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March 3, 2016

Bill Matthews on the Cultural Influence of Internal Audit

Bill Matthews was appointed Comptroller General of Canada in July 2014. He studied commerce at Dalhousie University and then earned his designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant. He started his career in the private sector and eventually became an Associate Partner with IBM, formerly PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting. He joined the Office of the Comptroller General of the government of Canada in 2004 and was named Assistant Comptroller General in the Financial Management and Analysis Sector in 2009. In 2011, he was named Assistant Secretary, Expenditure Management Sector, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. CGE Editor Patrice Dutil caught up with him to discuss the cultural impact of internal audit, the future of comptrollership, and innovation.

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Q: Where is Comptrollership going?

Comptrollership in the Government of Canada is evolving to reflect a changing environment, one that entails the need for increased transparency and enhanced accountability. Going forward, the vision for comptrollership will need to include: strengthening the culture of measurement and innovation in program and policy design and delivery; providing evidence to inform decision-making; increased openness; and, most importantly, strengthening oversight of taxpayer dollars and the clarity and consistency of financial reporting.

Q: Comptrollership seems to be moving beyond numbers. You often talk about its “cultural” influence. What do you mean?

For me, the focus of today’s modern comptrollership is instilling core values of sound resource management and effective decision-making within and across the public service. This not only includes managers, but all public servants, whether they are engaged in front-line program and service delivery, policy or program design, or corporate service and support functions. Comptrollership is about ensuring that federal public service managers and employees understand their roles and responsibilities, and that they are equipped with the requisite skills and competencies. A comptrollership culture is one in which all public servants are able to see their work in the policies that guide their occupations and are able to take a risk-based approach to financial controls that supports flexibility and decision-making. This is how we develop programs that reflect fundamental public service values such as stewardship and accountability.


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Patrice Dutil

Patrice Dutil

Patrice Dutil is the Editor of Canadian Government Executive. He is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has worked as a government policy advisor, a non-profit organization executive, a television producer and was the founder, and editor for five years, of The Literary Review of Canada. His upcoming publications include a book on the administrative practices of Canadian prime ministers Macdonald, Laurier and Borden, and a study of the 1917 election in Canada.

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