2021 Award Recipients

CPA Alberta is pleased to recognize the 2021 Achievement Award recipients. These exceptional individuals embody the core principles of the CPA profession: integrity, expertise, and commitment, and their activities and accomplishments bring honour to the profession and strengthen the reputation of all CPAs.

Congratulations to all 2021 recipients!

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to those CPAs whose continual commitment to the betterment of their profession, their communities, and the organizations they have served is unparalleled.

Hear from this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

Tom Gee FCPA, FCA

Congratulations Tom Gee FCPA, FCA!

Marilyn Kuntz FCPA, FCA

Congratulations Marilyn Kuntz FCPA, FCA!

Tom exhibits the best qualities of a CPA. Generous with his time, gentle and engaging in his demeanour, and impactful in his endeavours, Tom has spent his career personifying the characteristics best-associated with the designation.

A partner at RSM Canada in Edmonton, Tom was previously a partner at a number of other public practice firms. His accounting and business knowledge have provided value to innumerable small and medium-sized enterprises. He also held multiple roles at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, including Director of Professional Standards and Director of Ethics, as well as professional roles with the Government of Alberta.

Tom has always been actively involved in the profession and its regulatory body. In addition to his staff roles, he served as a member of the ICAA Council from 2012 until unification of the profession in 2015. As well, he has served on the provincial body’s Discipline Advisory Board, By-laws and Rules Committee, and Audit Committee, among others. Tom has also been involved with the profession nationally and currently serves as a member of CPA Canada’s Private Enterprise Advisory Committee, which assists the Accounting Standards Board in improving accounting standards for private enterprises in Canada. Keenly interested in accounting standards, Tom also served on numerous ad hoc committees, task forces and focused groups that reviewed and commented on exposure drafts related to accounting and assurance standards. His insights and expertise helped shape changes that strengthened and improved these standards.

Perhaps Tom’s biggest legacy is the impact he has had on hundreds of CPAs and CPAs-to-be through his education and recruitment activities. Tom is and has always been passionate about developing future generations of accounting professionals. To that end, Tom never misses an opportunity to volunteer to raise the awareness and profile of the profession among post-secondary students. He has acted as a presenter and/or panelist at a number of CPA Alberta events designed to attract the next generation of CPAs, and has also attended many such events simply to network and connect with students. Taking that commitment further, Tom has been involved in educating future CPAs through teaching at a variety of institutions, including the CPA Western School of Business, University of Alberta, NAIT, Grant MacEwan Community College (now MacEwan University) and the University of Lethbridge.

In the community, Tom served with the Arts and Life Foundation, Canadian Home Builders Association, and Edmonton Regional Association for Bright Children. He is also a dedicated volunteer and supporter of Boy Scouts of Canada – Northern Region and Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta, and served those organizations in a variety of capacities.

For his professional and community activities, he received Fellowship in 2012.

Tom’s record of service and continued dedication to the profession make him a worthy recipient of the CPA Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award. 

"I was stunned and humbled when I first heard I was being honored this way, and I still feel stunned and humbled now that time has passed. I was fortunate in having met some great role models over the years, such as Allan MacTavish, Bill Halford, Mike Gibbins, Ross Denham and my good friend Robert Young who, tragically passed away last year. They led by example and showed me that professional accountants have a responsibility to give back to society and to the profession."

Marilyn has been a professional accountant for almost all of her working life and her designation has been an essential part of her identity. She was a partner at BDO in Calgary, and retired in 2014 after 10 years with the organization. As a senior member of BDO’s public company audit group, she provided expertise to publicly traded companies in the energy and natural resource, financial, and technology sectors. She was also a member of the firm’s natural resources group and has presented on financial reporting at conferences and other events.

Though until her recent retirement she was always a busy professional business woman, Marilyn has always found time to advance the profession beyond office hours. Through her commitment and leadership, she has brought distinction to the profession as a volunteer and contributed to the profession’s reputation for high ethical and technical standards.

