2010 Awards for Canada's Payroll Certifications Programs Announced

TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Gold, Silver and Bronze Certification Awards. These individuals have attained the highest overall marks nationwide in the compulsory payroll courses of the CPA's professional Certification Programs.

The 2010 Regional Certification Award Winners were recognized at 16 certification recognition events held across Canada from April 7 to May 6. The CPA congratulated these individuals along with an additional 1,600 professionals who completed their Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) and Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) certifications over the last year. They join over 7,500 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 Janice MacLellan, CPA Chairman. "By completing certification, these individuals have demonstrated their commitment to their careers and exemplify the CPA's core values of community, professionalism and authoritative knowledge."

2010 Regional Award Winners

    Atlantic Region
        -  Gold: Bronwynn Erskine, PCP
        -  Silver: Jian Wang, PCP
        -  Bronze: Susan Lawrence, PCP

    Greater Toronto
        -  Gold: Xuyan (Amanda) Wu, PCP
        -  Silver: Ping (Peggy) Wang, PCP
        -  Bronze: Kamaljit Bhui, PCP

    Ontario Region
        -  Gold: Twyla Gilbert, PCP
        -  Silver: Cemil Durak, PCP
        -  Silver: Maria Korostenski, PCP

    Pacific Region
        -  Gold: Jing Liang, PCP
        -  Silver: Subashin Thirumeni Govindarajan, PCP
        -  Bronze: Jun Wei, PCP

    Prairie Region
        -  Gold: Monica Bridge, PCP
        -  Silver: Tami Louise Norget, PCP
        -  Bronze: Kristy Walker, PCP

    Quebec Region
        -  Gold: Josée Bergeron, PCP
        -  Silver: Annick Rail, PCP
        -  Bronze: Linda Ross, PCP

"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. "Today's payroll professionals are expected to keep their organizations compliant by enhancing their understanding of payroll legislation and best practices. This year's regional award winners and graduates have contributed to the enhancement of the payroll profession in Canada through their personal commitment of energy, time and intellect."

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 $730 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 $80 billion in health and retirement benefits. In addition, payroll administers 25 million T4s, 8 million T4As, and 6 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: For further information: Wendy McLean-Cobban, Manager, Marketing & Communications, The Canadian Payroll Association, Tel: 1-800-387-4693 or (416) 487-3380 ext. 111, wendy@payroll.ca

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