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In the news: CPA Canada and ICAJ sign MOU, accountant jobs in demand

From a new international agreement to professional accountants being honoured, here’s what making headlines in the accounting world

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Raymond Campbell, ICAJ President and Nancy Foran, CPA Canada VP (International)  sign an MOU on behalf of their organisations. Bruce Scott, ICAJ Council Member  and Student Affairs Committee Chair, witnessed the signing. (Left to right) Raymond Campbell, ICAJ President and Nancy Foran, CPA Canada VP (International) sign an MOU on behalf of their organisations. Bruce Scott, ICAJ Council Member and Student Affairs Committee Chair, witnessed the signing.

ACCOUNTANTS IN DEMAND 

Good news accountants, your job made the list of the top 15 in-demand jobs in Canada for 2019, according to a survey by human resources firm Randstad Canada.

In addition, “accountant” topped the organization’s list of the best finance and accounting jobs and the CPA designation retained its number one spot as the most sought-after certification. [See Why become a CPA]

As the profession evolves, Randstad says accountants will have to expand their skillset to be well-versed with artificial intelligence, machine learning and using data to make financial decisions. But for 2019, being an Excel pro is still considered the number one skill that employers seek. 

CPA CANADA AND ICAJ SIGN MOU

Graduates who become CPA Canada members will now automatically be eligible to gain membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ), thanks to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed between CPA Canada and ICAJ on November 23, 2018

“This MOU is an important milestone for CPA Canada in the Caribbean,” said Nancy Foran, CPA Canada’s vice-president (International). “It speaks to the value of collaboration and co-operation and is aligned with CPA Canada’s efforts to support the growth and development of the profession globally.” 

The MOU is not only beneficial for Canadian CPAs looking to work in Jamaica, but also reflects the growing demand by Jamaican accounting students interested in earning the Canadian CPA designation. Membership to ICAJ will be subject to CPA Canada members meeting established requirements.

CANADIAN CPAS HONOURED 

Kenneth Hewitt, a retired chartered professional accountant, was knighted in recognition of his contributions to the international business sector in Barbados. 

A graduate of McGill University, Hewitt obtained his professional qualifications while living in Montreal. In addition to his knighthood—considered the highest honour on the island—Hewitt also holds the distinction of being a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was a Jubilee Honour awardee in 2016.

Tania Marie Carnegie, CPA, was named to the Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours List as an appointed member of The Royal Victorian Order (MVO). Carnegie is the founder and leader of KPMG Impact Ventures and was once a member of the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace as the Lady in Waiting to the Countess of Wessex.