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Seven Ontarians honoured for leadership in the workplace and in their communities

TORONTO, ON - November 15, 2019 – Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario) is proud to announce its 2019 Emerging Leader Award recipients. Now in its second year, this peer-nominated award recognizes the outstanding contributions of Ontario’s young CPAs, aged 34 and under.

This year's Emerging Leaders are distinguished by their breadth of experience, including their social and philanthropic contributions, and governance and entrepreneurial initiatives. Esteemed for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, management skills and leadership, this year’s recipients unanimously believe that the CPA designation has prepared them for a dynamic future.

“When we recognize those who go above and beyond, both personally and professionally, we reaffirm the values that underpin the designation’s limitless possibilities,” said Craig Smith, Executive Vice-President of Member and Student Services, CPA Ontario. “These tremendous individuals join a vibrant and diverse group of peers who are leaders in their fields and within their respective communities.”

Seven award recipients were honoured last night at a reception co-hosted by CPA Ontario and Luminari, where they each received a congratulatory package.

The recipients of CPA Ontario’s 2019 Emerging Leader Award are listed below.

  • Shubham Datta, CPA, CA
  • Abdul-Aziz Garuba Jr., CPA, CMA, MBA, CFE
  • Heruka Kumararatne, CPA, CA
  • Danielle Lawlor, CPA, CMA
  • Meika Vanessa Matthews, CPA, CA, LPA
  • Rachel Ryman, CPA, CA
  • Gwendolyn Chen Wang, CPA, CA, MBA, AvMP

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CPA Ontario’s Craig Smith (far left) and Allison Patterson (far right) joined five 2019 Emerging Leader Award recipients to close the TSX on November 14. Emerging Leaders from left are: Heruka Kumararatne, Meika Vanessa Matthews, Rachel Ryman, Shubham Datta and Gwendolyn Chen Wang.

About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

We protect the public. We advance our profession. We guide our CPAs. We ensure that our 93,000 members and 21,000 students meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We help them stay ahead of global market trends and abreast of regulatory change. CPAs represent a globally recognized, premium designation. Our Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations in all industries for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, management skills and leadership. For information on the profession visit:

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Lindsay Barnes
Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
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