Certified Management Accountants of Ontario recognize creativity in business at the inaugural CMA Creative Leadership Awards

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Ontario
recognized the impact of creative vision and implementation by CMAs from
across the province at the inaugural CMA Creative Leadership Awards last
    Sponsored by Canadian Business, the Awards recognized business
achievement in four categories: Imagination, Innovation, Intuition, and Big
Ideas. The award recipients were selected by a panel of experts: Joe Chidley,
Editor, Canadian Business; Murray Lindo, CMA, Director, Ontario Ministry of
Finance; and Kevin Stolarick, Research Director, The Martin Prosperity
    "I am impressed by the level of creativity demonstrated by the award
recipients, and am proud to see the success that can be achieved when CMAs
have the courage to break from convention and confront business challenges
creatively," said Merv Hillier, FCMA, President and CEO, CMA Ontario. "The
importance of creativity and innovation in business leadership today cannot be

    CMA Ontario is delighted to announce the 2009 Creative Leadership Award

    Big Ideas
    Victoria Davies, CMA
    CFO, Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

    Victoria Davies, CMA, CFO of Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions,
received the Big Ideas Award. Davies knew a bold move was required to achieve
Knightsbridge's corporate vision of $100 million in revenues by the end 2010.
Victoria's Big Idea of a significant global acquisition proved to be that
daring move, and put Knightsbridge well on its way to being a global player,
leveraging new technology and achieving its $100 million target.

    Noel John Fernandes, CMA
    Management Consultant

    Noel John Fernandes, a CMA and management consultant, received the
Imagination Award for his work as Director of Finance and Administration,
Residential Development with Fairmont Raffles Hotels International. By
leveraging the power of his teams' multi-functional expertise, Fernandes used
his imagination to develop a multi-national due diligence process to
successfully facilitate Fairmont's appropriation and management of Private
Residence Club properties around the world.

    Susan Richards, CMA
    Vice President of Finance and CFO, Chipworks

    Susan Richards, CMA, Vice President of Finance and CFO of Chipworks, an
Ottawa based tech company, received the Intuition Award. Richards created a
significant and sustainable cash source and profit generator for Chipworks by
re-framing the issue of declining cash flow from a research and development

    Jeffery Zajac, CMA
    President, Solus One

    Jeffery Zajac, CMA, received the Innovation Award. Zajac is the President
of Solus One, a call center solution provider with offices in Ontario and
Mexico. After tapping into the creativity of his team, Zajac innovated Solus
One's product line to create remarkable growth out of the economic downturn,
developing products for the Canadian political, small-to-medium enterprise,
and international markets.

    Please note that videos of the award winners are available online at

    About the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario (CMA Ontario):

    The Certified Management Accountants of Ontario is a self-governing
professional organization that awards the Certified Management Accountant
(CMA) designation to qualified candidates in Ontario. With some 24,000
members, CMA Ontario is an integral part of a profession that is 50,000
members strong across Canada and around the world. CMA Ontario maintains
rigorous standards of accreditation and professionalism in management
accounting to protect the public interest.

    The CMA Creative Leadership Awards are sponsored by Canadian Business.

For further information:

For further information: Cathy Kurzbock, Consultant, Hill & Knowlton
Canada, (416) 413-4755, cathy.kurzbock@hillandknowlton.ca; Angie Brennand,
Director of Public Affairs and Communications, CMA Ontario,
abrennand@cma-ontario.org, O: (416) 204-3141, C: (416) 722-3900

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