L. Denis Desautels

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L. Denis Desautels
Auditor General of Canada
In office
April 1, 1991 March 31, 2001
Preceded by Kenneth M. Dye
Succeeded by Sheila Fraser
Personal details
Born (1943-05-14) May 14, 1943 (age 75)
Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian

L. Denis Desautels, OC (born May 14, 1943 [1] ) is a Canadian accountant, corporate director, and former Auditor General of Canada.

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Canadians citizens of Canada

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Early life and education

Born in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, [1] Desautels received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the McGill University Desautels Faculty of Management in 1964 and became a Chartered Accountant in 1966. [2]

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville City in Quebec, Canada

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville is an off-island suburb of Montreal, in southwestern Quebec, Canada, on the south bank of the Saint Lawrence River just east of Montreal. It lies on the west flank of Mont Saint-Bruno, one of the Monteregian Hills. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 26,107. It merged with Longueuil in 2002 but de-merged in 2006.

Quebec Province of Canada

Quebec is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is bordered to the west by the province of Ontario and the bodies of water James Bay and Hudson Bay; to the north by Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay; to the east by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador; and to the south by the province of New Brunswick and the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. It also shares maritime borders with Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger. It is historically and politically considered to be part of Central Canada.

McGill University English-language university in Montreal, Quebec

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In 1964, Desautels joined the Montreal accounting firm of Clarkson Gordon (now Caron Bélanger Ernst & Young). While working in the Ottawa office he participated in an exchange program with the office of the Auditor General. [1] From April 1, 1991 until March 31, 2001 he was the Auditor General of Canada.

He has served on the board of directors of CARE Canada, the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Groupe Jean Coutu (PJC) Inc., Bombardier Inc. and Alcan Inc. [2]

Bombardier Inc. is a multinational aerospace and transportation company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Bombardier started as a maker of snowmobiles, and is now a large manufacturer of regional airliners, business jets, and mass transportation equipment, as well as a provider of financial services.

Alcan duplicate of Rio Tinto Alcan item

Alcan was a Canadian mining company and aluminum manufacturer. It was founded in 1902 as the Northern Aluminum Company, Limited, renamed Aluminum Company of Canada, Limited in 1925, and Alcan Aluminum Limited in 1966. It took the name Alcan Incorporated in 2001. During that time, it grew to become one of the world's largest aluminium manufacturers.


He was named a Fellow by the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec in 1986 and a Fellow by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1991. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and from the University of Waterloo. [2] In 2001, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of "a distinguished career in the private sector" and for having "served his country with dedication and integrity as Auditor General of Canada". [3]

University of Ottawa bilingual public research university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The University of Ottawa is a bilingual public research university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 42.5 hectares in the residential neighbourhood of Sandy Hill, adjacent to Ottawa's Rideau Canal. The university offers a wide variety of academic programs, administered by ten faculties. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. The University of Ottawa is the largest English-French bilingual university in the world.

University of Waterloo public research university in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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