Speeches & Presentations
by Marilyn A. Pendergast, CPA, Partner in UHY LLP and Past Chair of the IFAC Ethics Committee (1999 to 2004)
Nov 16, 2006
Sempier Award Acceptance Speech
It has been an honor and a privilege for me to have the opportunity to work with other accountants from around the world, those in public practice, industry, government and education and especially the leaders of the AICPA and IFAC. In particular, Rene Ricol and Graham Ward as well as Ian Ball have provided strong support during the years the new ethics code was in development, and I know that under Fermin del Valle's leadership that support will continue. In my grandmother's words, receiving the Sempier award is the "icing on the cake." Robert Sempier's vision of an accountancy organization which brings together all members of institutes throughout the world and recognizes the challenges of the global economy by working together to develop and implement the highest level of professional standards is today a reality.
As we end this World Congress in Istanbul, which is so rich in history and diversity, we go out to our own countries and careers re-energized by the discussions and camaraderie of the last few days and more deeply committed than ever to the convergence of high quality standards which contribute to the strength of the profession worldwide and to the development of strong international economies.