Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

April 22, 2009 13:28 ET

Woodbridge Students Lauded for Plans to "Save the World"

Ontario students responded to CA challenge to think philanthropically

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Two Ontario high school students - John Zimnicki and Michael Stroud of Father Bressani Catholic High School in Woodbridge - have won the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Save the World contest, which asked students to come up with innovative ways to make the planet a better place. They had an idea that came out on top in a contest that asked students to come up with business cases for revolutionary ideas for making the world a better place.

One of 40 submissions, the high school students' winning idea was Games to Remember, a self-sustaining charitable foundation that uses video game tournaments to raise funds for Alzheimer's disease research.

The winners received $10,000, with $5,000 going towards making the students' ideas reality and the extra $5,000 going towards anything the winners care to spend it on.

The entrants were selected by a panel of expert judges - CAs from the world of business and not-for-profits - who evaluated the ideas to see which ones would provide the most 'bang for the bucks' in terms of helping the community and saving the world.

"We thought all of the entries were very good, reflecting the intelligences and imagination of the students who took up the challenge," said Carol Wilding, CA, a contest judge and President and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade. "However, we believe the winning idea was feasible, practical and sustainable, and we really liked the way it brought youth and older people together."

"Games to Remember was inspired in part by my grandmother, who was affected by Alzheimer's," said Michael Stroud. "We wanted an idea that would get people involved, especially young people."

John Zimnicki said: "The next step is to reach out and take Games to Remember out from our school to other schools and the wider community."

Save the World is an important part of the irreverent new Rule the World student recruitment ad campaign that points out achieving the CA designation can be a valuable first step on the road to personal career success and business conquests. The campaign, launched by the Institute, was developed by the leading ad agency Ogilvy and speaks to students in terms that would capture their attention and help dispel any stereotypes that might still exist regarding the CA profession. The campaign, launched in September 2008, will continue through 2009.

"The Institute is on the lookout for the best and brightest young minds, the type of people with the potential to become CAs and join Canada's business elite," said Mona Ghiami, Director of Career Information at the Institute. "As part of our on-going Rule the World ad campaign, the Save the World contest allowed young people to showcase their philanthropic ideas and enthusiasm."

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 33,000 CAs 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 conduct. A wide range of organizations and individuals count on Ontario CAs to provide trustworthy and strategic insight, business leadership and financial guidance. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

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