With many municipalities preparing their ballot boxes for elections over the next year, now is a perfect time to discuss issues of fiscal, governance, and other angles of accountability at the municipal level. Join us as we hear from seasoned public policy professionals and practitioners on this important topic.
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Tim Beauchamp, Former Director, Public Sector Accounting Board
Tim Beauchamp is the former director of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) of Canada and has been directly involved in standard-setting for the public sector since 1989.
He joined PSAB with extensive experience in public-sector accounting, budgeting and debt management, and was responsible for strategic and operating plans, provided advice on technical projects and administered staff activities.
Previously, Beauchamp was the treasurer of the North-South Institute, a private sector not-for-profit organization and has served on various governmental financial reporting committees. He is currently an advisor to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and assists the Canadian members of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.
In addition to his numerous publications and speaking engagements, Beauchamp has instructed on public sector accounting and financial reporting issues at York University.
Guillaume Lavoie, Former Councillor, City of Montreal
Guillaume Lavoie is a public policy entrepreneur and lecturer. He is particularly interested in urban affairs, bikenomics, mobility, the sharing economy and urban art.An expert in the sharing economy and its impacts on public policies, Guillaume Lavoie is the author of Canada’s first city by-law on the sharing of private spaces. He is also a lecturer at the National School of Public Administration (Énap) on the sharing economy and public policy. He was invited to give 100+ conferences on this topic in Canada and abroad. He also developed Canada’s first university course on the sharing economy and its impacts on public policy, which he lectures at the National School of Public Administration in Montreal.Previously, Guillaume Lavoie worked in public diplomacy, public policies and international relations, and more recently, in urban affairs. Having lived and worked on four continents, he has consulted for the public, private and non-profit sectors, both in Canada and abroad. A former city councillor in Montreal, he is a member of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Diplomatic and Strategic studies, a frequent media analyst on radio and TV and a veteran international election observer. He is also an associate collaborator at Voilà Information Design. An engaged social entrepreneur, he is the founder of Mission Leadership Quebec, Ambassador at “LaRuche” crowdfunding, and co-founder of the College neo-classique.Guillaume holds a MPA (Énap), a B.A. in industrial relations and certificates in administration, and in law (Université Laval). In addition, he completed executive programs at the London School of Economics and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Appointed public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington D.C., Guillaume is a Fellow of Action Canada, the Forum of Federations, the Jeanne-Sauvé Foundation and Next City. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
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.
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 Provincial Auditor 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 a member 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.
Bill Robson, President and CEO, 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 230 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 and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to the Auditor General of Ontario and the Ifo World Economic Survey expert group, and a Big Picture Panelist on the CBC’s On the Money. 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.