Public Sector Accounting Board
Rod Monette was appointed Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) in May 2012. He has been a member of PSAB since November 2008.
After earning his CA designation with the firm Clarkson Gordon, Rod spent 28 years with the federal government. For 17 of those years, Rod served as a Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister. He has held the positions of Comptroller General of Canada, Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Chief Financial Officer for the Departments of National Defence, for Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Environment Canada. Rod currently serves as Chair of two federal departmental audit committees, Statistics Canada, and Employment and Social Development Canada and was recently appointed to the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board.
In 2012, he was awarded the CMA-CIPFA Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to comptrollership throughout his career.
Rod lives in Toronto.
Andrew Newman is an Audit Partner with KPMG and leads their Public Sector Audit Practice. He is responsible for audit and accounting services provided to the federal government, municipalities, higher-educational institutions, hospitals, school boards and other government organizations. Andrew also leads KPMG’s Canadian Education Practice (including universities, colleges and school boards) and is their Canadian representation on the Executive Committee of KPMG’s Global Center of Excellence for Education.
In addition to his role as Vice-Chair, Andrew is also the inaugural chair of the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group. He received a BComm (Hons) from Queen’s University in 1992 and became a CA in 1995.
Andrew lives in Ottawa.
Nola Buhr is a Professor Emerita of Accounting at the University of Saskatchewan. Before her 15 years with the University, she taught at universities in the United States and Oman.
Nola was awarded her PhD in Accounting from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in 1994. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 1988 and worked in public practice for five years in accounting firms in Winnipeg and Bermuda.
In March 2009, Nola completed a six-year term as a member of the Public Sector Accounting Board, serving as Chair for the last two years of her term. She has also served as Chair of the Board’s Assets Task Force. In April 2015, Nola completed a seven-year term as a member of the Federal Departmental Audit Committee for Canadian Heritage. She serves as Chair of the Federal Departmental Audit Committee for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
Nola lives in Saskatoon.
Bill Cox has been with BDO Canada LLP for over 30 years, with 21 years as partner. He has worked exclusively in the public and not-for-profit sectors dealing with financial statements audits, as well as audits of government grants and other specialized audits.
Bill has extensive volunteer experience, participating on the Joint AcSB/PSAB Not-for-Profit Organization Task Force and the Joint CPA Canada/Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ Audit of Actuarial Liabilities Task Force. He is also a frequent speaker at forums and conferences on the topic of public sector accounting standards and other developments in the public sector.
Bill lives in Vancouver.
Mike Ferguson was appointed the Auditor General of Canada in 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Board of Management for the Province of New Brunswick from 2010. Mike was the Auditor General for the Province from 2005-2010 and the Comptroller from 2000-2005.
He has been an active member of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants and has served as the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and Council Member.
Mike has worked with the Canadian Comprehensive Audit Foundation to help build performance auditing capacity in the National Audit Office of Tanzania.
This is his third term on the Public Sector Accounting Board and, in the past, he has served on the Task Forces on Consolidations, Employee Future Benefits and Assessment of Tangible Capital Assets.
Mike lives in Ottawa.
He has over 20 years of financial services experience in organizations such as Solstice Financial Group Inc., Meadow Lake Tribal Council, Richardson Financial Group, and Power Financial Corporation.
Jean-Guy obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University, with great distinction, as a university scholar and became a Chartered Accountant in 1987.
Jean-Guy is currently a Board member of Fortem Solutions Inc. He is also active with community organizations, serving as a Board member of the YMCA of Quebec Foundation and a Board, Audit and Investment Committee member of the Foundation of Greater Montreal. Jean-Guy previously served on a number of other corporate and community boards in Quebec, Toronto and Winnipeg.
Jean-Guy lives in Montreal.
Russ Jones is the Deputy Auditor General of the Province of British Columbia, and was Acting Auditor General from 2013-2014. Prior to his appointment, he served as Assistant Auditor General and Chief Financial Officer. Russ has over 30 years of experience in public sector auditing, accounting and financial reporting. He is involved in both financial and performance audits of the government. He has also served as the Chair of the Finance Committee for two local not-for-profit organizations.
He has been a facilitator of the CA School of Business, delivering web-based education programs for CA students in Western Canada.
Russ lives in Victoria.
Guylaine Leclerc is recognized as a leader and visionary in the accounting profession. She has acted as the Auditor General of Quebec since March 2015. Prior to this, Guylaine was a managing partner for the forensic accounting and financial advisory firm, Accuracy, where she led the firm’s expansion outside Europe into Quebec.
Guylaine was also a founding member of the Alliance for Excellence in Investigative and Forensic Accounting and has served on the Board of Directors and audit committees of a number of organizations, including the Canada Border Services Agency and the Office of the Public Integrity Commissioner of Canada.
She has been awarded several honours for her contribution to the accounting profession’s reach, notoriety and credibility. The Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec gave her the title of Fellow in 2004, and the Université Laval awarded her the Gloire de l’Escolle medal at the Grands diplômés ceremony in 2013.
Guylaine lives in Quebec City.
Before her retirement in September 2015, Margaret MacDonald served as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, Deputy Minister of the Treasury Board Office, Deputy Minister of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development and Deputy Minister of Treasury and Policy Board.
Before becoming a Deputy Minister in 2007, Margaret was a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice providing legal advice to a number of government departments. Prior to joining the Nova Scotia government in 1985, Margaret practiced for five years with a private law firm.
Margaret lives in Dartmouth.
Bill Matthews was appointed Comptroller General of Canada effective July 17, 2014. Prior to becoming the Comptroller General, Mr. Matthews was Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management Sector, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, a position he accepted in 2011. Bill joined the Office of the Comptroller General in 2004 as Senior Director, Government Accounting Policy and Reporting. He was later promoted to Executive Director and appointed Assistant Comptroller General, Financial Management and Analysis Sector, in 2009.
Bill Matthews has over 25 years of experience in accounting, financial, and expenditure management in the private and public sectors.
Before joining the Government of Canada, Bill worked in the private sector providing consulting services to public and private sector clients. Bill participated in two PSAB task forces: Concepts Underlying Financial Performance and Assessment of Tangible Capital Assets. He is also a frequent speaker at Financial Management Institute of Canada events and was a member of the organizing committee of the annual CICA Public Sector Financial Reporting Conference in 2007 and 2008. Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.
Bill lives in Kanata.
Ann Marie Miller is the Comptroller General of Finance for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this role, Ann Marie assists the Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Treasury Board with financial accounting matters. She has been with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Finance for 32 years, with experience in accounting policy, financial planning, Treasury Board support, auditing and financial systems.
Ann Marie is an active participant on professional boards and committees, currently acting as a member of the Public Service Pension Plan Corporation and the Audit Committee for the Corporation, the Canadian Council of Comptrollers, and the Advisory Board for the School of Business-College of the North Atlantic.
Ann Marie lives in Goulds.
Mike Ruta is the Chief Financial Officer at the City of Winnipeg. In his role, Mike oversees the City’s financial reporting and general accounting; accounting systems and related applications; operating and capital budgets; assessment and taxation; treasury, materials and risk management. Prior to joining the City in 1998, he was a senior manager with Deloitte.
Mike currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the City of Winnipeg Council Pension Plan and a member of the Police and Civic Employees Pension Boards. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the Council of the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Canadian Issues Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association.
He also participated on two PSAB task forces: Tangible Capital Assets and Concepts Underlying Financial Performance.
Mike lives in Winnipeg.