The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

September 17, 2013 09:25 ET

Two Waterloo CPA, CAs Win ICAO Award of Distinction

CPA Ontario Recognizes Its Best and Brightest Under 40

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 17, 2013) - Kitchener-Waterloo CPA, CAs Alexandra Hardy and Edward (Ted) Hastings have been recognized by the profession as up-and-coming talents with both laudable past achievements and very bright futures.

In addition to her ICAO Award of Distinction, Alexandra Hardy has also been named the Christine E. Sinclair Community Leadership Award winner. Established in 2009, the Christine Sinclair Award recognizes a younger CPA, CA from across the province who has brought distinction to him or herself and to the profession through exceptional leadership in community volunteerism.

The ICAO Award of Distinction honours those Chartered Professional Accountants 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.

Since becoming a CA in 2001, Alexandra has made significant contributions to her firm, her profession and the community at large. She is a Partner in BDO Canada LLP's Accounting and Auditing practice in Waterloo, managing all aspects of client relations and providing business advice to a wide range of entrepreneurs and businesses.

Alexandra has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo in 2008/09 and has guest lectured for the Master of Accounting and Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology programs on several occasions. She has also lectured students at Wilfrid Laurier University's Schlegal Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Alexandra is active in her community in many ways, including serving in a leadership capacity since 2002 with The Child Witness Centre of Waterloo Region, which works with children who have to testify in court as witnesses or victims.

Ted, who earned his CA designation in 1995, is the Chief Executive Office of Rebellion Media in Waterloo. At age 35, Ted was recognized by the Globe and Mail as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40 and, in 2010, he was the winner of the Waterloo Entrepreneur Hall of Fame's Intrepid Award.

As the award is intended to honour younger CPA, CAs, the age of 40 years has been chosen as a cut-off. As a result, only those born in 1973 or later were eligible for consideration for 2013.

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 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 2013 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).

Timothy G. Deacon, CPA, CA Toronto
Alexandra L. Hardy, CPA, CA Kitchener/Waterloo
Edward W. Hastings, CPA, CA Waterloo
Tiffany L. Laferriere, CPA, CA Sudbury
Camillo Lento, CPA, CA Thunder Bay
Jodie N.S. Lobana, CPA, CA Brampton

The 2013 recipients of the Award will be honoured on September, 19, 2013 as part of the FCPA, FCA presentation ceremony and dinner to be held in Toronto.

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