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Audit Council of the Auditor General for Local Government - 4 Members

Requisition #2323614
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Vancouver
Job StreamInstitutional
Job TypeAppointment, Part-Time
Number of Positions Open4
Posting Date15-Apr-2019
Expiry Date02-May-2019
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description


Business and Structure




The Auditor General for Local Government Act (Act) came into effect on Spring 2012. The Audit Council was established as the body through which the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) reports.




The AGLG is an independent office appointed and funded by the Province. The Office of the AGLG conduct performance audits of the operations of local governments. The purpose of the AGLG, through conducting performance audits, is to provide local governments with objective information and relevant advice that will support them in all aspects of service delivery.




For more information on the AGLG office and Audit Council, see the Annual Service Plan at:


Strategic Direction


As the body through which the AGLG reports, the strategic role of the Audit Council is to ensure an appropriate balance between the accountability and independence of the AGLG.




The Audit Council’s broad role is to review, monitor and advise on the performance of the Auditor General for Local Government.




The Audit Council




See roles and responsibilities section for more details.


Vacant Position(s) – 4 Positions



Through the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is seeking to appoint four members to the Audit Council over spring 2019.



Experience and Qualifications



While previous experience as a director is not required, it is important that candidates for positions understand the roles and responsibilities of a member of a board and have the necessary experience and demonstrated skills to enable them to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.



Part of the organization’s commitment to good governance includes the provision of a comprehensive orientation for new board members and ongoing professional development for new members.


Diversity and Inclusion


People from all regions of our province are invited to help renew B.C.’s public sector boards. Consideration will be given to qualified individuals with a broad range of backgrounds in community, labour and business environments. The selection process will recognize lived experience and volunteer roles as well as paid employment and academic achievements.



To support strong boards that reflect the diversity of our province, women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in public sector board appointments are encouraged to put their names forward for appointments.




In order for a person to be appointed as a member of the audit council, the person must have knowledge, skills, education or experience in one or more of the following areas:


(a) accounting;


(b) auditing;


(c) governance of the Province;


(d) local and regional governance;


(e) a subject area set out in the regulations.




Personal Attributes


All board members should possess the following personal attributes: 


  •   High ethical standards and integrity in professional and personal dealings;
  •   Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  •  Ability to manage reporting relationships in an environment characterized by influence rather than control;
  •   Ability and willingness to raise potentially controversial issues in a manner that encourages dialogue;
  •   Flexibility, responsiveness and willingness to consider others’ opinions;
  •   Capacity to understand a wide perspective on issues;
  •   Ability to listen and work as a team member;
  •   Strong reasoning skills; and,
  • Ability and willingness to fulfill time commitment required to carry out responsibilities


Time Commitment


The Audit Council is required under the Act to meet at least three times each fiscal year and provisions exist to hold other meetings as required. Meetings are not likely to be greater than monthly or less frequent than quarterly.




Council members may be required to participate in ad hoc teleconferences to address pressing issues and may be required to be available to make urgent decisions by email.




The Chair and Council may be appointed for a term of up to three years.  Lengths of terms may vary to ensure optimal succession planning and staggering of appointments.  In accordance with the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office guidelines, term limits of up to six years of service may also apply.




The Chair and Council will be remunerated in accordance with regulations made under the Auditor General for Local Government Act and any Treasury Board directives referred to in those regulations.  


Governance Structure



The Audit Council is led by the chair, who is designated by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The chair may designate a member as a vice-chair.




The Audit Council has functional independence from the Province and the AGLG office to carry out its responsibilities and accountabilities.




The Audit Council is supported by a secretariat for the purpose of assisting the Audit Council to carry out its responsibilities.


Audit Council Responsibilities and Accountabilities


In fulfilling its role, the Audit Council’s principal responsibilities and accountabilities under the Act are:


(a) recommending to the minister a qualified individual to be appointed as auditor general,


(b) recommending to the minister a person to be appointed as acting auditor general,


(c) recommending to the minister suspension or removal of the auditor general,


(d) commenting on and recommending to the auditor general changes to the annual service plan,


(e) commenting to the auditor general on a performance audit report,


(f) commenting to the auditor general on the annual report and other reports prepared by the auditor general,


(g) providing a statement for inclusion in the annual report,


(h) considering matters requested by the auditor general,


(i) disseminating information about


(i) recommendations made in a performance audit report, and


(ii) recommended practices identified or developed by the auditor general arising from a performance audit report,


(j) reviewing and monitoring the performance of the auditor general in respect of the following:


(i) the purpose and mandate of the auditor general under section 3;


(ii) the exercise of powers and the performance of duties under this Act by the auditor general, including, without limitation, the planning and conduct of performance audits and the preparation of performance audit reports, annual reports and other reports


(iii) an annual service plan;


(iv) other matters set out in the regulations, and


(k) other duties set out in the regulations.




In addition, the Audit Council is responsible for establishing its own business procedures and adopting a code of conduct, in accordance with the Guidelines of the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (




The Audit Council operates at “arm’s length” from the Government. The principle of independence requires that members of the Audit Council be able to reach decisions on the matters before them based solely on their merits and the law, in an environment that is free from executive government or ministry influence and pressure.




While it operates at arm’s length with respect to decision making, the Audit Council falls under the responsibility of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Audit Council is accountable to the public through the Minister.


Audit Council Composition


The competency matrix of the Audit Council seeks to appoint members that together, represent   knowledge, skills, education or experience across the following areas:


  • accounting;
  • auditing;
  • governance of the Province;
  • local and regional governance;
  • government relations;
  • communications;
  • legal;
  • human resources;
  • information technology; and
  • risk management.


List of Current Audit Council Members







Term Ends



Ernest (Ernie) S. Daykin

23 Sept 2015

31 Dec 2019

Administrator Baptist Housing Society. Previously Mayor of the City of Maple Ridge

Dorothy H. Hartshorne

8 Oct 2015

31 Dec 2019

Startup Advisor and Virtual Administrator. Previously a counselor for the District of North Saanich.

Antonio Ariganello (Chair)

25 Apr 2012

31 Mar 2019

President and Chief executive officer of the Human Resources Management Association

Donalda MacDonald

25 Apr 2012

31 Mar 2019

Previously the vice-president of finance and controller with Westminster Savings Credit Union

Timothy J. Wood

25 Apr 2012

31 Mar 2019

Previously served as chief administrative officer of the District of Saanich and the City of Penticton


Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest


You may submit an Expression of Interest in serving on the Audit Council by clicking on the “Apply Online Now” button at the bottom of this page.


For more information on the Audit Council, refer to the Directory of Agencies website or the website of the Auditor General for Local Government at


British Columbia Appointment Guidelines


Appointments to British Columbia’s public sector organizations are governed by written appointment guidelines.


Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering a variety of statutes that authorize the appointment of individuals to public sector organizations under the authority of section 26(c) of the FOIPPA. Questions about the collection or use of this information can be directed to the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office by email at or by telephone at 604 660-0465.