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Mohawk Accounting students (l-r) Graeme Matheson, Stephanie Gunn, Daniel Kalcsa and Barry St. James competed in the first Ontario College Case Competition sponsored by the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.
Two teams of two students from Mohawk’s two-year Accounting program went up against 16 other teams from Ontario colleges for prizes that included up to $3,000 in scholarships. Mohawk Accounting students Daniel Kalcsa and Barry St. James won silver medals at the competition. Classmates Graeme Matheson and Stephanie Gunn won one of the three game contests. Both teams were coached by Mohawk professor Jo-Ann Lamore and the Accounting faculty.
For the competition the students had two hours to review a case before presenting an analysis of the issues and a set of recommendations for dealing with it to a panel of judges. The case the students were given focused on a northern Manitoba community that was suffering from a lack of access to their community that was resulting in infrastructure problems. The case called on the students to use their knowledge of world issues and understanding of financial concepts and social responsibility to come up with a solution to the community’s problems.
The CGA is a self-governing body that grants the exclusive rights to the CGA designation, and controls the professional standards, conduct and discipline of its members and students in the province of Ontario. In Ontario, there are more than 20,000 CGAs and approximately 8,000 students working towards their designation.