CGA-BC Announces its Board of Governors for 2011

VANCOUVER, Jan. 1 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) is pleased to announce its Board of Governors for 2011:

      Bruce Hurst, CFP, FCGA, has been elected Chair of the Board of Governors for 2011. Mr. Hurst is a Director and Senior Shareholder with the public practice firm of Reid Hurst Nagy Inc. in Richmond. He joined the Board in 2007 and resides in Surrey.
     
Cindy Choi, BAccS, CGA, is First Vice-Chair. Ms. Choi is a Manager with Chan & Company, Certified General Accountant in Victoria and serves on the provincial government's Small Business Roundtable. In 2011 she will chair the Association's Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. She joined the Board in 2007 and represents the Southern Vancouver Island region. Ms. Choi resides in Victoria.
     
John Pankratz, BBA, FCGA, is Past-Chair and Treasurer. Mr. Pankratz is a Partner in the public accounting firm of Friesen Pankratz & Associates LLP, where he is the lead engagement partner for roughly 150 corporate clients and 400 personal client accounts. In 2011 he will chair the Association's Practice Review Committee. He joined the Board in 2006 and resides in Abbotsford.
     
Dr. Heather C. Banham, MBA, DBA, CGA, is Dean of Business Administration and Commercial Aviation at Okanagan College. She is newly elected to the Board for 2011 and represents the Kamloops/Okanagan region. She will also chair the Association's Education Appeals Committee. Ms. Banham resides in Kelowna.
     
Connie Forrest, DiplT, CGA, joined the Board in 2007 and represents the Northern Vancouver Island region. In 2011 she will chair the Association's Honours & Awards Committee. Ms. Forrest is an Associate with Jedroc Consulting Services Ltd. and she resides in Ladysmith.
     
Brian Friedrich, BA, MEd, CGA, is a Principal with Friedrich & Friedrich Corporation in Surrey. He joined the Board in 2008. Mr. Friedrich resides in Surrey.
     
Mary Galaugher, CGA, is Chief Financial Officer for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. She is newly elected to the Board for 2011 and will serve as a member of the Association's Appeals and Education Appeals Committees. Ms. Galaugher resides in New Westminster.
     
Rose Henri, BAccS, CGA, is a Cost Analyst with AMEC Americas. She joined the Board in 2009 and represents the East/West Kootenays region. In 2011 she will serve on the Association's Audit Committee. Ms. Henri resides in Castlegar.
     
Keon J. Kwan, BA, DiplT, CFP, CFE, CPA (VT), CGA, is the owner of Keon Kwan & Company, a public accounting firm in Burnaby. He is newly elected to the Board for 2011 and will chair the Association's Audit Committee. Mr. Kwan resides in Burnaby.
     
Michael McAdam, CGA, is President and CEO of Teldon Media Group Inc., the largest privately held printer in Western Canada. He joined the Board in 2008. Mr. McAdam resides in Surrey.
     
Brigitte Mettler, BBA, CGA, is a Manager and Facilitator for the BC Medical Association's Physician Information Technology Office. She joined the Board in 2007 and represents the Northern Central region. In 2011 she will sit as an alternate member of the Association's Appeals Committee. Ms. Mettler resides in Smithers.
     
Candace Nancke, CGA, is the Managing Partner with the CGA public accounting firm Loren, Nancke & Company. She joined the Board in 2009. In 2011 she will chair the Association's Discipline Committee and serve as the Board representative for the CGA-BC Educational Foundation. Ms. Nancke resides in Coquitlam.
     
David Sale, DiplT, MBA, CGA, is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's School of Business. He first served on the Board from 2006 to 2008 and was re-elected in 2010. Mr. Sale resides in Surrey.
     
Stephen Spector, BA, MA, FCGA, is the proprietor of Spector and Associates in North Vancouver as well as a Lecturer at Simon Fraser University. He was the Association's President in 2009. He joined the Board in 1998 and represents the Lower Mainland region. In 2011 he will chair the Association's Appeals Committee. Mr. Spector resides in North Vancouver.
     
C.Y. (Cheng-Yan) Tay, BBA, CGA, is Director of Finance and Administration with PDG Investments in Vancouver. He joined the Board in 2008. In 2011 he will serve on the Association's Appeals Committee. Mr. Tay resides in Vancouver.
     
Guy Heywood, BA, MBA, was appointed Lay Board Member on May 2, 2008 by the provincial government. Mr. Heywood has the responsibility of serving the public's interest on the CGA-BC Board.  He is Vice-President, Corporate Development for Magnolia Capital Corporation and a City of North Vancouver councillor.
     
Gordon Ruth, BA, FCGA, is CGA-BC's Chief Executive Officer and serves as Secretary of the Board. Mr. Ruth resides in Burnaby.

Joanne Pulis, CGA, of Richmond, along with Past-Presidents Gordon Clissold, FCGA, of Coquitlam, and Patrick Keller, BAppBA, FCGA, of Penticton, have retired as members of the Board.

There are 15 elected members of the Board. These include one each representing the Lower Mainland region, the Southern Vancouver Island region, the Northern Vancouver Island region, the Northern Central region, the Kamloops/Okanagan region and the East/West Kootenays region (as specified above). The Lower Mainland region also provides for nine additional members of the Board to represent the membership at large (unless noted otherwise, the elected governors above represent the membership at large). In addition, there is one Lay Board member who represents the public and is appointed by the provincial government.

ABOUT CGA-BC
As the province's largest professional accounting association, CGA-BC represents more than 14,000 CGAs and students. Members work in industry, commerce, government and in public practice. The Association promotes the excellence of its members and advances the accounting profession through education, certification and the protection of the public interest.

CGA-BC leads the profession in the integration of ethics into its academic program, and has now introduced a rules and standards course for all new graduates of the CGA program to complement an ongoing ethics requirement for members.

The Association also offers a wide range of employment services and programs to its members, students and the business community. These services include CGAjobs.org, a job postings website for finance and accounting professionals, and the Partners in Employment Program (PEP), which recognizes organizations that provide an effective working and training environment for CGAs and CGA students.

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SOURCE Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia

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Edward Downing, Director of Communications
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E-mail: edowning@cga-bc.org

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