TORONTO, ON, March 24, 2011 — The Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario) and Centennial College join forces Saturday, March 26, 2011, to host the first ever provincial college level accounting case competition, testing the keen problem-solving skills of more than 50 accounting students in a timed and judged case study at Centennial’s Progress Campus.
Approximately 18 teams of students will be participating in the skill-testing competition with the support of 28 faculty coaches. The student cases will be judged from a real-world perspective by 11 judges from the business world, all of whom hold the CGA designation.
“It’s a proven fact that competitions such as these drive student success,” said John Harris, chair, school of business, Centennial College. “We are very pleased to be working with CGA Ontario to host the inaugural college case completion.”
Students will get the opportunity to see firsthand that accounting is so much more than the numbers. They will learn what the numbers say about business and the real-world challenges behind them.
The top three teams will win scholarships up to $3,000 for the CGA program of professional studies.
“It’s been exciting and rewarding for CGA Ontario to develop this case competition in collaboration with Centennial College," said Doug Brooks, FCGA, CEO of CGA Ontario." CGA Ontario support students in their career aspirations and by becoming a certified general accountant, students can acquire the skills and knowledge they need to success.
The competition begins at 8 a.m. and will run the full day. All participants will convene at 6 p.m. for an awards dinner recognizing the winners.
Similar accounting case competitions have been held at the high school and university levels, but this is the first province-wide college case competition with student participation from 14 colleges across Ontario.
CGAs bring skills and knowledge that go far beyond tax and audit. They provide invaluable advice on efficiency, productivity, financial risk management and more. CGAs identify opportunities and yield sustainable growth for their organizations. They are the CFOs you admire, the well-paid analysts at reputable firms and the COOs at the cutting edge companies. Learn how to do more with your career at www.cga-domore.org.
CGA Ontario is a self-governing body that grants the exclusive rights to the CGA designation, and controls the professional standards, conduct and discipline of its members and students in the province of Ontario. In Ontario, there are more than 20,000 CGAs and approximately 8,000 students working towards their designation.
Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area at four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada; almost 100 ethno-cultural groups are represented and 80 languages are spoken on campus. Centennial supports enrolments of 16,000 full-time students and 25,000 part-time learners annually.
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For more information contact:
Amy Mulhern, Manager of Public Relations, CGA Ontario
Telephone: 416-544-4781 / 1-800-668-1454 ext. 8311
Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College
Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 7142