President of the Treasury Board Welcomes Distinguished Expert Charles-Antoine St-Jean to Support Government's Mission of Restoring Trust and Accountability

Published on February 12, 2019

Government continues strengthening internal audits and financial oversight

TORONTO — Ontario's Government for the People is continuing to take bold steps that will help restore trust and accountability in the province's financial performance by attracting the best talent to strengthen the internal auditing, monitoring and reporting processes of the Ontario Public Service and the broader public sector.

"I am pleased to welcome Charles-Antoine St-Jean as Chair of the Corporate Audit Committee," said Minister Bethlenfalvy. "Charles-Antoine's extensive experience makes him an excellent choice to support our government's mandate of achieving fiscal transparency. I am confident that under his guidance the Corporate Audit Committee will underpin our critical mission of improving accountability and oversight in government spending, and I look forward to working together to achieve that." 

The Corporate Audit Committee assists the Secretary of the Cabinet, Deputy Ministers and the Audit and Accountability Committee in discharging their governance, accountability and controllership responsibilities. It ensures that fiscal vulnerabilities are being appropriately addressed through a strong governance, risk, control and compliance framework, appropriate stewardship and an adequate and effective internal audit function. 

Mr. St-Jean is already working with the Ontario Internal Audit Division to plan the strategy of the Corporate Audit Committee as these core procedures evolve to meet heightened expectations. This includes continuing to develop ways that the Corporate Audit Committee can efficiently and effectively support the new Audit and Accountability Committee, chaired by the President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy. 

Mr. St-Jean has a wealth of senior-level experience in areas ranging from governance, risk management, audit and assurance, forensic accounting, taxation, technology consulting and management consulting. He previously served as Canada's Comptroller General from 2004 to 2007 and also serves as Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board of Canada, a role he has held since 2017. 

"In strengthening the internal audit function, your Government for the People is bringing the language of business into the business of government. I am confident that with these changes, we will see significant improvements around fiscal transparency and accountability," added Minister Bethlenfalvy.

Quick Facts

  • The Corporate Audit Committee supports ministry audit committees as well as the new Audit and Accountability Committee to address financial, I&IT and operational risks to the Ontario Public Service.
  • The Corporate Audit Committee continues to have a strong role with a broad perspective through the appointment of Mr. St-Jean, who is an external member of the Ontario Public Service with broad-based technical expertise and experience.