Farah Albert, CA, CPA (Illinois)
“Having my CA designation has opened a lot of doors for me, both professionally and personally.” So says Farah Albert CA CPA (Illinois), of ATCO Gas in Edmonton.
After completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta in 2002, Farah set her sights on earning a Chartered Accountant designation. She articled with Mowbrey Gil LLP in Edmonton while simultaneously completing the required CA School of Business modules. “The process of working and completing the modules at the same time was very beneficial. It taught me how to manage my time effectively, as well as the importance of a good work ethic,” said Farah.
Continuing Professional Development
Farah’s passion for challenging herself didn’t stop after she successfully completed the Uniform Evaluation (UFE), which is required of all CAs—she also decided to write the International Qualification Exam to earn her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. From there, the doors of opportunity continued to open. Soon after obtaining her CPA, Farah decided to transition from public practice to industry in order to join ATCO. She now works in a leadership role in the Revenue Requirements department.
“ATCO has an excellent leadership development program to encourage people within the company to acquire the skills needed to progress upwards in their careers,” says Farah. “Having the opportunity to further develop my skills, along with having a CA designation, has allowed me to quickly transition into a leadership role within ATCO.”
Giving back to the community
Farah also takes her leadership skills outside of the office and into her volunteer role with Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta. She spends three hours a week (from October to March) acting as an advisor for the JA Company Program, which provides opportunities for young people to better understand how businesses are developed, organized, managed and operated. “Volunteering gives me personal satisfaction—it allows me to make a difference in the lives of students who are future business leaders. Giving back is enriching and CAs are very fortunate to often be in positions where they can give back,” says Farah.