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Post-Secondary Ambassador Program

Post-Secondary Ambassador Program (PSAP)

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Make Your Future Count - Become a CPA

CPA Ontario’s Post-Secondary Ambassador Program (PSAP) provides post-secondary students with support and resources to assist them on their path to the CPA designation. Ambassadors enjoy exclusive access to a wide range of opportunities, resources and events designed to give them a head start toward a successful career in business and finance.

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MAP to Success Mentors

MAP to Success is CPA Ontario’s mentorship program for post-secondary students.

MAP to Success is CPA Ontario’s mentorship program for post-secondary students.CPA mentors from various industries, backgrounds and regions have been selected to lead and advise sixty post-secondary ambassadors in two sessions:

  • 30 students in October 2017 – April 2018
  • 30 students in February 2018 - August 2018

Selected mentees will set a goal focused on developing a professional skill or ability. Mentors will support their mentee throughout the goal setting process and will be providing feedback and coaching along the way. 

Each selected mentee will receive the following benefits from their CPA mentor:

  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Resume and cover letter critique 
  • Mock Interview, feedback and a discussion on common hiring processes 
  • Office tour (workplace permitting)
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Professional development 

Selection Criteria

To be considered for the MAP to Success program, applicants must:

  • Be an ambassador
  • Be interested in pursuing the CPA designation
  • Be a full or part-time post-secondary student
  • Maintain a minimum 65% average

How to Apply

September applications are now closed. Applications for January will be posted in December 2017.
Don’t miss this chance to be mentored by some of the best minds in business.

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CPA Ontario is excited to announce a few of the 2017-2018 MAP to Success mentors

  • Adam Scorcia - Director of Finance, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Alliston
  • Bial Surahyo - Principal, Sleep Country Canada, Mississauga
  • Bill Kennedy - Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, Energized Accounting, Toronto
  • Chantal Gabriele - Senior Manager, SOX Compliance, Liberty Utilities Canada Corp., Mississauga
  • Ian Murphy - Partner, CKDM LLP, Cornwall
  • Isaac Salameh - Finance Systems & Project Management Consultant, Centennial College, Mississauga
  • Laura White - Chief Financial Officer, Performance Realty/Integrytiy Financing, Ottawa
  • Lucy Ingratta - National Manager Freight & Customs, Emco Corporation, London
  • Lucy Ma - Manager of Finantial Reporting and Tax Compliance, BridgeGreen Capital Inc., Ottawa
  • Philip Maguire - Founder, Glenidan Consultancy and Executive Mentors, Toronto
  • Sagar Kulkarni - Director IT Service Management, Shared Services Canada, Ottawa
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CPA Connects - Connect with an Experienced CPA!

Ambassadors are eligible to win a one-on-one meeting with one of 20 CPAs to discuss career growth, professional experience and the pathway to the CPA designation.

Beginning this September, two ambassadors from across the province will be chosen each month and matched with an experienced CPA for an hour of conversation, advice and inspiration.

To apply, check your email! Every month, ambassadors will be sent a trivia question. Answer the question correctly and you will be entered in a random draw for a CPA Connects opportunity.

October's CPAs are:

Darryl Goodall, CPA, CMA 
CFO, Part time CFO Services 
Kingston, Ontario 

Ali Basahi, CPA, CMA
Director, Finance and Business Development
Veritagen Inc. 
London, Ontario 


Employer Champions - The Ladder Begins Here

CPA Ontario is partnering with key employers to sponsor and participate in PSAP events, connecting with top post-secondary students across the province.


CPA Speaker Series: Keynote Collection - Get Inspired!

Ever wonder what it is like to be a successful CPA? Ambassadors can attend one of six regional panel events across Ontario to get the inside scoop from high profile CPAs from different industries and backgrounds. Registration opens in September- stay tuned!

date Speaker city location Time Registration
September 25, 2017 Sharon Barnes-Simmonds,
CPA CGA, Director of Accounting, Toronto International Film Festival Inc.
Toronto, Ontario Seneca College
Great Hall: Room A1531
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Use private event code: UNI-GC-170925-01

October 2, 2017 Pedram Kaya,
CPA, CA, Director, Asset Based Lending, BMO Financial Group
Toronto, Ontario University of Toronto
Kruger Hall
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Use private event code: UNI-GC-171002-01

