Calling on volunteers is an integral component of the profession’s strategy to extend its resources and to access needed knowledge and skill sets. Volunteers continue to be the lifeblood of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and are integral to achieving our mission and vision. In celebration of Volunteer Month in June, we would like to recognize and acknowledge our volunteers from across many committees, boards, advisory groups and task forces, as well as our many financial literacy volunteers, with our First Annual CPA Canada Volunteer Awards. A call for nominations began in June, and the winners will be announced at a special awards gala presentation on October 26, 2016, in Toronto. CPA Canada volunteer awards categories Education This award recognizes a CPA Canada volunteer for their outstanding contribution and the significant impact they have made to the profession in the area of education. Such volunteers participate in the development of the professional education program, the professional exams and continuing education courses. The volunteer is recognized for their valuable expertise, excellence in their service, and their long-term commitment to providing the highest standards in accounting and business education. Financial Literacy This award is given to a volunteer with CPA Canada’s Financial Literacy Program who has demonstrated a commitment to providing exceptional financial education in their community. A volunteer who has gone above and beyond in: promoting financial literacy, mentoring new volunteers, and showing a dedication to furthering our program. Tax This award recognizes the commitment and extraordinary contributions made by our volunteers to the tax community and the Canadian tax system. The award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service and whose contributions have made a significant impact on improving the Canadian tax system. Standards This award recognizes the commitment and extraordinary contributions made by volunteers to independent standard setting in Canada. The award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service to the development of standards for auditing and assurance, private sector accounting or public sector accounting. Research and Guidance This award recognizes the commitment and extraordinary contributions made by our volunteers in developing technical and professional resources in support of our members. The award is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service to our research and development of timely and relevant guidance and thought leadership. Lifetime Award This award recognizes a CPA Canada volunteer for their leadership or contributions over an extended period of time. Such volunteers are active and productive participants in task forces, committees or working groups and have made a significant impact on the profession. Important dates Friday, August 5, 2016: Nominations submission deadline at 5 p.m. EST Friday, September 30, 2016: Nominees will be announced and listed on our website Wednesday, October 26, 2016: Winners will be announced at the CPA Canada Volunteer Awards Gala in Toronto. Note: this gala event will be video recorded and photographed. Nominations are now closed. The nominees will be announced on September 30, 2016. For questions, please email us.