Major milestone for PSB Accounting — Grads successfully pass CPA exams

By Nathan Mallett

Five Pilon School of Business accounting grads are well on their way to earning their CPA designations.

Michael Amaral (Class of 2017), Shikha Saini (Class of 2017), Peter Tsapoitis (Class of 2018), Shan Thillainatha (Class of 2017) and Blonton Joseph Gonsalves (Class of 2020) all recently successfully completed their Common Final Examinations or CFEs. 

This is a significant milestone for both the Bachelor Business Administration – Accounting and the Professional Accounting graduate certificate programs.

The three-day exam is a major step in the rigorous process that all Chartered Public Accountants must navigate to earn the coveted designation.

The road to official CPA status consists of: six courses (Core 1, Core 2, two electives and two Capstones), the CFE and 30 months of relevant accounting experience. Typically, CPA candidates complete the steps while working full-time in the field.

According to Pilon accounting professor and program coordinator Lorraine Alyea, this is a significant milestone for both the Bachelor Business Administration – Accounting and the Professional Accounting graduate certificate programs. Both are relatively new offerings – BBA Accounting produced its first graduates in 2016, while the first Professional Accounting class only finished in 2019. 

“We have a lot to prove in the accounting world,” says Alyea. “The fact that we have successful CFE graduates puts us on the same level playing field as every other post-secondary institution in Canada. It’s a testament to all the professors who support the students.”


Nathan Mallett is the Program Coordinator for Sheridan’s post-graduate Public Relations – Corporate Communications program. 

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