Campbell River students recognized at CPA convocation ceremony

Duane Riddoch and Alaina Maher graduate from their respective programs and launch their careers

Duane Riddoch from the chartered accountant (CA) program and Alaina Maher from the certified management accountant (CMA) program graduated from their respective professional accounting programs at the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia’s (CPABC) CPA Convocation ceremony held last week at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver.

Students recognized at the convocation ceremony have either become designated members of CPABC this year or will be eligible for membership by the end of 2016.

A total of 519 students attended the convocation.

“We welcome the newest Chartered Professional Accountants to the profession. The CPA designation will open the door to many exciting opportunities throughout your career,” said Olin Anton, FCPA, FCA, chair of CPABC board of directors.

“Students from the CMA and CA programs have earned their CPA, CMA and CPA, CA designations through rigorous training and assessment of their business and accounting competencies. They represent the future of the accounting profession in British Columbia, and I congratulate each and every one of our new graduates.”

To qualify as a CPA, CMA, students must have a university degree or equivalent, 24 months of practical professional work experience, and complete the CMA Strategic Leadership Program or CMA Executive Program.

To qualify as a CPA, CA, students must have a university degree or equivalent, 30 months of practical work experience in an approved CA training office, and complete courses through the CA Qualification Program.

The students must also pass a comprehensive rigorous national final exam to earn their designation.

About CPA British Columbia:

The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) was formed through the amalgamation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC), the Certified General Accountants Association of BC (CGA-BC), and the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC (CMABC).

CPABC was officially established when the CPA Act came into effect on June 24, 2015. CPABC represents over 32,000 members and almost 6,500 legacy and CPA students and candidates.