NBICA Announces Bell Aliant as a New Brunswick Chartered Accountant Training Office

    SAINT JOHN, NB, April 23 /CNW/ - The New Brunswick Institute of Chartered
Accountants (NBICA) today announced a partnership with Bell Aliant to form a
New Brunswick Chartered Accountant (CA) Training Office.
    Historically, the training of chartered accountant students achieving
their CA designation was required to take place in a public practice chartered
accountancy firm or the Office of the Auditor General. Recently, the Canadian
CA profession, including NBICA, approved changes allowing a select group of
leading corporations and government departments who meet strict criteria to
apply to become an accredited CA training office.
    Bell Aliant recently received the distinction as an approved CA training
office with the NBICA and will begin recruiting new CA students in the Fall,
    "The NBICA is committed to working with corporate employers who can
provide our CA students with exceptional learning opportunities in a culture
of the highest ethical values, and we are confident that we have such an
employer in Bell Aliant," says Jack Blackier, Executive Director, NBICA. "We
look forward to a long and successful relationship with Bell Aliant as a CA
training office for the next generation of New Brunswick's business leaders."
    "Bell Aliant is pleased to partner with NBICA and is committed to
providing an exceptional training and employment experience for CA students,"
says Cathy Rignanesi, CA, Vice-president, Taxation Services, Bell Aliant. "As
an innovative company that operates in a competitive business environment, we
will provide challenging learning opportunities that align with the core
competencies of the CA designation."
    Employees are at the core of Bell Aliant's success. The opportunity to
train CA students will enable the company to further develop business leaders
who have the strategic, analytical and financial expertise to lead the company
in the future.

    About NBICA

    The NBICA is the self-governing body of chartered accountants and CA
students in New Brunswick. Its primary mandate is to serve and protect the
public interest, and advance the interests of the chartered accountancy
profession within New Brunswick and throughout Canada. The Chartered
Accountants' Act (1998) grants the NBICA the authority to govern the
professional activities of its members and students. The Institute meets the
objectives of serving and protecting the public interest in several ways,
including: promoting and increasing the knowledge, skills and proficiency of
members and students; regulating the discipline and professional conduct of
members and students; requiring public practitioners to carry minimum levels
of professional liability insurance; having lay representatives sit on
Council, and conducting practice inspection of its public practitioners.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and

For further information:

For further information: Jack M. Blackier, LL.B., FCA, Executive
Director, New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants, (506) 634-1589;
Peter Murchland, Public Affairs Manager, Communications and Public Affairs,
Bell Aliant, (877) 487-3165

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