CGA-Canada Announces 2008 CGA Fellowship Recipients



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Certified General Accountants
Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) is pleased to announce it has granted 19
CGA Fellowship Awards for 2008. The FCGA designation is the highest honour
granted by CGA-Canada and recognizes CGAs who provide exemplary service to the
Association, the profession or the public, or achieve distinction through a
variety of means.
    "Each year the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada
recognizes CGAs who, by their deeds, have made a difference and have enhanced
their profession and their communities," said Anthony Ariganello, President
and CEO of CGA-Canada. "On behalf of the CGA-Canada Board of Directors, I am
pleased to congratulate the 2008 FCGA designates."

    The FCGA recipients for 2008 are:

    Fodil Adjaoud, FCGA
    Professor, University of Ottawa
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Gillian Andersen, FCGA
    CFO, Andersen Dynamics Limited
    Cobourg, Ontario

    Simon Brault, FCGA
    Director General, National Theatre School of Canada; President,
    Culture Montreal; Vice-Chair, Canada Council for the Arts
    Montreal, Quebec

    Jiangen (Mex) Chen, FCGA
    Senior Director, Finance and Supply Chain Management, Kimberly-Clark
    (China) Co., Ltd.
    Beijing, China

    Suzanne Chiricota, FCGA
    Accounting Department Manager
    Régie de l'assurance maladie du Quebec
    Quebec City, Quebec

    Jang Engineer, FCGA
    Nawaz Taub & Wasserman, LLP
    Mississauga, Ontario

    David Fairhall, FCGA
    Principal, Fairhall Zhang & Associates Ltd.
    Burnaby, British Columbia

    Bert Frizell, FCGA
    President and CEO, The Shaw Group Limited
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Philippe Halley, FCGA
    Vice-President, Corporate Accounting and Control, Caisse de dépôt et
    placement du Quebec
    Montreal, Quebec

    Alain Lalonde, FCGA
    Auditor General, City of Ottawa
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Scott Lamont, FCGA
    Vice-President, Administration and Finance, Brandon University
    Brandon, Manitoba

    David McPeak, FCGA
    Technical Manager, International Accounting Education Standards Board
    Toronto, Ontario

    Frank Mensink, FCGA
    Associate Vice-President, School of Business, Conestoga College Institute
    of Technology and Advanced Learning
    Kitchener, Ontario

    Nazir Nenshi, FCGA
    Director, Assessment, CGA-Canada
    Burnaby, British Columbia

    Patrick O'Brien, FCGA
    Director of Labour Relations, Recruiting and Organizational
    Effectiveness,
    Bell Aliant Regional Communications, L.P.
    Saint John, New Brunswick

    Massimo Pacetti, FCGA
    Member of Parliament, Saint-Léonard/Saint-Michel
    Montreal, Quebec

    Denis Riendeau, FCGA
    Project Manager, SAP Business One
    Laval, Quebec

    Rob Stephanson, FCGA
    Partner, Dilon Hillstead Melanson CGA Professional Corporation
    Weyburn, Saskatchewan

    Douglas James Thomas, FCGA
    Partner, Duncan Sabine Collyer Partners, LLP
    Brandon, Manitoba

    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 71,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the
Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China.

    
                             2008 FCGA Recipients
    

    Fodil Adjaoud, FCGA
    Professor, University of Ottawa
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Mr. Adjaoud has been a professor at the University of Ottawa since 1981.
His internationally renowned research, publishing, lecturing and teaching are
far reaching in areas of general accounting practices and corporate finance.
Mr. Adjaoud has been the university representative of the Ordre des CGA du
Quebec to the University of Ottawa for 22 years and is a committed promoter of
the accounting profession.
    Mr. Adjaoud is a volunteer editor for the Ordre des CGA du Quebec's
membership publication and has reviewed other professional and academic
journals in Canada and abroad. He is a member of several accounting and
finance associations and works on different issues such as dividend policy,
corporate governance and value creation strategies. Mr. Adjaoud is an active
supporter of his community through volunteer work in non-profit athletics and
has been involved in amateur soccer and hockey teams. CGA since 1986.

