For Immediate Release
CGA-Canada Launches 100th Anniversary Celebration
Search begins for 100 CGAs who have made a difference
CGA-Canada Media Release
(Vancouver, February 11, 2008) – The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) and its provincial and territorial affiliates are launching the association’s 100th anniversary celebration with a search for 100 CGAs who have made a difference.
“There is no better way to celebrate our first 100 years than to honour 100 CGAs who are exemplary citizens, who have given greatly of themselves to their communities and others,” said Anthony Ariganello, CGA-Canada’s President and CEO.
To qualify, nominees must have made a significant positive impact on their community, government, service organization, profession or humanity at large in a minimum of five areas, among them:
- Breaking new ground
- Contributing as an agent of change
- Involving or inspiring others
- Demonstrating a spirit of philanthropy, courage or selflessness
- Rising above adversity
- Providing extraordinary service, commitment or dedication
- Demonstrating exceptional leadership, creativity, foresight or passion
Nominations close on May 16, 2008. The 100 individuals who are selected will be announced in the fall. For more on the search for 100 CGAs who have made a difference, and the association’s centennial anniversary, visit cga.org/canada.
Railway executive, accounting visionary
CGAs owe a great deal to John Leslie, who founded the Canadian Accountants’ Association in Montreal in 1908. Assistant Comptroller of the Canadian Pacific Railway at the time, Mr. Leslie joined two fellow railway accountants, E.B. Manning and F.A. Cousins, to create the new accountancy fraternity. Its purpose was to “encourage improvement in skills and job performance” among those working in the profession.
In 1913, the association, renamed the General Accountants’ Association, was granted a federal charter from the government of Canada and the CGA designation, born in 1908, was confirmed. Mr. Leslie, who served as the organization’s first president, later became the CPR’s Vice President of Finance and Treasurer.
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. CGA-Canada represents 68,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Communications, CGA-Canada
Telephone: 604 605-5055
Cell: 604 307-0212