Three members of the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) have been recognized by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, and former President of the University of Waterloo for their outstanding contributions to their fellow citizens, their communities, and their country in the areas of accounting and tax.
Dr. Thomas W. Scott, SAF Director and Accounting Professor Efrim Boritz, were recently presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their significant contribution in the improvement of accounting standards in Canada. Tax Professor Alan Macnaughton has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant contributions to the work of the Canadian Tax Foundation and will be presented with the medal at the commencement of this year's Annual Canadian Tax Foundation Conference in November.
The new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. It’s also a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country and at the same time, honour significant contributions and achievements made by Canadians.
“I am honoured to have been recognized for my contributions to community and service to Canada,” states Scott. “In my new role as Director of the SAF, I look forward to contributing to our educational mission for the University of Waterloo.”
In seeking nominations for these medals, the Governor General's office partnered with a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations. All of the provincial institutes/orders as well as the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Board and Management Committee were invited to submit nominations in the three categories of Senior Chartered Accountants (CA), Early-to-mid-career CAs and Non CAs who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Seven of the 38 medals allocated to the CICA have been awarded to Ontario Chartered Accountants.
“I am proud to represent my profession and both delighted and gratified that my life's work is viewed as a service to the country,” explains Boritz. “It is humbling to know that someone cared enough to nominate me for this great honour.”
“The recipients who are honoured by this medal have made Canada better,” states His Excellency. “Individually, they have improved the well-being of many in our communities, and together, they have helped to create a smarter, more caring nation. They represent a mosaic of individual experiences and accomplishments. Like Her Majesty, they inspire others to take up the call to service.”
This commemorative medal will be presented throughout the 2012 year to 60,000 deserving Canadians to celebrate significant contributions and achievements and to recognize those who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.