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2009-2010 Class of CCAF Fellows Graduates
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 01:00

The 2009-2010 CCAF Fellows have successfully completed their Canadian placements and have now returned home.

Through the Fellowship component of the CCAF International Program, each of the Fellows completed a ten-month study placement with a Canadian legislative audit office. They learned about performance (or value-for-money) auditing through on-the-job training with an audit team, professional development courses, and the development of a Strategy Paper under the guidance of a Canadian mentor.

The graduating Fellows: Elizabeth Tieng, Pham Huong, Bernadette George, Vu Hai, Pamela Humphrey, Levina Kishimba,
Lilliam Marin, Serge Batonon, Lawrence Ayagiba, Godfrey Ngowi, and Modibo Cissé

Five of the Fellows completed their audit team placements at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada:

To learn more about the Fellows, their placements and their Strategy Papers, download their Biography Booklet .

Note: The Fellows’ biographies are bilingual, but their Strategy Paper summaries are published only in the Fellow’s primary language.

  • Lawrence Ndaago Ayagiba of Ghana
  • Elizabeth Manyonge Tieng of Kenya
  • Bernadette Denise George of Saint Lucia
  • Levina Kishimba of Tanzania
  • Godfrey B. Ngowi of Tanzania

Two Fellows were placed at the Vérificateur général du Québec:

  • Serge Batonon of Bénin
  • Modibo Cissé of Mali

For the second year, the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta hosted two Fellows:

  • Pham Nguyen Lien Huong of Vietnam
  • Vu Thi Thanh Hai of Vietnam

And for the first time, the Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia hosted Fellows:

  • Pamela Marlene Humphrey of Barbados
  • Lilliam Marin of Costa Rica

Toasting the Fellows’ success

Sheila Fraser

CCAF and its partners celebrated the Fellows’ achievement at a graduation ceremony and dinner in Ottawa on May 26, 2010.

At the ceremony, Sheila Fraser, the Auditor General of Canada, spoke about hosting five of this year’s Fellows at her office and presented them with their graduation certificates. Speaking about the experience of hosting Fellows, Ms. Fraser said, “During my tenure, I have seen how beneficial the Program has been, not just for the Fellows but for our Office as well. We always learn a great deal from every Fellow and we are all very proud to have them here.”

Representatives from the Québec, Alberta and British Columbia offices also told the audience about their experiences hosting this year and presented the certificates to their Fellows.

Marie-Claude Ouimet
Directrice de vérification Québec
Darrell Pidner
Audit Principal Alberta
Morris Sydor
Assistant Auditor General British Columbia
Naresh Singh
Yves Gauthier

Naresh Singh, Vice-President of the Canadian Partnership Branch, congratulated the Fellows on behalf of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Program’s funding partner. He spoke about the importance of promoting good governance, accountability and a strong public sector, saying, “Success in these interrelated areas is essential for achieving CIDA’s overall goal of sustainable development.” Mr. Singh also recognized that CCAF and CIDA share many similar values and practices, as both organizations place a high importance on engaging Canadians and supporting gender equality. He was pleased to note that six of this year’s Fellows are women and that several female graduates of the Program have been promoted to Auditor General.

Auditors General of Guyana (Fellow 1999-2000), Saint Lucia (2007-2008) and other partner countries also attended the ceremony, as well as many of the Program’s Canadian partners. The evening was hosted by Yves Gauthier, who is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Desjardins Securities and a CCAF Associate.

Recognizing 30 years of the CCAF Fellowships…

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the CCAF International Program. To date, 209 Fellows from 53 countries have graduated.

Two invaluable partners in this success are the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Vérificateur général du Québec. The OAG of Canada has been hosting Fellows every year since the beginning of the Program in 1980 and the Québec office joined the Program shortly thereafter.

To acknowledge the long-term commitment the two offices have made to sharing their expertise internationally, CCAF Chair Ronald C. Thompson presented each with a special certificate recognizing their contribution. Ms. Fraser received the OAG of Canada certificate—which was signed by Prime Minister Harper—on behalf of her office. In accepting the certificate, she credited all the OAG of Canada staff who have welcomed CCAF Fellows over the Program’s 30 years. François Boisclair, Directeur des études; Alain Fortin, Directeur de vérification; and Marie-Claude Ouimet, Directrice de vérification, accepted the certificate for the Québec office. It was signed by Yvon Vallières, the President of the National Assembly of Québec.

Ron Thompson, CCAF Chair, presents the certificate of appreciation to Sheila Fraser. François Boisclair, Marie-Claude Ouimet and Alain Fortin receive the certificate on behalf of the Vérificateur général du Québec.

… and looking ahead to continued partnerships

The graduate Fellows have now returned home to begin implementing their Strategy Papers and sharing the knowledge they gained over the past ten months.

As the Fellows said in their thank you address at the graduation, completing the Fellowship is only the beginning for them. They mentioned that a big responsibility awaits each of them as they return to their offices, but with the training they received in Canada they know they are ready to make a significant impact.

The Fellows will receive continuing support from CCAF and their Canadian mentors. Their offices’ partnerships with CCAF will continue as well through other capacity building activities, such as in-country and regional workshops, long distance education, technical support and mentoring with Canadian provincial legislative audit offices, and ongoing communication with CCAF. In August, CCAF will welcome six Fellows from Barbados (2), Belize, Ghana (2) and Kenya.