VANCOUVER, April 18 /CNW/ - This is an historic year for the Certified
General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) as it
marks the 60th anniversary of its founding by an act of the British Columbia
legislature on April 18, 1951.
Since then, the CGA designation in British Columbia has grown in
importance, popularity and prestige.
"In 60 years we have built a solid foundation that will help us as we
move forward," says CGA-BC Chair Bruce Hurst, FCGA. "If you look back
at how CGA has adapted to the changing needs of business, and how
strong the organization is today, you can see how it will continue to
be a leader in the accounting profession in B.C."
As an accounting association, CGA-BC likes to let the numbers speak for
"In April 1951 we had 60 certified members," noted Gordon Ruth, FCGA,
the Association's Chief Executive Officer. "Today we have nearly 15,000
members and students helping to build businesses in every industry and
corner of the province."
"CGA-BC has also evolved from a volunteer-based organization to one that
is professionally managed by a staff of very talented people," says
Ruth. "I am proud of our accomplishment to date, and excited about what
is still to come."
Since 1951 thousands of members and many dedicated employees have worked
hard to ensure that the CGA designation is recognized for excellence
and professionalism in all aspects of accounting, finance and business
management. "The cumulative effect of this work is that our members are
highly regarded for their accounting expertise, their leadership
abilities and their adherence to a strong code of ethics," Ruth says.
The Association is also celebrating a second important milestone in
2011. This past February, CGA-BC welcomed its newest CGAs into
membership and Anthony Klassen, CGA, had the honour of being the
Association's 10,000th active member.
Of course, since 1951 the Association has served the interests of well
in excess of 10,000 members in aggregate, but this is the first time in
its history that it can count so many current CGAs in B.C. In addition,
CGA-BC also has nearly 5,000 CGA students enrolled in its program of
"It is telling that two thirds of all students desiring a professional
accounting designation are choosing CGA," says Hurst.
Klassen, who is currently the Assistant Controller for Marpole Transport
Ltd. in Delta, B.C., is keenly aware of what a CGA designation can mean
for his career. "Having these three simple, yet incredibly difficult to
obtain, letters behind my name provides me with career advancement
opportunities that would be unavailable to me otherwise," Klassen says.
As CGA-BC's Chair notes, the Association is working hard to help CGAs
like Klassen realize those opportunities. "Our goal is to be an
indispensable resource for lifelong learning and to provide innovative
services for our members and students," says Hurst.
As the province's largest professional accounting association, CGA-BC
represents more than 14,000 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
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