CPA Nova Scotia honours nine CPAs for their contributions to the profession and community

For Immediate Release 

Halifax, NS, September 8, 2022 – The Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia (CPA Nova Scotia) is pleased to announce that seven of the provinces professional accountants have been awarded the profession’s highest mark of distinction, the Fellow (FCPA) designation. This is an honorary designation awarded to Chartered Professional Accountants whose achievements in their careers or the community earn them distinction and bring honour to the profession.  

With pride, CPA Nova Scotia congratulates these nine-award recipients on their extraordinary achievements and philanthropic contributions. Each recipient embodies the values of excellence, integrity, and service in the world of business and in their communities. says Patti Towler, President and CEO of CPA Nova Scotia.

CPA Nova Scotia has also awarded two CPAs with the Unsung Hero Award and the Early Achievement Award.

The Unsung Hero Award is given to a CPA who demonstrates dedication, commitment and outstanding service to individuals or groups within the community through volunteer activities.  It is intended to recognize service behind the scenes at the community level.

The Early Achievement Award is given to a CPA who demonstrates achievement and an ongoing commitment to professional excellence or community involvement within the first ten years of becoming a CPA.

We will honour all award recipients at the 2022 Members Awards Dinner on October 28 at the Hotel Halifax.

The recipients for the Fellow designation are (in alphabetical order):

      -Geoffrey (Geoff) Baldwin, CPA, CA (Secretary & Treasurer, Tidnish Holdings Limited) 
Katrina Beach, CPA, CA (Assurance Partner, Grant Thornton)
James Derrick Hayes (Derrick), CPA, CA, CMA (Associate Professor in the Shannon School of Business, George Unsworth Chair at Cape Breton University)
Mike McIntyre, CPA, CA (Chief Financial Officer, Membertou First Nation)
Deborah Shaffner, CPA, CMA (Retired, previously CEO at Eastlink)
Mike Uberoi, CPA, CMA (CEO, Melford Group of Companies)  
Sarah Veinot, CPA, CA (Partner, MNP LLP) 

The recipient of the Early Achievement Award is:
Laura Rees, CPA, CA (Senior Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis, CapIntel Inc)

The recipient of the Unsung Hero Award is:
Michael Belliveau, CPA, CA (Partner, AC Belliveau Veinotte)






Media Contact:
Coralee Lewis
Director of Communications
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About CPA Nova Scotia 

Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia (CPA Nova Scotia) is the governing and regulatory body that represents more than 4,100 members’ province-wide. CPA Nova Scotia protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. CPAs are recognized internationally for bringing high-calibre financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight and leadership to organizations.