CFE national gold medalist in 10 questions

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Julie Cardinal

Do you know Julie Cardinal, the candidate who received the highest standing in Canada in the September 2016 Common Final Examination (CFE)? A private person, Julie agreed to reveal a few aspects of her personality in a short questionnaire.

At the Permit Presentation ceremony on March 11, 2017, Julie will receive her gold medal, a CPA Foundation scholarship, a CPA Canada prize, and an honorary certificate.

What is your proudest achievement?

 Ranking first in Canada on the CFE ;) 

What led you to choose the CPA designation?

 I wanted comprehensive training covering all business areas which would open doors to a senior management position. 

What is your long-term career goal?

 To become the CFO of a large company. 

What is your favourite treat after a long study day?

 Eating sushi with friends. 

Who inspired you in your career?

 My former boss, Lyne Giroux, who taught me a lot about business and continues to inspire me to become a career woman. 

What was your reaction when you found out you earned the gold medal?

 No way… I can’t be first in Canada! 

What do you want to say to other future CPAs?

 As long as you’re well prepared for the CFE, you’ll pass it. 

What is your sure-fire way for managing stress?

 Making sure that I’ve done everything to be ready, that every single item on my to-do list is checked off. 

Which area of accounting are you most passionate about?

 I prefer audit and financial analysis. 

What is a funny fact about you?

 I talk really fast!