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Canada Revenue Agency employees named recipients of the Award of Excellence for Comptrollership in the Public Sector

May 13, 2010

OTTAWA – May 11, 2010 – Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) and the U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) congratulate Michel Bernard, Mary-Lee Clarke and Joan Reade (Section 5970 Project Team) from the Canada Revenue Agency, on being chosen as the recipients of the second annual Award of Excellence for Comptrollership in the Public Sector.

The Section 5970 Project Team was presented the award by CIPFA Chief Executive Steve Freer and CMA Canada President and CEO Joy Thomas, at a dinner sponsored by Carlson Wagonlit Travel to honour the winners and nominees, held last night at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

“We are pleased to congratulate the winning team for their commitment to maintaining a leadership role in high quality financial management and reporting,” said Steve Freer, Chief Executive of CIPFA. “Not only do they serve as a role model for others, but their high standards of performance will help position the Canada Revenue Agency for further success.”

The annual award is conferred to a federal public servant or team working in a government department or agency who has made a significant contribution to financial management and/or comptrollership within the Government of Canada.

This year’s featured speakers included Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada and James Ralston, Comptroller General of Canada. Both addressed the importance of innovation, the sharing of best practices and the role of financial management, and comptrollership in the Government of Canada

“The award provides well-deserved recognition for the dedication and hard work of our financial management professionals,” said James Ralston, Comptroller General of Canada. “I would like to thank CMA Canada and CIPFA for helping to celebrate excellence in an area that greatly contributes to accountability, prudence and the stewardship of taxpayers’ money.”

Also honoured at the dinner was Paul J. Gauvin, FCMA, who received the CMA-CIPFA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been the chief financial officer in three of the largest federal organizations including Employment and Immigration Canada, Transport Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). His most recent assignment was special advisor to the commissioner of the RCMP.

“Paul’s leadership and contributions to the public sector throughout his career make him a worthy recipient of this honour,” said Bob Strachan, Chair, CMA Canada National Board of Directors.

Recent CMA-CPFA Program graduates were also honoured at the ceremony for their dedication to career progression and personal growth.


About the CMA-CPFA Program
The CMA-CPFA Program was launched in October 2005 by CMA Canada and the U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. The program is designed to provide public sector employees with comprehensive public sector financial management and strategic leadership training. It was developed with the support and guidance of the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada to maximize alignment with the new comptrollership and internal audit functions in government.

About CMA Canada
With 50,000 members around the world, CMA Canada grants a professional designation in strategic management accounting™ and is responsible for standards-setting, accreditation and the continuing professional development of CMAs. CMAs provide an integrating perspective to business decision-making, applying a unique blend of expertise in accounting, management and strategy to identify new market opportunities, ensure corporate accountability, and help organizations maintain a long-term competitive advantage. To optimize the performance of global enterprises and build strategic management accounting skills, CMA Canada offers innovative executive development programs, advanced online courses, and internationally recognized knowledge management publications. For more information, visit



CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services in national audit agencies, major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialize in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants, as well as, a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.

For more information contact:
Cindy Mantione
Communications Officer
CMA Canada
Phone: 1-800-263-7622 ext. 3116

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