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Seeing More than Numbers: St. Lawrence College Accounting Students win the First Annual CGA Accounting Case Competition


On Saturday March 26, Kate Armstrong, Merina Johnston, Carol-Lynn Holden, competed against 17 other Ontario Colleges in the first annual Certified General Accountants (CGA) of Ontario Regional Accounting Case competition which was held at Centennial College.

"As a first year student it is great to get this kind of opportunity to apply what I am learning in my classes," said Kate Armstrong.

This amazing team of young "accountants-in-progress" was the unanimous choice for first place by the panel of judges. Each student received a $3,000 scholarship towards the completion of their CGA designation. "The students did a wonderful job. Their analysis was solid and their presentation skills were outstanding," said Lynn Sveinbjornson, Business Development Manager for CGA Ontario.

"In the past 25 years of teaching in the accounting program, I have seen many exceptionally bright students graduate with an accounting diploma, but it always seemed that the standard methods of evaluation only scratched at the surface of what these students were truly capable of," said Michelle Paquin, program coordinator of the accounting program. "The CGA Ontario accounting case competition provided an opportunity for all of the participants to prove themselves and to step outside of their comfort zone."

This victory comes on the heels of other recent outstanding performances by St. Lawrence College Business students at the BDC Marketing competition and the SIFE regional competition.

"Our success is contingent on creating an environment of highly engaged students and faculty," says John Conrad, Associate Dean, School of Business. St. Lawrence College offers both two and three-year accounting programs that can lead students to a CGA certification.

About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.


Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291