Three CGAs Receive $10,000 Grants for Accounting Research

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Three certified general accountants (CGAs)
have each been awarded $10,000 grants to fund academic research projects as
part of their doctoral studies. Luanne Currie of the School of Business at the
University of Alberta is receiving funding for the first time, while Shelley
Lukasewich, also of the University of Alberta, and Gulraze Wakil, an Ontario
CGA studying at Ohio's Kent State University, are having their funding
extended for a second year.
    Under its Doctoral Funding Program, the Certified General Accountants
Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) provides up to $10,000 a year for a maximum
of three years to CGAs interested in pursuing a PhD in accounting and auditing
related fields.
    Currie is researching absence culture in the workplace and how it
translates to the operational and financial performance of the firm.
Lukasewich is investigating the evolution of corporate reporting, and
specifically non-GAAP reporting from guidance to standards to law for publicly
traded Canadian entities with an emphasis on income trusts. Wakil is working
on a study of dividend taxes and the implied cost of equity capital in Canada.
    "Accounting standards and the profession's regulatory environment are
changing so rapidly that there is a great need for academic research that
explores the implications of these changes," said Anthony Ariganello,
CPA (DE), FCGA, President and CEO of CGA-Canada. "The Doctoral Funding Program
is one of the ways that CGA-Canada supports this much needed research. It also
helps accomplished CGAs to move into academia where they can make on-going
contributions to accounting research."
    Application forms and funding criteria for the Doctoral Funding Program
are available on the CGA-Canada website at

    About CGA-Canada

    CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada. The CGA
designation focuses on integrity, ethics and the highest education
requirements. Recognized as the country's accounting business leaders, CGAs
provide strategic counsel, financial leadership, and overall direction to all
sectors of the Canadian economy.
    The Association sets standards, develops education programs, publishes
professional materials, advocates on public policy issues, and represents CGAs
nationally and internationally. The Certified General Accountants Association
of Canada represents 68,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the
Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China.

For further information:

For further information: Taylore Ashlie, Director, Communications,
CGA-Canada, Telephone: (604) 605-5055, Cell: (604) 307-0212, Email:

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