P.E.I. government appoints new comptroller

Published on July 14, 2014

Prince Edward Island government offices in the Shaw Building, Rochford Street, Charlottetown.

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Gordon MacFadyen, a certified professional accountant with an extensive background in federal, provincial, and municipal finance is Prince Edward Island’s new comptroller.

In announcing the appointment, Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan said the role is a critical one.

He said MacFadyen has more than 20 years experience in budgeting and financial analysis in many facets of government, which will serve him well in his role as the province’s new top accountant.

The Office of the Comptroller operates and maintains the province’s corporate accounting system and prepares financial statements that are as transparent as possible for the legislature and the public. The position works to streamline accounting practices and provides support and advice to Treasury Board and cabinet on financial management and policy.

MacFadyen was most recently the director of finance and school board operations for the province’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, where he was responsible for all aspects of the budget process. He previously held financial management positions with the province’s Department of Health, the city of Summerside, and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

He graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island and obtained his chartered accountant designation in Ontario while working with the federal auditor general’s office. He is currently an active member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of P.E.I., serving as the chair of the professional conduct committee.

The Summerside resident is a volunteer firefighter for the Summerside Fire Department and is secretary/treasurer of the P.E.I. Firefighters Association.

“It is an honour to be chosen to serve the province in this capacity,” MacFadyen said. “Good fortune has allowed me to work with and learn from many dedicated public servan ts at all levels, and I look forward to continuing that trend with this new opportunity.”

MacFadyen begins his position on Sept. 2.