Ian Hugh Panton has been appointed as one of five new Fellows to The Society of Certified Management Accountants of Canada.
The FCMA designation is a prestigious, national honorary designation awarded to Certified Management Accountants who, through their outstanding achievements including community leadership, bring distinction to the management accounting profession and serve as a role model to others.
Mr. Panton is the son of the late Rev. Stanley and Iva Panton of North Side, Grand Cayman.
Mr. Panton’s career in management accounting spanned 38 years; the last 12 were served as controller of Parker Hannifin’s Motion & Control Sales Division (Troy, Michigan), which has operations in Canada, the United States and Worldwide. He retired in 2002 and relocated to Kingsville, Ontario. He is considered a role model through his career achievements, enthusiasm for the CMA designation and volunteer work within the community.
Mr. Panton has made significant contributions to CMA Ontario, through his voluntary service at the Chapter level, first in London and then in Halton. He served the Peel Halton Chapter from 1971-1982, holding the positions of Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair during his years of involvement. He successfully secured high level speakers for Chapter meetings, enhanced the profile of CMA by delivering presentations to high schools and provided guidance and encouragement to students – many of whom went on to pursue the designation of a CMA.
Mr. Panton has excelled in his community service, using opportunities through church and various other organisations focused on both domestic and international initiatives. Mr. Panton is one of the key founders and treasurer of the Leamington Area Ecumenical Refugee Committee, which sponsors and supports refugees to Canada. In 2005, he was recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation in recognition of his contributions to humanitarian causes and the community.
Experienced in the “three pillars” of the profession – accounting, management and strategy – CMAs are strategic and financial management professionals who contribute to the bottom line success of organisations by understanding all areas of business.
The FCMA designation demonstrates excellence in management accounting, commitment and pride to CMA Ontario, and active involvement in improving the well-being of their respective communities that brings respect to the member and the management accounting profession. FCMAs are nominated by their peers, who have recognized their exemplary qualities and contributions.
About CMA Ontario
Certified Management Accountants of Ontario is a self-governing professional organization that awards the Certified Management Accountant designation to qualified candidates in Ontario. With 25,000 members, CMA Ontario is an integral part of a profession that is 50,000 members strong across Canada and around the world. CMA Ontario maintains rigorous standards of accreditation and professionalism in management accounting to protect the public interest.
Earlier this year, CMA Ontario was granted status by the Public Accountants Council of Ontario as an Authorized Designated Body to license and govern Certified Management Accountants to practise public accounting.