Canada's CAs welcome new wave of future leaders - Award Gold Medal to Vancouver Student

    TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - 2,327 CA students have successfully completed
what is one of the most challenging professional examinations in the world -
the CA Profession's 2007 Uniform Evaluation (UFE).
    "We are delighted to welcome this newest group of future leaders to the
most valued, internationally recognized accounting body in Canada," said CICA
President & CEO Kevin Dancey, FCA. "We congratulate each of these individuals
for their significant accomplishment.
    "The CA qualification program is unparalleled in its ability to prepare
students for a career in business", said Dancey. "By providing the highest
level training along with strong mentoring, it develops professionals who have
a unique combination of integrity and expertise that distinguishes them from
members of all other financial designations. Becoming a CA offers incredible
opportunities and a rewarding career."
    Paul McIntyre, an articling student with Grant Thornton LLP in Vancouver,
has been awarded the prestigious Governor General's Gold Medal and the
Chartered Accountants of Canada cash prize of $5,000 for the highest standing
in Canada on the CA profession's 2007 Uniform Evaluation (UFE).
    "Growing up, I always had an aptitude for numbers," said Paul. "I chose
the CA profession because of the vast range of opportunities and career paths
the CA designation provides."
    Currently employed in Grant Thornton's Vancouver audit group, Paul is
focusing primarily on public company audits and quarterly reviews. In the
future, he plans to pursue a position in the corporate finance area.

    The Chartered Accountants of Canada regional Gold Medal awards for the
highest standing in the UFE (and cash prize of $2,500 each) go to:

    -   James Stanley Mowbray, of Grant Thornton LLP, Halifax, NS for the
        Atlantic Provinces

    -   Lindsay Catherine Karmen Chu, of Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto, ON for

    -   Frédéric Jacques, of Ernst & Young s.r.l./S.E.N.C.R.L./LLP Montréal,
        QC for Québec.

    A national three-day evaluation, the UFE assesses CA candidate
competencies including knowledge, professional judgment and ethics. The UFE is
an important component of the CA qualification program, which includes a
university degree requirement, a professional program of rigorous course work,
practical work experience and other examination requirements. Only those who
complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the
internationally recognized CA designation.
    "Becoming a Chartered Accountant is a tremendous accomplishment that
requires a lot of hard work and determination," added Dancey. "Each of these
future leaders can be justifiably proud of their success."

    The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), together with the
provincial, territorial and Bermuda Institutes/Ordre of Chartered Accountants,
represents a membership of approximately 72,000 CAs and 10,000 students in
Canada and Bermuda. The CICA conducts research into current business issues
and supports the setting of accounting, auditing and assurance standards for
business, not-for-profit organizations and government. It issues guidance on
control and governance, publishes professional literature, develops continuing
education programs and represents the CA profession nationally and
internationally. CICA is a founding member of the International Federation of
Accountants (IFAC) and the Global Accounting Alliance (GAA).

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