TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Certified General Accountants of Ontario
(CGA Ontario) recently held its annual recognition and awards ceremony
at the InterContinental Toronto Centre, recognizing CGAs who have
worked hard to make a difference. The award recipients, among some of
today's accounting and finance leaders, represent the CGA designation
in their local workplaces and communities, working hard to build equity
for the CGA designation. They see the story behind a business' success;
whatever their role, be it CFO, president, controller or advisor, these
CGAs provide valuable insights that support important financial and
business decisions every day.
CGA Ontario pays tribute to the following certified general accountants:
Lorna Henderson Outstanding Mentor Award - Michelle Causton FCGA, Nipissing
A tax and management accounting professor in the School of Business and
Management at Canadore College in North Bay, Michelle is described as
"tough but fair" and an "inspirational mentor and role model" by her
students. She is renowned for "going the extra mile" in counselling
students on their careers and keeping in touch after graduation.
Ivy Thomas Award - Nora Fischer CGA, Toronto
An inspirational and philanthropic leader, Nora has worked with the
Parkinson Society Central and Northern Ontario, supporting the fight
against Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, for more
than 13 years. Overcoming her own physical adversity, she has
demonstrated outstanding leadership through her involvement and
humanitarian efforts, helping more than 40,000 people.
Life Membership Award - Frank Mensink FCGA, Waterloo
For 11 years the retired executive dean (former professor of accounting)
at the School of Business and Hospitality, Conestoga College Institute
of Technology and Advanced Learning, was instrumental in building a
relationship between CGA Ontario, Conestoga College, and the community
of Kitchener. He served as CGA Ontario's chair of the board of
directors in 2010-11, Frank's dedication to CGA Ontario has been
demonstrated though his commitment to academia, lifelong learning and
volunteerism. Frank is an academic leader and mentor.
Ontario Distinguished Service Award: Issued to CGAs for their distinguished service to the Association at
the provincial level; or for significant recognition to the Association
in the general community; or a combination thereof. Recognizing:
Zennie Bernardo CGA, Thornhill - Credited with strong leadership, enthusiasm, unwavering commitment to
her designation and CGA Ontario, Zennie works hard to make a
difference, coaching over 200 volunteers each year to prepare tax
returns within the GTA for the past 10 years. She leads through example
and best practice in supporting her community.
Kanwal (Ken) Kapur FCGA, Pickering - A well regarded and successful professional practitioner and former
university professor, Ken can often be found mentoring students in the
CGA program of professional studies. He is a true brand ambassador for
the Association and encourages students to consider and pursue the CGA
designation in building their careers. He has been credited for his
positive contributions to countless community services, demonstrating
professionalism in every role he has carried.
Jean LaPorte FCGA, Orleans - A current member of the board of directors for CGA Ontario, Jean played
an active role on the Ottawa chapter committee, planning, organizing
and leading public sector days, hosting new professional development
programs, among others initiatives. Identified as one of Ottawa's most
active volunteers, he advocates for the CGA designation within the federal public service
and he has been a member of various CGA Ontario committees.
Juliet Perez CGA, Mississauga - A dedicated volunteer and advocate within the Filipino community, Juliet
is involved with CGA Ontario chairing and serving several committees
with Peel Chapter, in addition to local community associations. She is
a team player who has initiated professional development opportunities,
piloted several new projects and supported student orientation events,
noted for sharing ideas and mentoring Canadian immigrants.
The following certified general accountants were granted the Fellowship
designation (FCGA): Sally Boucher FCGA, Manotick; Johanna Charbonneau FCGA, Ottawa; Ronald
(Ron) Harvey FCGA, Kanata; Kanwal (Ken) Kapur FCGA, Pickering; Bernie
Keim FCGA, London; Bill McNames FCGA, Ayemer; Kerry Peacock FCGA,
Toronto; Fred Pritchard FCGA, Moffat; Satish Thakkar FCGA, Brampton;
Greg Twinney FCGA, Caledon.
The Fellowship designation gives those who receive it the privilege of
using the FCGA designation. It is bestowed upon CGAs who have rendered
exemplary service to the Association, the accounting profession and the
"Regardless of their particular achievement, all of the CGA honourees
have something in common," said Doug Brooks, FCGA, CEO, CGA Ontario.
"They leverage their skills in the marketplace each day; building,
strengthening and adding value to the CGA designation."
CGAs who achieved 25 and 50 years of membership were also honoured and
recognized at the recognition and awards dinner.
CGAs possess a solid foundation of accounting skills. Forward-thinking
financial leaders, CGAs have broad business experience that makes them
equipped to handle the varying needs of any business.
About the Certified General Accountants of Ontario
CGA Ontario is a self-governing body that grants the exclusive rights to
the CGA designation, and controls the professional standards, conduct
and discipline of its members and students in the province of Ontario.
Certified general accountants (CGAs) are committed to meeting the needs
of businesses and organizations with strategic insight, leadership and
demonstrated abilities. In Ontario, there are more than 22,000 CGAs and
9,000 students working toward their designation.
SOURCE: Certified General Accountants of Ontario
For further information:
Amy Mulhern, Manager, Public Relations, CGA Ontario
Phone: 416-544-4781 or 1-800-668-1454, ext. 8311