L. Denis Desautels – 2011 recipient

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L. Denis Desautels, FCPA, FCA

Laurentian Bank
2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient

Denis Desautels, FCPA, FCA, was one of Canada’s most renowned auditors general. In this position, he had a major impact on the public sector in this country. Mr. Desautels received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University in 1964, and his CA designation two years later. His career began in Montreal at Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst & Young), where he became senior partner. In 1991, he was appointed Auditor General of Canada. The innovations he put forward during his term of office made him one of Canada’s top auditors general. He was instrumental in the effort to overhaul public finances, requiring greater transparency and accountability of the federal government. His term ended in 2001.

Mr. Desautels is Chairman of the Board of the Laurentian Bank of Canada and sits on the following corporate boards: CARE Canada, Jean Coutu Group, Bombardier and the International Development Research Centre. He also serves on the board of several not-for profit organizations. In addition, he chairs the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and participates in several federal government committees and task forces. Throughout his career, Denis Desautels has earned numerous awards and honorary doctorates. In 1986, he was named Fellow of the CA Order, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001.

An ardent supporter of efficiency and performance in government institutions, Denis Desautels, FCPA, FCA, is a shining example to all chartered accountants working in the public sector. This exceptional man’s success lies in his unwavering respect for public institutions and democracy.