Sparking Great Careers

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You can help the CPA Education Foundation Spark a Great Career!

For the last four decades, the CPA Education Foundation has continued to support innovation in business and accounting education and provide opportunities for young Albertans to learn more about careers in accounting.

The aim of the Sparking Great Careers project is to provide young people with an early introduction to the CPA profession through the creation of programs and services – like summer internships and soft-skill development seminars – that will help prepare high school and post-secondary students for the workforce. 

And we need Alberta CPAs to help ignite the future of the profession.

With your support, the Foundation hopes to:

  • Provide students with a positive early introduction to the CPA profession through a summer internship program.
  • Support students by establishing new legacy scholarships, bursaries and support programs.
  • Help connect new Canadians and employers by providing resource and support materials (both digital and print) in languages other than English for prospective and current CPA PEP candidates.
  • Help students develop the business soft-skills they need to succeed through a variety of learning opportunities.

Michael Burnyeat invites you to help Spark a Great Career

As Vice Chair of the CPA Education Foundation Board, Michael Burnyeat CPA, CA, has seen first-hand the impact the Foundation has on the lives of students through its scholarships and projects.

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"Many high school and post-secondary students are looking for someone to give them a chance. The Foundation does that, and its Sparking Great Careers initiative will help to further remove barriers and create new opportunities for students,” Michael says.

For the month of December, Michael is issuing a challenge to CPAs across the province. Until December 31, 2022, Michael will be matching all donations made to Sparking Great Careers up to a maximum of $50,000. 

Help spark a great career. Donate today! 



I am investing in the next generation of business leaders and CPAs, and I hope you will join me.

Michael Burnyeat CPA, CA Vice Chair, CPA Education Foundation Board of Governors

How can you help?

  1. Donate to Sparking Great Careers.
    The CPA Education Foundation, a registered charity, is the charitable arm of the CPA profession in Alberta. Its work is funded by Alberta CPAs and other donors. By making a donation to the Foundation’s Sparking Great Careers project, you can make a difference in the lives of many future CPAs.
  2. Participate in the summer internship program.
    Program details are still being developed with the first internships expected to begin in May 2023. If you feel that you or your company would be interested in participating, email for more information.
  3. Sign-up to volunteer at future Sparking Great Careers or other Foundation seminars and events.
    Those who are passionate about the profession – CPAs like you – are the best ambassadors. Students enjoy learning from and hearing first-hand accounts from accounting professionals. Contact the Foundation if you would like to spark a great career!


The goal is to raise $150,000 over the next two years for the Sparking Great Careers project, with 100% of all donations designated for programming. Tax receipts are issued for all donations.

Donate Online

When you click on the 'Donate Online' button, you will be asked to log on to the CPA Alberta Member website in order to make your donation.

If you prefer, you can make your donation by cheque. Send a cheque to:

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CPA Education Foundation of Alberta
1900 TD Tower
10088 — 102 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5J 2Z1

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Or call the CPA Education Foundation at 1.800.232.9406.

Make your donation before December 31 to receive a tax receipt for the current tax year!

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