Patrick O’Meara, an assistant professor of accounting at Niagara University, received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the world’s largest body of management accountants, during a virtual ceremony on Dec. 10, 2021. The international awards highlight high-quality teaching, research, and learning in accounting education across the world. 

O'Meara is a certified management accountant, a chartered professional accountant, and a certified financial planner. He joined Niagara’s accounting faculty in 2018 and has held teaching positions at Red Deer College University, Alberta, Canada, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He has also held posts as chair of business and commerce programs at the Donald School of Business at Red Deer College University, and as chair of accounting, finance, and economics programs at the school of business at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. He is the principal of the Innovative Scholar Inc. and has written three books on topics including personal credit, personal finance, and mutual funds. He also served as senior director of training services at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning. O’Meara holds an MBA from Niagara University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.  

More than 400 nominations from educational institutions and individuals were submitted this year for consideration in four categories: CIMA Teaching Excellence Award, CIMA Research Excellence Award, CIMA Campus Culture Excellence Award, and CIMA Employability Excellence Award. Sponsored by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the global accounting organization representing CIMA and the American Institute of CPAs, the annual CIMA Excellence Awards recognize institutions and individuals across the world going above and beyond to shape the next generation of chartered global management accountants and lead the accounting profession into the future.

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