Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec

Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec

May 14, 2008 12:25 ET

Outstanding Achievement Award: The Ordre des comptables agrees du Quebec Honours One of its Members for a Remarkable Career

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - During the prestigious Soiree reconnaissance held on Saturday, May 10, 2008, the Ordre des comptables agrees du Quebec presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Charles Albert Poissant, FCA.

This is the first such Award presented by the Ordre to an architect of the profession. It is intended to formally recognize members who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession throughout their career as well as their notable community involvement.

"I am honoured to present the Outstanding Achievement Award to Charles Albert Poissant, FCA for his great generosity, leadership and involvement within the community and his profession," said Jean-Pierre Allaire, FCA, Chair of the Ordre.

A chartered accountant since 1953, Charles Albert Poissant started his career as a CA student with Middleton, Hope & Co, known today as KPMG. He became senior partner for Quebec, and then for Canada. Later in the 1950s, he became a consultant to Pierre Peladeau and together they built the Quebecor empire. As a professional in an accounting firm, Mr. Poissant would become an important ally in the growth and development of this industry giant.

In 1987 at the age of 62, Mr. Poissant left KPMG to head Donohue Inc., a company that had recently been privatized by the Quebec government and acquired by Quebecor thanks to his negotiating skills. Thirteen years later, this same company would be resold to Abitibi-Paper for $920 million.

In 1996, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his significant contribution to the country and to the betterment of humanity. In awarding him this most prestigious honorary distinction, the Government of Canada recognized his like's work. In 1999, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate of law from Concordia University. Despite being a savvy businessman, Mr. Poissant has always been very generous and loyal towards the community and his profession. For example, he made an exceptional contribution of $500,000 for the Charles-Albert Poissant Chair at UQAM as well as a $225,000 contribution for an eponymous chair at the Universite de Montreal. He also left his mark on the affairs of the profession when he served as Chair of the Ordre (1984-1985). An accomplished author, he has published several books, including the highly popular "Reussir - Programmer son succes," his most recent effort.

With a membership of close to 17,500 CAs and 1,700 candidates for the practice of the profession, the Ordre des comptables agrees du Quebec carries out its primary mission to protect the public by enforcing the most demanding admission criteria and ethical standards.

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