CFA Program Welcomes Richard Ivey School of Business and Queen's School of Business as Partners



    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - This week CFA Institute and Toronto CFA Society
join Queen's School of Business and Richard Ivey School of Business for
official signing ceremonies celebrating their partnership. Both schools have
become CFA Program Partners. CFA Institute is the global association for
investment professionals that awards the prestigious CFA(R) designation.
    In welcoming the partner schools, Peter Jarvis, CFA, executive director
for Toronto CFA Society said, "We are thrilled to have two of Canada's premier
business schools join us in this partnership initiative and we look forward to
working with both prestigious institutions in the future."
    Recognition as a CFA Program Partner signals to potential students,
employers, and the marketplace that the university curriculum is closely tied
to professional practice and is well suited to preparing students to sit for
the CFA exams. As part of the partnership, students in the partnering programs
are entitled to scholarships, access to CFA Institute curriculum, journals,
webcasts, and other educational resources, and each student will have access
to a specially prepared online Level I sample exam.
    "The CFA designation is the gold standard for investment professionals
and we are privileged to be one of an elite group of the CFA Institute global
university program partners," said Sean Cleary, CFA, BMO professor of Finance
and director of the Master of Management in Finance at Queen's School of
Business. "I am confident that our students, faculty and corporate recruiting
partners will reap the benefits of this important relationship."
    Steve Foerster, CFA, professor of Finance, Richard Ivey School of
Business, The University of Western Ontario said, "Ivey is pleased to be
joining with CFA Institute, such a highly-regarded partner, to provide this
valuable opportunity to our students, particularly those who are seeking to
obtain the CFA charter."
    Richard Ivey School of Business and Queen's School of Business join 103
other CFA Partner institutions world-wide and are the only two partner
programs in Ontario.

    CFA Institute

    CFA Institute is the global association for the investment profession. It
administers the CFA and CIPM curriculum and exam programs worldwide; publishes
research; conducts professional development programs; and sets voluntary,
ethics-based professional and performance-reporting standards for the
investment industry. CFA Institute has nearly 100,000 members, who include the
world's 85,000 CFA charterholders, in 134 countries and territories, as well
as 136 affiliated professional societies in 57 countries and territories. More
information may be found at www.cfainstitute.org

    Queen's School of Business

    Queen's School of Business (www.business.queensu.ca) is one of the
world's premier business schools - renowned for exceptional programs,
outstanding faculty and research, and the quality of its graduates. Canadian
executives regard Queen's as Canada's most innovative business school,
offering students academic excellence and a superior overall experience.
Queen's School of Business - where Canada's first Commerce program was
launched in 1919 - is located at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. The
School also delivers programs at locations across Canada, as well in the U.S.
and the United Arab Emirates.

    Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario

    The Richard Ivey School of Business (www.ivey.ca) at The University of
Western Ontario is one of the top business schools in the world. Ivey offers
undergraduate (www.ivey.ca/hba) and graduate (MBA (www.ivey.ca/mba), Executive
MBA (www.ivey.ca/executive) and PhD (www.ivey.ca/academic/phd)) degree
programs in addition to Executive Development programs. Ivey established
Canada's first MBA program. The School has campuses in London (Ontario),
Toronto, and Hong Kong.

    Toronto CFA Society

    Toronto CFA Society is a not-for-profit organization supporting the
professional and business development of CFA charterholders. The society
provides member services including educational programmes, sponsored events,
job postings and networking opportunities.
    Founded in 1936, the Society is affiliated with CFA Institute, the global
body that administers the Chartered Financial Analyst curriculum and sets
voluntary, ethics-based performance-reporting standards for the investment
industry. With over 7,000 members, Toronto CFA Society is the 2nd largest in
the world, after New York. For more information, please refer to
www.torontocfa.ca
    CFA(R) and Chartered Financial Analyst(R) are trademarks owned by CFA
Institute.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: CFA Institute, Kathy Valentine,
Public Relations Director (The Americas), C: (434) 951-5348,
kathy.valentine@cfainstitute.org; Queen's School of Business, Amber Wallace,
Associate Director, External Relations, T: (613) 533-3151,
awallace@business.queensu.ca; Richard Ivey School of Business, Mary Weil,
Manager, Media & Public Relations, T: (416) 203-0664, mweil@ivey.uwo.ca;
Toronto CFA Society, Sara Maginn Pacella, Manager External Communication &
Member Services, T: (416) 366-5755 x 225, spacella@torontocfa.ca


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