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A CGA designation opens doors: both across industries and across the globe. Here, some CGA’s take a look at how earning their designation unlocked opportunities, increased their earning potential, and gave them a leg up into some of the most interesting companies in the world. Their stories are a true testament to how a CGA designation can help you see more than numbers.

Greg Twinney, CGA on reshaping the way you read.

After college, Greg Twinney got a little career advice from accounts receivable: “if you want to pursue accounting, you need a designation.” It’s the kind of advice that launched a new chapter in his career. After achieving his CGA designation, he joined Kobo Inc., the e-reader pilot project at Chapters Indigo. His broad-based education allowed him to assess how the new e-book company was going to need heavy investment and a global scale to see returns. His planning paid off, and Kobo got to a million users faster than Facebook. Now COO/CFO of Kobo Inc., Greg still finds time to indulge his calculated passion for motorcycles.

 

Denis Leger, CGA on helping to build the businesses that build your homes.

You could say that Denis Leger’s CGA designation helped him build his career from the ground up. As a Financial Analysis Manager – Retail Operations at RONA, Denis has his finger firmly on the pulse of his industry. In the retail sector, this means understanding how new operating and marketing initiatives impact every level of business. It’s a career path that is an ideal match with Denis’ goals, while still remaining flexible enough to enjoy some down time.

 

Frank Caputo, CGA on keeping German engineering in the fast lane.

If you know the rush of navigating the roads in a BMW, imagine what it’s like to drive the company. Frank Caputo’s CGA designation literally put him in the driver’s seat as the Assistant Controller of after sales, IT and administration at BMW. Frank feels like his CGA designation took his career in accounting to a broader level; he is a business partner, not just a number cruncher concerned with debits and credits. And for a serious car enthusiast, that’s pretty much a dream come true.

 

Adrian Joseph, CGA on making beer better.

Adrian Joseph would be the first person to tell you that a career in accounting needn’t feel stuffy. As Chief Financial Officer at Steam Whistle Breweries, he has an executive stake in this fun, homegrown company’s success. Adrian claims that his CGA designation taught him how to strike a balance between business management and financial needs. And while building an ever growing Canadian brewery is satisfying, his role also gives him the work/life balance he needs to guide his young family into its own exciting future.

 

Marlon Bruce, CGA on helping you hit the ground running.

When Marlon Bruce saw the opportunities that a CGA designation could afford him, he decided to just do it. Now, as Operations and IT Finance Manager at Nike, Marlon not only gets to indulge his love of sneakers (over 50 pairs!), he also has the chance to play an important mentorship role with emerging talent. To Marlon, a CGA designation is instrumental in qualifying him for a higher leadership and management position. You could say, it’s a one-size-fits-all pass into any industry you can think of.

 

Ken Baker, CGA on helping you bank on a better future.

Ken Baker knew that to crack into the banking world, he’d need a unique combination of skills and experience. After achieving a CGA designation, Ken felt like he had a clearer picture of the business, and worked his way up to Chief Financial Officer for CIBC World Markets Inc. Ken advises those interested in an accounting career to seriously consider getting a designation after their degree. As an educational supplement, a CGA designation gives you a business picture that extends far beyond the ledger.

 

George Salac, CGA on keeping our share of sticks on the ice, tipping the numbers at centre court and bringing football to the land of soccer.

For an avid sports fan, there is no better place to work than Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. And as a Financial Analyst at MLSE, George Salac knows that better than most. In his role, George has a chance to develop a unique camaraderie with the teams he works to support. George attributes his enviable behind-the-scenes career to his CGA designation, which helped step up his pay scale and give him more responsibility and training opportunities. Which, in the end, helps George keep his - and his teams' - sticks on the ice.

 

Greg Prior, CGA on keeping hospitals healthy.

Greg Prior saw an opportunity to apply his unique set of accounting skills to help Sick Kids help children across Canada. Now, as Manager of Financial Analysis and Systems at Sick Kids Foundation, he gets to unite his interest in not-for-profit work with his love of numbers. According to Greg, a CGA designation isn’t only a staple for even applying to many accounting roles, it’s an important way to ensure that you don’t fall behind in an economy where professional credentials are key. Keep your prospects healthy – sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

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