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University Funding Media Release

CGA Ontario announces $2 million donation to help students and professionals do more

TORONTO, ON (Sept. 12, 2012) — Nine universities and colleges across the province will receive $2 million from the Certified General Accountants of Ontario  to help students, faculty, staff and working professionals do more with their financial careers.

The funding will help schools in Ontario attract talented professors and researchers, support and promote research in finance and accounting, and award students with scholarships into the CGA Ontario Program of Professional Studies.

“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to establish and expand these important funding partnerships with Ontario’s leading universities and colleges,” said Doug Brooks, FCGA, CEO, CGA Ontario. “The positive impacts this additional funding will create for students, academics and financial professionals are tremendous.”

CGA Ontario’s funding will also result in the development of an accounting study and support centre for students, an innovative “Interview Room” to prepare job candidates to perform under pressure, a software gaming simulation to help students learn accounting in a fun and interactive environment, a Research Excellence Fund and CGA Professorship in Accounting, and networking and professional development initiatives for CGAs.

The recipients of CGA Ontario’s most recent funding are Brock University, Conestoga College, Ryerson University, Seneca College, Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga, University of Toronto Scarborough, and Western University. CGA Ontario made a significant contribution last year to the Schulich School of Business to establish a chair in international entrepreneurship.

Complete funding details will be provided during upcoming events at each university and college in partnership with CGA Ontario. Dates and locations will be announced in the near future.

About Certified General Accountants of Ontario
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. Certified general accountants (CGAs) are committed to meeting the needs of businesses and organizations with strategic insight, leadership and demonstrated abilities. In Ontario, there are more than 21,000 CGAs and approximately 8,000 students working towards their designation. /

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Media contact:
Shawn Griffiths
Manager, Public Relations
CGA Ontario
Telephone: 416-544-4781