Impulse Spending: Fiscal Accountability of the Federal and Provincial Governments
Michael Ferguson, Canada’s Auditor General
Michael Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada on 28 November 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Minister of Finance of New Brunswick and Secretary to the Board of Management for the Province of New Brunswick from 2010 to 2011.
Mr. Ferguson held the position of Comptroller for the province of New Brunswick from 2000 to 2005. He was also Auditor General of New Brunswick from 2005 to 2010.
He is a past president of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants and served a three-year term as a member of the Public Sector Accounting Board. Mr. Ferguson was elected to the Fellowship of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2011.
Bonnie Lysyk, Auditor General of Ontario
Bonnie Lysyk became the 13th Auditor General of Ontario on September 3, 2013, after having previously served as Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, and Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer of Manitoba.
She served as the Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba and, most recently, as Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan. She also held a variety of senior roles at Manitoba Hydro 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.
William B. P. Robson, President and Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute
Bill Robson took office as President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research since 2000. He has written more than 200 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues. His work has won awards from the Policy Research Secretariat, the Canadian Economics Association, and the Donner Canadian Foundation. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a member of the Big Picture Panel on the CBC’s The Exchange. Bill taught public finance and public policy at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2003, and currently teaches a Master’s level course in public finance at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.