE:   Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square

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

"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."

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 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

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