CMA Ontario announces first Ottawa graduating class from exclusive "Executive CMA" program

    Intended for senior executives charged with charting the strategic
    direction of their organization

    TORONTO, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - The Society of Certified Management Accountants
of Ontario (CMA Ontario) is pleased to announce the first graduating class of
its new Ottawa "Executive CMA Program".
    The first graduating class featured senior management personnel drawn
from a widely diverse background, including public sector CFOs.
    First launched in 2000 in Toronto, the "Executive CMA Program" was
established to meet demand for the financial management skills and
competencies represented by the CMA designation. To apply for the program,
candidates are required to possess a university degree and at least five years
of senior strategic leadership experience in business or in complex
    In an intentionally dynamic environment with intense learning
requirements, the CMA Executive Program brings together a distinguished group
of colleagues and moderators from diverse industries and backgrounds, to
explore and apply emerging business practices.
    "The CMA Executive Program provides executive leaders with valuable
strategic, management and accounting skills, enabling them to meet the
ever-increasing needs of employers in today's marketplace," says Merv Hillier,
FCMA, President and Chief Executive Officer of CMA Ontario. "Experienced
professionals are able to add a prestigious professional designation to their
    As an example, a recent program enrollee is Paul Bates, a recognized
Canadian business leader with former Bay Street experience, and the current
Dean of the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University - one of
Canada's leading business schools.
    In Year 1 of the program, candidates complete foundation studies in a
breadth of business disciplines such as Management Accounting, Corporate
Finance, Strategic Management and International Business. In Year 2,
participants complete an executive version of the CMA "Strategic Leadership
Program," exploring how contemporary techniques in strategy, management
accounting, marketing and IT guide strategic planning and implementation
through all phrases of an organization's product/service life cycle.
    Information about the CMA Executive Program can be found at:

    About CMA Ontario

    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 16,000 certified
and 4,000 student members, CMA Ontario is an integral part of a profession
that is 47,000 members strong across Canada and around the world. The leaders
in Strategic Management Accounting, CMAs adhere to a strict code of ethics and
rigorous standards to uphold the protection of public interest.

For further information:

For further information: Sharon Armstrong, Vice President, Marketing and
Communications, CMA Ontario, Direct: (416) 204-3118, Cell: (416) 885-8073,; or Rick Hall, Principal, RICK HALL PR, Direct:
(416) 967-0751, Cell: (647) 219-0691,

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