Upcoming Events

Homecoming 2015
Sept. 25 - 27
Come back to campus and relive your Western Experience at the many events taking place.
Visit Western Homecoming

Meet the new Dean
Sept. 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Ceeps
671 Richmond Street, London ON

Alumni and students are invited to meet Bob Andersen, new dean of the Faculty of Social Science.

One day. Two concerts. An unforgettable Western Experience
Sept. 26
Morning concert headliner: DVBBS
Evening concert headliner: Our Lady Peace

For tickets: visit HOCOonthehill.ca

Western Suits
Oct. 1
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Toronto Region Board of Trade,
First Canadian Place
Toronto, ON

Guest speaker: Peter Aceto, BA’90, LLB’94
President and CEO, Tangerine Bank

Mix and mingle with fellow alumni and build your professional network.

For a full listing of alumni events, visit Western Alumni.


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Social Science Centre, Room 9408
Western University
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Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

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Accounting program jumpstarts careers

Tom C. R. Lawson

Beginning in 2016, DAN students will have access to a new program that will give them a jumpstart on becoming Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs). CPA is the new name for all accountants in Ontario, replacing the previous CA, CMA and CGA designations.

The Graduate Diploma in Accounting will take place over an intense 13-week period from May to July 2016. To be eligible, students must have completed a set of prerequisite courses in their undergraduate program (DAN Management students graduating with a specialization or honours specialization in accounting will have all the necessary courses). The diploma program consists of seven courses, of which students must complete five, based on a review of their undergraduate courses. The seven courses are as follows: Advanced Audit; Performance Management; Advanced Corporate Financial Reporting; Advanced Finance and Corporate Financial Reporting; Advanced Taxation, An Integrated Approach to the Competencies; and Applied Research Methods in Accounting and Finance.

CPA Ontario has accredited the combination of the BMOS accounting stream and the new graduate diploma. Students who complete the graduate diploma will enter the CPA Professional Education Program at the ‘Capstone One’ module.

That’s a big advantage, says Professor Ann Bigelow. “Without this program, DAN graduates have to take equivalent courses through CPA at the same time as they’re starting their careers. They often have to travel to another community to do it. It can be overwhelming.”

Bigelow adds that the graduate diploma is tailored to the specific knowledge needs of DAN students. It is taught by professors who are familiar with and to them, in a familiar campus environment. “This is a convenient, efficient way to get this part of the training completed,” she says.

Seventy to 80 students are expected to enrol in the inaugural session. Bigelow believes demand will grow in coming years.