Office of the Auditor General of Ontario / Bureau de la vérificatrice générale de l'Ontario
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THE AUDITOR GENERAL

Bonnie Lysyk, MBA, CPA, CA, LPA
Auditor General of Ontario

Bonnie LysykBonnie Lysyk became the 13th Auditor General of Ontario on September 3, 2013, after having previously served as Auditor General of Saskatchewan, and Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer of Manitoba.

Lysyk has held senior positions in both the private and public sectors during a 25-year career spent in three provinces. She has extensive audit, finance, risk management and governance experience.

She served as the Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba for nearly seven years and, most recently, as Auditor General of Saskatchewan for over two years. She also held a variety of senior roles at Manitoba Hydro over a 10-year period and served as Chief Audit Executive of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.

A native of Winnipeg, Lysyk graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honours) degree and subsequently obtained her designation as a Chartered Accountant while working with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She also has a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Internal Auditor.

Lysyk is currently Chair of the executive committee of the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors and sits on the Committee of Professional Conduct of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and on the Board of the CCAF-FCVI Inc. She has also taught auditing courses in Toronto and overseas.

Previous Auditors General

Gary Peall, Acting Auditor General
May 2013–September 2013

Gary PeallGary Peall became acting Auditor General of Ontario on May 1, 2013, after nine years as Deputy Auditor General. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Gary became a Chartered Accountant in 1978 with the predecessor firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he managed a diverse attest-audit practice as well as public-sector audit and consulting services.

Gary joined the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario as a Director in 1983 and went on to direct numerous value-for-money and financial-attest audits in a wide variety of provincial ministries and agencies. In particular, he led the audit teams that examined the accountability frameworks for many of the province's major transfer-payment recipients, including municipalities, school boards, colleges of applied arts and technology, and universities.

Gary also led the development of the Office's methodology and training for value-for-money audits. In January 2004, he was named acting Deputy Auditor General of Ontario, and was officially appointed to the job in April 2005.

Jim McCarter, Auditor General 2004–2013

Jim McCarterJim McCarter served as Ontario's 12th Auditor General from October 2003 to April 2013.

During his tenure, Jim issued 10 annual reports, along with 13 special reports and reviews on a diverse range of high-profile issues that included Citizenship and Immigration year-end grants (2007), eHealth (2009), ORNGE air ambulance service (2012), and the cost of cancelling the partially-constructed power plant in Mississauga (2013).

Just as significantly, it was during Mr. McCarter's tenure that the Office took on three significant new mandate — value-for-money auditing of organizations in the broader public sector, review of government advertising, and review of the government's pre-election fiscal outlook reports.

Prior to becoming Auditor General, Mr. McCarter spent almost four years as Assistant Provincial Auditor, and he was the Government of Ontario's first Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Internal Auditor from 1998 to 2000.

He was also Auditor General of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean on behalf of the Canadian International Development Agency in 1989 and 1990.

Mr. McCarter, a chartered accountant, holds an MBA degree from York University and a Certified Information Systems Auditor designation. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) in 2009.

Erik Peters, Provincial Auditor
1993–2003

Erik PetersErik Peters obtained his CA designation in 1965. Between 1960 and 1992, he worked for Price Waterhouse, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, Alcan Aluminum, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was appointed to the position of Provincial Auditor in 1993. Mr. Peters was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) in 1994 and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 2002. Mr. Peters was the year 2000 recipient of the ICAO's Award of Outstanding Merit for conspicuous and sustained service to the profession and the broader community.

Jim Otterman, FCA

Jim OttermanJim Otterman assumed the duties of Provincial Auditor in 1992 and continued in the role until the time that Erik Peters was appointed Provincial Auditor in 1993.

Douglas Archer, Provincial Auditor
1982–91

Douglas ArcherDouglas Archer, a graduate of the University of Toronto, joined the provincial government with the Department of Health in 1966. Mr. Archer came to the Office of the Provincial Auditor in 1971 as Director of the Crown Agency Audit Branch. He was made Director of Public Accounts in 1974 and was appointed Assistant Provincial Auditor in 1978. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1982, the same year he was appointed Provincial Auditor.

Norman Scott, Provincial Auditor
1974–81

Norman ScottNorman Scott's career in the public service started with the Ontario Department of Labour in 1940. A year later, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and spent the next four years overseas. He returned to the Department of Labour after the war and then joined the Office of the Provincial Auditor in 1952. He was appointed Assistant Provincial Auditor in 1973 and Provincial Auditor in 1974. Mr. Scott was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1979.

William Groom, Provincial Auditor
1973

William GroomWilliam Groom was educated at the University of Toronto and McMaster University and joined the Office in 1956. He left for the Department of Social and Family Services where, by 1969, he became Executive Director of Social Development Services. Mr. Groom returned to the Office in 1971 as Assistant Provincial Auditor. He was appointed Provincial Auditor in 1973. Mr. Groom's career was cut short when he and his wife were killed in a highway accident on July 21, 1973.

George Spence, Provincial Auditor
1963–73

George SpenceGeorge Spence came from a distinguished old Toronto family and was the son of senator James Spence. A graduate of Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto, he received his CA designation in 1938 and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1953. He was appointed Assistant Provincial Auditor in 1941 and Provincial Auditor in 1963.

Harvey Cotnam, Provincial Auditor
1938–63

Harvey CotnamHarvey Cotnam was born on a farm near Pembroke, Ontario and later attended McGill University in Montreal, where he graduated in 1925 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. The following year he became a chartered accountant. He started with the Treasury Department as an accountant in 1933. In 1935, he became Assistant Provincial Auditor and was Acting Provincial Auditor during Gordon Brown's illness (1937). He was appointed to the position of Provincial Auditor in 1938. Mr. Cotnam was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1950.

Gordon Brown, Provincial Auditor
1920–38

Gordon BrownGordon Brown joined the Office of the Provincial Auditor in 1898. He worked his way up through the ranks from Clerk to Chief Audit Clerk before he was appointed to the position of Provincial Auditor in 1920.

James Clancy, Provincial Auditor
1905–20

James ClancyJames Clancy was born in Canada West in 1844. As a young man, he had been a farmer and lumberman in Wallaceburg, Ontario. He eventually ran for reeve of Chatham Township and won in 1882. The following year and on two other occasions he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Twice elected to the House of Commons, he was defeated in 1904. Clancy was appointed Provincial Auditor in 1905.

Charles Sproule, Provincial Auditor
1878–1905

Charles Sproule started as a junior clerk in the Treasury in 1867. Then he served as bookkeeper under the Auditor William Cayley until Cayley retired in 1877. At that time, the Treasurer S.C. Wood recommended that Sproule be appointed the new Auditor of the Audit Branch. With the introduction of the 1886 Audit Act, Sproule was appointed the first official Provincial Auditor of Ontario.

William Cayley, Provincial Auditor
1869–78

William CayleyPrior to his appointment to the position of Auditor in 1869, William Cayley had served seven years as Inspector General of Accounts in several pre-Confederation administrations. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1807 and educated in England, Cayley emigrated to Canada in 1836. Two years later, he was called to the bar of Upper Canada. In 1846, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Canada where he continued to serve as a member until he retired from political life in 1861.


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