Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

January 05, 2011 09:15 ET

Rule the World; Save the World

Ontario CAs Challenge Students to Think Philanthropically

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 5, 2011) - Not content with just offering students a chance to "Rule the world" by becoming a CA, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is also offering high school and university students a chance to "Save the world" by taking part in the CA Philanthropy Challenge. Young people are being challenged to come up with revolutionary ideas that can help make the world a better place and the CAs are incenting them by offering both help and, more importantly, cash.

"If students ask us why we're offering to help make them a famed and beloved philanthropist, we tell them it's simple – we want your brain," said Cordie Jagt, CA, Associate Director, Career Information with the Institute. "The Institute is on the lookout for the best and brightest young minds, the type of people with the potential to become CAs and join Canada's business elite. As part of our on-going Rule the World ad campaign, the Save the World contest allows young people to demonstrate their ideas and enthusiasm while potentially winning big."

The prizes are $10,000 for the winning high school student team and $10,000 for the winning university student team, with up to$5,000 going towards making the students' ideas reality and the extra $5,000 going towards anything the winners care to spend it on.

"Students can download a Save the World business proposal template from our website that will help them organize their ideas beyond the 'sketch on a napkin" stage. The template helps to organize the idea – what it is, what it will accomplish, how long it will take and what it will cost," explained Ms. Jagt. "That way our panel of expert judges – CAs and other top professionals from the world of business and not-for-profits – can fairly evaluate it and see which ideas will provide the most 'bang for the bucks' in terms of helping our community and saving the world."

To be eligible, participants must register on-line as an associate student at www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca and then send their entry to guidetorulingtheworld@icao.on.ca by February 25, 2011. Snail mail users can send entries to:

  Rule the World Save the World Challenge
  C/o The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
  69 Bloor Street East
  Toronto ON M4W 1B3

Save the World is an important part of the irreverent new Rule the World student recruitment ad campaign that points out achieving the CA designation can be a valuable first step on the road to personal career success and business conquests.

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 34,000 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: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

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