    Gillian Andersen, FCGA
    CFO, Andersen Dynamics Ltd.
    Cobourg, Ontario

    As CF0, Ms. Andersen has steered Andersen Dynamics Ltd. (ADL) into
becoming the parent company of ADL Insulflex in both Canada and the U.S.
Insulflex Canada now manufactures and sells worldwide to over 60 countries.
    Since joining the Toronto chapter's Education Committee in 1979, she has
volunteered in many capacities, becoming chapter Chair in 1988. In 1991 she
was asked to serve on the CGA Ontario Board of Governors and has served on
various committees, including chairing the Appeals and Education committees
and serving on the Professional Conduct Tribunal. Ms. Andersen was awarded the
chapter and Ontario Distinguished Service Awards, in addition to Life
Membership and then the Fellowship Award in 2008. Community service has been a
broad part of her volunteer activities, serving on various community
committees and boards. CGA since 1978.

    Simon Brault, FCGA
    Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada; President,
    Culture Montreal; Vice-Chair, Canada Council for the Arts
    Montreal, Quebec

    CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada and Vice-Chair of the Canada
Council for the Arts, Mr. Brault is also a founding member and Chairman of
Culture Montréal, which champions the key role played by the arts and culture
in defining and developing the City of Montreal.
    Mr. Brault was closely associated with the Forum d'action des milieux
culturels de la Métropole from 1994 to 1999. He also initiated Journées de la
culture, a massive undertaking first held in 1997 to popularize the arts and
culture across Quebec. In November 2007, he was chair of the steering
committee and chief organizer of the Montreal, Cultural Metropolis event. He
is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Musagetes Foundation.
    In 2005 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest
civilian honour. CGA since 1991.

    Jiangan (Mex) Chen, FCGA
    Senior Director, Finance and Supply Chain Management, Kimberly-Clark
    (China) Co., Ltd.
    Beijing, China

    Mr. Chen is the Senior Director of Finance and Supply Chain for
Kimberly-Clark (China) Co., Ltd. Mr. Chen was Chair of the CGA Beijing Chapter
from 2004 to 2006.
    Mr. Chen has presented at numerous Chinese universities on finance career
development and related topics involving the CGA. He maintains quarterly CGA
Beijing-Tianjin finance and accounting services while giving back to his
community through volunteer engagements such as discussing student career
plans on behalf of the China Central Youth League at Zhejiang University
(2004) and producing the draft accounting standard for the China NPO
Discipline Committee (2006). CGA since 2001.

    Suzanne Chiricota, FCGA
    Accounting Department Manager
    Régie de l'assurance maladie du Quebec
    Quebec City, Quebec

    Ms. Chiricota is manager of accounting for La Régie de l'assurance
maladie du Quebec and has been an active member of the Ordre des CGA du Quebec
since 1995. In 2007, Ms. Chiricota organized a seminar on combatting money
laundering in partnership with the Forum of Quebec Government Internal
Auditing Officials. That same year she was appointed to the provincial
organizing committee for the Ordre's 100th anniversary celebrations. She has
been a training supervisor for CGA students and has served on the board of the
Quebec City Chapter for 10 years.
    Mrs. Chiricota also serves her community through devotion to her
neighborhood. From 1994 to 1997 she was the treasurer of the board of
directors for the Beauport Arts and History Society. Over the years she has
also dedicated her time to non-profit organizations such as the Fondation
Quebecoise du Cancer and the Quebec City Alzheimer Society. CGA since 1993.

    Jang Engineer, FCGA
    Associate, Nawaz Taub & Wasserman, LLP
    Mississauga, Ontario

    Mr. Engineer has been in public practice for the past 36 years. He
obtained a CPA designation (Delaware) in 1993 and in 2004 was granted a public
accounting licence from the Public Accountants Council for the Province of
Ontario. Mr. Engineer served as a member of the Toronto chapter's Public
Practice Committee for four years, ending in 1990.
    Mr. Engineer is also a director of a Swiss bank with operations in
Canada. In addition to serving as a member of the bank's board of directors,
he is also the chairman of the audit committee and a member of the conduct
review committee.
    Mr. Engineer is a founding director of Ontario Zoroastrian Community
Foundation, a community based organization dedicated towards building a house
of worship and a seniors home. The foundation boasts a membership of over
1,000 Zoroastrians.
    Mr. Engineer's experience in public accounting ranges from auditing some
of the largest public companies to preparing financial statements of small
family-owned businesses to preparation of personal tax returns. Mr. Engineer
is a Practice Inspector and a member of the Public Practice Licensing
Committee of the Association of Certified General Accountants of Ontario. CGA
since 1984.

