Eight BCIT Students Receive CPAEF Awards

2017 BCIT Awards Ceremony – faculty member Nitasha Naicker CPA CA, David Chiang CPA CA, CPABC’s vice-president, and Jack Davidson, BCIT Board Chair

The 2017 BCIT Graduating Awards Ceremony was held on June 23, 2017 in the Great Hall of the BCIT Burnaby Campus.  The event was an opportunity to recognize students for their achievement and also to thank donors for their generous commitment to supporting student success.  There were 106 awards totaling in excess of $100,000.


The CPAEF congratulates the following BCIT students on receiving CPAEF awards:

  • CPA Education Foundation R. Glynn Spelliscy Award $1,000 – Christopher Novakov.  The award honours Spelliscy, a former provincial and national president of the profession.   Chris was also the featured speaker at the event who said, “it is a very rewarding experience to now look back and see what I have accomplished returning to BCIT.  I’d like to sincerely thank [the CPAEF] for your generosity.”

Christopher Novakov (right) with his wife.

  • CPA Education Foundation William B. Hards Memorial Award $1,000 – Raadhesh Kumar. This award was established in 1977 to commemorate Hards years of service to the profession.  It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated both very strong academic performance and a course of conduct which benefitted other students in the diploma program.  The student must have an intention to pursue the B.Tech and CPA program upon graduation.

Raadesh Kumar

  • CPA Education Foundation Award in Accounting $1,500 – Weixin Zhang who also received the BCIT Medal.  This award was established in 1966 and is one of the first named scholarships ever offered at BCIT.   Weixin is the 51st recipient of this annual award.  She said, “I am looking forward to earning my CPA designation in a few years through continuing study and hard work.  Thank you again for your generosity and continued support to BCIT students.”

Weixin Zhang and her husband


Weixin Zhang also received the BCIT Medal

  • CPA Education Foundation Award for Bachelor of Technology $2,000 – Carmela Serrano and Catherine Wolski (no photos available).  This award recognizes students who have strong academic achievement and community service.

In addition to the above CPAEF awards, the CPABC Vancouver Chapter, through the generosity of its members, has funded a multi-year award to recognize one graduating student from the business program each year who has an intent to pursue the CPA program after graduation, demonstrated community volunteerism or leadership in the community with good academic performance.  This year’s recipient of the CPABC Vancouver Chapter Award for $500 is Uzair Kassim.

Uzair Kassim (right) with his family

The CPAEF also has a matching program whereby it matches awards offered by local public practice firms.  One such firm is Maharaj & Company which offers a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 bursary to a student with financial need.   This year’s recipient of the Maharaj & Company Scholarship Award in Bachelor of Accounting is Alex Zhang.

Alex Zhang, recipient of the Maharaj & Co. Award

David Chiang, CPA CA, vice-president of member services, attended the ceremony and said, “the CPAEF is delighted to recognize so many exceptional BCIT students.  I wish all of them well as they pursue their intended careers as professional accountants.”

Jack Davidson, BCIT Board Chair, provides opening remarks

Dr. Leelah Dawson, CPA CMA, Dean of the BCIT School of Business

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