The goal of the Accounting Mentoring project is to encourage Aboriginal youth to complete high school and pursue future careers in accounting. The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) is partnering with the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative (MAEI), participating accounting firms and local school boards to mentor Aboriginal youth who have an aptitude/interest in accounting careers.
Participating secondary school students are identified by their teachers. With parents’ permission, participating accounting firms mentor these students. The accountants will work with the young people over several years in various activities including job shadowing, co-operative education placements, summer employment, scholarships/bursaries and internships. It is hoped that colleges and universities will also support these young people as they pursue their post-secondary studies.
In the 2008-09 school year, MAEI and CICA launched pilot projects with the Rainy River District School Board (Fort Frances, Ontario), BDO Dunwoody, and the Grand Erie District School Board (Brantford, Ontario) and KPMG. Additional students will be added annually.
In the 2009-10 school year, the program expanded to Edmonton with the Edmonton Public School Board and Ernst & Young; in Thunder Bay with the Lakehead District School Board and BDO Dunwoody, and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board and Grant Thornton; in Vancouver with the Vancouver School Board and Ernst & Young, and in Winnipeg with the Winnipeg School Division and Meyers Norris Penny. We hope to launch a program in Regina in the near future.
Our ultimate goal is to offer the program across Canada and to expand to other professions.
Additional information can be found at the CICA website: http://www.cica.ca/aboriginal/