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As the newly-elected Chair of the Institute's Council, I want to provide a brief unification status update.

Despite the current absence of CGA Ontario and CMA Ontario in the discussions, the ICAO remains very much part of the national unification process and discussions.

We continue to believe that unification would ultimately benefit all accountants, better protect the public interest and strengthen the future of accounting in Canada.

The ICAO is committed to the unification of the Canadian accounting profession in accordance with the eight guiding principles as set out in the Unification Framework issued in January and we will continue our efforts to support the adoption of the CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation.

We strongly believe that our members' interests are best served if we are at the table when new standards, a new qualification program and new governance models are being developed. This ensures that Ontario's CAs have a voice in the discussions that will impact your professional future and the future of accounting.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share them with us by e-mail at: Member_Viewpoint@icao.on.ca

Sincerely,

Robert Scullion, FCA
Chair

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