Unification: Manitoba and Ontario join in

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The year started on a high note for Manitoba's accountants. Eighty-three percent of participating members of the Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba (CGA Manitoba) voted for unification.

On Jan. 29, CGA Manitoba held a special general meeting to ratify an agreement to proceed with merging the provincial bodies of the CAs, CMAs and CGAs. The three bodies will begin executing the agreement and building the CPA designation in Manitoba after legislation has passed.

"We're delighted with this important development," says Ron Stoesz, FCMA, CEO of CMA Manitoba. "We have a lot of work to do with integration, and we're optimistic that legislation will be passed in 2014."

Ontario

Seeking the unification of the provincial accounting profession, CPA Ontario, CGA Ontario and CMA Ontario signed a memorandum of understanding on Feb. 3.

Next, CPA Ontario and CMA Ontario will execute the First Unification Agreement. Ontario CMAs will become CPA Ontario members this spring.

Then CPA Ontario and CGA Ontario will agree on terms for the Second Unification Agreement. Members of CGA Ontario and CPA Ontario (following its unification with CMA Ontario) will then vote on a proposal for their unification. If all members vote in favour, the Second Unification Agreement will be signed this summer, following which the CGAs will join CPA Ontario.

New Brunswick

Jan. 23 marked a major milestone for New Brunswick's accountants. The last version of their Chartered Professional Accountants act was filed with the provincial legislature.

"This is a very exciting time for the New Brunswick accounting community," says Nancy Whipp, president and CEO of the CPA New Brunswick Unification Agency and a CPA, CA from Quebec.

In January, New Brunswick's three legacy accounting bodies signed a joint venture agreement. It will carry out the transition activities in the merger proposal until CPA legislation is finalized this year. The accounting bodies expect the legislature to hear three readings of their act this spring. They are also searching for office space in Moncton.

Changes in the East

The CPA body in Newfoundland and Labrador has a new CEO. Jason Hillyard, CGA, was most recently manager of the project management office with

Johnson Inc. He volunteers as director and treasurer of the YMCA of Northeast Avalon.

Tanya O'Brien, CA, is the new CEO of the future CPA PEI. PEI's legacy accounting bodies are working toward legislative changes in the spring 2014 legislative session.

CPA Education Atlantic is the new regional education body that will deliver the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP) and Prerequisite Education Program (CPA PREP) on behalf of all CA, CMA, and CGA legacy bodies in the Atlantic provinces and Bermuda. The CEO is Anne-Marie Gammon, FCMA, most recently CPA Canada's director of education services and past-president of CMA Nova Scotia.

Updates: For the status of unification, roll over the interactive map at unification.cpacanada.ca

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