Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 23, 2011 08:05 ET

Media Advisory: Future Chartered Accountants convocate on Feb. 26

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2011) - On Saturday, February 26, 1,172 soon-to-be Chartered Accountants are gathering at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle to celebrate passing the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. 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.

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

A total of 18 of the 50 CA students who earned places on the Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation's prestigious National Honour Roll of top UFE writers were Ontario graduates, including eight women and ten men. Vicky Au of Markham captured the Canadian Gold Medal as the country's top UFE writer. A Markham resident articling at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto, Ms. Au has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo.

Regarding winning the Gold Medal, Ms. Au said: "I feel that this achievement is a reflection of the people behind me, including my awesome UFE coach, my supportive family and friends, and my amazing study group. I definitely gave it my all, but it's really been prayer and my faith that's kept me going through the whole process. I have a lot to be thankful for.

"Since my first year at the University of Waterloo, I had always looked to the plaque on the school wall, honouring past Gold Medallists, and hoped that someday my name would be there too. So it was a dream come true when I learned that I was this year's Canadian Gold Medallist."

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates and, in particular, our Gold Medallist Vicky Au," 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: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

Journalists are welcome at Convocation. For more information, please contact Perry Jensen.

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