UW's School of Accountancy teams with BDO for WATCase competition

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The School of Accountancy at the University of
Waterloo is proud to announce that it has signed an agreement with BDO
Dunwoody to become the sponsor for the annual WATCase competition. The BDO
Dunwoody WATCase Competition is an integrated accounting practical case for
upper year students, designed to develop case preparation and presentation
skills, introduce additional breadth and integration of materials into their
senior year of the School's program, and further develop group work skills.
Students, divided into teams, will preside over a case from a selected
corporation in private industry, and present written reports and oral
    "The BDO Dunwoody WATCase Competition is a part of our curriculum that
will help prepare our graduates for the rigors of the real world. Practical
cases such as this allow students to see the larger scope of an organization,
not just the financial aspects," said James Barnett, Director of the
University of Waterloo's School Of Accountancy. "We are excited to be in
partnership on such a project with one of the top accounting firms in Canada
in BDO Dunwoody."
    BDO will be lending its name and resources to the WATCase Competition.
BDO has been involved with the competition in previous years, and once again,
BDO Dunwoody professionals who are also UW alumni will be part of the external
panel judging the presentations.
    Keith Farlinger, BDO Dunwoody Toronto Region Managing Partner and Chair
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, comments: "As an alumnus
of the University of Waterloo, it gives me great pleasure for BDO Dunwoody to
be involved working closely with UW School of Accountancy students. This
sponsorship allows BDO to show support for the program and the school, and
allows us to help students develop their knowledge and an appreciation for the
accounting profession through practical casework."
    The WATCase competition begins in the Fall term of the school year, with
the case being posted online on September 7. Finalist presentations and the
naming of the overall winner of the competition will occur during the
reception on Friday, September 14.

    About BDO Dunwoody LLP

    BDO Dunwoody LLP
    Chartered Accountants and Advisors

    BDO Dunwoody LLP is an entrepreneurially-spirited accounting and advisory
firm. As Canada's dominant firm serving mid-sized businesses with 95 offices
nationwide, BDO has the size and strength to present clients with a full range
of comprehensive professional services. BDO Dunwoody is the Canadian Member
Firm of BDO International, a world wide network of public accounting firms,
called BDO Member Firms, serving international clients. Each Member Firm is an
independent legal entity in its own country.

    About the School of Accountancy at the University of Waterloo

    School of Accountancy
    University of Waterloo

    Established in 1987, the School of Accountancy is the only English
language professional school of its kind in Canada. Housed in the Faculty of
Arts, at the University of Waterloo, the School offers undergraduate and
graduate programs to provide students with the technical and analytical skills
and the evaluative and communication skills to prepare for successful careers
in public accounting, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors. The
School offers 2 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs. Both undergraduate
programs are co-op only and are integrated as a five-year course of study with
our Master's of Accountancy (MAcc) program.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Gordon G. Lee, National
Marketing Director, BDO Dunwoody LLP, T: (416) 369-3050, E: glee@bdo.ca; James
J. Barnett, FCA, Director, School of Accountancy, University of Waterloo, T:
(519) 888-4567 ext. 35143, E: jbarnett@uwaterloo.ca

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