The Ordre des comptables généraux accrédités du Québec donates $250,000 to Concordia’s Department of Accountancy at the John Molson School of Business
Montreal, February 1, 2012 — A major gift will help propel students and faculty members at Concordia University. The Ordre des comptables généraux accrédités du Québec (Ordre des CGA du Québec) has donated $250,000 to establish the CGA Research Centre at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business (JMSB). The centre is the first of its kind in Quebec. It will be led by Department of Accountancy Associate Professor Emilio Boulianne who, along with an advisory board and scientific committee, will shape the think tank’s strategic direction.
The CGA Research Centre is earmarked to become a national reference point in research in accountancy and will focus on CGA and accountancy competencies such as organizational effectiveness, ethics and trust, leadership, accounting policy, management accounting, environmental organization and information technologies. It will also produce educational materials and articles for scientific journals and strengthen ties between JMSB and the Ordre des CGA du Québec.
Over a five-year period beginning in 2012, the CGA Research Centre will receive $50,000 annually for research, student awards and conferences with keynote speakers in the field of accountancy. The CGA Research Centre will also benefit from visiting professors and accountancy professionals who will lead research projects and run courses. JMSB currently has seven professors who hold the Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation.
“We are grateful to the Ordre des CGA du Québec for this gift and are proud to serve as international thought-leaders in this area of applied research,” says Marie Claire Morin, Concordia Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Relations. “Accountancy students in Quebec and beyond Canada’s borders are the immediate beneficiaries of this tremendous initiative whose scope reflects Concordia’s global vision to deliver exceptional education to promising scholars.”
“The creation of the CGA Research Centre underlines, in a concrete manner, the importance the Ordre des CGA puts in its university partnerships,” Paulette Legault, CGA President, CEO and secretary of the Ordre des comptables généraux accrédités du Québec. “In line with the Ordre des CGA, the CGA Research Centre will advance university research, investigate trends and deepen the understanding of the accountancy profession. The CGA Research Centre will help develop best practices in the field of accountancy that are paramount to the Ordre des CGA in protecting public interests.”
“The CGA Research Centre is a forward-looking venture that will have a direct impact on the evolution of the accountancy profession,” says Stephan Robitaille, chair of CGA-Quebec’s Board of Directors. “Coupled with the unification project of the three accountancy orders (CGA, CA and CMA) into one new Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés (CPA), these initiatives will consolidate the base of a profession that is increasingly linked to the global economy. Our order is proud that this new CGA Research Centre will allocate a portion of its funding to help propel accountancy research nationally and internationally.”
For his part, JMSB Interim Dean Alan Hochstein adds: “Concordia is enriched by the creation of the CGA Research Centre. This timely initiative recognizes our faculty and its leaders who are in lockstep with business professionals to develop, produce and deliver outstanding research that advances our students and society.”
About the Ordre des CGA du Québec :
For more than 100 years, the Ordre des CGA du Québec has fulfilled its duty to protect the public. It seeks to become the leader of the accounting profession in Quebec by upholding and promoting the core values of transparency, respect and integrity. The Ordre des CGA du Quebec has nearly 12,000 members and student members.
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