EDMONTON, Feb. 4, 2019 /CNW/ - A $1-million gift from a well-known Alberta business leader has led to the creation of an unprecedented initiative to mentor and support tomorrow's business leaders.
The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Education Foundation is proud to announce it is creating the Hesje CPA Knowledge Centre. The virtual centre, first of its kind in Canada, is dedicated to sharing the skills, experience, and knowledge of the CPA profession with all Albertans. The Centre was made possible thanks to a $1-million donation from Brian Hesje FCPA, FCA, MBA, accomplished Alberta business leader, writer, and community builder.
The information and activity hub will produce resources such as podcasts, videos, e-books, a mobile app, website, and more. Topics will include leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, financial planning, retirement, personal growth, career-building, and more.
"I'm proud to support the education of Albertans, particularly young Albertans interested in a career in business, accounting, and finance. CPAs have so much wisdom and expertise to offer, so I'm certain the Centre will be a beneficial resource," said Brian Hesje.
"We can't thank Brian enough for his unprecedented gift to the CPA Education Foundation. His generosity helps make business knowledge accessible to thousands of Albertans, and establishes a strong legacy of leadership that all Albertans can be proud of," said Rachel Miller, CPA Alberta CEO and Executive Director of the CPA Education Foundation.
Brian Hesje's storied career includes inspiring young students as a former history teacher; over 30 years in various roles with Fountain Tire, where he led the company's substantial growth and expansion in Canada as Chair and CEO; and an extensive record of board service in Alberta in both the private and public sectors, including serving as Chair of the Board of ATB Financial.
In addition, Brian is an ambassador for the CPA profession in Alberta. He was recognized with CPA Alberta's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and previously received the profession's Fellowship honour in 2000 and its Distinguished Service Award in 1996.
Albertans can visit www.cpaalberta.ca/Foundation later in the month to learn more about the Centre and its resources.
The CPA Education Foundation promotes accounting and business education in Alberta, and provides over $1.2 million annually in support to post-secondary business schools, students, and accounting educators.
SOURCE CPA Alberta
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