The government appoints an interim Auditor General of Canada

The government appoints an interim Auditor General of Canada

Ottawa, 29 March 2019—The government confirmed this morning the appointment of Mr. Sylvain Ricard as Interim Auditor General of Canada. Mr. Ricard will oversee the affairs of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for 6 months, or until the nomination of a new auditor general is approved by both the House of Commons and the Senate.

Mr. Ricard holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Université du Québec à Hull and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior manager, auditor, and consultant in both the private and public sectors.

Mr. Ricard joined the Auditor General’s office in 1998, after working in the private sector as an auditor and management consultant in financial auditing, management auditing, internal auditing, organizational review, management information systems, information technologyIT master plans, strategic planning, and development and evaluation of policies, procedures, and processes, and feasibility studies. He also developed and presented training courses. For 4 years, he taught financial and management accounting courses at the undergraduate and Master of Business AdministrationMBA levels at the University of Ottawa.

During his time with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Mr. Ricard was promoted to Assistant Auditor General in 2007. He led audits in both the performance and financial audit practices as well as a multitude of special exams of many crown corporations. In 2014, he took on the leadership of the Office’s corporate services. He held this position until November 2018, at which time he was appointed Deputy Auditor General by then Auditor General Michael Ferguson, who passed away last month.

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