October 16, 2017 Ian Jeffreys,
CPA, CA, Partner, KPMG LLP
London, Ontario University of Western Ontario
Western Faculty Lounge
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Use private event code: UNI-MW-171016-01

October 23, 2017 Jennifer Mazzarolo,
CPA, CA, President, Maverick Consulting Group
Hamilton, Ontario McMaster University
Room TBD
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Use private event code: UNI-MW-171023-01

TBD Lois Norris,
CPA, CA; CFO, InvestorCOM Inc.
Waterloo, Ontario Wilfrid Laurier University
Room TBD
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Use private event code: UNI-MW-171030-01


The Board of Ambassadors

The CPA Ontario Board of Ambassadors (BoA) acts as an advisory and advocacy group for the CPA profession and is comprised of ambassadors from across Ontario. Participating as a board member requires professionalism, leadership and initiative. Learn More about the Board of Ambassadors

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LEAD to Succeed

Will You be a Game Player or a Game Changer?

LEAD to Succeed is a new, non-traditional regional competition with a focus on leadership and ethical decision making. Regional competitions hosted by CPA Ontario’s Board of Ambassadors will launch on campus this November. The winners will compete in the LEAD to Succeed finals in February 2018. Stay tuned!


Chartered for Finance

Chartered for Finance (CFF) is a unique opportunity for ambassadors with an interest in finance to participate in a day-long conference. Ambassadors will network with CPAs, industry experts and recruiters who specialize in investment banking, asset and wealth management, private equity and more. The conference, scheduled for January 26, 2018, showcases interactive roundtable discussions, engaging speakers and a networking lunch. Stay tuned!


New Venture Challenge

Have you got what it takes to outwit and outplay the competition? New Venture Challenge lets you answer a business challenge issued by top CPA entrepreneurs. Top participants will be invited to a day of professional development where they will pitch their business idea to a panel of experts and view for the prize money! New Venture Challenge will begin in February 2018 - stay tuned!

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Webinars

Ambassadors have exclusive access to three webinar series designed to provide guidance, inspiration and insight. To view an archived webinar, log in.


Professional Development Series

Enhance your soft skills with these tailored webinars designed to give you a head start in preparing for your career.

  • Personal Branding - September 25, 2017

Get tips on building and maintaining your personal brand. This webinar also talks about the importance of first impressions and managing perceptions. Login to the PSAP portal to see a recording of this webinar. 

  • Leveraging LinkedIn - January 25, 2018

LinkedIn is the professional world’s Facebook where employers and peers can follow you and your professional achievements. Make the most of your personal brand with the guidelines and tips provided in this webinar. Register

  • Communication Style - May 22, 2018

Maximize your communication skills to further enhance your personal brand. This webinar begins with a short quiz to help you determine your communication style, followed by guidelines for managing the strengths and weaknesses of each style.


CPA Program - Subject Matter Experts Series

  • Professional Experience  - November 22, 2017

This webinar will provide first-hand information about the professional experience requirement of the CPA certification program, including an overview, processes and best practices. Register

  •  The CPA PEP - March 22, 2018

Join the CPA Ontario experts to learn more about the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP), and preparatory courses. This webinar will provide an overview of the education portion of the CPA program and provide tips and best practices.

  • Benefits of Being a CPA - July 25, 2018

The path to the CPA designation is challenging – and rewarding. Watch this webinar to learn about the benefits and resources available to members of the profession.


Road to the CPA Series

Are you interested in learning more about the road to the CPA designation? This series provides insight into the academic and professional experiences of three CPAs at different points in their careers. 

Oct 25, 2017 –  Kevin McLeod, Manager, Assurance, Banking & Capital Markets at PWC
Feb 22, 2018 –  Shad Washington, Senior Consultant Organization, Vena Solutions
June 25, 2018 – Alice Choi – Finance Manager, Fidelity investments


Destination CPA - En Route to the Designation

Ambassadors are eligible for partial travel reimbursement when travelling to CPA Ontario events. Restrictions apply. To learn more, contact becomeacpa@cpaontario.ca

Become an Ambassador Today

Congratulations to Rashna Sheikh, 4th year, McMaster University student in the Honours of Bachelor Commerce program and Noah Simao, 1st year University of Waterloo student in the Accounting and Financial Management program for winning the $250 VISA gift cards*

New Registration

Annual fee: $10

Already an Ambassador

Annual fee: $10

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