Evaluation 2005 Keynote Addresses
in the Context of Audit
Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada
In audit, as in evaluation, the need to remain impartial and independent in judgement-making is of increasing importance as the political sensitivities of the programs in question amplify. Ms. Fraser will reflect on built-in safeguards to ensure independence in her role as Auditor General of Canada. She will describe how rigorous professional standards and fact validation processes insulate the Office of the Auditor General from political pressure.
Since being appointed Auditor General of Canada in May 2001, Ms. Fraser has focused the Office's efforts on serving the needs of parliamentarians and ensuring they have objective and reliable information with which to scrutinize government activities and hold the government to account for its stewardship of public funds. Before joining the Office, Ms. Fraser enjoyed a fruitful and challenging career with the firm of Ernst & Young, where she became a partner in 1981.
Ms. Fraser has always been active in her profession, at both the provincial and national levels. For her noteworthy service to the auditing and accounting professions, she was awarded the Prix Émérite 1993 and the designation "Fellow" by the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec in 1994 and by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. She received the Governor General's medal commemorating Canada's 125th anniversary in 1992. Ms. Fraser has also been awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Simon Fraser University and Queen's University that recognize her contribution to the fields of accounting and legislative auditing.
Ms. Fraser served as the Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2004-05. She currently chairs the Working Group on Environmental Auditing and the Sub-Committee on Independence of Supreme Audit Institutions, two committees of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI).
Democracy and Indigenous Peoples
Roberta Jamieson, CEO National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
Evaluation is considered by many as a powerful force that can aid people and organizations in making progress toward achieving their own valued goals. Diversity, deliberation and democracy are increasingly familiar principles on the evaluation landscape. Ms. Jamieson will share her work in the interests of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and indigenous peoples around the globe in promoting human rights, non-adversarial conflict resolution and democratic principles through leadership and institutional change.
Roberta Jamieson is CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and former Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, the most populace First Nation in Canada. A ten year Ontario Ombudsman, Ms. Jamieson has won international acclaim for her passion, willingness to take risks, and high involvement in the field of dispute resolution.
The first Canadian Aboriginal woman to earn a law degree, Ms Jamieson was also the first woman appointed Ontario's Ombudsman. Raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River, she learned to be an effective conciliator and negotiator within her large family — a skill that would define her career. Lauded for developing and promoting non-adversarial methods of conflict resolution, Ms. Jamieson has collaborated with legal and political experts in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America to advance democracy through institutional change.
Truth to Power
Lieutenant-General, Roméo Dallaire
Speaking truth to power is a major professional responsibility of evaluators. General Dallaire will share his experiences in trying to get the attention of the world, and then the resources and authority to act to prevent the genocide in Rwanda, over a decade ago. The General will use this tragic example of speaking truth to power to identify lessons learned, lessons that are likely to be of great value to those confronted by overwhelming resistance to facing the facts.
A decorated Lieutenant-General, Roméo Dallaire served for 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. A best-selling author, his recently released book, Shake Hands with the Devil, is a stirring account of his experience as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission to Rwanda and exposes the failures by humanity to stop one of the worst genocides in the 20th century.
Lieutenant-General Dallaire received the Order of Canada in 2002. His book was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004. It has garnered numerous international literary awards, and will be the basis of a full-length feature film due for release in 2006. He was recently presented with the United Nations Association in Canada's Pearson Peace Medal by Canada's Governor-General, Adrienne Clarkson.
On March 24, 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced that Her Excellency the Governor General has summoned Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire to the Senate. Lieutenant-General Dallaire will be sitting in the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.