University of Waterloo grad wins gold medals in national accounting competition

Monday, December 12, 2011
WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Dec. 12, 2011) - For the second consecutive year, a recent graduate from the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) at the University of Waterloo has won the national and provincial gold medals for the Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Examination (UFE).

Juliana Yuen of Waterloo's Master of Accounting program (MAcc) won the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal and the Ontario Gold Medal for having the highest standing in Canada on the UFE. Accounting professional groups consider the UFE one of the most challenging professional examinations in the world. The top mark comes with a cash prize of $5,000. Last year, Vicky Au (MAcc ’10) reached the same high achievement.

“A year ago to the day of results, I had spoken to Vicky Au, congratulating her on her success, and she had told me that she thought I could do it too,” said Yuen. “I'm just happy to be able to represent Waterloo, and I would love to be able to encourage the upcoming classes to strive as high.”

A total of seven MAcc graduates won places on the respected 52-member National Honour Roll. SAF is planning a celebration for all of the honourees on Jan. 10, 2012.

Dave Vert, Director of the MAcc and Diploma programs extended congratulations to all SAF graduates who achieved success on the 2011 UFE.

“The class of 2011 had amazing results and to have one of our grads taking gold for the second year in a row is icing on the cake,” he said.

The three-day examination is a critical component of the CA qualification program. It assesses a person’s knowledge, ability to think analytically, and gauges their professional judgment and ethics. In addition to the UFE, the CA qualification program requires a person to successfully complete prescribed practical work experience before they may use the internationally recognized CA designation.

Image: Juliana Yuen, UFE medal recipient.

About the School of Accounting and Finance

The School of Accounting and Finance is the largest professional school of its kind in English-speaking Canada. Established in 1981, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to provide students with the competencies, professionalism and practical experience they need to excel in their chosen careers. The school offers undergraduate co-op programs in accounting, finance and computing and financial management. It also offers masters programs in accounting and taxation and a PhD program in accounting. For more details, go to

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 30,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For further details, visit

Media contacts:

Pamela Smyth, Media Relations Officer, University of Waterloo

Patty Mah, Manager, Marketing and Communications,
School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo
519.888-4567, ext. 37152

Waterloo news release no. 76

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