The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants celebrated the accomplishments of 15 individuals who earned their bachelor’s degrees in accounting or received their professional certifications.
“You are the future of our profession and or organisation,” said society president James George, who is a partner at BDO Cayman.
The association’s fifth annual gala took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Saturday.
The honourees included three graduates of the International College of the Cayman Islands and two graduates of the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Mr. George highlighted the association’s community efforts, saying the group drew a record 68 volunteers in its effort to promote numeracy in local schools.
Minister of Education Rolston Anglin said, “From my perspective, there is no greater profession in the world than the accounting profession.”
The event’s keynote speaker was Sir Tim Wilson, a former vice chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, adviser to the United Kingdom government and frequent speaker on leadership and management of universities and on the role of higher education in economic development. Mr. Wilson talked about the effects of globalisation on higher education and the erosion of traditional boundaries separating business, government and higher education.
“Talent is globally mobile. Intelligent people can go anywhere in the world,” he said, adding that just as talent is mobile, so are investments.
He said universities are increasingly being used as tools to attract inward investment in communities, with government focussing funding on areas of study that industries wish to target, in order to train graduates to participate in and help drive the local economy.
The ICCI graduates were Paula Cribb, Zimiri Rochez and Tiashia Williams. The UCCI graduates were Joel Burke and Megan Powell. Mr. Burke also received his qualification as a certified public accountant.
The other new CPAs honoured Saturday were Rachael Brendel, Daphnie Frederick, Christy Gaus, Christopher Glasgow, Stuart Gorter, Owen McLaughlin, Melanie McTaggart, Shanna Ruiz, Sharla Taylor and Angela Whittaker.