Nancy Cheng, FCPA, FCA
Former Assistant Auditor General
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Nancy Cheng was appointed as an Assistant Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General in 2003.
As Assistant Auditor General, she is responsible for performance audits of a portfolio of various departments and agencies. This includes audits focusing on the central agencies; finance and revenue; industry and economic development; science and technology; public safety; law and order; foreign affairs, immigration, and international/border activities; transportation and agriculture; and government-wide functions such as human resources management, service delivery and information technology, financial management and control, internal audits, and program evaluation.
Previously, Ms. Cheng was the Assistant Auditor General responsible for the audit of the Public Accounts of Canada, the Canada Pension Plan, the Employment Insurance Account, and a number of Crown corporations and federal entities, notably the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Canada Post Corporation, Marine Atlantic Inc., the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, five public sector pension plans, the Royal Canadian Mint, and Via Rail Canada Inc. She also oversaw the Office's operations in Montréal and Halifax, and was responsible for the audit of two UN agencies: UNESCO and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Prior to her appointment as Assistant Auditor General, Ms. Cheng was seconded to the Communications Security Establishment as Associate Deputy Chief for Information Technology Security.
Ms. Cheng served for five years as a member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, or CPA Ontario), and also took on the role of Treasurer. She was a member of its Applications Committee from 1998 to 2010, serving as Chair of the Committee for the last two years. She is currently the Chair of CPA Magazine's Editorial Advisory Board and serves on the Information Management and Technology Advisory Committee of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). She served for ten years as a member of the Executive Committee of the Ottawa Chartered Accountants Association, and six years on the Board of Directors of the EDP Auditors Association (now ISACA) in Ottawa, the last two years as Treasurer. She has lectured at Algonquin College and taught auditing at the University of Ottawa as a part-time professor.
Before joining the Office in 1982, Ms. Cheng was a Computer Audit Manager with a major firm of chartered accountants, where she articled and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. In March 2000, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA), that organization's highest designation.