Carleton Accounting Prof. Merridee Bujaki at the Sprott School of Business has been elected as a Fellow with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, an association that ensures high standards for the profession and rigorous qualifications for awarding accounting designations.
The association reviews nominations for Fellows every two years and requires the evaluation of each candidate’s history in three areas as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) – career achievement; service to the profession and contributions to the community. Successful candidates must demonstrate exceptional performance and leadership in at least two of the three areas. The elected Fellows now have the right to use the FCPA designation, the association’s highest distinction.
The election recognizes Bujaki’s contributions to the accounting field over two decades as an academic, as well as her mentorship and leadership in the community. She is currently director of the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work and past president of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.
Carleton Accounting: Research
Bujaki’s research involves Canadian corporations, careers and canals, including the use of metaphor and images in Canadian corporations’ voluntary financial reporting, the representation of women in accounting, the socialization of accountants and the accounting history of the construction of the Rideau Canal.
For Bujaki, the practical contributions of her research are important.
“Throughout my academic career, I have kept my professional roots in mind,” said Bujaki. “I have made sure that my research is interesting and relevant to practising accounting professionals. I publish in practice journals, as well as academic ones, to try to bridge the boundary between practising accountants and researchers.”
Accounting Designation Opens Doors
Bujaki, whose first degree was a BA in psychology, had worked throughout her university years as an income tax assessor with the Canada Revenue Agency. After graduation, Bujaki worked for a time as a rural case worker with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
Bujaki went on to complete an MBA and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 1990 while working for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). With this designation in hand, Bujaki built a successful career in the private sector before joining academia as a professor of accounting at the University of Ottawa. She joined Carleton University in 2012.
“An accounting designation opens so many doors for your future. It really is a question of what you want to do,” she said.
“It is a really exciting profession to get involved in, there are always new and emerging issues. It is a great career choice.”
With the election as a Fellow, Bujaki joins her Sprott colleagues Jacques Maurice and François Brouard who are also among the three per cent of CPAs who hold the prestigious FCPA designation.