June 3, 2020
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today welcomed the appointment of Karen Hogan as Canada’s new Auditor General. This appointment is effective June 8, 2020.
The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude to Sylvain Ricard, who has been serving as Interim Auditor General since March 2019, for his contributions to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.
The Office of the Auditor General of Canada provides Parliament with impartial, fact-based information, and expert advice on government programs and activities, gathered through audits. The Auditor General’s responsibilities include auditing operations of the federal and territorial governments, and providing Parliament and the legislative assemblies of the territories with independent information, assurance, and advice regarding the stewardship of public funds.
Fully bilingual, Ms. Hogan was chosen as the nominee for this position through the government’s open, transparent, and merit-based appointment process. She is the second woman of the 15 permanent Auditors General who have been appointed since 1867.
Biography of Karen Hogan
Karen Hogan holds a bachelor’s degree and graduate diploma in accounting from Concordia University in Montréal. Fully bilingual, she is a member of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. She has over 25 years of professional experience in accounting and auditing.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Hogan has established herself as a recognized leader with a record of developing engaged teams while delivering high quality audits in the public and private sectors, including in a publicly traded corporation, a Crown corporation, and one of Canada’s largest labour unions.
Ms. Hogan began her career in the private sector, working as an auditor at Montréal-based accounting firm Schlesinger Newman Goldman and then as a manager at Ernst & Young LLP offices in Thunder Bay and Ottawa. She joined the Office of the Auditor General of Canada in 2006, and has served as Assistant Auditor General since January 2019.
During her time at the Office of the Auditor General, Ms. Hogan has helped shape organizational change and strategic direction. Her work has included leading the audit of the consolidated financial statements of the Government of Canada, and contributing to the delivery of a new report to help Parliamentarians and Canadians understand complex financial matters and the importance of financial audits for Canada. Ms. Hogan also contributed to the development and delivery of a new talent management strategy for the Office. She supports standard setting in Canada as a member of the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group.
Outside of work, in addition to spending time with her husband and two children, Ms. Hogan is also actively involved in her community, serves on the board of directors of a not-for-profit organization, and supports competitive swimming as a certified swim official.