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A Year To Look Forward To With CPA Ontario

Updated: Nov 28, 2020

As the world is changing, Illuminate and our National Partners are here to assist you throughout this change. It doesn’t have to be hard, and you don’t have to do it alone. Here are some words of encouragement from our friends at CPA Ontario:

Your perseverance will help you succeed and set you up for the best possible outcome. Never be afraid to reach out and ask for help, we are here to help guide and navigate through these uncertain times.

To keep you accompanied and excited about your learning journey with CPA Ontario, we have prepared has a list of enriching opportunities for students to get involved in!

At NHBC: CEO for a Day in 2019, students had the distinct pleasure to meet with CPA Ontario representatives, Jodi-Anne Buckley and Ariane Morency-Charbonneau, and sparked curiosity about the CPA designation. On October 24th and November 14th, 2020, Illuminate is delighted to announce that CPA Ontario will be joining us again, this time, at the National High School Leadership Conference: Decision Maker For A Day. Join us on October 24th or November 14th, for a day of exciting keynotes, interactive workshops and two case competitions where you can bring home up to $1000. CPA Ontario’s keynote this year will be the honourable Iliana Oris Valiente, who leads innovation strategy and blockchain technology at Accenture Canada. A globally-renowned professional services firm. CPA Ontario will be holding a Pitch workshop that will set you up for success in your CPA Ontario case competition during the day. Finally, the CPA Ontario case competition will be focused around marketing management. Be ready to bring your management and creativity skills to good use!

What’s the cool part of NHLC? This year, your parent can attend for free with their admission being included in your purchased ticket. They will be going through a series of similar workshops and competing in the Deloitte Case Competition on October 24th. If your parents are attending the November 14th session, they will participate in the CPA Ontario Care Competition instead. The fun part? Parents will have the chance to compete against the students. Get ready for some pretty fun challenge!

We have also written this post to get you better acquainted with CPA Ontario and get excited for CPA Ontario’s involvement in the upcoming conference.

Limitless Opportunities

Trained to see the big picture, CPAs are well recognized and respected professionals that are globally in demand.

High school students believe in a common misconception that being a CPA means that one must practice accounting for the rest of their career. This belief, however, could not be far from the truth. Although many CPAs are recognized as experienced accountants, many others pursue strategy-focused careers such as being a CEO, board member or a consulting manager etc. The skills gained through CPA Ontario's certification program allow individuals to become experts at navigating through complexities and strategic thinking, ensuring success in any industry and in organizations of any size.

Upcoming events:

In addition, upcoming CPA Ontario workshops for students, parents and teachers include:

CPA Ontario has just rolled out a monthly workshop series led by CPA experts on everything finance.

Topics and dates are listed below: 1) October 21, 2020 – Goal Setting 2) November 19, 2020 – Budgeting 3) December 7, 2020 – Credit Cards & Debt 4) January 19, 2021 – Earning Income Any student that attends will not only receive a participation certificate but also a chance to win one of five $25 Amazon e-gift cards. Register now and save your spot for our first financial workshop in October.

Become Involved

We highly recommend you to become involved with CPA Ontario to further find out about the CPA designation and what it has to offer. CPA Ontario's High School Ambassador Program (HAP) is designed specifically to provide students with exclusive contests, and conferences to connect and network with professionals. These networking events and conferences are a great way to meet new people, develop useful skills, and will look great on a resume.

If interested, you can apply to become a High School Ambassador today at!

Additionally, feel free to reach out to Jodi-Anne Buckley and Ariane Morency-Charbonneau on LinkedIn to have any questions or concerns about the High School Ambassador Program.

CPA Offerings:

· CPA Showcase competition – your chance to win $1,000 by creating a video telling us your vision of the workforce of tomorrow

· CPA InstaChallenge – 3 shots a year to win a prize pack valued at $200 for your photography skills

· CPA Write to Ignite - $500 is up for grabs for a 500-word essay about disruptive companies

· High School HUB – Your one-stop shop for networking, current events, insider tips and tricks and professional experience.

HAPs also have exclusive access to No Limits, a day-long conference aimed specifically at you. For more information about CPA Ontario and their High school Ambassador Program please visit www.cpaontario/HAP .

Held twice a year in either Toronto, Ottawa or Kitchener/Waterloo at No Limits you can:

· Network with CPAs

· Participate in workshops to develop your soft skills

· Experience a business conference with other, like-minded students

· Hear an inspiring keynote from a CPA using their designation to make a difference in their community


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