Millards Chartered Professional Accountants is proud to announce that Meika Vanessa Matthews, CPA, CA, LPA, is a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leader Award.

The accolade bestowed by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, recognizes young CPAs that are shaping the future of the profession.

Robert McClements, Communications Specialist with CPA Ontario made the announcement.

“Meika Vanessa Matthews has been named as a recipient of CPA Ontario’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes trailblazing CPAs aged 34 and under who are leaders in the workplace and in their communities.”

Nominated by her peers for making significant contributions to her workplace and community, McClements says award recipients “are socially responsible leaders and innovators who contribute to important causes outside of work.”

Robert Welsh, CPA, CA with Millards in Simcoe says that Matthews is community focused team player, bringing passion and dedication to her work.

“While working in her specialty as the Assurance Manager at Millards Chartered Professional Accountants, Meika also acts as program leader and mentor for student training and champions quality as a practice inspector.” 

Welsh, Millards Partner since 2010, believes that the achievements of Matthews and her teammates send a reassuring message about the future.

“Millards is celebrating our 100th anniversary next year. Our century of success was earned with accounting competency and trust. Meika’s commitment to Millards’ clients and her community gives me confidence that the next generation will honour our legacy and continue to raise the bar.”

Matthews follows in the footsteps of her late aunt who encouraged her to pursue the CPA designation. She believes that her position has provided her with unique opportunities.

“Becoming a CPA opens doors, whether in accounting or not. It gives us the tools to do anything.”

Passionate about supporting her community, Matthews is the Treasurer for the Port Dover Foundation and an active member of the Port Dover Board of Trade. She is also the past president of the Simcoe and District Chamber of Commerce. In 2018, she spearheaded a nonpartisan campaign called Folkin’ Vote to educate and engage Norfolk County in the municipal election.

In addition to 6 other 2019 recipients, Matthews will be recognized this week at an event hosted by CPA Ontario and Luminari.

On behalf of the Partners and staff of Millards, congratulations to Meika Vanessa Matthews, CPA, CA, LPA, recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leader Award.