March 18, 2009 – Calgary – Five business students won the grand prize at CMA Alberta’s first-ever Board Governance Competition on March 5 and 6 in Calgary, taking home a $10,000 cash prize.
The student team was comprised of Jihoon (Andrew) Dong, Tony Hau, Adam Hesse, Riphay Al-Hussein and Derek Gee. They analyzed a governance case, based on a fictitious not-for-profit company and presented their recommendations to a judging panel of esteemed Alberta business leaders.
“The students were highly motivated, worked co-operatively as a team and had a great work ethic,” said Professor Karim Jamal Ph.D, FCA, who holds the CA Distinguished Chair in Accounting and who, along with Professor Michael Maier, coached the group to success. “The team exuded enthusiasm, teamwork and a desire for excellence.”
Karim Jamal is a Professor in the Department of Accounting & MIS at the University of Alberta and as of July 1, 2009 became Chairman of the Department. In 2005, Karim received a Distinguished Service Award (DSA) from the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants’ for service to the accounting profession and the community. He also was awarded the McCalla Professorship, a prestigious University wide research appointment which required significant community outreach.