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Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education

Mission

CPA/Rotman Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education will take a leadership role in innovative accounting education, building upon the significant accomplishments that our faculty have achieved in terms of integrative thinking and learning, creating professional accounting programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We will build on Rotman’s cross-functional expertise and approach to problem solving that considers complex cause and effect relationships between specific functional disciplines.

Our vision involves producing graduates who have the personal and professional attributes required of professional accountants - graduates who demonstrate initiative and leadership, apply strategic thinking, develop innovative ideas, adapt to change and are strong communicators. The Centre involves a partnership with and will be funded by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (previously, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario).

News Release announcing the creation of the Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education

Toronto, Oct.28, 2004 –

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) has joined forces with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to establish a centre to enhance professional accounting education at the U of T and across Ontario’s education system.

The ICAO/Rotman Centre for Innovation in Accounting Education will take a leadership role in developing innovative education and professional accounting programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“Our involvement is focused on producing graduates who have the personal and professional attributes required of Chartered Accountants – graduates who demonstrate initiative and leadership, apply strategic thinking, develop innovative ideas, adapt to change and are strong communicators,” said Brian Hunt, FCA, President and CEO of the Institute. “Leveraging Rotman’s integrative thinking emphasis will provide well prepared graduates to the Institute’s Professional Program, which shares that emphasis.

Roger L. Martin, Dean of the Rotman School, said the Centre will build on the accomplishments that Rotman faculty have achieved in terms of integrative thinking and a cross-functional approach to problem solving: “Our new approach to business education will also benefit our undergraduate and graduate accounting students,” Martin said.

Hunt noted that just two weeks ago, both he and Martin participated in the Ontario Economic Summit, organized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, where the focus was on new strategies to boost the province’s economic competitiveness. Delegates included leaders from business, government, labour and academe.

“A recurring theme at the summit was the need for innovative partnerships between these sectors to create a more advanced Ontario workforce,” Hunt said. “And here we are, bringing this idea to life with exactly that kind of partnership.”

The Centre will receive up to $100,000 of annual funding from the Institute.

Now celebrating the 125th anniversary of Ontario’s CA profession, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (http://www.icao.on.ca) is the regulatory body of Ontario’s 31,000 CAs. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession’s high standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct

 

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