CNSC Departmental Audit Committee

The President and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), in consultation with the Comptroller General of Canada, is responsible for establishing and maintaining an independent departmental audit committee (DAC) that includes a majority of external members recruited from outside the federal public administration and appointed by Treasury Board.

The DAC is responsible for providing the President with independent advice and recommendations on the sufficiency, quality and results of internal and external audit engagements related to the adequacy and functioning of the department’s frameworks and processes for risk management, control and governance. The DAC also provides advice and recommendations on matters for which the President, as accounting officer, is responsible and on other related matters as needed or requested by the President. In addition, the DAC uses a risk-based approach to review all core areas of departmental management, control and accountability processes, including reporting.

The CNSC’s DAC is composed of 4 members: 3 external members appointed by Treasury Board and 1 internal member. Pierre Tremblay (DAC Chair), Glenn Janes and Patricia Li have been appointed as external members. The internal member is the CNSC President and CEO, Rumina Velshi.

Pierre Tremblay, Departmental Audit Committee Chair

Pierre Tremblay is an experienced nuclear professional who has risen to the top ranks of the industry, managing both nuclear operators and nuclear service providers in Canada. He began his 38-year career with Ontario Hydro (subsequently Ontario Power Generation, or OPG) as a trainee engineer, quickly rising through the ranks and earning positions of increasing responsibility in the utility’s nuclear operations.

Mr. Tremblay has had direct responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations, as well as 3 major nuclear waste facilities. He has dealt directly with the challenges of managing a workforce of several thousand employees, and has been involved in the development and implementation of key functions, including training, security, and interfacing with the CNSC, the Ontario Energy Board and other regulators.

As OPG’s Chief Nuclear Operating Officer, Mr. Tremblay was responsible for OPG’s participation in the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) and in the operational and regulatory environment faced by the nuclear industry in other countries.

From 2011 until his departure from OPG in 2015, Mr. Tremblay was responsible for Canadian Nuclear Partners (CNP), the OPG subsidiary that markets the skills and expertise of the organization to domestic and international energy industry customers.

Since his departure from OPG, he has continued to contribute to the nuclear sector and to education, as Board Chair at Durham College and as a board member of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In 2018, he joined AECOM Canada as the President and CEO of AECOM Canada Nuclear Operations, which focuses on providing engineering and consultancy services in the nuclear industry.

Mr. Tremblay holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management (major in finance) and earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University. He is a licensed professional engineer and is a member of the Canadian Nuclear Society and American Nuclear Society, among many other memberships representing a wide range of interests. In 2013, he was recognized as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the discipline.

Glenn Janes, Departmental Audit Committee Member

Glenn Janes has spent his career developing and implementing strategies to finance and successfully commercialize technology. Most recently, he was the first CEO of the Research & Development Corporation (RDC). Before returning to Canada to help get RDC off the ground, Mr. Janes worked with Imperial Innovations Group plc, a leading technology commercialization company in London, England. He also has extensive experience working with young and growing companies to develop new products, target and penetrate markets, and grow sales.

Mr. Janes currently serves on the board of Genoa Design International Ltd. and the Dr. Leonard Miller Centre Advisory Committee. In addition, he recently served on the St. John’s Board of Trade, the Board of Canadian Adaptive Snowsports, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors. As a result, he has served on and chaired committees dealing with such things as strategy, human resources, finance and organizational risk. He also served as Secretary of the Rhodes Trust for Newfoundland and Labrador for 10 years.

Mr. Janes is a Rhodes Scholar. He holds master’s degrees in business administration and in environmental change and management from Oxford University. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Yale University, and holds the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College of Canada and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Patricia Li, Departmental Audit Committee Member

Education and qualifications

  • Honors Business Administration, Ivey Business School, Western University
  • Directors Education Program, Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (Ontario)

As senior vice-president, Operations and Business Optimization, Patricia is responsible for providing enterprise-wide strategic direction, cultivating organizational effectiveness and leading transformational change initiatives at CPA Canada. She also has direct oversight of operational functions that include Information Technology; People and Culture; Language Services; Business Support Services; Finance and Administration; Corporate Citizenship; Corporate Planning Strategy and Compliance; and Legal, Risk and Compliance. She is also responsible for information privacy and data security and overseeing the Program Management Office for major transformation projects.

Patricia is a highly experienced senior executive with a proven track record in managing complex operations and achieving financial and business results. This has been accomplished throughout her career by establishing and building strategic alliances and partnerships. Patricia’s background includes a variety of leadership roles as an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Government of Ontario. She also has board and governance experience in non-profit corporations, government agencies and charities.

Today, Patricia is chair of the Audit, Investment and Risk Committee of Diabetes Canada, a member of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Departmental Audit Committee and a board director for the Canadian Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation.

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