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Volunteer Opportunity – Auditing and Assurance Standards Board

The Auditing and Assurance Oversight Council (AASOC) is seeking new members to appoint to the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB). The AASB protects the public interest by contributing to auditing and assurance standard setting in Canada.

About the AASB

The AASB operates as independent decision-makers with the authority and responsibility to set standards for quality management, audit, sustainability assurance, other assurance and related services engagements and guidance in Canada.

AASB members current and past consist of a diverse group of individuals with a range of experience from locations right across Canada.

We want to hear from you

Responsible for volunteer appointments, AASOC ensures a balance of different backgrounds and perspectives amongst the AASB’s members. Knowledge of the technical aspects of audit, sustainability assurance, other assurance, and related services engagements is needed, but candidates are not required to hold a professional accounting designation. The AASB requires three new members and candidates with one or more of the following key attributes are encouraged to apply:

  • identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis);
  • a practitioner from a large accounting firm;
  • an understanding of technology and its use in an audit engagement, as well as experience with technology-related assurance engagements;
  • experience in assurance on sustainability information; and
  • bilingualism, including technical application of the audit and assurance standards in French.

AASOC will consider the following qualities of candidates during the selection process:

  • ability to recognize the Board's role in serving the public interest and the ability to present their own views on issues
  • adequate time availability and scheduling flexibility; and
  • ability to work collaboratively to reach a consensus to develop high-quality standards.

What’s in it for you

  • Gain knowledge of the evolving environmental factors impacting audit and assurance in Canada.
  • Contribute to developing audit, assurance and related services standards that respond to the evolving environment and are applicable to all Canadian entities, in both the private and public sectors.
  • Give back, while acquiring an in-depth understanding of how standards are set, including our comprehensive due process.

About the role

This demanding but rewarding volunteer role:

  • Requires a minimum time commitment of approximately 250 hours a year, including preparation and meeting time. The estimated time commitment excludes potential travel for meetings.
  • Includes approximately six to eight meetings per year. Approximately three of these will be two-day, in-person meetings in Toronto and the remaining will be on a virtual platform.
  • Is unpaid, with travel and other relevant costs reimbursed.
  • Is effective April 1, 2024, for a three-year term, with the possibility of renewing for a second term.
  • The board’s working language is English.  

Apply today!

AASOC continues to prioritize diversity and inclusion on the Board. Lasting change can only happen if we all take action to address systemic racism and structural inequality, while creating opportunities for underrepresented communities. As such, we encourage nominations for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, as well as women, 2SLGBTQ+ persons and persons with disabilities. AASOC encourages all qualified candidates to apply online. If you require disability-related accommodation to participate in our volunteer recruitment process, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to work with you to meet your needs as they relate to interviewing for these positions.

We thank everyone for their expression of interest – and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying – but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To be considered for appointment as an AASB member, please provide an expression of interest and a CV outlining the following:

  • Your interest in this role.
  • Your strengths and capabilities relevant to the role.

Staff Contact(s)

Jean-François Trépanier, CPA, CA Vice-President, Standards

Apply today!

Submit your expression of interest and resume by Friday, September 15, 2023.