Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

October 12, 2011 13:40 ET

Toronto CAs Win ICAO Award of Distinction

Chartered Accountants Recognize Their Best and Brightest Under 40

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2011) - Toronto Chartered Accountant Benjie Thomas and Cynthia (Cindy) E. Kottoor have been recognized by the profession as up-and-coming talents with both laudable past achievements and a very bright future. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Award of Distinction honours those CAs who have made an early impact, bringing distinction to themselves and to their profession through leadership and achievement in their professional, community and/or personal lives.

In addition to garnering an Award of Distinction, Benjie also was named as the recipient of the Christine E. Sinclair Community Leadership Award. The award was established in 2009 to recognize and profile a younger CA from across the province who has brought distinction to him/herself and to the profession through exceptional leadership in community volunteerism. The recipient is chosen from those candidates nominated in the same year for the ICAO Award of Distinction. To honour the award recipient, the Institute donates $2,500 in their name to the registered charity of their choice.

Benjie is a 2000 Chartered Accountant who is currently a Partner and National Leader for Private Equity with KPMG LLP. Benjie has made outstanding leadership contributions to his community through both his career work and his volunteer service.

Benjie started with KPMG in London, Ontario in 1998 in the assurance practice. In 2001, he transferred to the Toronto office to become the fourth professional in the newly-formed Transaction Services practice. By 2011, Transaction Services had grown to include more than 25 professionals and six partners, including Benjie, who in 2006 became the youngest of 435 Canadian KPMG partners at that time.

In 2007, Benjie was recruited to KPMG's India Desk and asked to take a leadership role in building KPMG's presence and involvement with the Indian business community in Canada. Today, the India Desk has a leading market presence in that thriving business community and, since 2009, Benjie has sat on the Advisory Board of the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Benjie has been a member of the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto since 2008 and volunteers in a number of roles with that respected charity. He has also been involved with the Brazilian Carnival Ball, the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation and Operation Springboard.

"I'm honoured to receive this recognition," said Benjie. "It is really a reflection of the great family, friends, colleagues and education I have. I'm also thankful for the ongoing support of my colleagues at KPMG, where giving back to our communities is an important part our responsibilities as professionals."

A 1999 Chartered Accountant, Cindy Kottoor is President and Founder of Neverest Inc., a Toronto-based firm established in 2007 that provides professional development, consulting and quality assurance in the areas of audit, accounting and risk management to clients across Canada.

Prior to founding her now ten-person firm, she worked and developed her skills and knowledge at Deloitte & Touche LLP, AuditWatch Inc., RBC Financial Group and Protiviti. Active with the Toronto Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Cindy has also authored material and delivered professional development courses for both the CICA and the ICAO.

She supports her community through her contributions to the Ontario March of Dimes, where she has sat on the Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Risk and Audit Committee.

"Receiving the ICAO Award of Distinction is an incredible honour," said Cindy. "A special thank you to my colleagues, clients, friends and family for their continued support. This award really inspires me to further contribute to the profession and our community, both through Neverest and personally."

As the award is intended to recognize younger CAs, the age of 40 years has been chosen as a cut-off. As a result, only those CAs born in 1971 or later were eligible for consideration for 2011.

The ICAO Award of Distinction recipients were chosen following a rigorous nomination and selection process which culminated in a secret-ballot vote of the Council. An Award Review Committee – comprised of five current and former Council members – first evaluated all nominations and made its recommendation on each nominee to assist Council members, who then made their own independent evaluation of the nominees. A two-thirds majority vote of the Council was required to earn an Award.

The recipients of the ICAO Award of Distinction demonstrate excellence in a number of areas of service and achievement, including education, promotion of the profession, volunteerism and service to the profession and community, career-related achievements, personal interest activities such as sports and the arts, and other distinctions. Their successes are visible in a combination of their professional and personal life endeavours.

The 2011 recipients of the ICAO Award of Distinction are listed alphabetically below, followed by their locality (where residence and business localities differ, both are shown, in that order).

Giacomo J. Angelini, CA Stoney Creek / Burlington
Armand P. Capisciolto, CA Sault Ste. Marie / Toronto
Daryl C. Heinsohn, CA Lively / Sudbury
Rosa Maria Iuliano, CA Stittsville / Ottawa
Cynthia (Cindy) E. Kottoor, CA Toronto
Benjie M. Thomas, CA Toronto

The 2011 recipients of the Award will be honoured on October 13, 2011 as part of the FCA presentation ceremony and dinner to be held in Toronto.

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: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

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