    David Fairhall, FCGA
    Principal, Fairhall Zhang & Associates Ltd.
    Burnaby, British Columbia

    Mr. Fairhall is a Principal of Fairhall Zhang & Associates Ltd. He was a
member of the CGA-BC Board of Governors from 1998 through 2007. Since 1985 he
has been an active member of various CGA-BC committees including the Public
Practice Advisory, Appeals, Continuing Professional Development, Ethics,
Audit, and Finance. From 1998-2004 he was the Chair of the Accountants
Professional Liability Task Force and has also served as Education Chair, Vice
Chair and Chair for the CGA Vancouver chapter.
    Mr. Fairhall serves his community as an active Lions Club member and
director, past president and director of the Edmonds Town Centre Business &
Community Association and he has volunteered over the past 30 years with
organizations that have included the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, the BC
Motorsport Association and the Western Canadian Ice Racing Association of BC.
CGA since 1974.

    Bert Frizzell, FCGA
    President and CEO, The Shaw Group Limited
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Mr. Frizzell is President and CEO of The Shaw Group Limited. In 2008 he
was designated one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada. Mr. Frizzell has
been a leader in the building materials industry for many years and served as
a director of the Concrete Masonry Producers Association of Canada and the
National Concrete Masonry Producers Association of the U.S. He was also Vice
President of the National Concrete Producers Association and President and
Treasurer of the Clay Brick Association of Canada, as well as director of the
Alliance of Manufacturers and Exporters of Canada, Nova Scotia Division.
    Mr. Frizzell has most notably served his community while on the advisory
board of the Supervisory Career Paths Program for Black Nova Scotians at
Henson College. He is on the Board of Governors of Acadia University, a
Governor of Junior Achievement and a Director of Heritage Gas. He has also
been recently featured in a campaign to promote successful CGAs in Nova
Scotia. CGA since 1975.

    Philippe Halley, FCGA
    Vice President, Corporate Accounting and Control, Caisse de dépôt et
    placement du Québec
    Montreal, Quebec

    Mr. Halley is Vice President of Corporate Accounting and Control at the
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, one of the top fund managers in
Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Halley is responsible for all of the accounting
activities of the Caisse and its subsidiaries. He is also in charge of general
administration, budgetary control and oversight of operating effectiveness.
Mr. Halley is a sought after advisor in the investment field, particularly
concerning accounting treatments. He addressed the Congress of the Ordre des
comptables agréés du Québec in 2001, discussing derivative financial products
and their impact, and subsequently set up a training program for financial
sector employees on the subject.
    Mr. Halley served his community on a number of occasions, acting as
Treasurer of Ducks Unlimited Canada (Quebec Chapter), a non-profit
organization dedicated to preserving wetlands, from 1993-94. He was also on
the fund-raising committee of Théâtre Denise Pelletier in 2007, a company
presenting professional theatre productions to student audiences. In addition,
Mr. Halley is an assistant coach for a youth hockey team. CGA since 1986

    Alain Lalonde, FCGA
    Auditor General, City of Ottawa
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Mr. Lalonde has been the Auditor General for the City of Ottawa since
September of 2004 and has over 25 years of public administration experience.
In his current position he has received numerous international delegations
while being involved in the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation, an
organization facilitating the transfer of knowledge to auditors in developing
countries. Alongside numerous speaking engagements, Mr. Lalonde has influenced
the public transparency of federal elections financing, working from 1997-2003
as Associate Director, Election Financing for Elections Canada. He has helped
to develop two Bills on elections financing.
    Amongst many awards and acknowledgements, Mr. Lalonde received the Golden
Jubilee Medal in 2002 in recognition of his public service and implementation
of electronic reporting systems that have allowed for the full disclosure of
elections expenses at the federal level. CGA since 1991.

    Scott Lamont, FCGA
    Vice President, Administration and Finance, Brandon University
    Brandon, Manitoba

    Scott Lamont is Vice President for Administration and Finance at Brandon
University and has worked at the school since 1992, first as Director of
Financial and Accounting, followed by a turn as Chief Administrative and
Financial Officer. He has been an active member of CGA Manitoba since 1989,
acting as Chair to the Westman Chapter Board in 1993-94 and has been
acknowledged as the Westman Chapter CGA of the Year. He was the 1995 CGA
Manitoba Conference Co-Chair, as well as a Campus Recruiter who helped
establish the CGA Conference Centre at Brandon University. Mr. Lamont has
served his community through involvement in numerous organizations including
The Brandon police strategic planning committee, the Westoba Credit Union
Board of Directors and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. He is also the music
leader at the St. Augustine Church and has been an avid supporter of various
cultural initiatives within his church community and the Brandon public school
system. CGA since 1990.

