Distinguished Service Award

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

Criteria for Alberta CPAs

  • A chartered professional accountant who is in good standing.
  • The CPA has made a significant achievement within the last five years as demonstrated by:
    • Commitment and excellence in community or volunteer services (e.g. civic, political, charitable, professional, business or industry association), or
    • Excellence, innovation or remarkable accomplishment in one’s career or the field of accounting in general, or
    • Mentor excellence by significantly contributing to the development of young CPAs and their ability to exercise sound professional judgment.
    • The DSA may be presented to an FCPA. 
    • DSAs are not granted posthumously; the date of granting is the date of the CPA Board meeting at which awards are adjudicated. 
    • A DSA may be received more than once.

Criteria for a non CPAs

  • The individual has made a significant achievement within the last five years which positively contributes to the accounting profession and/or to the professional development of CPAs, as demonstrated by:
    • Significant support to the CPA profession in Alberta, or 
    • Significant leadership or accomplishment in the field of accounting or business generally, provided there is a direct connection or benefit to the CPA profession in Alberta, or 
    • Mentor excellence by significantly contributing to the professional development of young Alberta CPAs and their ability to exercise sound professional judgment.
  • DSAs are not granted posthumously.
  • A DSA may be received more than once.

DSA Support Letter Guide

Strong support letters that clearly articulate the nominee’s exceptional contributions in their career, to the profession and or community, are an essential component of a nomination package.

The quantity of letters is unimportant, rather quality endorsement letters should be considered and submitted with the nomination package. These letters should tell the story of the difference the member’s contribution made to the profession, to a community organization, or highlight the outstanding career accomplishments of the nominee.

The letters of support should adequately highlight the candidate's leadership and the exceptional nature of the candidate's performance. Letters are not required for each aspect of the candidate's career presented; rather they should present evidence of specific aspects of the candidate's leadership ability and/or the exceptional nature of his/her performance. To view sample letters for the nomination of the Distinguished Service Award, click here.


To nominate a candidate for a Distinguished Service Award (DSA), click on the DSA Online Nomination link below. Please note, you will be required to sign in to SM Apply to complete the online nomination.
DSA Online Nomination
Or, if you prefer, you can manually complete the DSA nomination using the Word version. Click on the “Download DSA Word Nomination Form” link below.
Download DSA Word Nomination Form
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