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
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
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
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