James (Andy) Macdonald
Andy has over 30 years of experience as a senior government executive and as a financial management consultant to governments. In that period, he served in a number of capacities. As Comptroller General of Canada, he was responsible for the development of government-wide financial policies and the supporting staff recruitment and training to ensure effective implementation. He fulfilled a similar role for the Government’s internal audit community. Andy created and occupied the first Chief Information Officer position for the Government of Canada, chairing the Deputy Minister Subcommittee on Information Management on behalf of the Treasury Board. He was subsequently the founding Chief Government Information Officer for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. Andy also served as an international consultant in Public Financial Management for the World Bank, other International Financial Institutions and National Governments. These assignments together covered the full spectrum of financial management processes - from budgeting to budget execution to reporting and audit. Andy received a BEng (EE) from the Royal Military College, an MBA from Queen’s University and a PhD from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.