CALGARY, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants'
Association of Alberta (CGA Alberta), in partnership with Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) today announced its search for Alberta's Next Top Accountant, a social media contest where students submit videos outlining why they
are the right person for the job. The contest's grand-prize winner
receives a paid summer internship at Husky Energy located in Calgary,
Alberta, a scholarship with CGA Alberta, a $3,000 cash prize plus a
$5,000 donation to their school.
"We are very excited about this innovative contest," said John Carpenter
MBA FCGA, Chief Executive Officer of CGA Alberta. "Leveraging on the
success and popularity of a reality TV show and using YouTube and
Facebook to reach our audience, our aim is to showcase what it means to
be a CGA. The contest displays the kind of education and experience the
CGA program gives students and what kind of unlimited career potential
they can enjoy."
Partnering with a prestigious company such as Husky Energy highlights
the fact that CGAs are top accountants - and in demand by highly
regarded organizations. "We are eager to discover the talented
individual who will covet the title!" Carpenter added.
"This is a great opportunity for Husky and the CGA to collaborate," said
Husky Energy Controller Angela Butler. "It's a creative way for
students to share their skills and should generate some healthy
competition among emerging talent. We look forward to the Next Top
Accountant spending time with us so we can help prepare them for their
CGA Alberta is building on the success of last year's contest which
garnered 17 video submissions, receiving more than 15,000 views. 2011
contest partner Talisman Energy Inc. hired SAIT student Stephanie Greve
for the summer internship and extended her contract to a full time
position. "This was a great opportunity for me to enter the business
world and gain even more work experience in a new and challenging
environment," said Greve. "Being called Alberta's Next Top Accountant
is something I am very proud of. My goals have certainly changed
because now I see a future with Talisman and I believe I am on the
right track to make it happen." Talisman Energy Inc. also extended an
offer of employment to Next Top Accountant 3rd place winner Ahmed Bilal
This year, contestants are again asked to submit a video outlining why
they should be Alberta's Next Top Accountant and to post the video on CGA Alberta's YouTube channel. Members from the general public can vote on the entries by visiting
www.nexttopaccountant.ca and "Liking" the video. The 5 entries with the
most "Likes" will continue to the next stage of the contest, where they
will develop a business case study to be judged by a panel of CGAs and
a Husky Energy representative. New videos are submitted weekly, so
check back often to view the new contestants.
The contest is open to all residents of Alberta 18 years or older.
Contest entries can be made from now until March 5, with voting closing
on March 6. Business case studies are due by March 22 and the interview
process will take place March 30, with the winner announced that day.
The grand prize package includes a paid summer internship at HuskyEnergy
in Calgary, Alberta, $3,000 cash and CGA student entry fee and
transcript evaluation ($880 value). The winning school will also
receive a $5,000 donation
2nd place: $2,000 cash, $2,000 CGA scholarship
3rd place: $1,000 cash, $1,000 CGA scholarship
The Certified General Accountants' Association is responsible for the
education, regulation and promotion of CGAs in Alberta. There are more
than 75,000 CGA members and students working across the country and
around the world, at every level and in every sector. CGA is the
fastest growing accounting designation in Canada and is the designation
of choice for students pursuing an accounting career in Alberta.
Husky Energy is one of Canada's largest integrated energy companies. It
is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, and is publicly traded on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols HSE and HSE.PR.A. The Company
operates worldwide with Upstream, Midstream and Downstream business
For more information on Alberta's Next Top Accountant, go to www.nexttopaccountant.ca.
For more information on CGA Alberta, go to www.cga-alberta.org.
For more information on Husky Energy Inc., go to www.huskyenergy.com.
SOURCE Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta
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