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Dean’s medal winner makes smart financial move

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June 2, 2003
Life is a beach for Cammie Varcoe. The MBA grad and chartered accountant has just taken a job with insurance firm Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc. in beautiful Bermuda.

It will be a well-deserved respite from a gruelling schedule that saw the competitive 28-year-old earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average as she completed her MBA in just three semesters instead of the usual four or five. At the same time, she also completed 168 hours as a faculty teaching assistant in accounting. So it's no surprise that Varcoe is this year's winner of the dean of graduate studies' convocation medal in business administration.

"I've learned so much," says Varcoe, who attended high school in Richmond but earned her undergrad degree in 1996 from Washington State University and her chartered accountant designation in 1999. "The research skills I've learned at SFU are invaluable, as well as the teamwork I experienced working in group projects."

Varcoe, who has worked at KPMG offices around the world, took a leave of absence to pursue the MBA. As a manager in assurance services, her increasing involvement in training and recruiting at KPMG led her to specialize in management organization studies at SFU. Her final research project involved examining job satisfaction at the accounting firm and resulted in several recommendations to retain staff and improve employee morale.

Varcoe, who lives in Surrey, has since left KPMG to relocate to Bermuda – a smart financial move. "It's an opportunity to make tax-free dollars and enjoy a great lifestyle on a beautiful island ," she says.

The corporate world may or may not be Varcoe's ultimate career path, however. Her stint as a teaching assistant revealed a love for teaching. "It was a great opportunity and it has made me think that maybe in future I'd like to teach at university."

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Contact
Cammie.Varcoe@marsh.com
Carol Thorbes, Media & PR, 604.291.3035, cthorbes@sfu.ca