By Kelly Millar
A recent graduate from the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) wins the national and provincial gold medals for the Chartered Accountancy Uniform Final Examination (UFE).
Described as one of the most challenging professional examinations in the world, Juliana Yuen (MAcc ’11), won the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal and the Chartered Accountants of Canada’s cash prize of $5,000 for having the highest standing in Canada on the UFE. Yuen’s impressive accomplishment follows on the heels of Vicky Au (MAcc ’10) who took home the honour last year.
"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," explains 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."
The three-day examination is a critical component of the Chartered Accountants (CA) qualification program. It assesses a person’s knowledge, ability to think analytically, and gauges their professional judgment and ethics.
A total of 18 Ontario CA students placed on the respected 52-member National Honour Roll, seven of them being MAcc grads. Overall, 1,135 Ontario CA students and a total of 2,858 across the country successfully passed the UFE.
Dave Vert, Director of the MAcc and Diploma programs, on behalf of the SAF faculty and staff, extended congratulations to all the SAF graduates who achieved success on the 2011 UFE saying
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.
We congratulate the following School of Accounting & Finance students on their Honour Roll achievements:
- Shaina Chawla, Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto, MAcc '11
- Iris Cheung, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto, MAcc '11
- Sunny Cheung, BDO Canada LLP, Toronto, MAcc '11
- Sally Chiu, Ernst & Young LLP, Toronto, MAcc '11
- Lisa Ann Ryerson, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto, MAcc '11
- Archana Subramanian, Deloitte & Touche LLP, North York, MAcc '11
In addition to the UFE, the CA qualification program requires a person to successfully complete prescribed practical work experience, before they are entitled to use the internationally-recognized CA designation.