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2016 Media Releases

Richmond Hill student captures CPA profession’s Ontario Gold Medal. 1,248 Ontarians pass Canada-wide CPA exam

Toronto (December 9, 2016) – The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) congratulates Sanly Li of Richmond Hill who captured the Ontario Gold Medal as the top writer of the Common Final Examination (CFE) in the province. Written in September, the CFE is a national three-day evaluation that assesses competencies including essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics and the ability to communicate.

A student in the CPA education program, Sanly has a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. She works at KPMG LLP in Toronto.

On why she chose a career in the accounting profession, Sanly said: “I went into business and accounting aiming to be a CPA because the designation opens the gateway to many opportunities and enhances my future prospects.”
A total of 20 Ontario CPA students placed on the prestigious 53-member National Honour Roll and Ontario had 1,248 of the country’s 3,515 successful CFE writers. This marks a milestone for these CPAs, acknowledging years of hard work, dedicated study, steadfast work-life balance and a true commitment to the accounting profession and their careers.

The CFE is an important component of the new CPA qualification program, which includes prescribed education, practical experience and examination requirements. Only those who complete this entire CPA program successfully are entitled to use the internationally recognized designation of Chartered Professional Accountant, a profession known for financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership.

“Congratulations to all the successful Ontario candidates,” said Carol Wilding, FCPA, FCA, President and CEO of CPA Ontario. “Qualifying to become a CPA is a very challenging and very rewarding process that benefits successful writers throughout their careers. I am confident that all of these students will make great contributions to the accounting profession while upholding the high standards of the CPA designation.”

The following 19 Ontario CFE writers have also achieved recognition on the 2016 National Honour Roll:

Jan Andrejuk
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto

Justin Bedi
Deloitte LLP, Toronto

Jonathan Craske
KPMG LLP, Toronto

Ian Dickinson
KPMG LLP, Toronto

Cecilia Doucette
BDO Canada LLP, Toronto

Steven Enns
Bridgman & Durksen Chartered Accountants, Professional Corporation, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Melissa Holbrook
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto

Weisi Lu
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto

Divya Mehan
KPMG LLP, Waterloo

Canice Mok
The Regional Municipality of York

Jagseer Natt
SB Partners LLP, Burlington

Emma Pullen
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto

Skylar Rushton
KPMG LLP, Toronto

Sinyi Shi
Deloitte LLP, Toronto

Ranya Tantawy
KPMG LLP, Ottawa

Alyce te Bokkel
Bridgman & Durksen Chartered Accountants, Professional Corporation, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Erin Vanderstoep
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Waterloo

Ainslie Waghorn
Collins Barrow Windsor LLP, Windsor

Peggy Wang
Williams & Partners, Chartered Professional Accountants, Markham
Interviews with Honour Roll students are available on request.

About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 87,000 members and 19,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. For information on the profession or to become a CPA in Ontario, visit

For more information, please contact:
Perry Jensen
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
 416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735, ext. 4271