CatSU alumnus aces CPA exam in Canada

MARY ANN TOLLEDO VALEZA-BASA

A native of Virac who finished her accountancy course at the Catanduanes State University two decades ago is now a Certified Public Accountant in Canada after passing the tough, multi-stage examination.
The eldest daughter of Theodore and Virginia Valeza of Constantino, Virac, Mary Ann Tolledo Valeza-Basa got the good news last Aug. 15, 2021 with the release of the results of the Uniform CPA Examination.
A wife and mother of three children, she is now working as a Senior Accountant in the government of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Liquor Corporation and Cannabis NB Ltd.
Mary Ann finished her elementary grades at Virac Pilot Elementary School and secondary at the Catanduanes National High School, and then graduated from then Catanduanes State Colleges with a a diploma in accountancy.
She took and passed the CPA board examination in the Philippines in 2000 and then earned her Master’s degree, major in Business Administration, at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 2010.
She started her career as a finance analyst with Rightpak International Corporation, a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, before moving to Shell Business Service Centre in Manila where she spent 12 years moving up from analyst to Senior Team Manager.
Seven years ago, she tried her luck in immigrating to Canada and found success, moving there together with her family.
In New Brunswick, she completed the CPA programme with CPA Atlantic School of Business, passing five qualifying modules before taking the Common Final Examination (CFE).
Canada’s CPA exam is one of the most difficult, with the examinee given four hours to finish each of the four exam sections.
All four sections must be passed within an 18-month testing window, starting after one passes the first exam section with a minimum score of 75

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