November 26, 2016
Video sponsored by CPA Insurance Plans West
The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) welcomed 1,690 graduates on November 26, 2016. CPABC’s second convocation ceremony of the year was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and recognized the achievements of the men and women who have either become designated members of CPABC this year or will soon be eligible for membership.
Convocation was well attended by a crowd that showed enthusiasm and support for new CPAs receiving their designation. More than 2000 people were present to cheer on the graduates as they crossed the stage, including family members, friends, and representatives from post-secondary institutions.
CPABC chair David Hallinan, FCPA, FCMA, addressed graduates during the convocation ceremony, saying they should take confidence in knowing they were building their careers on the strong foundation of a CPA designation.
“Your CPA designation is also a testament to what you will continue to achieve. It is a demonstration of your ongoing ability to evolve and to advance in your professional lives,” noted Hallinan.
Hallinan also encouraged graduates to continue learning, saying, “You have proven yourselves to be hard workers, strategic thinkers, and innovators. Continue to set high standards for yourselves, and continue to embrace challenge and change.”
Alain Côté, FCPA, FCA, chair of the CPA Canada board of directors, addressed graduates, saying “A CPA designation is your passport to a world of opportunity. The CPA designation has the ability to open doors, and each of you now holds the key.”
Côté remarked that as accountants, graduates would be fulfilling important roles, stating, “As a CPA, you are a valued creator, a trustworthy advisor, and a business leader. You have the power to be a positive change-maker, in your industry, for the economy, and as an advocate of the public interest.”
In addition, Côté noted that CPAs have the skills needed to meet challenges with success, saying, “With a strong educational foundation, it’s time to turn to the future. It’s time to embrace your ambition and rise to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. You have the momentum to do great things, to anticipate what is needed, while envisioning what is possible.”
To qualify as a CPA, students must complete a challenging program of studies, fulfill practical experience requirements, and pass the national Common Final Exam (CFE). The CFE ensures all Canadian chartered professional accountants meet the same high standards, which are recognized nationally and internationally.
Convocation festivities also included a graduates’ banquet and reception. A list of graduates was published online and in the November 19 edition of the Globe and Mail.