May 27, 2017
On May 27, 2017, the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) recognized the achievements of 713 graduates at its annual convocation ceremony.
Convocation was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and was attended by more than 2,180 family members, friends, and representatives from post-secondary institutions throughout BC. This was the first CPABC convocation ceremony at which all graduates received a single designation – CPA.
During the ceremony, CPABC chair David Hallinan, FCPA, FCMA, addressed the graduates. He noted that a CPA designation is a strong foundation on which to build a career, saying, “Your practical experience, financial expertise, and ethical fortitude will allow you to thrive as a trusted, valued member of the business community.”
Hallinan also observed that as CPAs, graduates were well-positioned to fulfill valuable roles at work and beyond, noting, “Your capacity for future success is limitless. You have the ability to make many important contributions to your workplace, to your profession, and to your community.”
The ceremony also included an address from chair of the CPA Canada board of directors Alain Côté, FCPA, FCA, who stated, “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 public interest.”
Co-valedictorians Alex Crompton and Alexander Nowak, CPA, also spoke during the ceremony. Crompton, who achieved the top mark in the September 2016 writing of the Common Final Exam (CFE), highlighted the professional duty CPAs have to protect the public interest, saying in his address, “Because CPAs are respected as knowledgeable and trustworthy business leaders, we must always be aware that it is our duty to embody these characteristics in our professional lives.” Nowak, who received the top mark in the May 2016 writing of the CFE, encouraged his fellow classmates to aim high and pursue a career that was both challenging and rewarding. “There is nothing you cannot accomplish if you put your mind to it. We spend a huge portion of our lives working, so it is key that we find a career we enjoy,” Nowak said.
Students must complete a demanding program of studies, pass the national Common Final Exam, and satisfy practical experience requirements in order to qualify as a CPA. The CFE ensures all Canadian chartered professional accountants meet the same high standards, which are recognized both nationally and internationally.
A graduates’ gala rounded out the convocation festivities. A list of graduates was published online and in the May 27, 2017, edition of the Globe and Mail.