    David McPeak, FCGA
    Technical Manager, International Accounting Education Standards Board
    Toronto, Ontario

    Mr. McPeak is the Technical Manager of the International Accounting
Education Standards Board. He has held the position of Director of Assessment
with CGA-Canada (2004-2007) and worked with the professional examination
service to introduce a practice analysis which enabled the delineation and
validation of the 2003-2008 CGA Competency List. He has also served as Manager
of Examinations for CGA-Canada (2000-2004) and as Education Development
Specialist (1996-2000).
    Mr. McPeak has lectured in financial accounting at the University of
Ottawa and in finance at St. Mary's University. Mr. McPeak has co-authored
several publications in the area of financial management, acted as marker of
CMA final professional examinations, and presented at both Canadian and
international accounting conferences. He has volunteered his time to serve as
Vice President of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (2005-2007) and
as a member of the Certification Scheme Committee of the Financial Planners
Standards Council (2007-present). CGA since 1992.

    Frank Mensink, FCGA
    Executive Dean, School of Business, Conestoga College Institute of
    Technology and Advanced Learning
    Kitchener, Ontario

    Mr. Mensink has been the Executive Dean of the School of Business at the
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning since 2001. He
has been a coordinator and professor for the college's Business Administration
Accounting Program and has auditing and accounting experience in the field
going back to 1977.
    Mr. Mensink currently serves as a member of the Tax and Fiscal Policy
Advisory, and Audit Committees of CGA-Canada. He has been a member of the CGA
Ontario Board of Governors since 2002 and is currently serving as
Secretary-Treasurer. He is Chair of the Corporate and Finance and Public
Accounting Licensing Committees and served on many other CGA Ontario
committees. He also serves his community through his membership on the City of
Waterloo Economic Development and Audit committees, the Ontario Colleges'
Heads of Business, and was a founding member of the Chamber Young
Professionals Committee of the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
He has been extensively involved with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chapter of CGA
Ontario and was granted CGA Ontario's Chapter Distinguished Service Award in
2003 and the CGA Ontario Distinguished Service Award in 2005. CGA since 1995.

    Nazir Nenshi, FCGA
    Director, Assessment, CGA-Canada
    Burnaby, British Columbia

    Nazir Nenshi is the Director, Assessment at The Certified General
Accountants Association of Canada, where, he is responsible for providing the
technical expertise, direction and oversight of the assessment development and
reporting functions for the CGA Education, Certification and CPD programs.
    Professionally, Nazir has contributed significantly to the not-for-profit
sector. Among his numerous professional accomplishments, he has worked with
the Aga Khan Development Network where he mentored and motivated an army of
over 3, 000 volunteers, community members, and donors helping them embrace the
values of serving and volunteerism. He continues to provide leadership within
the Ismaili Muslim community and is involved in planning and execution of
projects that impacts the community at large across Canada and
internationally. CGA since 1984.

    Patrick O'Brien, FCGA
    Director of Labour Relations, Recruiting and Organizational
    Effectiveness, Bell Aliant Regional Communications, L.P.
    Saint John, New Brunswick

    Pat O'Brien is the Director of Labour Relations, Recruiting and
Organizational Effectiveness for Bell Aliant Regional Communications, L.P. Mr.
O'Brien is currently the President of CGA New Brunswick and has served as a
member of the Board of Governors of CGA New Brunswick for several years. He
was one of the founding members of CGA New Brunswick's Saint John chapter and
has been a CGA course marker on several occasions and has been an evaluator of
CGA national exams. He has assessed the practical experience case tests of CMA
graduates for CGA Canada.
    Mr. O'Brien is a member of the Council of Industrial Relations Executives
for the Conference Board of Canada and has served on a number of organizations
in the service of his community, including Bell Aliant Telephone Pioneers,
Canadian Blood Services, Nauwigewauk Fire Department, CanCope, United Way,
Nauwigewauk Community Club and St. Alphonsus Parish. Mr. O'Brien also acts as
a member of the executive and is the technical director for Hampton Minor
Hockey and is a vice-president of the Fundy Minor Football Association. He has
coached numerous teams and children since the late 1980s in minor and high
school hockey, minor and little league baseball and in minor football. CGA
since 1983.

