CGA Alberta Welcomes 414 New Members at Annual Convocation

CALGARY, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Alberta's fastest growing accounting body welcomed 414 new Certified General Accountants into the membership in this past Saturday's convocation ceremony at the Fairmont - Banff Springs Hotel.

2011 marks a milestone year for CGA Alberta as the Association celebrates 50th anniversary in this province.

In his address to the graduating class, CG Alberta Chief Executive Officer, John Carpenter, MBA, FCGA urged the graduates to take a position of leadership in society. "Given what they are capable of, our new members have never been better positioned to follow their passions and do productive work which interests them," said Carpenter. "CGAs are a vital part of our province and our country. Their skills and knowledge will be counted on to provide direction and strategic leadership to Alberta's organizations. Their advice will move markets and the futures of businesses, in Canada and beyond," he said.

Alberta Premier, the Honourable Alison Redford also addressed the class of 2011. "We see CGAs at work throughout Alberta, sharing their financial expertise, creativity and problem-solving abilities to public and private organizations of all sizes," she said. "They play a vital role in the province's vibrant economy and successful communities, and I know that will continue as Alberta grows and changes. The graduates today will soon be joining the legions of leaders and innovators working throughout our province."

The ceremony marked the culmination of a demanding professional program where each graduate passed a rigorous series of accounting exams, met stringent requirements for practical experience and demonstrated a strict adherence to the highest professional standards in order to attain membership in Alberta's largest professional accounting body.

Class valedictorian Cheryl Moser, CGA, who completed all of her studies through distance education, attributes the flexibility of the program to her success. "The CGA program offers flexible study alternatives that can be tailored to meet individual needs and schedules while providing the opportunity to obtain post secondary education and a designation," she said. "The quality of the course material is outstanding and has provided me with a strong foundation to build my professional endeavours on."

Moser said it is a privilege to carry the CGA designation. "This prestigious title, and the extensive knowledge and diverse skills that we have attained through education and experience, provide us with dynamic opportunities in our chosen fields of practice," she said. "Our futures are truly bright and promising. We have the tools and qualifications to not only succeed but to excel."

More than 1500 guests attended the New Member Ceremony in support of the graduating class. Guests in attendance included Premier Alison Redford, and representatives from CGA affiliations across the country and Alberta's post secondary institutions.

The Certified General Accountants' Association is responsible for the education, regulation and promotion of CGAs in Alberta. There are more than 75,000 CGA members and students working across the country and around the world, at every level and in every sector. CGA is the fastest growing accounting designation in Canada and is the designation of choice for students pursuing an accounting career in Alberta. For more information about CGA Alberta, please visit the web-site at www.cga-alberta.org.

SOURCE Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta

For further information:

Janice Harrington, Vice President, Communications and Government Relations, at (403) 614-7941 for further information and to arrange interview opportunities.

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