June 12, 2013
Full Professor Michel Vézina (Accounting) was presented with the L.S. Rosen Outstanding Educator Award at the President’s Luncheon of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) on May 31, in Montreal.
The Award was established in 1983 to honour Professor L.S. Rosen, the founding President of the CAAA, and recognizes the recipient’s contribution to Canadian accounting education over a sustained period of time through excellence in teaching, educational innovation, publications, guidance for students, and involvement in professional and academic societies and activities.
In presenting the award, the selection committee saluted Professor Vézina’s teaching excellence and commitment and his guidance for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. His contribution to a number of professional organizations and the overhaul of the professional training program following the merger of the three accounting orders in Quebec were important factors in the choice of Professor Vézina for this award. He was also praised for the way he has integrated information technology into the teaching of accounting and his ability to maintain students’ interest thanks to his judicious choice of teaching materials and the balance he strikes between theory and practice.
Lastly, the committee mentioned the many cases and books he has authored and the other awards he has received, including an honourable mention in 2010 for the Alan Blizzard Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and, in 2007, two first places in the CAAA Case Competition and the Award for the Best Case from the Association francophone de comptabilité, along with a second prize in the Howard Teall Innovation in Accounting Education Award competition.
Professor Vézina, CPA, CA, CA•TI (MSc 1989), holds a PhD in Administration (DSc) and a diplôme d'études approfondies in Administration (DEA) from Université Montpellier II (France). He began as a faculty lecturer at HEC Montréal in 1985, and advanced to the rank of Full Professor by 2003. He was also Editor-in-Chief of Gestion magazine from 2001 to 2006, and Director of the Department of Accounting Studies from June 2009 to 2012.