Nomination file for the CPA Award of Excellence – Young professional

Prix CPA Excellence Jeune professionnel

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Selection criteria

Winners are selected on the basis of the financial expertise, leadership, strategic thinking and business insight they have shown in both professional and community achievements and for their determination, dynamism and innovative thinking.

The selection criteria are listed below.

Professional achievements (40% of the points)

  • Nature of the achievements and impact on the nominee’s organization, whether in public practice, business or industry, education or government.
  • Demonstration of the nominee’s abilities relating to financial expertise, leadership, strategic thinking and business insight and how they contribute to achieving targeted objectives.
  • Originality and innovative nature of the achievements.
  • Impact of the achievements on the targeted clientele.

Leadership (25% of the points)

  • Nature and significance of the responsibilities assumed by the nominee throughout his or her career and career path.
  • Demonstration of the nominee’s dynamism and determination in achieving targeted objectives or fulfilling responsibilities.
  • Relationship between the nominee’s achievements and future goals in terms of career development.

Visibility of the profession (20% of the points)

  • Contribution of the nominee’s achievements to the visibility of the profession.

Community services (15% of the points)

  • Nature and significance of the nominee’s involvement in the community, in particular as a volunteer with community or charitable organizations, other not-for-profit organizations or professional groups.

Eligibility criteria

Nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • be a member in good standing of the Quebec CPA Order;
  • be no more than 35 years of age and no more than 10 years of experience;
  • demonstrate significant achievements;
  • not be a member of the Order’s Executive Committee or Board of Directors;
  • not be employed by the Order.


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 – Young professional 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 – Young professional;
  • documents supporting the nomination (maximum 15 pages);
  • the curriculum vitae of the nominee.

Each nomination must be supported by 2 letters of reference. At least one of the authors of these letters must be a member of the Order. The authors 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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