January 23, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School Street
A fmi*igf Halifax Chapter Professional Learning Session...
TAKING THE BOREDOM OUT OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND
Sign up before January 18,
Financial management and controls have been one of the bread and
butter staples of overall management for many years. Yet today they
are more essential than ever as a key ingredient in a well run
public sector environment. In an ever increasingly complex world
within and surrounding us, it is critical that organizations have
strong policies, practices and procedures making up their basket of
financial management and controls. While the responsibility
to ensure this is working well rests with those running an
organization, there are also expectations upon auditors to provide
valuable insight on how well these are working. The Auditor General
of Nova Scotia has made examining and commenting on a broad
spectrum of such critical matters a key part of his 5 years as AG
to date. This has included work on financial audits and separate
performance audits of various aspects of these systems and
practices. The work of the Office of the Auditor General on
financial management and controls has been the centre of media
coverage in NS and nationally in the recent past. For example, the
National Post reported on the progress of the Government of Nova
Scotia in managing fraud risk as reported on by the Auditor
General. In addition, there have been numerous interviews, articles
and features on the state of controls reporting by the AG, clearly
showing that what gets reported and how you report it can bring
light to this seemingly dry topic
Auditor General of Nova
Mr. Pickup is in year 5 of his 10-year term as Auditor
General of Nova Scotia. He leads an Office which reports to
the Nova Scotia Legislature approximately four times a year on
financial and performance audits. He and his team deliver
roughly ten performance audits a year, as well as audits of the
Province's financial statements and selected government
organizations. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Pickup
spent nearly a quarter of a century working at the Office of the
Auditor General of Canada both in Ottawa and in a regional office.
He was responsible for numerous financial and performance
audits with a focus on financial management and control.
He also taught at Carleton University and the University of
Ottawa as a part-time professor on many occasions.
The Auditor General is a Chartered Professional Accountant
(CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA) and will become a FCPA, FCA
effective November 3, 2018.
Mr. Pickup currently serves on CPA Canada's Audit and Assurance
Standards Board as 1 of its 14 voting members. This Board
sets professional standards for auditors across Canada in both the
private and public sectors. Prior to this he served on the
Public Sector Accounting Board Task Force that defined generally
accepted accounting principles for the public sector.
In his free time, Mr. Pickup became a self-published author in
late July 2018 with his first book titled "Nan-Made: How a
Grandmother Made a Man". This first book is a collection of
25 short stories honouring his recently deceased grandmother.
The book has found commercial success and has spent many days
in August 2018 as a Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon Canada in its
classification and has also made the top 100 Best Seller books on
Amazon for self-help books with hundreds of thousands of titles
available. Mr. Pickup has also done a number of television,
radio, and print media interviews on this book and his
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Breakfast & Session
This professional development
session is equivalent to three (3) PD
Space is limited, so register early
to avoid disappointment at www.fmi-igf.ca. Deadline for
registration is Friday, January 18, 2019.
Questions? Contact at (902)
Looking forward to seeing you
on January 23!