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History at a Glance 

1908

Birth of the CGA designation

1908

John Leslie, Assistant Comptroller of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and two fellow railway accountants, E.B. Manning and F.A. Cousins, form the Canadian Accountants' Association. John Leslie is the association's first president. The association organizes lectures for members and funds a professional library.

1913

Association gets federal nod
 

On June 6, 1913, the association, now known as the General Accountants' Association, is federally incorporated. It becomes a self-regulating professional organization able to set standards and examinations for admission. The CGA designation, born in 1908, is now confirmed.

1921

Expansion begins

1921

The association's first chapter is formed, in Toronto. Over the next two decades, chapters are established in Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax and Regina.

1924

Study guide published
 

The first book of past exams is published as a study guide.

1932

First woman CGA

1932

Ivy Cox becomes the association's first female CGA. She would later marry and become Ivy Thomas.

1945

Chapters from coast-to-coast
 

Association membership stands at 1,253 and there are chapters from coast-to-coast. Provincial and territorial associations are later established under their own charters.

1948

Bilingual origins
 

Examinations are offered in French and English in Quebec. The move to a bilingual organization is underway.

1950s

Innovation education program
 

CGA-BC and the University of British Columbia's School of Commerce develop an innovative five-year extension program, available on campus or by correspondence. The program is later adopted in other jurisdictions and becomes a national curriculum standard.

1964

Education program goes international
 

The education program is extended to the Caribbean and Bermuda.

1974

Code of Ethics enshrined

1974

CGA-Canada approves what would become the Code of Ethical Principles and Rules of Conduct. The national office relocates to Vancouver from Montreal.

1977

Founding member of IFAC
 

CGA-Canada becomes a founding member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC).

1982

Officially Certified
 

At the national level, the General Accountants' Association becomes the Certified General Accountants Association.

1984

Education program grows, again

1984

The CGA education program is extended to Macau, and later to Hong Kong and China.

1987

CGA becomes a brand

1987

CGA is registered under the federal Trademark Act, providing national, as well as provincial, recognition.

1988

John Leslie's Award

1988

John Leslie Award is established in honour of the association's founding president and Chair. The award recognizes exceptional service.

1987 – 1991

Competency-based accounting education pioneered
 

A major revision of the education program, known as Program 90, is completed. Competency-based objectives, management emphasis and integration of ethics and information technology become hallmarks of the revised program.

1991

Affiliation agreement inked
 

An agreement between CGA-Canada and the provincial and territorial associations further defines their respective roles and responsibilities.

1998

Degree becomes a requirement
 

A national requirement is instituted for CGAs to obtain a bachelor's degree prior to certification. Partnerships are developed with universities to provide distance-learning options for degree completion.

2003

Asian links secured

2003

CGA-Hong Kong is granted affiliate status. CGA education materials are offered at more than a dozen Chinese universities.

2004

Education program goes fully online
 

The CGA education program moves to a fully online distance learning model. CGA-Canada enhances its certification model. Laurentian University and CGA-Canada team up to offer online MBA program for CGAs.

2006

Worldwide opportunities

2006

CGA-Canada signs a mutual recognition agreement with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the world's largest and fastest-growing accounting association.

2007

Caribbean joins CGA family

2007

CGA-Caribbean is granted affiliate status.

2008

CGA-Canada turns 100

2008

CGA-Canada marks its centennial anniversary and the birth of the CGA designation.

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