CGA-BC is celebrating its 60th anniversary today

VANCOUVER, April 18 /CNW/ - This is an historic year for the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) as it marks the 60th anniversary of its founding by an act of the British Columbia legislature on April 18, 1951.

Since then, the CGA designation in British Columbia has grown in importance, popularity and prestige.

"In 60 years we have built a solid foundation that will help us as we move forward," says CGA-BC Chair Bruce Hurst, FCGA. "If you look back at how CGA has adapted to the changing needs of business, and how strong the organization is today, you can see how it will continue to be a leader in the accounting profession in B.C."

As an accounting association, CGA-BC likes to let the numbers speak for themselves.

"In April 1951 we had 60 certified members," noted Gordon Ruth, FCGA, the Association's Chief Executive Officer. "Today we have nearly 15,000 members and students helping to build businesses in every industry and corner of the province."

"CGA-BC has also evolved from a volunteer-based organization to one that is professionally managed by a staff of very talented people," says Ruth. "I am proud of our accomplishment to date, and excited about what is still to come."

Since 1951 thousands of members and many dedicated employees have worked hard to ensure that the CGA designation is recognized for excellence and professionalism in all aspects of accounting, finance and business management. "The cumulative effect of this work is that our members are highly regarded for their accounting expertise, their leadership abilities and their adherence to a strong code of ethics," Ruth says.

The Association is also celebrating a second important milestone in 2011. This past February, CGA-BC welcomed its newest CGAs into membership and Anthony Klassen, CGA, had the honour of being the Association's 10,000th active member.

Of course, since 1951 the Association has served the interests of well in excess of 10,000 members in aggregate, but this is the first time in its history that it can count so many current CGAs in B.C. In addition, CGA-BC also has nearly 5,000 CGA students enrolled in its program of professional studies.

"It is telling that two thirds of all students desiring a professional accounting designation are choosing CGA," says Hurst.

Klassen, who is currently the Assistant Controller for Marpole Transport Ltd. in Delta, B.C., is keenly aware of what a CGA designation can mean for his career. "Having these three simple, yet incredibly difficult to obtain, letters behind my name provides me with career advancement opportunities that would be unavailable to me otherwise," Klassen says.

As CGA-BC's Chair notes, the Association is working hard to help CGAs like Klassen realize those opportunities. "Our goal is to be an indispensable resource for lifelong learning and to provide innovative services for our members and students," says Hurst.

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 all new graduates of the CGA program are required to complete a rules and standards course 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, 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.

SOURCE Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia

For further information:

Edward Downing, Director of Communications
Telephone: (604) 730-6208

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