Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

December 06, 2007 08:15 ET

Toronto Chartered Accounting student captures Ontario Gold Medal

17 Ontario students earn honours in Canada-wide CA exam

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2007) - Lindsay Chu of Toronto captured the Ontario Gold Medal as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE) in the province. A total of 17 Ontario CA students placed on the prestigious National Honour Roll, making 2007 a very good year for this province. Overall, 953 Ontario CA students have successfully passed the UFE, one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations.

The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate. The UFE is an important component of the CA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Accountant, a profession known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

Ms. Chu articles with Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto and has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Toronto --Scarborough. "I chose to become a CA because I really feel that this is a career that opens doors for people, "she said. "I knew that if I wanted to, I would be able to take the skills I developed while working towards my CA to any other profession of my choosing. Additionally, I am really enjoying working towards my CA because I feel that I am constantly challenged and learning."

The following Ontario UFE writers have also achieved recognition on the
2007 National Honour Roll:

- Owais Ashfaq, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
- Curtis Bennett, Deloitte & Touche LLP, St. Catharines
- Curtis Gagne, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Ottawa
- Thomas Gingras, Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto
- John Grant, RSM Richter LLP, Toronto
- Emily Gray, Scott Rankin & Gardiner LLP, Ottawa
- Krista Hapke, Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto
- Jayne Ho, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto
- Lauren Lappalainen, Grant Thornton LLP, Thunder Bay
- Owen Lau, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Toronto
- Jason Li, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto
- Stephanie Lo, KPMG LLP, Toronto
- Jesse Moore, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, London
- Richard Spadafora, KPMG LLP, Sudbury
- Shawn Vogel, BDO Dunwoody LLP, Guelph
- Bradley Wiffen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, North York

Ontario UFE writers captured 17 of 52 National Honour roll spots and, of the 2,327 successful candidates in Canada, 953 were from Ontario.

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates and, in particular, our Gold Medalist Lindsay Chu," said Brian Hunt, FCA, President and CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CA is a very challenging process and the resulting career is rich in rewards and opportunities. I am confident that all of the students will make great contributions in their future careers and will uphold the high standards of the CA profession."

Interviews with Honour Roll students and/or photographs are available on request.

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's more than 32,000 CAs and 4,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Recognized internationally, the CA designation denotes financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership. The Institute website is: and the student website is

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