Inaugural Emerging Leader Award Recipients Demonstrate CPAs Are More Than You Think

Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario recognizes exceptional achievement of young CPAs

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Seventeen young Ontarians have been recognized for exceptional achievements in business and a commitment to making a positive social impact. The 17 Emerging Leader Award recipients were announced by Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) at an event in Toronto last night.

“This first cohort of Emerging Leader Award recipients demonstrates that today’s CPAs are innovative visionaries who are not only shaping the future of the accounting profession, but our world in general,” said Carol Wilding, President and CEO of CPA Ontario. “Real leadership goes beyond what someone can offer in the workplace, it’s also about what you give back to your community. This exceptional group of young CPAs embodies both aspects of real leadership.”

Recipients were nominated by their peers, who recognized them as leaders committed to innovation, impactful contribution and a commitment to social responsibility within the community.

“Our first recipients of the Emerging Leader Award demonstrate what it means to have passion, commitment and vision,” said Craig Smith, Vice-President of Member Services, CPA Ontario. “This group have already made incredible achievements from environmental and community activism to entrepreneurial and corporate success. They are just starting their careers, so it will be exciting to see how they will continue to make an impact on the profession and the world around them.”

Nominations for the awards were evaluated on three criteria: innovation, impact and social responsivity, with all nominees required to be under 34 years of age. Judging was completed by CPA Ontario’s Emerging Leaders group and announced in Toronto on January 24, 2019.

The recipients of the CPA Ontario Emerging Leader Award are listed below. Full bios of each recipient are available here.

Tosin Akinwekomi, CPA, CMA
Pascal Ambrosino, CPA, CA, CBV
Inderpal Bal, CPA, CA
Michael Cherny, CPA, CA
Erin Godard, CPA, CA, CFA
Jay Goodis, CPA, CA
Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA
Neha Kohli, CPA, CA
Vincent Liu, CPA, CA
Alice Madolciu, CPA, CA
Jacob Milosek, CPA, CA
Roslyn McLarty, CPA, CA
Giang Nguyen, CPA, CA
Daniel Snow, CPA, CMA
Bilal Surahyo, CPA, CGA, ACCA, FCMI
William Willard, CPA
Troy Wong, CPA, CA

About CPA Ontario
We are a regulator, educator, thought leader, advocate and provider. CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring our members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We provide pathways to the profession for aspiring accountants from around the world. We engage proudly in our community as a responsible corporate citizen who balances the advancement of businesses with the concerns of society. Above all, we are trusted to ensure students and members meet our profession’s standards and embrace our code of conduct.

CPA Ontario serves and supports more than 90,000 members and 21,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academia. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

CPA Ontario Emerging Leader Award Event Photo

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