Last week, we had a chance to sit down with Ted Wigdor and Puneet Luthra of the Certified General Accountants (CGA). For many of us the meeting was our first foray into the world of accounting. We realized that while accounting may appear a little dry on the surface, the concerns of accounting associations are actually very interesting and important to the development of policy. We also learned of the important role played by stakeholders in promoting regulation they judge to be in the public interest as informed by their particular expertise.
One of the most valuable aspects of the meeting was the personal mentorship we recieved from Ted and Puneet on the skills we will need to succeed at Queens Park. Puneet emphasized the importance of knocking on doors, talking to people, and never being afraid to ask for meetings with MPP’s or future employers. Ted gave us advice on how to get into Government Relations work and how to choose a masters program that would prepare us for work in the field if we choose it.
Lastly, we have to thank the CGA not only for their sponsorship but also for inviting us out to lunch! The advice and insight was great but topped only by the chocolate chip cookies!