CGA-Canada Repeats as a Top Employer



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, the Certified
General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) has been recognized as
one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of B.C.'s Top 50 Employers for 2009.
    "These awards are especially gratifying this year as they coincide with
the association's 100th anniversary celebrations," said Anthony Ariganello,
President and CEO of CGA-Canada. "CGA-Canada has grown to comprise a diverse
group of talented, dedicated employees who provide a range of services to our
members across the country; develop and maintain the profession's leading
accounting education and certification program; contribute their professional
expertise to regulatory boards, international agencies, the academic community
and the public policy arena; and protect the public interest by setting and
implementing stringent professional standards."
    These national and provincial competitions recognize employers who lead
their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees.
Employers were evaluated against a number of criteria including workforce;
physical environment; the work and social atmosphere; health, financial and
family benefits; vacation and time off; employee engagement; training and
skills development; environmental leadership; and community involvement.
    This year, CGA-Canada moved its national head office from leased space in
downtown Vancouver to a brand new building owned by the association in
neighbouring Burnaby. In order to minimize the possible disruptive effects of
relocation, management consulted widely with all staff and communicated
regularly on the progress of the building's construction and the plans for the
office move. Those consultations resulted in measures such as an employee
transportation subsidy to offset increased commuting costs, a well-equipped
in-house fitness facility, improved kitchen and lounge facilities, and a range
of environmentally-friendly initiatives.
    Among other new measures the association adopted this year is an increase
to critical illness insurance benefits for both employees and dependents. This
benefit was well-received by staff, who were shocked by the sudden and
unexpected passing of several popular colleagues in recent years. Additional
enhancements were made to employee benefits and programs, helping to create a
well-rounded compensation model in a competitive environment.
    CGA-Canada will be featured, along with the other top employers, in the
Canada's Top 100 Employers book, which highlights best practices in the human
resources field. The book is scheduled to be released later this fall.
CGA-Canada, the national association representing Canada's Certified General
Accountants, has offices in Burnaby, B.C. and Ottawa, Ontario.

    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.





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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