Union Gas Qualified as First Industry-Based CA Training Office in Southwestern Ontario

    Company to Begin Recruiting on University Campuses This Fall

    CHATHAM, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Union Gas today announced that the company
has been approved as the first industry-based Chartered Accountant Training
Office in Southwestern Ontario by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Ontario (ICAO).
    In 2007, the Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA) profession approved
changes to broaden the range of training environments available to new CA
students beyond public practice to include corporate and public sector
organizations that can provide a high-quality training environment which meets
the profession's rigorous standards for the development of Chartered
    "We recognize the importance of developing the next generation of leaders
who have the strategic, analytical and financial expertise to serve the needs
of business now, and in the future," says Rick Birmingham, vice-president,
finance and regulatory affairs, Union Gas. "Our experienced finance team is
committed to providing an exceptional training environment and a mutually
rewarding experience in a culture of high performance and strong corporate
    Union Gas has been approved by the ICAO to hire up to 12 commerce and
business students interested in pursuing their CA designation over the next
three years. Union Gas will begin recruiting on university campuses across the
province this fall.
    "The ICAO is committed to working with employers who can provide our CA
students with superior learning opportunities that align with the core
competencies of the CA designation," says Richard Piticco, Director of CA
Training Offices for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. "We
are confident that we have such an employer in Union Gas and we look forward
to a long and successful partnership with them through their CA Training
    For more information on career opportunities at Union Gas visit

    About Union Gas

    Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million
residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities
across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage
and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services
to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in
Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an
important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S.
supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. A Spectra
Energy company, Union Gas has assets of $5 billion and approximately 2,200
employees. Visit uniongas.com for more information.

    About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and
regulatory body of Ontario's more than 33,000 CAs and 5,000 CA students. Since
1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA
profession's internationally recognized standards of qualification and
conduct. A wide range of organizations and individuals count on Ontario CAs to
provide trustworthy and strategic insight, business leadership and financial
guidance. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website
is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca

For further information:

For further information: Union Gas Limited: Andrea Stass, Manager,
Public Affairs and Media Relations, Union Gas Limited, Ph: 1-800-571-8446 ext.
5490, Cell: (519) 365-1010, Fax: (519) 436-4621, astass@uniongas.com; ICAO:
Perry Jensen, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, 69 Bloor St.
East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 1B3, (416) 969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271,

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