Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

October 03, 2011 08:45 ET

Odette CA Pathway Builds Bridge Between University Grads and CA Career

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2011) - A new partnership between the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) will provide a fast track to the Chartered Accountant designation for university graduates looking for a new career path.

The Odette CA Pathway will allow students who already hold a four-year bachelor's degree to complete the requirements for professional accounting designation without having to earn a second degree.

"This innovative new initiative will enable graduates to complete as efficiently as possible the educational requirements to enter this high-demand field," said Allan Conway, Dean of the Odette School of Business. "We are committed to providing the flexibility to address the needs of individual students while ensuring the highest standard of accounting education."

The course of study consists of 17 classes in accounting, auditing, taxation, finance, economics and law, and will require four semesters to complete. It has received a commitment of $200,000 over the next five years from the ICAO, as well as funding from the University for administrative support and course development.

Rod Barr, FCA, President and CEO of the Institute welcomed the partnership, noting that the Odette School of Business has a long history of graduating students who have gone on to be very successful professional accountants.

"The University of Windsor business faculty pioneered this type of flexible course of study and we anticipate it will apply its expertise to serve students in the CA Pathway," he said. "We are proud to formalize this joint commitment and confident that it will help our efforts to attract the most qualified individuals to our profession."

The program is aimed at individuals making mid-career changes, including those whose academic backgrounds do not yet include business or accounting, as well as accountants moving to Ontario from other jurisdictions – from across the country and around the world. It will draw on the University of Windsor's experience in servicing the requirements of international students.

Jim Stevens, Director of Professional Accounting Programs at the Odette School of Business, called the arrangement a win-win-win for all involved.

"Working together, we are adding a more defined and efficient pathway for this group of applicants to become Chartered Accountants," he said. "It enhances the relationship between the ICAO and the Odette School of Business while meeting a high-priority need of the profession to increase the inflow of excellent students."

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 35,000 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. Chartered Accountants are the professionals Canada's business leaders trust to help make the financial, strategic and leadership decisions that matter. 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