    Massimo Pacetti, FCGA
    Member of Parliament, Saint-Leonard/Saint-Michel
    Montreal, Quebec

    Mr. Massimo Pacetti is the Liberal Member of Parliament for the riding of
Saint-Leonard/Saint-Michel. Since being elected to the House of Commons in
2002, he has been an active advocate for CGAs and has been a consistent
supporter of CGA-Canada, recently serving as one of the honorary co-chairs of
CGA-Canada's 100th Anniversary Parliamentary reception in May 2008. He gives
back to his community through his various committee involvements and concern
for youth.
    Since 2006, Mr. Pacetti has held the post of vice-chairman of the
Standing Committee on Finance, the same committee he was elected chairman of
in the 38th Parliament under a Liberal government. In 2006 he was elected
Chairman of the Canada-Italy Inter-Parliamentary Group and has been elected
numerous times since 2004 to the executive committee of the Canada-Europe
Parliamentary Association. He was elected school trustee for the
Pointe-de-l'Ile School Board, has coached minor league hockey and soccer for
several years and was a member of the board of directors as well as a player
for the Montreal Irish Rugby Club. CGA since 1990.

    Denis Riendeau, FCGA
    Project Manager SAP Business One
    Laval, Quebec

    Mr. Riendeau is Project Manager SAP Business One. He has been
Administrator and Treasurer of the CGA Laurentides Chapter, and a CGA Quebec
representative. In 2006 he was elected Director of the Administrative
Committee for CGA Quebec and has served as a member of their Audit Committee
and as second vice-chair. In 2007, he became CGA Quebec's Chair of the
Policies and Procedures Committee and a member of the Finance Committee for
the Quebec Interprofessional Council. Later in the same year he became a
member of CGA-Canada's Finance and Professional Liability Insurance
Committees, an observer for the Executive Committee and assisted in the
preparation of the 2008-09 Ordre des CGA budget.
    Mr. Riendeau also serves his community through a dedication to youth. He
has coached girls' soccer from 2002-06 and sits on the board of directors for
Maison des jeunes Sodarrid, a non-profit organization that helps teenagers in
the community of Boisbriand through the life learning process. CGA since 1992.

    Rob Stephanson, FCGA
    Partner, Dilon Hillstead Melanson CGA Professional Corporation
    Weyburn, Saskatchewan

    Mr. Stephanson is Partner with Dilon Hillstead Melanson, CGA Professional
Corporation. He was elected to the CGA Saskatchewan Board of Governors in 2003
and served as President from November 2005 to September 2007. He served on
many committees during his time with CGA Saskatchewan, including the audit,
bylaws and ethics, student appeals, and compensation. He has been a Member of
the CGA Canada Competitive Analysis Task Force.
    Mr. Stephanson has served his community diligently as Councilor of
Weyburn City Council, participating as a member of the Weyburn Board of Police
Commissioners, the Leisure Service Commission, Environmental Resource,
Heritage Advisory, and Employee Relations committees. He has also been the
Chair of the Weyburn Centennial Committee, a member of the Young Fellows Club
of Weyburn, Weyburn and District United Way Board Chair and Vice Chair, as
well as a member of the Shaunavon Chamber of Commerce and founding Board
member and treasurer of the Weyburn & District Kidsport Committee. CGA since
1998.

    Douglas James Thomas, FCGA
    Partner, Duncan Sabine Collyer Partners, LLP
    Brandon, Manitoba

    Mr. Thomas is a Partner with Duncan Sabine Collyer Partners, LLP, and an
active CGA member. He has been on the Board of Governors for CGA Manitoba
since 2003, serving as Treasurer and as Chair of the Public Practice
Committee, Education Division and Professional Affairs Division. He is
currently the second vice-chair.
    Mr. Thomas has been a member of the Professional Liability Insurance
Committee since 2005, helping manage an insurance retention fund for all CGAs
registered in public practice in Canada. He has served his community as
Treasurer of the Kinsmen Club of Brandon, Manitoba, and as a part of the
Brandon Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee. CGA since 1997.




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

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