EDMONTON, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Collins Barrow accountant Hua Wei Chan placed second overall in the Mental Calculation World Cup. Held every two years, the contest brings together participants from all over the globe to compete in ten different categories. They are each equipped with only a pencil and paper to jot down answers, absolutely no written calculations allowed.
Trained to use the abacus at age 9, Hua Wei developed a knack for visualizing the instrument when tackling complex math problems. Currently an articling student at Collins Barrow Edmonton, Hua Wei rarely uses a calculator and jokes that he is prone to mistakes when pressing buttons.
"My colleagues were very supportive as I trained for the Mental Calculation World Cup," he says. "In fact, they continue to test me with random questions of their own to help hone my skills."
In addition to his outstanding overall performance, Hua Wei finished second in multiplying two 8-digit numbers, third in adding ten 10-digit numbers, and fourth in the Most Versatile Calculator category.
"All of us at Collins Barrow Edmonton are proud to celebrate Hua Wei's accomplishment," says Douglas Kroetsch. "His numerical accuracy and passion for accounting make him a great asset to our team, and quite the star at meetings."
Having joined Collins Barrow in January 2012, Hua Wei is on his way to becoming a chartered accountant. Working with small to mid-sized businesses in virtually every sector, he is eager to put his unique talents to work on behalf of his clients, making sense of the numbers to provide greater clarity as they strive towards their business goals.
SOURCE Collins Barrow National Cooperative Incorporated