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2016 Media Releases

Toronto student captures CPA profession’s Ontario Gold Medal

417 Ontarians pass Canada-wide CPA exam

Toronto (July 29, 2016) – The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) congratulates Matthew Roman of Toronto who captured the Ontario Gold Medal as the top writer of the Common Final Examination (CFE) in the province. The CFE is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate.

A student in the CPA education program, Matthew has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Master of Taxation from the University of Waterloo. He works at SF Partnership LLP in Toronto.

On why he chose a career in the accounting profession, Matthew said: “I began a career in taxation immediately after university and what became apparent to me was that I needed to know more than just tax in order to be the best tax practitioner I could possibly be. I believed that, to be successful in tax, I also had to know the accounting side of things. I was concerned that I would be putting myself at a disadvantage in my career, learning and growth if I didn’t also have the skills and expertise that come with being a CPA.”

A total of seven Ontario CPA students placed on the prestigious 20-member National Honour Roll and Ontario had 417 of the country’s 1,011 successful CFE writers. This marks a milestone for these CPAs, acknowledging years of hard work, dedicated study, steadfast work-life balance and a true commitment to the accounting profession and their careers.

The CFE is an important component of the new CPA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire CPA program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Professional Accountant, a profession known for financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

The following six other Ontario CFE writers have also achieved recognition on the 2016 National Honour Roll:

Christopher Chan
Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto
York University’s Schulich School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2015

Jesse Dufour
Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, Toronto
Ryerson University, Bachelor of Commerce, 2014

Nina Mak
WalMart Canada Corp., Mississauga
York University’s Schulich School of Business, Master of Accounting 2016 and International Bachelor of Business Administration, 2015

Andy Ramsey
Loyalty One, Toronto
University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Arts, 2008

Darren Rennie
MNP LLP, Waterloo
Conestoga College, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2015

Sviatoslav Romaniuk
Prentice Yates & Clark, Toronto
University of Toronto Mississauga Bachelor of Commerce, 2013

“Congratulations to all the successful Ontario candidates,” said Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO of CPA Ontario. “Qualifying to become a CPA is a very challenging process. I am confident that all the students will make great contributions to the accounting profession and will uphold the high standards of the CPA designation in the public interest.”

Interviews with Honour Roll students are available on request.

About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 87,000 members and 19,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership.

For more information, please contact:
Perry Jensen
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735, ext. 4271
[email protected]