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Michel Samson, CPA, CA
Acting Auditor General
November 29, 2011, the President of National Assembly appointed
Mr. Michel Samson as Acting Auditor General of Québec.
January 1, 2008, Mr. Samson held the position of Assistant
Auditor General. He was responsible for several teams of
experts in charge of carrying out value-for-money audits with
government entities, whose scope and vocation were highly varied.
The projects that he conducted mainly concerns such areas as
education, transportation, culture and finance. Moreover, since
2010, he supervised the general directorate that offers
value-for-money audit advisory services for its staff.
It was in 1990 that this CA joined the staff of the Auditor
General. He began by working as a professional for six years in
Québec City, being mainly assigned to value-for-money audits. He
went on to accept a senior management position at the Montréal
office; the files on which he worked concerned both financial
audits and management audits.
His commitment and versatility bore fruit. In 2003, he returned
to Québec City where he would serve as senior director,
overseeing some thirty employees up until 2005. He is credited
with numerous reports, which take stock of the practices used
in, and the financial information produced by the
Administration. He was entrusted with key sectors, which allowed
him to demonstrate his ability to successfully complete
particularly demanding assignments. The main components of his
mandate were related to education, justice, modernization of
government management, and computer systems.
Over the last few years,
Mr. Samson heads four auditing directorates
specializing in value-for-money audits. He carried out a significant share of the audit engagements
completed on behalf of the National Assembly. Moreover, since
being hired, he has often participated in special audits or
overseen their completion.
As for his other professional activities, this experienced
manager has contributed to the efforts made by all Canadian
legislative auditors to promote the quality of information on
performance published in the public sector. In addition, he has
hosted training sessions on value-for-money auditing (Institute
of Internal Auditors, Morocco Audit Institution, etc.) on many
occasions. Finally, he has been a member of numerous in-house
committees, including the one responsible for the organization’s
strategic planning from 2000 to 2006.
Before joining the ranks of the Auditor General, Michel Samson
worked for two accounting firms. As a partner, he carried out
financial auditing work for small and medium-sized businesses in
the manufacturing sector.
A member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec since
1984, which was brought into the Ordre des
comptables professionnels agréés du Québec in May 2012, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
and a Licence.