August 27, 2010
Thanks to the exceptional performance of students in the Short CGA Graduate Program in Professional Accounting, HEC Montréal ranked first among Quebec universities with more than one candidate on the CGA-Canada national Issues in Professional Practice (PA1) exam in June.
In all, 97% of the 70 HEC Montréal students who sat the exam passed. Given the overall pass rates of 76.2% for Canada as a whole and 75.9% for Quebec, the School’s results are eloquent proof of the quality and rigour of its short graduate program.
Our students also turned in an excellent performance on the Advanced External Auditing (AU2) exam. Three of the 11 participants from HEC Montréal made the Quebec honour roll. They are:
Danièle Pérusse, FCGA, Academic Supervisor for the short graduate program, is proud of this performance, which she attributes to teamwork: “Aside from our students’ talent and determination, I am convinced that the commitment, energy and professionalism of the program’s teaching staff played a big part in this success.” Ms. Pérusse, who served as Vice-President, Skills Development with the Ordre des CGA du Québec before joining the HEC Montréal Department of Accounting Studies, notes that the School has an accounting faculty of some 30 professors. They are very active in research, so students get the benefit of teaching that reflects the latest trends in accounting.
The short CGA Graduate Program in Professional Accounting, offered since September 2008, provides quality training designed to prepare students to deal with the realities of the CGA profession. It fosters their ability to integrate, analyze and synthesize information and helps them build on their knowledge of accounting, assurance, finance, management, taxation and professional ethics and integrity.