CMA British Columbia thanks all members and students who generously give their time to help support the Society’s initiatives. After all, the best ambassadors for the CMA designation are the successful Certified Management Accountants who demonstrate through their work and volunteer hours the strategic leadership competencies integral to the CMA designation.
This year, we honoured four CMAs who distinguished themselves by providing outstanding support to the Society’s activities and contributing to the overall strategic goal of long-term membership growth.
2012 Volunteers of the Year
Michael Morrison, CMA
Michael has been a dedicated CMA volunteer since even before receiving his designation in 2010. An active member of the Victoria Chapter board, Michael regularly attends Chapter and networking events as well as CMA Career Nights. He has been a panelist for Board Report Presentations and Workforce Panel events in Victoria.
Michael mentors students and workforce prospects, and is always a strong ambassador of the CMA designation – the CMA BC recruitment team in particular appreciates his efforts in identifying candidates for the Executive Program and Accelerated Program. In fact, he is personally responsible for the recruitment of at least four colleagues and friends into Victoria’s Executive CMA Program.
Despite his busy schedule with work, family and other commitments, Michael consistently dedicates time to the Society. Michael is currently the Chief of Staff at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt with the Department of National Defence in Victoria. He was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada in recognition of his service to Canada and his commitment to excellence in management, accountability and innovation.
Harold Burgess, CMA
In the seven years since his CMA graduation in 2005, Harold has been an invaluable volunteer for the Society. He always happily attends all CMA Career Nights and CMA Networking Nights, and is a Mentor in the CMA Mentor Program. He has supported many students and workforce prospects throughout the recruitment process, and actively participates in the Society’s recruitment-based discussions and focus groups. Harold never says “no” when asked to speak with future CMAs.
Recently, Harold participated in CMA marketing campaigns and was profiled as one of CMA’s top members in the Business in Vancouver newspaper. He was also featured in Fortis BC’s marketing campaign for Renewable Natural Gas campaign.
Harold is a Controller at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, where he has hosted both a CMA Lunch and Learn information session as well as an Afternoon with a CMA event for post-secondary students.
Tina Lu, CMA
Although Tina will not formally receive her CMA designation until Convocation this coming October, she has already proven to be an impressive ambassador for the Society. While working toward her designation over the past two years, she has dedicated much of her time to volunteering. Tina has inspired many students and prospects to pursue the CMA designation through her enthusiasm and knowledge of the program.
Tina is a Mentor in CMA BC’s Mentor Program, has twice been a panelist for the workforce panel, participated as a Case Competition Judge and was the keynote speaker at UBC’s annual accounting night. This past June, Tina willingly volunteered to participate in the Workforce Panel just days before her Board Report presentation!
Tina currently works as a Lease, Asset and Real Estate Accountant with LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award
Since earning his designation in 1960, Bob has been an active CMA member; first in Saskatchewan – where he was Chapter Chair in Regina and President of the Saskatchewan Provincial Board in 1963-64 – and later here in British Columbia.
Bob served on the CMA BC Board as Director from 1971 through 1975, and has been a member or chair of a long list of committees, including the provincial FCMA Selection Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, Facilities Committee, Life Membership Selection Committee, as well as Trustee of the CMA BC Scholarship Fund.
Bob was also heavily involved in the organizing of the former CMA National Conferences when they were held in Regina and on three occasions in Vancouver.
CMA Canada awarded Bob with their highest honour, the FCMA, in 1980 in recognition of the support he has given to the Society over his career. In 2002, the provincial Society likewise honoured Bob with Life Membership.
After starting his career as a Cost Clerk, Bob’s distinguished career path has led him through various finance roles from Controller to Vice President. And despite officially retiring in 1996, Bob continues to take on part-time contract assignments – when he can fit them in between rounds of golf at the Morgan Creek Golf Club.
Thank you once again to all members and students who volunteer with CMA British Columbia.