British Columbia’s three accounting bodies sign unification proposal

British Columbia’s CA, CMA and CGA bodies have agreed to work together to unite under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

 The Chairs and CEOs of the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC (CMA BC) and the Certified General Accountants Association of BC (CGA-BC), and the President and CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC (ICABC) have signed an agreement to pursue a merger under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

The three self-regulated accounting professions will work with the provincial government to enact CPA legislation, legally merge, and establish CPABC, which will be one of the largest professional organizations in the province with more than 34,000 members and students.

Click here to read the joint media release.


The leadership team of CMA BC, ICABC and CGA-BC signed the merger proposal on May 8, 2013.
First row from left to right: Pat Kennedy, FCMA, Chair of CMA BC Board; Gordon Holloway, FCA, President of ICABC Council; and, Candace Nancke, FCGA, Chair of CGA-BC Board. Second row from left to right: Vinetta Peek, CMA(Hon.), CMA, President & CEO of CMA BC; Richard Rees, FCA, CEO of ICABC; and, Gordon Ruth, FCGA, CEO of CGA-BC.