The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

November 29, 2013 13:10 ET

Two Ottawa Students Earn Honours in Canada-Wide CPA Exam

68 Local Students Pass One of the World's Most Challenging Professional Exams

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 29, 2013) - Two Ottawa Chartered Professional Accounting students have achieved top marks on one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations. According to the results of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), a national accounting examination, Ben Scharfe and Bijan Toufighi earned places on the prestigious National Honour Roll - the listing of the top students in the country.

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 CPA 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 Professional Accountant, a profession known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

Mr. Scharfe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and is currently articling at Raymond Charbot Grant Thornton in Ottawa. "I'm really comfortable with numbers, good with people and I wanted a career in business," said Mr. Scharfe. "Having the CPA, CA will give me a solid, professional career. I feel that the designation opens doors in a way that few other designations could."

A Carleton University graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Mr. Toufighi articles at Deloitte LLP in Ottawa. He said: "In high school, the first classes I really enjoyed were in accounting. The CPA designation opens up a lot of opportunities and expands your expertise. It opens doors in Canada and globally as well."

In total, Ontario had 1,201 of the country's 3,032 successful UFE writers and captured 20 of 54 National Honour roll spots. Toronto's Nicholas Tsai captured the Canada Gold Medal as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation in the country.

The following 66 Ottawa-area CPA students also successfully wrote the exam and, upon completion of their 30-month experience requirement, have earned the right to add the letters CPA, CA to their names:


  • Kelita J. Lalonde


  • Marie-Magdala Joseph


  • Pooja Kumar


  • Sheldon W. Wyse


  • Trina E. Watters


  • Connor W. O'Leary
  • Corey Roberts


  • Alyssa M. Andreatta
  • Kathy R. Liu
  • Sarah N. McKeown
  • Steven D. Menechian
  • Garreth R. Murphy


  • Katherine L. Baxter
  • Ying Wah Hong
  • Jeffrey J. Rowsell


  • Hani H. Al-Qarra
  • Marc G.J. Belanger
  • Matthew R. Blostein
  • Gregory B. Boddy
  • Geoffrey C. Bosloy
  • Elanor A. Boyle-Stanley
  • Garrett E. Bradley
  • David N. Burn
  • Stephane F. Bussiere
  • David K.E. Craig
  • Zachary L. Crosby
  • John Daley
  • Michaella K. DePalo
  • Myriam Dionne Desbiens
  • Alison M. Drinkwater
  • Lu Gan
  • Julie Gaudette
  • Colin R. Goff
  • Andrew G. Hamilton
  • Shawn T. Hamilton
  • Sean P. Henderson
  • Simon Huang
  • Kamail H. Hussain
  • Matthew D. Kemp
  • Thomas Kokelj
  • Josianne E. Krucker
  • Kaila S. Latti
  • Corina R. Lim
  • Susan Ly
  • Andrew MacKinnon
  • Adam J. MacRae
  • Adam K. Massia
  • Jacqueline L. Nguyen
  • Davin W.B. Paulin
  • Hanna Pham
  • Kalina Radenkova
  • Victoria G. Ramos
  • Sidrah Ramzan
  • Darren F. Roberts
  • Christopher J. Rosil
  • Rebecca L. Scheffer
  • Thalia M. Schumacher
  • Hyewon Shin
  • Laura M. Smiley
  • Winton Smith
  • Betsy J. Taylor-Cline
  • Thea M. Temple
  • Katherine M. Watt Bickley
  • Lisa Wong


  • Brian R. Henderson


  • Taewook Kim

"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates and, in particular, our Gold Medalist Nicholas Tsai," said Rod Barr, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CPA, 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 CPA, CA profession."

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

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: and the Student website is

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