CPA Ontarioannounced on Friday that Matthew Roman of Toronto has won the Ontario Gold Medal, awarded to the top writer of theCommon Final Examination (CFE)in the province.

The CFE represents a national three-day evaluation test that challenges students' essential knowledge, professional judgment, ethics, and communication ability on their way to becoming CPAs.

Roman holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a Master of Taxation from the University of Waterloo. He currently works atSF Partnershipin Toronto.

"I began a career in taxation immediately after university and what became apparent to me was that I needed to know more than just tax in order to be the best tax practitioner I could possibly be," Roman said in a statement. "I believed that, to be successful in tax, I also had to know the accounting side of things. I was concerned that I would be putting myself at a disadvantage in my career, learning and growth if I didn't also have the skills and expertise that come with being a CPA."

Seven Ontario CPA students, including Roman, placed on the 20-member National Honour Roll. Ontario also notably had 417 of the country's 1,011 successful CFE writers.

"Congratulations to all the successful Ontario candidates," stated Carol Wilding, president and CEO of CPA Ontario. "Qualifying to become a CPA is a very challenging process. I am confident that all the students will make great contributions to the accounting profession and will uphold the high standards of the CPA designation in the public interest."

The following six other Ontario CFE writers were also named to the 2016 National Honour Roll:

Christopher Chan
Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto
York University's Schulich School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2015

Jesse Dufour 
Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, Toronto
Ryerson University, Bachelor of Commerce, 2014

Nina Mak
WalMart Canada Corp., Mississauga
York University's Schulich School of Business, Master of Accounting 2016 and International Bachelor of Business Administration, 2015

Andy Ramsey 
Loyalty One, Toronto
University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Arts, 2008

Darren Rennie 
MNP LLP, Waterloo
Conestoga College, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2015

Sviatoslav Romaniuk
Prentice Yates & Clark, Toronto
University of Toronto Mississauga Bachelor of Commerce, 2013

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