CGA Awards Recognize Top Academic Achievement



    VANCOUVER, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association
of Canada (CGA-Canada) congratulates recipients of its student awards
recognizing outstanding academic achievement for the 2006-07 academic year.
The 18 awards were presented to 17 new CGAs and students at provincial
admission to membership ceremonies.
    Slavka Batchvarova of Toronto, Ontario, is the recipient of the ENCON
Group Inc. Insurance Public Practice Award, valued at $5,000. It is awarded to
a newly certified CGA graduating from the public practice career option who
achieves the highest average mark on the Advanced External Auditing, and
Advanced Personal and Corporate Taxation examinations.
    Leah MacKenzie of Victoria, B.C. is the winner of the Porter Hétu
International Award, which is presented to a newly certified CGA graduating
from the public practice career option who obtains the highest final course
mark in Advanced External Auditing. Hua (Amy) Chen of Toronto is the recipient
of the Carswell Taxation Award, recognizing the student who earns the highest
mark in Advanced Personal and Corporate Taxation.
    Awards of Excellence are presented to the highest academic achievers in
each level of the CGA Program of Professional Studies. Jennifer Bond of
Victoria, who also received a Top Ten Recognition Award, won the Award of
Excellence for the Professional Level. Other Award of Excellence recipients
are Seshadri Hariharan of Markham, Ontario (Level 4), Mark Millham of Regina,
Saskatchewan (Level 3), Elizabeth Thurlow of Maple Ridge, B.C. (Level 2), and
Natalia Shuklina of B.C. (Level 1).
    The Top Ten Recognition Awards honour newly certified members who rank as
the highest performers across the country. This year's recipients are:
Jennifer Bond (Victoria), Francis Favre (Toronto), Rianto Halim Tanudiredja
(Coquitlam, B.C.), Mike Merkens (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Libing Li
(Richmond, B.C.), Ramona Bortnowschi (Edmonton, Alberta), Ryan Premak
(Edmonton), Weijie (James) Luo (Guelph, Ontario), Eddy Cheung (Hong Kong), and
Liliana Villa (Mississauga, Ontario).
    "These awards recognize truly outstanding academic achievement," said Ron
Colucci, FCGA, Chair of CGA-Canada. "Most students in the CGA program work
full-time in demanding positions of responsibility. It takes tremendous
personal discipline and commitment to achieve such impressive academic results
while balancing career and family obligations."
    "While these awards pay tribute to exceptional performance, the winners
are also representative of the high standards that all CGAs must meet," said
Anthony Ariganello, CPA (DE), FCGA, President and CEO of CGA-Canada. "This
commitment to high standards is maintained throughout a CGA's entire career.
CGAs complete mandatory annual professional development and adhere to a strict
code of professional conduct that promotes the highest measure of
professionalism and ethical integrity."

    About CGA-Canada

    CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada. The CGA
designation focuses on integrity, ethics and the highest education
requirements. Recognized as the country's accounting business leaders, CGAs
provide strategic counsel, financial leadership, and overall direction to all
sectors of the Canadian economy.
    The Association sets standards, develops education programs, publishes
professional materials, advocates on public policy issues, and represents CGAs
nationally and internationally. The Certified General Accountants Association
of Canada represents 68,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the
Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China.





For further information:

For further information: Taylore Ashlie, Director, Communications,
CGA-Canada, Telephone: (604) 605-5055, Cell: (604) 307-0212, Email:
tashlie@cga-canada.org

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