CGA-BC Announces its Board of Governors for 2013

VANCOUVER, Jan. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) is pleased to announce its Board of Governors for 2013:

      Candace Nancke, FCGA, has been elected Chair of the Board of Governors for 2013. Mrs. Nancke is the Managing Partner with the firm of Loren, Nancke & Company, Certified General Accountants in North Vancouver and New Westminster. She joined the Board in 2009 and resides in Coquitlam.
       
      David Sale, DipIT, MBA, FCGA, is the Association's First Vice-Chair. Mr. Sale is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's School of Business. He first served on the Board from 2006 to 2008 and was re-elected in 2010. In 2013 he will chair the Association's Strategic Planning Committee and will be CGA-BC's representative to CGA-Canada's National Education Committee. Mr. Sale resides in Surrey.
       
      Cindy Choi, BAccS, FCGA, is the Past-Chair and Treasurer. Ms. Choi is a Partner with Chan Choi & Company, Certified General Accountants in Victoria and serves on the provincial government's Small Business Roundtable. She joined the Board in 2007 and represents the Southern Vancouver Island region. She will chair both the Association's Appeals and Practice Review Committees in 2013. Ms. Choi resides in Victoria.
       
      Heather Banham, MBA, DBA, CGA, is Dean of Business Administration and Commercial Aviation at Okanagan College. She was elected to the Board in 2010 and represents the Kamloops Okanagan region. She will chair the Association's Discipline Committee in 2013. Ms. Banham resides in Kelowna.
       
      Stanley Chang, BSc, MBA, CISA, CGA, is the Acting Director, Credit Unions and Trusts in the Financial Institutions Commission, Ministry of Finance. He is also the sole practitioner of Stanley Chang, CGA, and an accounting instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He was elected to the Board in 2011 and represents the Lower Mainland region. He will serve on the Association's Appeals Committee in 2013. Mr. Chang resides in Surrey.
       
      Han Donker, PhD, CGA, is a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia. He represents the Northern Central region. He will serve on the Association's Education Appeals Committee in 2013. Mr. Donker resides in Prince George.
       
      Brian Ellis, CGA, works in the Small/Medium Enterprises area for the Canada Revenue Agency. He is newly elected to the Board and represents the Lower Mainland region. Mr. Ellis resides in New Westminster.
       
      Brian Friedrich, BA, MEd, FCGA, is a Principal with Friedrich & Friedrich Corporation in Surrey. He joined the Board in 2008 and will serve on the Association's Audit Committee in 2013. Mr. Friedrich resides in Surrey.
       
      Mary Galaugher, CGA, is Chief Financial Officer and Manager, Human Resources for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. She joined the CGA-BC Board in 2011 and represents the Lower Mainland region. She will chair the Association's Education Appeals Committee in 2013. Ms. Galaugher resides in New Westminster.
       
      Rose Henri, BAccS, CGA, joined the Board in 2009 and represents the East/West Kootenay region. She will chair the Association's Honours & Awards Committee in 2013. Ms. Henri resides in Castlegar.
       
      Keon Kwan, BA, DiplT, CFP, CFE, CPA (VT), CGA, is the owner of Keon Kwan & Company, a public accounting firm in Burnaby. He joined the Board in 2011 and represents the Lower Mainland region. He will chair the Association's Audit Committee in 2013. Mr. Kwan resides in Burnaby.
       
      Michael McAdam, CGA, is President of Jigsaw Management Consulting Ltd. He joined the Board in 2008 and represents the Lower Mainland region. Mr. McAdam resides in Surrey.
       
      Len Pietrzykowski, FCGA, is a Partner with Pietrzykowski Bay & Associates Inc. in Courtenay. He is a Past-Chair of the Association and represents the Northern Vancouver Island region. Mr. Pietrzykowski resides in Royston.
       
      C.Y. Tay, BBA, CGA, is Director of Finance and Administration with PDG Investments in Vancouver. He joined the Board in 2008 and represents the Lower Mainland region. Mr. Tay resides in Vancouver.
       
      Ursula Viney, CGA, is the Executive Director for the Consumer Taxation Audit Branch of the Ministry of Finance. She was elected to the Board in 2011 and represents the Lower Mainland region. In 2013 she will chair the Association's Finance Committee, serve on the Audit Committee and be the Board representative to the CGA-BC Educational Foundation. Ms. Viney resides in Chilliwack.
       
      Guy Heywood, BA, MBA, was appointed Lay Board Member on May 2, 2008 by the provincial government. He has the responsibility of serving the public's interest on the CGA-BC Board. He will serve on the Appeals Committee in 2013. Mr. Heywood is Vice-President of Business Development for Bank of Montreal.
       
      Gordon Ruth, BA, FCGA, is CGA-BC's Chief Executive Officer and serves as Secretary of the Board. Mr. Ruth resides in Burnaby.

Past-Chair Bruce Hurst, CFP, FCGA, of Surrey, as well as Connie Forrest, DiplT, CGA, of Ladysmith and Brigitte Mettler, BBA, CGA, of Smithers, have retired as members of the Board.

There are 15 elected members of the Board. These include ten from the Lower Mainland and one each representing the Southern Vancouver Island Region, the Northern Vancouver Island Region, the Northern Central Region, the Kamloops Okanagan Region and the East/West Kootenay Region. In addition, there is one Lay Board member who represents the public and is appointed by the provincial government.

ABOUT CGA-BC
As the province's largest professional accounting association, CGA-BC represents nearly 15,000 CGAs and students. Members work in industry, commerce, government and in public practice. The Association promotes the excellence of its members and advances the accounting profession through education, certification and the protection of the public interest.

CGA-BC leads the profession in the integration of ethics into its academic program, and all new graduates of the CGA program are required to complete a rules and standards course to complement an ongoing ethics requirement for members.

The Association also offers a wide range of employment services and programs to its members, students and the business community. These services include CGAjobs.org, a job postings website for finance and accounting professionals, and the Partners in Employment Program (PEP), which recognizes organizations that provide an effective working and training environment for CGAs and CGA students.

SOURCE: Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia

For further information:

Edward Downing, Director of Communications
Telephone: (604) 730-6208
E-mail: edowning@cga-bc.org

www.cga-bc.org