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Nomination file for the CPA Award of Excellence – Education

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Selection criteria

Winners are selected on the basis of the excellence of their teaching, their contribution to research or the advancement of education, their involvement in the community and the CPA profession, and the support they provide to students.

The winner must have promoted the CPA profession and made a contribution to education in one of the many areas of competence of CPAs, more specifically in assurance, financial accounting, finance, taxation, management, and management accounting.

The selection criteria are listed below.

Teaching (40% of the points)

  • Demonstration of high quality standards in teaching and communication.
  • Key role in applying innovative teaching methods and evaluations.
  • Key role in activities relating to the development of students’ CPA competencies.

Educational research or advancement (25% of the points)

  • Key role in designing and developing innovative or new teaching methods.
  • Key role in developing and applying new student evaluation and testing techniques.
  • Key role in developing courses or programs at the college or university faculty level.
  • Major research in accounting or a related field and communication of findings.
  • Key role in developing and preparing educational material or textbooks for use by students.

Services to the community and the profession (20% of the points)

  • Active participation in and significant contribution to committees, task forces, boards of directors, programs or activities within the CPA profession or related organizations.
  • Active participation and significant contribution as a volunteer within community or charitable organizations or other not-for-profit organizations.
  • Key role in programs and activities intended to build awareness of or promote the CPA profession among students.

Student support activities (15% of the points)

  • Key role in programs and activities aimed at enhancing the personal development and academic advancement of students, both within and outside the classroom.
  • Key role in programs and activities aimed at providing special assistance and coaching for students in difficulty.

Eligibility criteria

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • be a member in good standing of the Quebec CPA Order;
  • be a full or part-time faculty member or lecturer in a university or a Quebec CEGEP/college;
  • demonstrate significant achievements in the field of teaching;
  • not be a member of the Order’s Executive Committee or Board of Directors;
  • not be employed by the Order;
  • not be an FCPA.


The following persons are not eligible for this award:

  • members who have been the subject of a disciplinary decision resulting in their being struck off the roll of a professional order or a similar organization;
  • members who have been struck off the Roll or whose right to engage in professional activities has been suspended by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee under sections 45, 45.1 and 55.1 of the Professional Code (criminal offence or disciplinary decision rendered by another order);
  • members who, at the time their nomination is submitted and reviewed, are subject to a limitation or suspension of the right to engage in professional activities;
  • members who are the subject of a syndic inquiry or who have been found guilty of a civil, criminal or penal offence.

Selection process

  • The Selection Committee has the authority to recommend a winner after reviewing the nominations. It may recommend that the CPA Award of Excellence – Education not be presented for a given year, or that it be presented to 2 nominees of equal merit.
  • A nomination that has not been selected may be resubmitted, up to a maximum of 3 additional times.
  • The Selection Committee’s deliberations, the names of the nominees who have not been selected and the content of the nomination files will remain confidential. A summary of the winner’s achievements will be published.
  • The winner is informed of the decision by telephone and in writing.

Nomination file

Each nomination file must include:

  • the nomination form for the CPA Award of Excellence – Education;
  • documents supporting the nomination (maximum 15 pages);
  • the curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Each nomination must be supported by two letters of reference. The authors of these letters need not be members of the Order. However, they must be sufficiently knowledgeable about the nominee and his or her achievements to attest to the accuracy of the information contained in the nomination file.

Call for nominations

Nomination files are only accepted during the annual nomination period. There will be no call for nominations for the CPA Awards of Excellence in 2016.


Award recipients agree to have their name mentioned in a press release issued by the Order. They also agree to have their photo and a brief description of their achievements published in the media, in Order communications to members and on the Order’s Web site.

Award recipients authorize the Order to retain their nomination file in its bank of nominees for a period of 10 years for submission to external contests or awards, provided the Order obtains their consent before making such submissions.


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