Early Achievement Award

The Early Achievement Award recognizes CPAs who have had their accounting 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.


  • A chartered professional accountant who is a member in good standing.
  • The CPA has had a significant achievement in the first 10 years as a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada or as a designated accountant anywhere in the world.  Members are eligible for nomination for this award up to one year past their 10th anniversary of membership.
  • The CPA has demonstrated 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 their accounting career or the field of accounting in general.
  • Generally recognition is given for activities since the member received their designation or during the period when they were an accounting student.
  • EAAs are not granted posthumously.
  • An individual may only receive an EAA award once.

EAA 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 an Early Achievement Award (EAA), click on the EAA Online Nomination link below. Please note, you will be required to sign in to SM Apply to complete the online nomination.
EAA Online Nomination
Or, if you prefer, you can manually complete the EAA Award nomination using the Word version. Click on the “Download EAA Nomination Form” link below.
Download EAA Word Nomination Form
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