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Appointments, Events and Other CCAF News of Interest
Friday, 04 October 2013 01:00


Bonnie Lysyk Appointed Auditor General of Ontario

Bonnie LysykBonnie Lysyk has been appointed as the Auditor General of Ontario, effective September 3, 2013. She replaces Gary Peall, who had served as Acting Auditor General since May 2013.

Ms. Lysyk brings a wealth of experience to her new position from over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. She served as Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, and previously as Deputy Auditor General of Manitoba. Ms. Lysyk is currently chair of the executive of the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors. She also serves on CCAF's Board of Governors.

See http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/news_en/newsrelease_bonnielysyk.pdf for further information.

CCAF congratulates Ms. Lysyk on her appointment and wishes her the best in her new assignment.

Judy Ferguson Appointed Acting Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan

Judy FergusonJudy Ferguson has been named as Saskatchewan's Acting Provincial Auditor, effective September 3, 2013.

Ms. Ferguson has more than 30 years experience with the Provincial Auditor's office, most recently as Assistant Provincial Auditor.

See http://auditor.sk.ca/news/news-releases/item?id=52 for more information.

CCAF looks forward to working with Ms. Ferguson as she carries out her new assignment.

CCAF Practice Guide on Auditing Efficiency

As noted in our 2012-13 Annual Report, we recently began development of the first in what will be a series of practice guides that offer methodology tools for auditors.Efficiency Guide

The practice guide on Auditing Efficiency has recently been circulated to CCAF members and other stakeholders as a consultation draft. The guide is planned to be finalized in November, and will be made available on our website as a web-based interactive product.

Upon publishing the guide, CCAF will focus on developing related training to be rolled out in early 2014.

Audit News Receives Upgrade

Audit News BulletinWe recently announced a significant IT upgrade to the Audit News database that allows users to access the reports they are looking for more quickly and efficiently.

In addition to this upgrade, we continue to deliver live demonstrations to CCAF members and stakeholders across Canada. Feedback from our members at these demonstrations has been overwhelmingly positive and we will continue to offer them to our members whenever possible.

The Audit News database, which contains performance audit reports and other documents, is updated bimonthly, with the Audit News bulletin published quarterly. The most recent Audit News bulletin can be accessed here.

Newly Revised Fundamentals of Performance (Value-for-Money) Auditing Course delivered in Edmonton

Fundamentals of Performance (value-for-money) Auditing Course in EdmontonFollowing a course renewal workshop held this spring that involved CCAF staff, its Associates, and client representatives, CCAF has revised its Fundamentals of Performance (value-for-money) Auditing workshop.

This workshop, designed for professionals new to performance auditing, takes participants through the entire performance audit process, and provides them with the basic knowledge and skills required to conduct a performance audit.

The results of the course renewal workshop led to the inclusion of new pre-course participants materials, exercises and content, and a stronger focus on tailoring the course to local client Office practices and participation by Office managers to support learning in-class.

We delivered the first offering of the revised course to the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta from August 13-16. The offering was highly rated by course participants, with one participant noting, "[the] course provided real life examples...and sharing of experiences...that helped to better understand the concepts. The instructors provided a lot of value".

We will deliver additional offerings across Canada in the coming months.

CCAF welcomes the 2013-2014 International Fellows

2013-14 Fellows

Elisante Mshana (Tanzania), Anh Nguyen (Vietnam), Monalisa Lotsu (Ghana), Huong Nguyen (Vietnam), Noëlle Yalla (Cameroon), and Alain Memvuh (Cameroon)

The 2013-2014 Fellows have arrived in Canada for their nine-month Fellowships. The six Fellows will learn about auditing and accountability, with a focus on performance audit methodologies, by undertaking audit team placements at Canadian legislative audit offices, participating in a series of professional development courses, and developing plans for performance audits that will be conducted in their countries.

Their Fellowships began in mid-August with an orientation period and their first courses, which included training on governance and accountability, planning a performance audit, and writing an audit report. The Fellows also travelled to Toronto for meetings at the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) of Ontario, the Auditor General's Office of the City of Toronto, the Ontario Internal Audit Division, and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. They have now joined their Canadian host offices, the OAGs of Canada (Monalisa Lotsu and Elisante Mshana), Alberta (Anh Nguyen and Huong Nguyen), and Quebec (Alain Memvuh and Noëlle Yalla).

