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October 28, 2005

Source: Laurentian University of Sudbury:

Inaugural online MBA class to graduate from degree partnership between Laurentian University and CGA-Canada

On Saturday, October 29, the first group of graduate students taking part in a unique degree partnership program between Laurentian University and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) will graduate from Laurentian University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The Fall Convocation ceremony will take place in Fraser Auditorium at 2 p.m.

Since its inception in June 2004, Laurentian University has accepted close to 250 students in the online MBA program. Based on Laurentian's successful on-campus program, the online MBA is designed exclusively for CGAs and senior CGA students. It provides students with an integrative management education that prepares them for executive decision-making. The combination of no on-campus requirements and a comprehensive web delivery system offers students the flexibility required to manage their academic commitments with their work and family responsibilities.

Of the first group of 20 graduates, eight are expected to attend the ceremony and will set foot on the Laurentian University campus for the first time. The graduates are from various communities in Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

"The online MBA course offerings at Laurentian were relevant to today's changing business climate. The professors were very knowledgeable and encouraged creative thought," states Sam Cheung, FCGA and MBA graduate. Djoura Abdelou, who resides in St. John, New Brunswick and will be attending convocation on Saturday, is excited about her future: "With the MBA degree and CGA designation, there is no limit to the opportunities that lie ahead."

"There are several other benefits to the LU online MBA," says Huguette Blanco, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management. "The extensive discussions and group work built into the courses allow students to make strong connections with their professors and among themselves. This allows them to share their work experiences with others and to put it into context in their assignments. Also, they develop a network of peers in management across Canada and internationally. The Laurentian MBA and the CGA designation are a combination that really sets our graduates apart."

"To succeed in today's complex world, businesses require leaders with a broad base of advanced business knowledge," says Lynda Carson, FCGA, CGA-Canada Vice-President, Education and Operational Affairs. "The Laurentian MBA recognizes the high level of business and financial expertise gained from the CGA Program of Professional Studies and expands on the business concepts examined in the program. A CGA designation and a Laurentian MBA form a powerful combination."

More information on the Laurentian University Online MBA program is available at or

About CGA-Canada

CGA is the fastest-growing accounting designation in Canada . With a focus on integrity and ethics and the highest education requirements, CGAs are accounting and business leaders, providing strategic counsel, financial leadership, and direction to all sectors of the Canadian economy.

The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada represents 62,000 CGAs and students in Canada, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, and China. The Association sets standards, develops and maintains education programs, publishes professional materials, advocates on public policy issues, and represents CGAs nationally and internationally.

For more information, please contact:

Taylore Ashlie
Director, Communications, CGA-Canada
Telephone: 604 605-5055
Cell: 604 307-0212

Paul de la Riva
Public Affairs
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario
(705) 675-1151, ext. 3406



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