Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 21, 2008 09:28 ET

Newest Chartered Accountants Convocate on Feb. 23

Grads from across Ontario gather in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - More than 950 soon-to-be Chartered Accountants are gathering at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle on Saturday, February 23 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. They'll be joined by the Hon. Ted McMeekin, MPP, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, who'll bring greetings on behalf of the Ontario government.

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
WHEN: Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 2 p.m.
WHO: Graduating CA students their families; Hon. Ted McMeekin, MPP,
Minister of Government and Consumer Services; and prominent
Chartered Accountants.
WHERE: Grand Metropolitan Ballroom of the Westin Harbour Castle, 1
Harbour Square

A total of 17 of 52 CA students who earned places on the Canada-wide Uniform Evaluation's prestigious Honour Roll were Ontario graduates, six women and 11 men. The National Honour Roll lists the top students in the country who have successfully written the UFE. Of the total 2,327 successful UFE candidates in Canada, 953 were from communities across the province.

At the top of the Ontario class in 2008 is Lindsay Chu, who earned the Gold Medal as the province's top UFE writer. Ms. Chu articles with Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto and has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Toronto - Scarborough.

"I chose to become a CA because I really feel that this is a career that opens doors for people, "she said. "I knew that if I wanted to, I would be able to take the skills I developed while working towards my CA to any other profession of my choosing. Additionally, I am really enjoying working towards my CA because I feel that I am constantly challenged and learning."

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's more than 32,000 CAs and 4,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Recognized internationally, the CA designation denotes financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership. The Institute website is: and the student website is

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