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Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) have become a common way of delivering public infrastructures and services in many jurisdictions across Canada. However, only a small number of performance audits have so far focused their attention on P3 projects and the practice is still an emerging one.
Join our expert panel, composed of two performance auditors and a leading academic expert, for a discussion of critical questions about auditing P3s: What are the key risks and challenges? What lessons have auditors learned? How can auditors add value?
Pierre Fréchette, BA, MSc
The Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation
Pierre Fréchette joined the CCAF in January 2013, on interchange from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG), where he has worked as a performance auditor for a decade.
At the OAG, Pierre was an environmental auditor with the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development for several years before becoming an Audit Project Leader working on various topics, including governance, national defense and audit methodology. He has also contributed to several special examinations of federal Crown Corporations.
Pierre holds a Bachelor of Biology degree from Université Laval (1999) and a Masters of Environmental Studies from Université de Sherbrooke (2002). As part of his graduate studies, he also attended Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, under a foreign interchange study program.
As the CCAF's Research Officer, Pierre contributes to research projects and to the development of new performance audit methodology and training products.
Christopher Thomas, BA, CPA, CA
Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
Chris is a Senior Manager in the financial audit portfolio at the Office of the Auditor General of BC. He has been involved with Public-Private-Partnership financial audit and reporting; as well as, P3 assurance projects since 2005.
He has been involved with three performance engagements on specific P3 projects and lead a fourth. Chris recently chaired the Infrastructure Study Group of the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors (formerly the P3 Discussion Group). In 2015 he worked for OAG Canada as a subject matter expert in a Special Examination they did involving P3's.
Matti Siemiatycki, BA, MSc, PhD
University of Toronto
Matti is an assistant professor of geography and planning at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on infrastructure planning, delivery, and financing.