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Merit Awards recognize candidates who have brought honour to the profession by their achievements in business and their contributions to the community. There are four categories of recognition: Lifetime Achievement, Fellows of the Chartered Accountants, Distinguished Service and Early Achievement.
Lifetime Achievement Awards are conferred on Fellows of the Chartered Accountants who, through their entire career, have rendered meritorious service to the profession, and whose career and achievements in the community have brought honour to the profession.
*Note: Lifetime Achievement Awards are not open to recommendations. Recipients are selected by the Merit Review Committee.
By-law 610 reads as follows: “Any chartered accountant, who, in the opinion of Council, has rendered meritorious service to the profession or whose career achievements or achievements in the community have brought honour to the profession, may by resolution of two-thirds of the Council members be elected a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants”.
Traditionally, FCAs are named based on meritorious service which has honoured the profession over a lengthy period of time. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the following three areas: career, community services and service to the profession. However, outstanding accomplishments in one of these areas may balance a shortfall in the others. There is no minimum requirement of membership in the ICAA before being eligible; however, a member should normally be resident in the province for at least five years. An FCA cannot be awarded posthumously.
Nominations of FCAs of other provincial institutes for a subsequent Alberta FCA may be appropriate when the member has rendered meritorious service to the CA profession in Alberta, or whose career achievements or achievements in the community have brought honour to the profession since the member’s relocation to Alberta.
Distinguished Service Awards are awarded to CAs who have accomplished a significant achievement within the last five years as demonstrated by commitment and excellence in community or volunteer services (eg., civic, political, charitable, professional, business or industry association), or innovation or remarkable accomplishment in their career or the field of accounting in general, or excellence in mentoring new CAs. Distinguished Service Awards are awarded to non-CAs who have a significant achievement in the last five years as demonstrated by significant support to the Alberta CA profession, or significant leadership or accomplishment in the field of accounting or business generally, provided there is a direct connection or benefit to the Alberta CA profession; or excellence in mentoring new CAs.
A recipient may be recognized more than once for distinguished service to the profession and the Distinguished Service Award may be presented to a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants. In addition, this award may be presented to members of other Institutes or those in the community who have given significant support to the Alberta CA profession over a period of years. It may also be presented for significant leadership or accomplishment in the field of accounting or financial management generally, provided there is a connection to the Alberta CA profession.
The DSA cannot be awarded posthumously.
Early Achievement Awards are presented to CAs who has demonstrated exceptional achievement within the first ten years of qualification as a CA or during their time as a CA student (individuals are eligible for this award up to one year past their 10th anniversary of membership). Candidates should demonstrate excellence in professional, civic, charitable, community or other service, and/or excellence, innovation or remarkable accomplishment in their career or the field of accounting in general.
An individual may receive this award only once. The EAA cannot be awarded posthumously.
To recommend a candidate for an award, please complete the appropriate nomination form. Only one recommendation should be made per form.
Additional information regarding the candidate may be requested of you during the follow-up process. All recommendations must be submitted and seconded by CAs in good standing to be considered valid.
If you wish to submit the name of an individual for future consideration for a Merit Award, please email Sabina Eng at email@example.com to have them added to the ICAA Watch List . Please include the name of the organization to which they have most significantly contributed.
Members of the Merit Review Committee and Council may not recommend members for Merit Awards, but may provide names for the Watch List. 2013 Nomination Deadline is October 31, 2012
2013 Merit Award Nomination Form
2013 Merit Awards Nomination Guide
For more information, contact Communications Manager Sabina Eng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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