Certified General Accountants Association of Canada launches 100th anniversary celebration

    Search begins for 100 CGAs who have made a difference

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association
of Canada (CGA-Canada) and its provincial and territorial affiliates are
launching the association's 100th anniversary celebration with a search for
100 CGAs who have made a difference.
    "There is no better way to celebrate our first 100 years than to honour
100 CGAs who are exemplary citizens, who have given greatly of themselves to
their communities and others," said Anthony Ariganello, CGA-Canada's President
and CEO.
    To qualify, nominees must have made a significant positive impact on
their community, government, service organization, profession or humanity at
large in a minimum of five areas, among them:

    -   Breaking new ground
    -   Contributing as an agent of change
    -   Involving or inspiring others
    -   Demonstrating a spirit of philanthropy, courage or selflessness
    -   Rising above adversity
    -   Providing extraordinary service, commitment or dedication
    -   Demonstrating exceptional leadership, creativity, foresight or

    Nominations close on May 16, 2008. The 100 individuals who are selected
will be announced in the fall. For more on the search for 100 CGAs who have
made a difference, and the association's centennial anniversary, visit

    Railway executive, accounting visionary

    CGAs owe a great deal to John Leslie, who founded the Canadian
Accountants' Association in Montreal in 1908. Assistant Comptroller of the
Canadian Pacific Railway at the time, Mr. Leslie joined two fellow railway
accountants, E.B. Manning and F.A. Cousins, to create the new accountancy
fraternity. Its purpose was to "encourage improvement in skills and job
performance" among those working in the profession.
    In 1913, the association, renamed the General Accountants' Association,
was granted a federal charter from the government of Canada and the CGA
designation, born in 1908, was confirmed. Mr. Leslie, who served as the
organization's first president, later became the CPR's Vice President of
Finance and Treasurer.

    About CGA-Canada

    CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada. The CGA
designation focuses on integrity, ethics and the highest education
requirements. Recognized as the country's accounting business leaders, CGAs
provide strategic counsel, financial leadership, and overall direction to all
sectors of the Canadian economy.
    The Association sets standards, develops education programs, publishes
professional materials, advocates on public policy issues, and represents CGAs
nationally and internationally. CGA-Canada represents 68,000 CGAs and students
in Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China.

For further information:

For further information: Taylore Ashlie, Director, Communications,
CGA-Canada, Telephone: (604) 605-5055, Cell: (604) 307-0212, Email:

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