Further to the recommendation of the Audit Council, Arn van Iersel, BA (Hon), CPA-FCGA, Chartered Dir., ACC (Audit Committee Certified) was appointed as Acting Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) and commenced his duties on April 13, 2015.
Mr. van Iersel is a professional accountant and has served as A/Auditor General and as Comptroller General in the Province of British Columbia. He has over 32 years of public sector experience in Alberta and B.C. and 8 years as a contractor (financial professional) including assignments overseas. As the B.C. Comptroller he had overall responsibility for the internal audit function of the B.C. government.
Mr. van Iersel is currently a board member with Community Living British Columbia and is the chair of the Audit and Finance committee. Previously he also served as Finance and Audit chair with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. He was instrumental in setting up the internal audit functions in both these organizations.
Mr. van Iersel’s significant experience at the Office at the Auditor General, and with internal audit at the Office of the Comptroller General and the above-noted crown corporations, included oversight of performance audits which are focused on the achievement of program goals. This is the same type of auditing which is undertaken by the office of the AGLG. In contrast, financial statement audits are the responsibility of the individual audit firms appointed by the organization to audit the annual financial statements of that organization.
In June of 2007, Mr. van Iersel left the B.C. government and became an independent consultant. Assignments included the operational review of a number of programs and organizations. Mr. van Iersel is currently an advisor to the Office of the Clerk of the B.C. Legislature and to the Office of the B.C. Merit Commissioner.
Arn is a member of the Financial Management Institute and was given an award of excellence by FMI national in 2006. He also received a Queens Jubilee award for leadership. He is also a past member of the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB), and is currently a member of the PSAB accounting discussion group in Toronto. In recognition of his public service and contributions to the profession, Arn was named a fellow of the Certified General Accountants Association.
Mr. van Iersel will serve as Acting AGLG until such time as a new permanent AGLG is appointed.