CPAC Foundation Awards $14,000 to 8 Outstanding Canadian Students

March 3, 2018, Toronto, ON – Eight outstanding students were recognized for their academic achievements and community contributions at CPAC Annual Scholarship Award Ceremony on March 3 at the North York Civic Centre.

There were five awards, two sponsored by Queen Financial Group and CPA Ontario gave to high school students with a combination of strong grades and dedicated volunteerism. Each award is worth $1000. The recipients include Jacqueline Jin from The Bishop Strachan School(academic performance with an average of 93%), who is the Editor in Chief for her school’s online literary magazine, as well as an Ambassador of her school; Shyanna Gangji at Westmount Secondary School (academic performance with an average of 96%), who developed a curriculum guideline and presentation for teachers and administrators at her school; Sarina Wong from University of Toronto Schools(academic performance with an average of 98%), who raised fund and runs educational events and created a textbook to facilitate the training of 15,000+ students in Canada’s largest youth business organization; Selina Chow from Havergal College(academic performance with an average of 98%), who founded the Dementia Awareness Program, while enriching the lives of seniors with dementia.  and Victoria Chen from Glenforest Secondary School(academic performance with an average of 96%), who has completed her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, the highest level of the world’s leading youth development award.

The CPAC-TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Scholarship, worth $3000, was given to an accomplished post-secondary student with demonstrated leadership. The winner is Kevin Zhang, presently attending his 2nd year at McMaster University’s prestigious Bachelor of Health Sciences program. Kevin finished his first year with a perfect 100% GPA who has received numerous awards, notably the McMaster University Provost Honor Roll Medal in recognition of his academic excellence.

Two CPAC Trailblazer Scholarships, worth $3000 each, were given to the students that played active and leading roles in the meaningful projects to the community. The recipients include Aidan Brushett from Anderson Collegiate Vocational Institute(academic performance with an average of 96%), who has led both his secondary school and the Town of Whitby to become officially recognized by NGO Bee City Canada and Lisa Wang from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute(academic performance with an average of 94%), who led to a three-year streak as a Platinum EcoSchool and designation as Canada’s third Bee City School.

The total value of scholarships and awards given out this year is $14,000. Below is the full list of recipients:

CPAC Award (Grade 10)Jacqueline JinThe Bishop Strachan School
CPAC Award (Grade 11)Shyanna GangjiWestmount Secondary School
CPAC – Queen Financial Group Award (Grade 11)Sarina WongUniversity of Toronto Schools
CPAC – CPA Ontario Award (Grade 11)Selina ChowHavergal College
CPAC Award (Grade 12)Victoria ChenGlenforest Secondary School


CPAC – TD Insurance Meloche Monnex ScholarshipKevin ZhangMcMaster University
CPAC Trailblazer ScholarshipAidan BrushettAnderson Collegiate Vocational Institute
CPAC Trailblazer ScholarshipLisa WangMarc Garneau Collegiate Institute

“The Selection Committee had a difficult task in choosing only eight individuals out of many worthy applications,” remarked Richard Lim, President of CPAC Foundation. “The recipients are picked based on their combined achievements in academic excellence and community involvement.”

In addition to the award recipients sharing their stories, the event also featured a keynote speaker from Huawei, a world-class tech company that rivals names like Apple and Google. In a speech entitled “Huawei … A World-Class Tech Company and the Future of Work,” Huawei Canada’s Technical Director Leo Jin spoke about Huawei’s corporate culture and HR planning relating to recruitment, training and leadership succession. He also touched on Huawei’s strategic directions for the future and its implications for education and career planning.

From left: Shyanna Gangji, Kevin Zhang, Victoria Chen, Jacqueline Jin, Sarina Wong, Selina Chow, Lisa Wang, Aidan Brushett

About CPAC Foundation

The CPAC Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds for its education-related initiatives as well as CPAC’s work in helping internationally educated professionals obtain employment and integrate into Canadian society. The Foundation organizes activities that provide educational information to parents and students and provides scholarships and bursaries to secondary and post-secondary students who have demonstrated social responsibility and a determination to pursue academic excellence. Up to date, it has given out more than 200 scholarships and bursaries with a total value of $278,000. It has also built two schools in poverty and disaster-stricken areas in China.