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Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business & Economics congratulates alumnus Lorcan Duffy (BA ’12) for winning the 2015 Uniform Evaluation (UFE) Chartered Professional Accountant’s (CPA) Gold Medal. Duffy placed first in Ontario among 600 other writers and in the top four in Canada among more than 1,400 writers.

“As much as it’s my success, it belongs to everyone around me,” said Duffy. “It’s a testament to the education Laurier provides. Some of the best and brightest in Canada have walked these walls and I feel privileged to be counted among them.”

Duffy, a graduate from the Lazaridis School’s Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting program, currently works for BDO Canada. He is the tenth recipient of the UFE Gold Medal from the Lazaridis School.

“We are very proud that Lorcan joins our nine other alumni who have achieved the honour,” said Micheál Kelly, dean of the Lazaridis School. “Since 1993, Lazaridis School accounting graduates have won more UFE Gold Medals than any other university in Canada.”

CPA Ontario unveiled Duffy as the newest addition to its wall of fame on Jan. 14, with Duffy’s family, representatives from CPA Ontario and BDO, and faculty and staff from the Lazaridis School in attendance.

“It marks an exceptional achievement for Lorcan,” said Dean Elliott, a representative from BDO and a CPA/Laurier Advisory Board Member. “On behalf of the partners at BDO, congratulations!”

“Lorcan can be very proud of his accomplishments,” said Brian Leader, vice-president and learning advisor for CPA Ontario. “And congratulations to Laurier – it might be a good idea to enlarge the wall.”

“With all of the accolades and pomp that has come with winning, this moment has been the one I’ve anticipated the most,” said Duffy. “Nearly every day I walked past this wall, imagining myself up there, but it didn’t seem possible. To be immortalized here is incredible. Knowing I’ll be on that wall smiling in 40 years makes me so proud.”

This good news follows last year's announcement from Linamar Corporation, who made a $1 million donation to support the accounting program in the Lazaridis School and to establish the Linamar Centre for Accounting Education.


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