2011 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Each year, CMA British Columbia hosts a volunteer appreciation luncheon for all of the CMAs, CMA candidates & students who have volunteered on behalf of the Society in the past year. The Society also recognizes a select group of CMAs for their outstanding volunteer contributions with the CMA Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards.   Congratulations to Karim Adatia, CMA; Meryle Corbett, FCMA; Anson Lo, CMA; Pauline Megannety, CMA our 2011 CMA Volunteers of the Year, and to Don Hincks, FCMA & Robert Pellatt, FCMA our 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Bios for this year’s winners are below.

2011 Volunteer of the Year Awards

Karim Adatia, CMA

Since graduating in 2009, Karim has been a strong supporter of the Society and CMA designation. He is always keen to share his knowledge with prospective CMAs, and regularly attends CMA networking and recruitment events. For the second year in a row, he is participating as a mentor in the CMA Mentorship Program.  Last year, Karim was also the keynote speaker at the Fraser Valley Career Night where he shared his journey to becoming a CMA and how the CMA program has prepared him for a career in management and finance.

Karim currently works for Canada Revenue Agency as a Tax Auditor. In addition to his involvement with the Society, he volunteers regularly at his alma mater, Simon Fraser University, where he is a big supporter and mentor for the Young Women in Business Organization.

Meryle Corbett, CMA, FCMA

Since earning her CMA in 1985, Meryle has been a strong supporter of the CMA designation.  Currently she is the BC/Yukon and Alberta national representative on the CMA Canada National Board and a member of CMA Canada’s audit committee.  This past  spring Meryle  volunteered at a number of CMA events in the Okanagan region – she was part of the Society’s  Kelowna Employer event, participated in a Kelowna radio interview promoting the CMA designation and educational program and is mentoring students in the Strategic Leadership Program.

Meryle is the Chief Financial Officer of the Kelowna Flightcraft Group of Companies, and  is also the driving force behind Kelowna Flightcraft’s involvement in CMA BC’s Elite Employer Program. She has been a director-at-large on the boards of CMA BC and CMA Alberta and has served on various CMA committees, including member services, in both provinces. In 2008, Meryle was recognized with CMA’s highest honour the FCMA.

Active within the community Meryle is involved with Junior Achievement of Kelowna, the Kelowna Airport Authority, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Kelowna Hospital Foundation Fundraising Cabinet.

Anson Lo, CMA

A newly designated CMA, Anson has been a dedicated CMA volunteer since even BEFORE graduating in 2010. For the past two years, he has helped out at almost every recruitment event, and was the keynote speaker at CMA’s annual Networking Night – one of the Society’s signature events for post-secondary students interested in the CMA Program.  Anson is a mentor in the CMA Mentor Program, and is always enthusiastic to speak with students or prospects who are interested in the CMA designation. In 2010, he was also a judge for the CMA BC Post-Secondary Case Competition. We can always count on Anson to deliver a positive message about the CMA program!

Anson currently works as a Corporate Treasury Analyst at BC Hydro and just recently passed the second test towards completing his CFA designation. Amid all of his work, volunteering, and studying, he has also managed to find the time to start his private pilot licensing course.

Pauline Megannety, CMA

A CMA since 1985, Pauline has been an active member of the Society’s standing committees for the past 14 years. She was on the Public Practice Review Committee from 1992-1995, is a present member of the Professional Conduct Enquiry Committee, a role that she has held since 2000, and is also the 2011 Chair of the Professional Conduct Enquiry Committee. An active volunteer within the community and an avid supporter of live theatre, Pauline was a director and board member of the Vancouver East Cultural Centre between 2001 and 2004.

After receiving her designation in 1985, Pauline operated as a sole practitioner in public practice until 1997.  In 1998 she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a client service manager in the High Net Worth Tax Group.  She progressed to Senior Manager in that area before leaving PwC in 2004 for her current position as a private financial advisor and personal accountant for a Vancouver business executive.


2011 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Don Hincks, CMA, FCMA

A CMA for 36 years, Don has been an active volunteer for the Society for many years on a national and provincial level.  He has served as a Director of the Vancouver Chapter, including two terms as Chapter Chair from 1984 to 1994. He was a Director on the CMA BC Provincial Board in 1991, and from 1996 to 2001, serving as Treasurer, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President, President in 1999-2000 and then Past President.  From 2001 to 2005 he was a member of the National FCMA Task Force. Don still serves today on the CMA BC Discipline Tribunal Committee and FCMA Nominations Committee.  He has supported the development of the CMA program as a Moderator of the Strategic Leadership Program for over 10 years. He has been a Volunteer Presenter on behalf of the Society at high schools, universities and colleges, and served as a judge for the Society’s High School Case Competition. He has also managed to find the time to mentor a number of CMA students over the years.

An involved member of the community, Don has also served on the advisory board at BCIT for 20 years as well as the Burnaby School District’s Business Education advisory committee.  To acknowledge Don’s commitment to CMA, he was recognized with Society’s highest honour – the FCMA designation in 2001 and in 2009 he was given Life Member status.  Don is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager of Meadowridge School.

Robert Pellatt, CMA, FCMA.

A CMA since 1975, Rob has been a strong supporter of CMA locally, provincially and nationally.  At the local level he was a Vancouver Chapter Director for nearly 30 years from 1972 to 2000, serving as the Chapter Chair three times.  He continues to volunteer his time for the chapter, as the Vancouver Chapter’s Official Photographer for the Sun Run Team. He served on the CMA BC Provincial Board for three years and was a lecturer and marker for Financial Accounting Courses from 1980 to 1999. He is currently a member of CMA BC’s Continuing Professional Learning and Development Committee and has been since its inception.  He was also a member of the CMA National Conference Organizing Committees in 1982, 92, and 98 and served as the past editor of the BC society’s monthly newsletter.  In 2002 he was awarded the CMA Canada National Recognition Award and in 2009 his contribution to the Society was once again recognized when he was awarded the Society’s highest honour the FCMA, followed by Life membership in 2010.

Active in the community of West Vancouver, Rob has volunteered on a number of District advisory committees – finance and parks and environment.  He is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Vancouver and is a Fellow of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada.  His career began with the BC Utilities Commission working in tariffs, finance and utility regulation and ended there in 2007 as its Commission Secretary – a position he held for 20 years until his retirement.

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