I am proud and humbled to be a member of this community of one of the oldest and most essential of disciplines, says ICAJ Distinguished member awardee, Mr. Leighton McKnight

ICAJ Distinguished member awardee, Mr. Leighton McKnight

Kingston, Jamaica, 11 December 2017 – Mr. Leighton McKnight was honoured on December 7, 2017 as the 2017 ICAJ Distinguished Member Awardee. The prestigious award is presented annually to a member of ICAJ who has contributed, through his/her outstanding achievements, to the prestige and status of the Institute and the Accountancy profession.

Mr McKnight, PwC Territory Leader, Jamaica, took the opportunity to explain that the functions performed by the vast number of professional accountants who work in businesses are often forgotten and not well understood.

“With thousands of members of the Accounting profession it is incumbent of us to teach, inspire, and help the next generation build a better world. Various aspects of accounting and control, from bookkeeping, management, compensation, evaluation, financial reporting, tax, audit, internal and fraud control, government and other public interest, constitute the core of management of organizations, markets, and the economy is essential to what we do."

"I am honoured to represent a profession that takes on the responsibility to play varied roles in businesses and services of all sorts including the public and private sectors, regulatory or professional bodies, as well as academia."

“The importance of what we do is ensuring the quality of financial reporting – this cannot be overly emphasized. We often find ourselves being at the frontline of safeguarding the integrity of financial reporting with the task of defending the quality of financial reporting right at the source where the numbers and figures are produced."

"We contribute to the overall stability and progress of society but without public understanding of all these diverging roles and responsibilities our value can be misinformed. I am proud and humbled to be a member of this community of one of the oldest and most essential of disciplines,” he said.

McKnight added that over his more than 30 years’ experience in auditing and financial consulting and management of numerous technical financial engagements such as statutory financial audits, management audits and special financial and compliance audits in a wide range of industries, he’s had the privilege to learn from, work with, and benefit from the remarkable visions and lives of his PwC peers, as well as his teachers, friends, family, his students and his community.

“I owe an enormous debt to those whom have been part of my professional and community life as many have been mentors and sculpting what I became. My young team members have enriched me with their own fresh perspectives, challenged me, push me to read more, and to rethink."

"I thank them for their inspiration, collaboration, and friendship. I have had the good fortune and pleasure to have worked with, and learned from, many great minds at PwC in the Jamaica as well as my peers to colleagues from across the region. There isn’t time to name them, but my debt to them remains immense,” he added.

McKnight pointed out that his formative influences included his parents and siblings and most of all, he dedicated the recognition to his wife Novelette adding that “Without her strong support, encouragement, understanding, and love, none of this would be possible.”

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