TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2012) - Joshua Huff of Waterloo captured the Canadian and Ontario Gold Medals as the top writer of the Uniform Evaluation (UFE) in the country. A total of 27 Ontario CA students placed on the prestigious 59-member National Honour Roll, making 2012 a very good year for this province. Overall, 1,279 Ontario CA students and a total of 3,077 across the country have successfully passed the UFE, one of the world's most challenging professional entry examinations.
The UFE, written in September, is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies necessary for Chartered Accountants including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate. The UFE is an important component of the CA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Accountant, a profession known for superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership. For the first time ever, these students will also earn the Chartered Professional Accountant designation, which makes them CPA, CAs.
Joshua Huff articles with KPMG LLP in Waterloo and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He notes: "I have always wanted to do something business related, and the CA is a reputable designation that offers the flexibility to work in a variety of positions. The great benefit of the CA is that you never really pigeon hole yourself, there are always a wide range of options to consider."
The following 26 other Ontario UFE writers have also achieved recognition on the 2012 National Honour Roll:
- Geoff Allan of KPMG LLP in Toronto
- Jana Al-Turk of Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto
- Pascal Ambrosino of Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto
- Michael Black of PwC LLP in Toronto
- Tom Callaghan of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London
- Joshua Charles of Union Gas Limited in Chatham
- Mitchell Crown of KPMG LLP in North Bay
- Kyle Dennhardt of MSCM LLP in Toronto
- Cody Hines of KPMG LLP in Waterloo
- Rebecca Hoang of PwC LLP in Toronto
- Derek Leung of Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto
- Ken Li of Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto
- Kelly Liu of Deloitte & Touche LLP in North York
- Michelle Lung of PwC LLP in North York
- Kyle MacDonald of Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto
- Niv Majar of Ernst & Young LLP in Thornhill
- Paras Rambhiya of Toronto
- Tyler Rennie of Gaviller & Company LLP in Meaford
- Jeremy Rutke of Deloitte & Touche LLP in Ottawa
- Tobin Shields of Lipton LLP in Toronto
- Alexandra Slattery of KPMG LLP in Toronto
- Jordan Stopciati of Wilkinson & Company LLP in Kingston
- Olivia Szeto of KPMG LLP in Toronto
- Bryan Tai of PwC LLP in Toronto
- Brian Teichgraf of Durward Jones Barkwell & Company LLP in Grimsby
- Rachel Xue of KPMG LLP in Toronto
"Congratulations to all of the successful Ontario candidates and, in particular, our Gold Medalist Joshua Huff," said Rod Barr, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CPA, CA is a very challenging process and the resulting career is rich in rewards and opportunities. I am confident that all of the students will make great contributions in their future careers and will uphold the high standards of the CPA, CA profession."
Interviews with Honour Roll students and/or photographs are available on request.
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 36,000 Chartered Accountants 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 the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Chartered Accountants are the professionals Canada's business leaders trust to help make the financial, strategic and leadership decisions that matter. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.