TERRI VAN SLEUWEN, CPA, CGA

DEPUTY AUDITOR GENERAL FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Terri started with the AGLG in May 2015 in an advisory role and was appointed as Deputy Auditor General for Local Government in November 2015. Prior to coming to the AGLG, Terri spent 16 years auditing the B.C. gaming sector, starting as an auditor and progressing through to executive director, leading the province-wide performance and compliance audit program.

At AGLG, Terri is responsible for the performance audit portfolio, leading the audit team in successfully completing and publishing audit reports and perspectives booklets that provide valuable information and helpful advice for local governments.

 

LORI BERNDT, M.Ed

DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE AUDIT

Before joining the AGLG in September 2013, Lori had been working in the performance audit field with the Auditor General of British Columbia since 2007. She has contributed to or led external government performance audits on a range of topics including education, transit, disability assistance, operational procurement and drinking water. Lori has also been involved in the development and delivery of performance audit training.  Prior to performance auditing, she worked in a number of different roles in the social services sector, including program evaluation and management, community development, and curriculum development.

Lori holds a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Arts.

 

MARINA MAKHNACH, CPA, CGA, CIA, CRMA, FCCA (UK)

DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE AUDIT

Marina started working for AGLG in May 2013 as a consultant hired by the office – managing and executing one of the first performance audits launched by the office. She then joined the office permanently in April 2014. Marina’s experience in the audit field goes back over 16 years, including leading, managing and executing various internal audit engagements, internal control certification projects, forensic and anti-money laundering engagements, and financial statements audits.

Marina holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a member of the Vancouver Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

 

SHAHEEN MERALI, CPA, CGA, CISA, LSSBB

MANAGER, PERFORMANCE AUDIT

Shaheen started with the AGLG in December 2017.  She has a cross functional background which includes internal audit, enterprise risk management design and deployment, and business process optimization at operational and organizational levels in both private and public sector organizations.  Shaheen’s audit experience spans over 18 years and includes leading and executing a variety of audit engagements including operational, compliance, risk and control assessments and soft control audits.  She is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) and has over 8 years’ experience in leading and supporting change by optimizing business performance, quality and service for the Province of British Columbia and numerous crown corporations.

Shaheen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is a member of the Vancouver Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

 

MARINA CHEN, MBA, CPA, CIA

MANAGER, PERFORMANCE AUDIT

Marina started her audit profession in 2008, as a business advisor at the Internal Audit & Advisory Services office for the Provincial Government of B.C. In 2013, she joined the newly established AGLG team as a senior auditor.

Marina holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration.

 

REED EARLY, CE

SENIOR PERFORMANCE AUDITOR

Before joining the AGLG in January 2016, Reed served six years in performance audit at the provincial level. With over fifteen years of experience as a private research consultant working in social/educational settings, he bridges the gap between research and applied fields. Reed has held teaching positions in Thompson Rivers University, UBC Okanagan, and Royal Roads University with a focus on qualitative/quantitative research and performance measurement. He has also advised the government of La Paz, Bolivia on performance measures and served as educational program evaluator in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Reed holds a Master of Arts in Sociology, and is an active member in the Canadian Evaluation Society as a Credentialed Evaluator.

 

CHARLENE WEE, M.Ed, CVA

SENIOR PERFORMANCE AUDITOR

Before joining the AGLG team in April 2016, Charlene had been in the profession of volunteer resource administration for over 20 years. She spent time as a volunteer resource and engagement specialist in municipalities and large charitable organizations. She has worked as a consultant and trainer with universities, festivals, and municipalities like the City of Burnaby and Township of Langley. Charlene has also taught risk management at Langara College.

Charlene holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Educational Studies and is certified in Volunteer Resource Administration (CVA).

 

FORREST JOY, MBA

SENIOR PERFORMANCE AUDITOR

Forrest joined the AGLG in October 2016 with over 20 years of experience in the consulting industry and in various management and not-for-profit board director roles. Forrest owned a small consulting business, providing a range of services to customers in the natural resource sector, with a focus on services such as: GIS analysis, project management, management consulting, research and reporting services, and field data collection and analysis.

Forrest holds a Master of Business Administration.

 

MITCHELL PATTERSON, MPL

PERFORMANCE AUDITOR

Before joining the AGLG in May 2018, Mitch served as an urban planner and heritage consultant while also pursuing his PhD in Geography and Urban Planning at Queen’s University. He has contributed to both academic and professional fields with several publications in trade and leading academic journals. With planning experience both in Ontario and British Columbia, Mitch has a wide breadth of knowledge including health planning, non-profit housing, and the redevelopment of heritage properties. Most notable is his heritage assessments of buildings located at the Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C.

Mitch holds a Masters of Planning and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.).

 

JULIANNE KING, M.URB

AUDIT PROJECT SUPPORT

Julianne joined the AGLG team in September 2019. She supports the audit teams with adroit analysis skills developed through years of varied qualitative and quantitative research experience in the fields of urban and community development. Julianne is passionate about urban resilience, sustainable transportation, community engagement and cultivating deliberative democracy.
Julianne holds a Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Hons.) from the University of Calgary.

 

JAMES HUDSON

DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SERVICES

James has led the Corporate Services Team since 2017. He started with the British Columbia Public Service in 2016. James previously held corporate services positions for over five years in the public and private sectors.

James and his team provide communications, human resource, financial, administrative, IM/IT and operational support for the AGLG.

 

SAM ANDERSON, BA

MANAGER, STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Sam joined the AGLG team in September 2019. Before joining the public service, she worked as a reporter and newspaper editor for three years. She has a passion for strategic communication and collaborative engagement.
Sam studied writing and publishing at the University of Victoria. While earning her bachelor’s degree, she held several positions with government and non-profit organizations throughout the province, including museums, libraries, art galleries and the BC Pension Corporation.

 

APRIL LEBEDOFF

CORPORATE SERVICES ASSISTANT

April joined the team and the Public Service in September 2018 to provide administrative and, communications and marketing support to the AGLG executive group and audit teams. Her scope of experience includes diverse areas such as, marketing and communications, event and entertainment management, local government communications, and administration. She has assisted executives on many projects including the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Olympic Bid and has also provided local government with post-disaster-event recovery communications.  April has a keen interest in emergency management and local government operations.

April holds a Diploma in Journalism.

 

JOANNE VON DRASEK

CORPORATE SERVICES ASSISTANT

Joanne began working for the BC Public Service in 2006. She has moved between different Ministries such as Attorney General, Finance, and Public Safety and Solicitor General, and has a strong background in finance and administration to bring with her to the AGLG Team.

Joanne joined the AGLG team in January of 2019 to provide financial and administrative support for the office such as contract and project management. Joanne has a passion for organizing corporate social events and developing positive client relationships.