2011 Awards for Canada's Payroll Certifications Programs Announced

TORONTO, May 20, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Gold, Silver and Bronze Regional Certification Awards. These individuals have attained the highest overall marks nationwide in the compulsory payroll courses of the CPA's professional Certification Programs.

The 2011 Regional Certification Award Winners were recognized at 16 certification recognition events held across Canada from March 31 to April 29 attended by over 2,200 new graduates, alumni and guests. The CPA congratulated these individuals along with an additional 2,300 professionals who completed their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certifications over the last year. They join over 9,000 certified payroll professionals throughout the country who have completed their PCP and CPM certifications with the Association.

"A Payroll Compliance Practitioner has the skills and competencies required to keep an organization compliant for an annual payroll cycle, while a Certified Payroll Manager contributes a payroll perspective to strategic management discussions related to remuneration and benefits," states Cindy Forget, CPM, CPA Chairman. "Through their commitment of energy, time and intellect in achieving certification, our certified members demonstrate their commitment to their careers and enhance the professionalism of payroll."

2011 Regional Award Winners

Atlantic Region
• Gold: Cheryl Rolls, PCP - St. John's, NL
• Silver: Cheryl MacDonald, PCP - Charlottetown, PE
• Bronze: Diane McCloskey, PCP - Charlottetown, PE

Greater Toronto Region
• Gold: Qun Zheng, PCP - Vancouver, BC
• Silver: Maria Liza Velarde, PCP - Mississauga, ON
• Bronze: Tong Jin, PCP - Mississauga, ON

Ontario Region
• Gold: Li Juan Yao, PCP - Peterborough, ON
• Silver: Michelle Altieri, PCP - Embrun, ON
• Bronze: Yan Feng, PCP - London, ON

Pacific Region
• Gold: Gurjeet Dhillon, PCP - Surrey, BC
• Silver: Loren Park, PCP - Surrey, BC
• Bronze: Jaffer Ali Hirani, PCP - Burnaby, BC

Prairie Region
• Gold: Sujuan Zhang, PCP - Winnipeg, MB
• Silver: Eva Milo, PCP - Calgary, AB
• Bronze: Erika Scheer, PCP - Lloydminster, AB

Quebec Region
• Gold: Véronique Martel-Lefebvre, PCP - Saint-Hubert, QC
• Silver: Nathalie Grenier, PCP - Montreal, QC
• Bronze: Christy Walsh, PCP - Pointe-Claire, QC

"Holding a payroll certification signifies to employers that you are a competent and knowledgeable payroll professional, who has demonstrated  mastery of a unique body of knowledge, commitment to continuing professional education and adherence to a code of professional conduct," states Patrick Culhane, CPA President. "Certified professionals play a mission-critical role in their organizations given the magnitude of the financial responsibilities they administer while ensuring their organizations are compliant with over 185 regulatory requirements throughout the year."

About the Canadian Payroll Association

The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) influences the payroll compliance practices and processes of over three hundred thousand organizations that pay millions of employees annually. Its mission is Payroll Leadership through Advocacy and Education. Effective and efficient payroll administration is mission-critical given the magnitude of the payments made by employers and the breadth of the legislative compliance requirements. Payroll professionals, on behalf of Canada's 1.5 million employers, annually pay $810 billion in salaries and taxable benefits, $200 billion in remittances to the Canada Revenue Agency, $30 billion in remittances to the Ministère du Revenu du Quebec, and $90 billion in health and retirement benefits. In addition, payroll administers 25 million T4s, 9 million T4As, and 7 million RL-1s—all while complying with over 185 pieces of federal/provincial legislation and regulatory requirements. www.payroll.ca

SOURCE Canadian Payroll Association

For further information:

Wendy McLean-Cobban, CMP, ABC
Manager, Communications & Regional Programs
The Canadian Payroll Association
Tel: 1-800-387-4693 or 416-487-3380 ext. 111


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