Member Recognition Award Recipients - 2016
Every year, CPABC recognizes its members for their achievements and shares the esteem individual members bring to CPA, the accounting profession and our communities.
Meet the 2016 honourees in each category:
Early Achievement Award
Distinguished Service Award for Service to the Profession
Paul Hargreaves, CPA, CMA
I find standard setting work to be tremendously engaging. As a financial accountant, being able to influence the development of standards is a great privilege. But ultimately the reward is the opportunity to work closely with a group of talented and like-minded people towards a common goal.
Geraldine Lai, CPA, CA, CGA
Being able to serve others is rewarding. It is always eye-opening and humbling to learn how much one does not know through working with different people. Through such learning and growing, I am able to share with more people and I am also privileged to make many friends along the way.
Distinguished Service Award for Community Service
Gordon Holley, CPA, CA
The more I contribute to community, the more I feel connected to my neighbors. I feel fortunate that in my day job I’m able to help charities and not-for-profit organizations – and in my spare time, I have the opportunity to help out in my community. I enjoy working with others to make a difference in our community and our world.
Jeff Morgan, CPA, CA
Working with many mentors in the profession over the years, I was always encouraged by their generosity, so I step up where I can. The best things about the profession include working in a climate with professionals that are smart, balanced, and fair.
Ann Senae, CPA, CGA
I give back to my community because my community gives a lot to me. I especially like to support organizations that support women and treat them as equals. My training in accounting and funds planning has proven to be very useful to the organizations with which I volunteer.
Sean Wandler, CPA, CA
I believe the spirit of giving back is an integral part of living a happy and fulfilling life. I have been very fortunate in my life and career as a CPA so to be able to give back to my community is an opportunity to return some of life’s blessings that have been given to me.
Bruce Morris, FCPA, FCA
The CPA designation is highly valued and the profession gives us the opportunity to experience such a broad slice of life. A Canadian CPA can travel and work in most places in the world. They can thrive in many different types of organizations. The education and experience can be applied to so many situations.
Walter Pela, FCPA, FCA
A career as a CPA in public practice provides an incredible platform to exercise a full range of disciplines, including accounting, business, finance, law, academics, technology, and management. I cannot imagine a more varied, exciting profession. Being at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution will mean unprecedented change and opportunities for those starting their careers.
J. Peter Ranson, FCPA, FCA
Peter is a recognized subject matter expert on First Nations taxation services and served as a tax partner and national leader of the aboriginal client services practice at KPMG. Throughout his career, he has been a lecturer, instructor, and panelist on matters of First Nations finance, including tax structures for land claims and developing business governance models.
Valla Tinney, FCPA, FCGA
The beauty of volunteerism is that there are so many ways to contribute. I participate in work-related organizations such as the Government Finance Officers Association as I strongly believe the open sharing of information and experiences is the backbone of the local government experience; it strengthens the quality of service our communities ultimately receive from their financial leaders.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert (Bob) Strachan, FCPA, FCMA
I believe that success is us, individually and collectively, making a positive, progressive, and sustainable contribution to initiate change. We bring individual experiences and skills to emerging issues and organizations. Collectively, we blend our perspectives and values to develop, improve upon, and participate in, delivering change management.