For example, Marilyn has been committing her time as an active volunteer in the profession for many years, and currently serves as a Director on the CPA Canada Board, which she joined in 2014. Marilyn is also a former member of the Council for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA), and in June 2012, she became the ICAA president -- only the second woman to hold this role. During her tenure as ICAA President, Marilyn led the ICAA’s participation in the unification process and was instrumental in the success of unification in Alberta. 

In 2012, Marilyn was honoured as a Fellow for her notable leadership within the profession. 

Marilyn’s impressive volunteer commitments within the profession also include participating on the ICAA Complaints and Enquiry, Rules and By-laws, Audit, Nomination and Executive Committees, and being a member of the Assurance Services Development Board and the Differential Reporting Committee for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Marilyn has been a dynamic member in the community as well, serving as a member of the executive of several community organizations including the Calgary Horticultural Society, the Rotary Club of Calgary Sarcee, and the Chinook Rhythmic Gymnastics Club. 

During the course of her career and continuing through her retirement, Marilyn has been a prime example of leadership in and commitment to the profession. Her impact and achievements make her a role model in the profession and have led to her recognition as a CPA Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

“Since learning of this award I have had some time to reflect on the profession and the impact it has had on my life. As an articling student I met my late husband Neil, who was also a CPA, CA and we raised three beautiful children, two of whom are CPA, CAs. Our other daughter, a human resource professional, choose a similar but alternate career. So the profession has blessed my family but also provided me personally with a rewarding, challenging and satisfying career that continued to evolve and change over time. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to volunteer and to have had the pleasure of meeting colleagues from Alberta, across the country and beyond. During this time I learned so much from the expertise and experiences of my colleagues from diverse backgrounds. So I am very happy, grateful and humbled to be recognized in this way. Thank you!”


CPA Education Foundation Impact Award

Awarded annually and presented by the CPA Education Foundation, the Impact Award honours an individual for his/her contributions to the work and goals of the Foundation.

  • Robert Andrews CPA, CMA

Watch for more details and the bio on this year's recipient coming soon! 


Fellows of the Chartered Professional Accountants

The Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants (FCPA) will be granted to those Alberta CPAs who have rendered exceptional service to the profession or whose achievements in their careers, the community, or in the profession have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession.

  • Richard Arthurs FCPA, FCMA
  • Mel Bhatia FCPA, FCMA
  • Kim Drever FCPA, FCA
  • Joan Dunne FCPA, FCA
  • Bob Hahn FCPA, FCA
  • Dale Meister FCPA, FCA
  • Edward Nedza FCPA, FCA
  • Nicholas Tait FCPA, FCMA
  • Reynold Tetzlaff FCPA, FCA
  • Chioma Ufodike FCPA, FCMA
  • Hussein Warsame FCPA, FCGA

Watch for more details and bios on this year's recipients coming soon! 


Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Alberta CPAs or supporters of the profession who have demonstrated a significant achievement within the last five years and have therefore brought honour to the profession.

  • Paul Borrett CPA, CA
  • Anna Coghill CPA, CA
  • John Colbert CPA, CA
  • Ross Haffie CPA, CA
  • Carla Madra CPA, CA
  • Meghan McConnan CPA, CA
  • Barry Munro FCPA, FCA
  • Greg Oberti CPA, CA
  • Julie Perras CPA, CMA
  • Carlie Persson CPA, CA
  • Nicholas Pyra CPA, CMA
  • Liza Richer CPA, CA
  • Perri Skelton CPA, CA
  • Jeanette Stead CPA, CMA

Watch for more details and bios on this year's recipients coming soon!


Early Achievement Awards

The Early Achievement Award recognizes CPAs who have had their designation for 10 years or less and have rendered exceptional service to the profession or whose achievements in their careers or in the community have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession.

  • Jessa Aco-Kuchmak CPA
  • Michael Bejerman CPA, CMA
  • Azfaar Dharani CPA
  • Shane Doll CPA
  • Amanda Heck CPA
  • Karl Hendrickson CPA, CA
  • Priya Kapur CPA, CA
  • Taryn Klymyk CPA
  • Christine Leung CPA
  • Raymond Li CPA, CGA
  • Adrienne Wong CPA, CA
  • Mike Woodward CPA, CA

Watch for more details and bios on this year's recipients coming soon!

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