Academics Receive CGA Designation at Reception in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BC, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Five senior academics, including three from the University of Northern British Columbia, were presented with their CGA designations today at a special presentation at the Fortune Palace Restaurant in Prince George.

Bruce Hurst, FCGA, Chair of the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC), congratulated the five senior scholars on their accomplishment and spoke of the advantages gained when respected academics earn a professional accounting designation such as the CGA.

"All five of today's CGAs have proven themselves leaders in the halls of academia," said Hurst. "But by taking on the CGA program of studies, they have learned the ins and outs of accounting and finance, the core of everyday business. They have a new appreciation of the challenges accountants face on the job, which can only benefit their research and teaching. Our new CGAs have also enhanced the ties between their institutions and the largest accounting body in the province. We still have much we can learn from one another."

Hurst and Bill Johnson, FCGA, Director, Education & Student Services, presented CGA certificates to the following academics:

  • Han Donker, PhD., CGA, University of Northern British Columbia Dr. Han Donker is the Chair of the School of Business at the University of Northern British Columbia. He earned a Ph.D. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and a Master's in Science in Economics from the Free University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Registered Accountants. Prior to joining UNBC, he was the initiator of a new master program in financial law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
  • Mike Ivanof, PhD., CGA, Thompson Rivers University
    Dr. Mike Ivanof is Director, Academic Program Development and Instructor for "The Management Centre" at Thompson Rivers University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the University of Civil Engineering in Romania, and later earned an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Doctorate in Business Administration from St. John's University in New York. He has developed strong core competencies in Leadership and Organizational Change, Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Relations, and Cross-Cultural Management.
  • Bita Mashayekhi, PhD., CGA, University of Northern British Columbia Dr. Bita Mashayekhi has recently joined UNBC's School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting. Her research analyzes how different aspects of corporate governance influence firms' performance and financial reporting. She has examined board of directors' characteristics as the cornerstone of corporate governance. In this research she explored the influences of board composition, board size, and board independence on the quality of earnings reported by public firms.
  • Alex Ng, PhD., CGA, University of Northern British Columbia Dr. Alex Ng is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Northern British Columbia. He teaches finance and international business and he is currently bringing the Principles of Responsible Management Education—a United Nations initiative—to business students. His research interests include corporate finance and sustainability. He completed his Doctorate in Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University in Florida in 2006.
  • Murray Young, PhD., CGA, Thompson Rivers University
    Dr. Murray Young is Dean of the University's School of Business and Economics. He earned a B.A. from Bethel College, an M.S.B.A. from Indiana University and a Doctoral degree from the Ohio State University. His research interests include marketing strategy, international business, organization and household buyer behavior, and management education.

As the province's largest professional accounting association, CGA-BC represents nearly 15,000 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 public interest.

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, 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

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