Three Vancouver CPAs honoured with fellowship from CPABC

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VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – February 22, 2018) – Vancouver’s Karen Horcher, FCPA, FCGA, Cecilia Wong, FCPA, FCA, CFA, and Thomas Wong, FCPA, FCA, have been honoured with a fellowship (FCPA) from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC). The FCPA designation recognizes CPAs who have provided exceptional services to the accounting profession and/or whose achievements in their careers or in their communities have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession.

Karen Horcher, FCPA, FCGA, is the president of Vancouver’s Hedge Rho Management Inc., providing advisory services in corporate finance since 2005. Previously, her career was in trading and risk management in capital markets with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Barclays Bank, two of the world’s largest banks. Highly regarded as an expert in treasury and risk, Horcher is the author of several internationally published books, including Essentials of Financial Risk Management and Essentials of Managing Treasury. She has also contributed to leading professional publications by Thomson Reuters, CCH, Wiley, and Moody’s. Passionate about enhancing members’ competency in corporate finance, Horcher has led workshops, professional development seminars, online learning courses, and webcasts for provincial, national, and international accounting bodies since 2003. She is also active in the community and has helped to organize the Women’s Media Golf Classic for more than 10 years, raising funds to benefit children’s charities. Since 2008, she has served as a board director of Pacific Pilotage Authority, the federal Crown corporation responsible for marine pilotage on Canada’s west coast, and chair of its audit committee. In 2018, she joined TransLink’s board of directors. Horcher is also a faculty member of the Treasury Management program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School (University of North Carolina). Horcher has also been active in promoting the profession and encouraging accounting as a career path to students. She earned her designation in B.C. in 1999.

Cecilia Wong, FCPA, FCA, CFA, is the chief financial officer of Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. in Vancouver. Wong has helped Leith Wheeler grow into one of the largest independent investment management firms in Canada. She was instrumental in increasing the client assets managed by the firm, and in building the organization’s foundational regulatory and compliance systems, and continues to support the firm’s growth by serving on its board of directors and as a member of its management committee. Active in her community, Wong was a member of the British Columbia Securities Commission’s Securities Policy Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2004 and served on the board of the Canadian Advocacy Council of the CFA Institute from 2008 to 2016, acting as its chair from 2014 to 2015. Her volunteerism also includes serving as an elected representative on the Pacific Regional Council of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. In addition, she has been a board member with the Portfolio Management Association of Canada since 2015. Wong also makes important contributions to the accounting profession, having served as a member of her provincial legacy body’s benevolent fund (2005-2015) and as a current member of the CPABC Benevolent Fund since 2015. She obtained her CPA designation in 1992 and earned her CFA designation in 2001.

Thomas Wong, FCPA, FCA, is a retired partner with PwC LLP. In addition to being a partner with the firm from 2005 to 2011, he served as its B.C. public sector and health care consulting leader and technology advisory leader. Today, he continues to work part-time as a client strategic advisor to PwC and as a strategic advisor to executive management, boards, and government. Throughout his career, Wong has combined his professional accounting and audit skills with a keen understanding of technology to achieve successful outcomes for complex IT projects. He has shared his professional skills and expertise in his community, including by serving on the fundraising committee for Vancouver General Hospital (2001-2006) and on the board of directors for Vancouver Community College (2005-2011). Additionally, since 1988, Wong has volunteered as a board member and treasurer of the Community Living Society (CLS), where he was instrumental in developing and implementing a sustainable funding strategy and long-term housing plan for individuals supported by the organization. Since 2001, he has also served as treasurer of the Mel Jr. & Marty Zajac Foundation, which supports the Zajac Ranch for Children, a ranch that provides camp experiences for children and young adults facing chronic conditions. Wong also supported the accounting profession through dedicated contributions to his provincial legacy body. He obtained his designation in B.C. in 1984.

Six other B.C. CPA members were also honoured with a fellowship: E. Albert Botteselle, FCPA, FCGA, (North Vancouver); David Bowra, FCPA, FCA, CIRP, (West Vancouver); Étienne Bruson, FCPA, FCA, (North Vancouver); Diana Chan, FCPA, FCA, CFA, (Whistler); Mary Galaugher, FCPA, FCGA, (New Westminster); and Tim Howley, FCPA, FCA, (New Westminster).

Quote from Lori Mathison, FCPA, FCGA, LLB, president and CEO of CPABC
“We are extremely proud of Karen, Cecilia, and Tom for their contributions to both the CPA profession and their community. We are thrilled to recognize their outstanding accomplishments. Karen, Cecilia, and Tom are an inspiration for other business professionals in the community. They are truly deserving of this recognition.”

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About CPA British Columbia
The Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) is the training, governing, and regulatory body for more than 35,000 CPA members and almost 6,000 CPA students and candidates. CPABC carries out its primary mission to protect the public by enforcing the highest professional and ethical standards and contributing to the advancement of public policy. CPAs are recognized internationally for bringing superior financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, and leadership to organizations.

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