In Memoriam: Michael Ferguson, OAG Canada Auditor General

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It is with great sadness that the Office of the Auditor General of Canada announced the death of Michael Ferguson, Auditor General, on February 2, 2019. Mr. Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada on November 28, 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served the public in a variety of positions, including Auditor General, Comptroller and Deputy Minister of Finance in New Brunswick until his move to Ottawa to take on the role of federal Auditor General.

“Much appreciated by his staff and respected by parliamentarians and government officials alike, Mr. Ferguson will be remembered by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him as a humble, compassionate and thoughtful man. He cared deeply about conducting audits that brought value to the public service, always for the greater good of Canadians.”

–Office of the Auditor General of Canada

“His deep conviction was that an Auditor General plays a unique role to encourage continuous improvement in the public service, not for the sake of it, but because, ultimately, all citizens—especially the most vulnerable among us—are entitled to governance that maximizes the public good.He also believed that, as a leader, he had to foster a vision of collaboration among all the stakeholders who must work together to achieve results that truly make a difference. Mr. Ferguson did all this with professionalism, dignity and compassion. We will miss him dearly.”

–Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation

“The International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSA) lost a personality who, over many years, essentially shaped, influenced and strengthened government audit. There is no doubt his work and expertise have influenced the international audit community and will continue to leave an imprint on INTOSAI.”

–INTOSAI General Secretariat


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