The Fellowships are part of CCAF's International Legislative Oversight Program, which is funded by the Government of Canada. CCAF and the Fellows thank our many Canadian partners for their contributions to the program.

Meet the Fellows:Read their biographies here.

CCAF Releases New PAC Survey at CCPAC-CCOLA Annual Conference in Regina

This year's Annual Conference of the Canadian Council of Public Accounts Committees (CCPAC) & the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors (CCOLA), held in Regina, Saskatchewan from August 25-27, again provided an opportunity for PAC members and auditors general from across Canada to exchange views and hold discussions on matters of mutual interest. The Conference was hosted by Warren McCall, Chair of the Saskatchewan Public Accounts Committee and Bonnie Lysyk, then Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan.

CCAF led a number of sessions including the results of a recently conducted survey on PACs in Canada in a "lay of the land" session on the first day of the Conference. CCAF's CEO Paul Lohnes led the sessions with CCAF Associate Geoff Dubrow. Mr. Dubrow also facilitated a breakout session with PAC members on effective questioning of PAC witnesses and used interactive voting to identify members' key priorities for the upcoming year.

CCPAC-CCOLA Delegates, August 25, 2013

CCPAC-CCOLA Delegates – August 25, 2013

CCAF will release a separate update on the results of the PAC survey and will develop proceedings from the Conference to make available to members on our website.

Government Internal Auditors Council of Canada (GIACC) Explores Current Challenges at Annual Forum in EdmontonGIACC

At this year's 11th Annual Forum, held September 8-11 in Edmonton, GIACC members shared their practices and experiences and discussed the role and challenges for internal audit in the current government environment.

Session topics included the role of audit in large-scale IT projects, leveraging tools such as data analytics to increase audit coverage, auditing efficiency, and the effect of government cost containment efforts on internal audit. Officials from the Government of Alberta gave presentations and shared their insights with members as well.

GIACC Members & Participants

Back Row: Brian O'Neill, Chris Brown, Paul Lohnes, Tim Flaherty, Jane Holatko, Ted Doane, James Oulton
Front Row: Grace Wilk, John Reed, Richard Kennedy, John Gunter, T. Bob Shahi, Kim Anderson, Dan Stadlwieser, Nicole Wieczorek

Merwan Saher

Merwan Saher, Auditor General of Alberta

Peter Watson, Deputy Minister, Alberta Executive Council, and Chair of its Internal Audit Committee, co-led a session with Forum co-chair and host Dan Stadlwieser, Chief Internal Auditor, Corporate Internal Audit Services, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, on corporate governance and enterprise risk management, while Merwan Saher, Auditor General of Alberta, shared his thoughts on the importance of good governance and strong oversight in the Alberta public sector and the role of audit in helping to identify the root causes of systemic problems. Among other things, Mr. Saher emphasized the growing opportunities for continued and increased collaboration between legislative and internal audit, while still maintaining their independence, especially within the context of one funder of audit effort.

3rd Annual "W. David Moynagh" Commemoration Award presented to T. Bob Shahi

CCAF is pleased to report that, T. Bob Shahi, Director, Internal Audit Bureau, Government of the Northwest Territories, was presented with the 3rd Annual W. David Moynagh Commemoration Award at the business dinner held on September 10th, 2013, during the Government Internal Auditors Council of Canada (GIACC) Annual Forum in Edmonton, Alberta.

GIACC Award

GIACC Forum co-Chairs Paul Lohnes, Dan Stadlwieser and Richard Kennedy present the award to T. Bob Shahi

The Award was presented to Mr. Shahi by the annual forum co-chairs, Richard Kennedy, Chief Internal Auditor & Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance, Government of Ontario; Dan Stadlwieser, Chief Internal Auditor, Corporate Internal Audit Services, Alberta Treasury Board and Finance; and Paul Lohnes, President and CEO, CCAF-FCVI.

The Award is presented annually in memory of David Moynagh, to a GIACC member who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian public sector internal audit community, through GIACC, in promoting dialogue, collaboration and discussions geared to strengthening internal audit capacity in the public sector. The recipient of this award embodies the spirit of knowledge sharing, collegiality and generosity that was so much a part of David Moynagh's contribution to the community.

David Moynagh (1949-2011) was former Executive Director, Policy and Professional Practices, Internal Audit Sector for the Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat and prior to that, longtime CCAF Director of Research. David was instrumental in the establishment and development of GIACC.