TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 7, 2014) - The Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards (VSRAs) today announced five 2013 winners and two honourable mentions from 16 finalists from across Canada at an awards luncheon in Toronto. The winners each received a prize of $5,000 in addition to Canada's most prestigious charity award.
"If you want to know who some of Canada's best charities are, then all you have to do is look at the VSRAs. We honour the best charity annual reporting. These are charities that have excelled at transparency and accountability. Congratulations to all our winners," said Steve Salterio, Director of the CPA-Queen's Centre for Governance, which organizes the VSRAs every year in partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Grant Thornton is the event's exclusive accounting firm sponsor and the National Post the media sponsor for the program.
The awards, now in their sixth year and recognize Canada's best non-profit annual reports. This year, new expanded rules allowed national and international charities across Canada to enter the VSRAs for the first time, as long as those organizations have a significant presence in Ontario. More than 130 charities were nominated.
The winners in the five categories are:
"We are delighted to see so many worthy charities getting recognition through the Voluntary Sector Reporting Awards. It's clear that the VSRAs are having a positive effect on financial reporting in this province and across Canada," said Brian Leader, FCPA, FCA, Vice-President of Learning at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
More information about the VSRAs is available online at www.annualreportaward.ca.
About the CPA-Queen's Centre for Governance at Queen's School of Business
CPA-Queen's Centre for Governance's goal is to raise the bar on Canadian governance research with respect to transparency and financial accountability and convey that research's implications to academics, students and the public at large. Situated at Queen's School of Business (www.business.queensu.ca) one of the world's premier business schools, the Centre conducts cutting edge basic and applied research on governance dealing with such issues as fraud prevention and detection and improving the quality of Canadian securities' regulation.
About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (registered name of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario) is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's almost 37,000 CPAs and 6,000 CPA Students. With a rich history dating back to 1879, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario serves the public interest by developing, monitoring and enforcing the highest standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario's website is: www.cpaontario.ca.
About Grant Thornton
Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Our charities and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) sector group is one way we serve the communities in which we live and work. Our skilled team brings extensive knowledge of charities and NPOs to every engagement as we work to help you reach your goals.