CGA-BC Announces President and Board of Governors for 2008
2008 Board Members
2008 Executive Committee
January 1, 2008
Vancouver, B.C. – The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia (CGA-BC) is pleased to announce that Patrick Keller, BBA (App), FCGA, has been elected President for 2008. He is an Electronic Commerce Audit Specialist for the Canada Revenue Agency in Penticton. As President of the Association, Mr. Keller will represent members and students to the business community, educational institutions, all levels of government and the public. He was first elected to the CGA-BC Board in 2002.
Joining Mr. Keller on CGA-BC's Board:
- Stephen Spector, MA, FCGA, the Association's First Vice-President, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 1998. He is the Proprietor of Spector and Associates in North Vancouver and is a lecturer in accounting at Simon Fraser University.
- The position of Second Vice-President is vacant due to the resignation of Edward Ma, CGA, effective January 5, 2008.
- Gordon Clissold, FCGA, is the Association’s Past-President and Treasurer. He is Director of Finance for the Waterfront Employers of BC and has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2002.
- Connie Forrest, CGA, was elected to the CGA-BC Board in September 2006. She is the Controller for Coastal Community Credit Union in Nanaimo.
- Brian Friedrich, BA, MEd, CGA, was elected to the CGA-BC Board in September 2007. He is a Principal with Friedrich & Friedrich Corporation in Surrey.
- Bruce Hurst, CGA, was elected to the CGA-BC Board in September 2006. He is a Partner in the firm of Reid Hurst Nagy in Richmond.
- Brigitte Mettler, CGA, was elected to the CGA-BC Board in September 2006. She is the Practice Manager for Clare Moisey Medical Clinic Inc. in Smithers.
- John Pankratz, CGA, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2005. He is a Partner in the public accounting firm of Friesen Pankratz & Associates in Abbotsford.
- Cindy Choi, CGA, was elected to the CGA-BC Board in September 2006. She is an accountant with Chan & Company Certified General Accountants in Victoria and serves on the provincial government's Small Business Roundtable.
- Joanne Pulis, CGA, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2004. She is a Management Consultant based in Richmond.
- David Sale, DFN, MBA, CGA, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2005. He is an Accounting Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
- Barb J. Smith, CGA, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2005. She is the Principal in the public accounting firm Barb J. Smith, CGA, in Invermere.
- C.Y. (Cheng-Yan) Tay, CGA, was elected to the Board in September 2007. Mr. Tay is Director of Finance and Corporate Secretary with Leisura Developments in Vancouver.
- Sarah Tobun, CGA, has been on the CGA-BC Board since 2004. She is the Manager of Financial Planning at Environment Canada.
- Victoria Kuhl, Lay Board Member, was appointed by the provincial government and has the responsibility of representing the public's interest on the CGA-BC Board. She is the President of Kuhl Consulting Group in Victoria.
- R.W. (Bill) Caulfield, CGA (Hon.), is Executive Director of CGA-BC and serves as Secretary of the Board.
The Association is in the final year of implementing its strategic plan, Vision 2008. This initiative showcases the opportunities the CGA designation offers as the top career choice for accounting professionals. The Association also offers a wide range of employment services and programs to its members, students and the business community. These services include CGAjobs.org, a job postings Website for finance and accounting professionals, and the Partners in Employment Program, which recognizes leading organizations that provide an effective working and training environment for CGAs and CGA students. PEP employers enjoy a range of benefits by partnering with the Association at career fairs and on-campus recruiting events.
As the province’s largest professional accounting association, CGA-BC represents more 14,000 CGAs and students. Members work in industry, commerce, government, and in public practice. The Association promotes the excellence of its members and advances the accounting profession through education, certification and the protection of the public interest.
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