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Auditor General

About the City of Terrebonne

In 2001, Lachenaie, La Plaine, and Terrebonne joined forces to form the current City of Terrebonne. The City of Terrebonne now has a population of over 122,000, making it the 10th largest city in Quebec. It covers an area of some 150 km2 along the Mille-Îles River.

Terrebonne is a key player in the Quebec of tomorrow, offering its citizens a unique living environment based on sustainable, inclusive, and resilient development.

Terrebonne is part of the Lanaudière administrative region and the regional county municipality of Les Moulins. It is one of the 82 towns and cities that make up the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. This year, the city celebrated its 350th birthday!


Culture and Values

Concerned with the development and well-being of its citizens, the City of Terrebonne strives to offer them a harmonious and sustainable living environment where the services offered meet their expectations and needs. Guided by integrity, citizen well-being, sustainable development, and excellence, the City of Terrebonne is dedicated to creating an environment where every citizen can flourish.


Mission of the Office of the Auditor General

The mission of the Office of the Auditor General is to contribute to the proper governance and management of the City's resources. It provides the City Council and citizens with an objective, independent view of the quality of the City's management, including the effective and efficient use of resources, compliance with laws and regulations, and the reliability of financial statements.

Through its neutrality and professionalism, the Office of the Auditor General serves as a reference for the City Council and the citizens by disseminating fair and transparent information on the governance and management of the City and its organizations.  The term of office is seven (7) years, and the minimum budget is defined by the Cities and Towns Act.


Brief Description

Reporting to the City Council, the Auditor General is responsible for all resources and activities related to the independent auditing of the affairs and accounts of the City and any legal entity associated with the City, as prescribed by the Cities and Towns Act.

He is primarily responsible for financial auditing, verifying compliance of operations with laws, regulations, policies, and directives, as well as value-for-money auditing, both for the city and for any legal entity that meets any of the conditions prescribed by the Cities and Towns Act.

It may investigate and report on any matter within its jurisdiction whenever requested to do so by the Executive Committee or Council. At least once a year, the auditor submits a report to the Municipal Council, noting the results of the audit and recommending any necessary improvements.

The auditor is also responsible for the reporting mechanisms that enable anyone wishing to report alleged wrongdoing by a person or persons in their dealings with the city to do so.


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and controls office activities.
  • Evaluate and develop audit methods to ensure compliance with standards and the effectiveness of audit work.
  • Responsible for the development and continuous improvement of office policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Develops and implements mechanisms for auditing internal systems and controls.
  • Assists the Secretariat in coordinating and following up on Audit Committee meetings and supports the Committee in carrying out its mandate.
  • Manages the office's human, financial, and material resources.
  • Directs and coordinates the preparation of the annual report.
  • Collaborates with an external auditor to issue the report following the audit of the City's financial statements and those of any organization within the reporting entity covered by the audit.
  • Recommends improvements to existing systems and controls.
  • Transmits to Council, if deemed appropriate, a report outlining findings and recommendations that, in his or her opinion, merit being brought to Council's attention before the submission of his or her annual report.
  • Ensures that decisions are made under laws, regulations, policies, and directives.
  • Verifies the reliability of financial information and evaluates management effectiveness, while helping the organization to achieve its objectives.
  • Investigates and reports, at the Board's request, on any matter within its remit.


Required Qualifications


  • University degree, preferably with a specialization in accounting
  • CPA auditor designation

Professional Experience

  • Ten (10) years relevant experience, including a minimum of five (5) years in a management or other strategic position
  • Experience and in-depth knowledge of performance auditing
  • In-depth knowledge of internal controls
  • Experience and knowledge of auditing public financial statements
  • Knowledge of a municipal or public environment


  • In-depth knowledge of auditing processes, including computer auditing, in the public, municipal, and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Planning and setting up audit programs
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).

Specific Skills

  • Superior analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to effectively plan and establish audit programs
  • Constructive and contributive approach to improving municipal performance
  • Ability to influence
  • Strong writing skills
  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain constructive, trusting, and respectful relationships with team and partners
  • Strategic vision and perspective


Required Personal Qualities

  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Independence
  • Confidentiality
  • Professionalism


Why Join the City of Terrebonne

  • A growing municipality with innovative challenges and projects
  • A high-quality, highly competent municipal team
  • Major challenges and diversified issues
  • The town's financial health
  • A dynamic and stimulating environment


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