Guylaine Leclerc, FCPA auditor, FCA
Auditor General of Québec
On February 26, 2015, the members of the National Assembly unanimously carried on the motion to appoint Ms. Guylaine Leclerc as Auditor General of Quebec for a 10-year term.
Ms. Leclerc is recognized as a leader and visionary within the accounting profession. In the early 2000s, she founded the largest independent investigative and forensic accounting firm in Quebec, which merged with a big company listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2007. Ms. Leclerc was a managing partner at the company until 2009 then she assumed the role of special advisor. For close to two years, she worked both in France and Canada.
In May 2011, she took on a new challenge and ensured Accuracy’s expansion outside Europe. She opened the investigative and forensic accounting and financial consulting firm’s first two offices in the province of Quebec, one in Montréal and another in the city of Québec. She was in charge of their activities until her appointment as Auditor General.
A true pioneer in her field, Ms. Leclerc is one of the founding members of the Alliance for Excellence in Investigative and Forensic Accounting, created by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Owing to her vast experience, she has testified as an expert in court on numerous occasions to explain often complex situations in a clear and comprehensible manner. She has also lectured at several conferences on controls, auditing, fraud and corruption, in Canada as well as other Francophone countries. Throughout her career, she developed a strong knowledge of government administration; in fact, she has carried out many engagements on compliance and on control process assessment, as well as financial investigations in departments, government agencies and state-owned enterprises.
Over the past 10 years, Ms. Leclerc has served on the boards of directors and audit committees of large organizations, including the Canada Border Services Agency and the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada. In 2010, she was part of an OECD working group whose mandate was to conduct an international study entitled Internal Control and Internal Audit: Ensuring Public Sector Integrity and Accountability.
Ms. Leclerc began her career at a national accounting firm. She was then hired by the Auditor General of Quebec, where she served notably as project manager for highly complex engagements. In the early 90s, she pursued her career at the Ministère de la Sécurité publique (notably at the Sûreté du Québec) where she used her experience for mandates related to financial investigation and money laundering.
Ms. Leclerc holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a licence in accounting science from Université Laval and she is a chartered professional accountant. She has been awarded several honors for her contribution to the accounting profession’s reach, notoriety and credibility. As such, the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec conferred on 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.