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The quest for transparency: The importance of governance and accountability in both public and private sector organizations

Date & time
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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Karen Hogan, BComm 95, CPA, CA - Auditor General of Canada


This event is free




John Molson School of Business 20th Anniversary Panel Series

More and more, organizations of all types (public sector, private sector, not for profit) are facing increasing pressures for transparency in all dimensions of their governance. Stakeholder demands are growing, and rightfully so, but the unveiling of an organization’s internal processes and their outcomes may lead to unexpected consequences.

What are the best practices for governance and accountability from both government and business, and what can each sector learn from the other in their quest for transparency?


Karen Hogan, BComm 95, CPA, CA
Auditor General of Canada

Michel Magnan, PhD, FRSC, FCPA Auditor, FCA, ASC, C.Dir
Professor, Accountancy
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Corporate Governance

Emilio Boulianne, PhD, FCPA, FCGA, CITP, ICD.D
Professor, Accountancy
Director, KPMG Entrepreneurial Research Studies, Manulife Professorship in Financial Planning

This event is presented as part of JMSB20, the year-long celebration honouring the 20th anniversary of the renaming of the John Molson School of Business. Each of the four scheduled presentations highlights one of the four research clusters at the business school, in this case, Organizational governance and accountability.

Karen Hogan, BComm 95, CPA, CA

Karen Hogan joined the Office of the Auditor General of Canada in 2006 and was appointed Auditor General of Canada in June 2020.

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.

Hogan began her career in the private sector, working first as an auditor at a Montréal-based accounting firm and then as a manager at another private firm in Thunder Bay and Ottawa. During her time at the Office of the Auditor General, she 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.

Karen 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.

Michel Magnan, PhD, FRSC, FCPA Auditor, FCA, ASC, C.Dir

Michel Magnan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Distinguished Member of Ordre de l’excellence en éducation du Québec. He is also Director of the Desjardins Center for Business Financing Innovation and a CIRANO Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle). 

His academic career spans more than 30 years. His research and professional interests encompass financial statement analysis, governance, executive compensation, ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate disclosure. He is currently associate editor of two journals and serves on several editorial boards. He serves on the board of directors of several organizations such as Desjardins General Insurance Group, Canadian Academic Accounting Association, SDC Montréal Centre-ville, Fondation Montréal Centre-ville, Institute for the Governance of Private and Public Organizations and the Concordia University Employees Retirement Plan

Emilio Boulianne, PhD, FCPA, ICD.D

Emilio Boulianne, PhD, FCPA, ICD.D is a Professor at the John Molson School of Business. He is the Director of the KPMG Entrepreneurial Research Studies at JMSB. Professor Boulianne teaches Accounting and Information Technology and Management Control Systems in the B.Comm, Executive MBA, and PhD programs. He serves on the CPA-Quebec and IQPF boards of directors. His research interests cover FinTech, Blockchains, Strategic Performance Management Systems, Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, and Accounting Education. He is a Certified Information Technology Professional. Prior to his academic career, Professor Boulianne worked in Commercial Credit at Scotiabank.

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