The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

November 29, 2013 12:05 ET

Two Waterloo-Area Students Earn Honours in Canada-Wide CPA Exam

University of Waterloo Student Is Top Student in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 29, 2013) - Two Waterloo 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, Eric English and Paola Ferrazzi earned places on the prestigious National Honour Roll - the listing of the top students in the country.

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.

Mr. Tsai articles with EY in Toronto and has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. He notes: "I was always interested in accounting and the CPA is the premium designation today, providing both knowledge and technical competency. You need drive and determination to achieve the CPA. It takes dedication to get through the program."

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.

Raised in Peterborough, Mr. English has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and articles at PwC LLP in Waterloo. "I wanted to obtain a broad skill set that would open up opportunities for me in the business world. CPAs are well known for their knowledge and expertise," said Mr. English. "I believe that this designation will benefit me no matter where I choose to take my career."

A Guelph resident, Ms. Ferrazzi also has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, but she articles at KPMG LLP in Waterloo. She noted: "The CPA designation suits me because I have always been a numbers person and enjoyed accounting and finance. I also like the client relationship and learning about different businesses and gaining new skills at each one."

The following 60 Waterloo-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:


  • Mandeep S. Kamboj


  • Si Q. Fan
  • Rebekah M. Garcia
  • Danielle N. Gorman
  • Vanessa Huynh
  • Wan Xing Lei


  • Scott G. Swaving


  • Mark W. Allan
  • Ashton M. Brooks
  • Dustin Cleghorn
  • Victoria S. Curtis
  • Alexander V. Di Lello
  • David C.M. DiMatteo
  • Mark J. Haley
  • Joel M. Helder
  • Scott H.J. Tregunna
  • Jasen Xiang


  • Nicholas W.C. Ferguson


  • Raymond K. Angad
  • Taylor J. Arnold
  • Peter J. Bendevis
  • Scott Chartrand
  • Katty Chau
  • Eileen T. Devlin
  • Alexandra S. Drummond
  • Amy C. Fischer
  • Steven E. Gallagher
  • Samuel P.F. Haylock
  • Julian A. Joca
  • Hanxiang Ling
  • Erwyn K. Lobusta
  • Qianyun Lu
  • Andrew M. MacKay
  • Ryan A. Pink
  • Gayatri Sanichar
  • Jake A. Schonenberger
  • Melissa C. Sousa
  • Yu Xuan Zheng

Mount Forest

  • Cody D. Rice

New Hamburg

  • Katelyn A. Murray


  • Devon W. Briggs
  • Alexander Y. Cartmell
  • Kayla A. Champagne
  • Matthew J. Densa
  • Jack A. Fleming
  • Jen-Hou Hsu
  • Faris Ismailovski
  • Min K. Kang
  • Jesse T. Longo
  • Justin M.J. Maranger
  • Warren S. Miller
  • Michael-Paul Reinsoo
  • Kristopher Rossignoli
  • Kyle D. Steep
  • Timothy E. Stern
  • Maple Z.M. Tay
  • Dorian B. Temlin
  • Elizabeth R. Tyler
  • Teresa Vu
  • Xinying Zhang

"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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