Just over a year ago we wrote a post about a student who had the opportunity to travel to the sunny islands of Barbados to work and study—and play. Now BC is returning the favour to one Barbadian CGA student. Through the CGA Co-op Global Careers Program launched nearly two years ago, the Association welcomed our very first student from the Caribbean to BC last Thursday. Welcome to Vancouver, Kevin Stuart.
The CGA designation is recognized and valued by employers around the world. To showcase the global mobility of the CGA designation, the SFU Beedie School of Business, CGA-BC and CGA Caribbean formed a partnership in 2011 to create the CGA Co-op Global Careers Program, which sees one SFU CGA co-op student complete a work term with a CGA employer in the Caribbean and, in return, one CGA Caribbean student experiences a work term here in BC.
I want to personally thank Reid Hurst Nagy Inc. (RHN), one of BC’s largest CGA public practice accounting firms, for supporting this initiative and being the first employer to give a Caribbean CGA student the opportunity to gain work experience here in BC under the CGA Co-op Global Careers Program.
I don’t think we could have picked a better place for Kevin to work. RHN takes pride in working hard and having some fun as well. The firm offers an on-site fitness centre to support good health and allows flexible work schedules as well. They are always looking at ways to better serve their clients and support staff. Kevin should be in for a pretty amazing experience.
Kevin is a CGA student with nearly three years of accounting experience in auditing in his native Barbados. He is looking forward to applying this experience to his new role at Reid Hurst Nagy Inc., the Richmond-based CGA firm. Kevin believes strongly in leadership and community involvement; he recently travelled to New York City to represent Barbados as the National Youth Ambassador for a high-profile initiative hosted by the consulate. The motto of Barbados is “Pride and Industry,” an outlook that should serve Kevin well. When he isn’t being industrious, you can catch Kevin playing soccer or volleyball.
It’s a great time of the year to visit Vancouver, so I don’t think he will be missing home too much. We wish him all the best on his visit. I’ve already asked him to tell us more about his stay here in a future post, so stay tuned.