“Canadians have said they want us to turn over a new leaf in the way we do business in Ottawa. Canadians want to be able to trust their federal government, and know that it is accountable.”
-Stephen Harper, on the Federal Accountability Action Plan
As the sentiment above illustrates, there are few things these days that Canadians demand more from their government than transparency and accountability. That’s why it’s important to employ a trusted, independent source to monitor your agency’s checks and balances—and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Consulting Inc (RCGT Consulting) specializes in just that.
A joint venture between Grant Thornton LLP and Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton LLP, RCGT Consulting leverages the public sector expertise of both firms to create a practice dedicated to providing services to the Federal government and its departments, agencies, organizations and Crown corporations. In addition, as member firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd, we can draw upon the public sector experience and expertise from other member firms throughout the world.
Our conveniently-located Ottawa office means we’re just a heartbeat away from the pulse of the Federal Government. The offices we have throughout Canada—over 100 combined—means we have the breadth and reach to serve any federal government body, regardless of what region or province it operates in.
We offer flexible and bilingual partner-led engagement teams, which means that you receive our highest level of expertise at a cost tax payers will respect. You can’t get more accountable than that. But we feel accountability goes both ways—and we believe it shows through our dedication to providing the highest level of service to our clients. This commitment to excellence is something that is expected of us and we wouldn’t offer anything less.
Among some of the dedicated services we offer to the Federal Government sector are
Internal audit and external quality assessment
We conduct internal audits and reviews in accordance with government and the Institute of Internal Auditors Standards. Our extensive public sector experience, deep public sector knowledge and dedication to personalized service ensure that our audits and quality assessments are in line with your department’s commitment to sound spending and resource management.
Forensic accounting services
Our forensic accountants specialize in identifying situations that are sensitive to fraud. Their extensive experience in fraud investigations, in combination with their knowledge of financial-economic criminal actions, has allowed them to hone their skills in the areas of financial investigation, tracing methods and interrogation.
When auditing government contribution agreements, we ensure that the contributions conform to contractual obligations and that all expenditures are properly supported. We also assist you in implementing corrective and preventative measures to improve your organization financial management methods.
When performing program evaluations, we assist you in a variety of ways, including suggesting efficient methods for launching new initiatives, offering remedies for deteriorating programs, and providing insight into the success or failure of previous programs.
Our information technology auditors can help you assess your department’s IT system and identify potential technology risks, including security threats, regulatory and legislative compliance issues and unexpected system disruptions. Not only can we help you implement the appropriate controls to manage these risks today, but we can keep you abreast of new dangers as they arise.
Governance Risk Compliance
With access to a full range of services, we can help you achieve that optimal balance between minimizing risk exposure and optimizing performance. We believe that your investment in business risk management goes beyond compliance. It leads to tangible organizational improvements. As your impartial advisers, we deliver governance, risk management and compliance solutions that are founded on extensive experience across public and industry sectors.
Our management consulting group can help you conduct organizational planning at all stages of the decision-making process, enabling you to efficiently and effectively put your organizational plan into action. We provide decision support services to assist you in making the best decisions for your department—decisions that will hold up in an accountability review and might possibly lead to additional funding for your programs. Conducting a benchmarking exercise to compare the performance of your specific services or to compare organizational performance against similar organizations, identifying best practices for your internal services and operations are just a few more areas where we can assist.
Contact us today to find out how we can help and assist you with our team of professionnals that is dedicated to serving federal government organizations of all sizes.