About MIAA

Mission Statement

Our mission is to further promote the interests of our organization and our members to the audit community. We strive to make a difference through networking, providing education and information exchange and expanding our reach to serve auditors in Ontario.

Our Purpose

  • To promote the interests of its members in performing their mandated roles as well as other responsibilities to management.
  • To provide a technical interchange where audit problems can be shared and advice on solutions given.
  • To act as a voice for common MIAA concerns and to lobby with other groups and with senior governments.
  • To provide expertise to perform reviews on municipal operations and present recommendations to municipal associations, or provincial ministries.
  • To initiate studies and reports on matters relating to municipal studies.
  • To reply to proposals by other groups and senior governments on matters which relate to municipal internal auditing.
  • To develop and provide training and skill development for municipal internal auditors.
  • To provide a vehicle which can act in conjunction with the external audit community.
  • To market and promote municipal internal auditing to other major Ontario municipal organizations.

MIAA Constitution and Bylaws

MIAA Executive Board Roles And Responsibilities (to be updated with new position titles)


MIAA Executive


Catherine Atkari,  CIA, CFE

Catherine is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in accounting.  She spent several years with PwC Budapest, performing audits and due diligence on behalf of foreign investors during the shift to a market economy.  Upon returning to Canada, Catherine worked in the private sector in audit and finance roles before joining municipal government in 2012.  She is currently a Senior Internal Auditor with the Regional Municipality of York.  Prior to the Regional Municipality of York she worked as an Internal Auditor for the City of Vaughan.

Vice – Chair
Thomas Kelly, CPA, CMA, CIA, CRMA

Thomas Kelly has worked as a senior auditor at the City of Mississauga since 2013. Prior to joining Mississauga, he spent 15 years working as a Senior Manager in audit departments at the City of Hamilton, Loblaw Companies Limited, and George Weston Limited. Thomas holds a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation; Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation; Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA); and a Bachelor of Commerce Accounting degree with a Minor in Law from Ryerson University. Thomas is an avid runner and volunteers at Swimming Canada by officiating sanctioned competitions.

Faizan Hanif, CPA, CMA, CIA, CISA


Faizan Hanif is with the City of Toronto’s Auditor General’s Office since 2014. At the City, Faizan has been recognized for his work in the ongoing Continuous Controls Monitoring projects. Although Faizan is relatively new in municipal auditing, he brings in public sector audit experience from Canada Post Corporation where he planned, conducted and reported on compliance and operational audits, and also obtained his Certified Internal Audit designation. Faizan also has experience with business process improvement and financial reporting from the private sector, where he also obtained his Certified Management Accountant designation.

Treasurer and Audio Visual Coordinator
Mustafa Paracha, CPA, CGA, FCCA, CIA, CFE
treasurer@miaa.ca or av@miaa.ca

Mustafa Paracha is an Audit Project Manager with City of Vaughan’s Internal Audit Department. He has been with the City since April 2017. Prior to joining the City, he had worked at City of Toronto, Canada Post and CAA South Central Ontario conducting operational, financial and compliance based audits. He holds a Certified General Accountant designation (CGA) along with Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations.

Program Director
Anil Bux

Program Coordinator
John Tyson, B.Admin

John Tyson has worked as an Internal Auditor and Continuous Improvement Analyst at the City of Thunder Bay since 2004. Prior to joining Thunder Bay, he spent 10-1/2 years working in the manufacturing field as a Senior Purchasing Agent, CNC Programmer, Sales, and Lean Six Sigma leader at Bombardier Transportation and Northland Superior Supply Ltd. John is a graduate of Lakehead University with a Bachelor Degree in Administration and also a graduate of Confederation College with a Technologist Diploma in Aerospace Manufacturing. John is currently working towards completing his CIA designation.

Workshop Director
Akrivi Nicolaou, C.Tech., MAATO, DPA

Akrivi Nicolaou is an Audit Manager with the City of Toronto Auditor General’s Office. Akrivi has worked in the City of Toronto over 28 years in various positions and Divisions.  She has worked in the Auditor General’s Office since 2005. Her municipal auditing experience includes operational and performance reviews of Toronto Police Service, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Water, Toronto Social Services, Transportation Services and Toronto Animal Services. Recent specific experience includes procurement, training, overpayments, construction contracts, hiring practices, access and equity, wheel trans service and bus fleet maintenance.  Akrivi also has extensive experience with complement management and preparing budgets in Transportation Services and currently in the Auditor General’s Office. Akrivi holds a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Membership Director
Kathryn Chytuk

Kathryn Chytuk has been employed by the Barrie Police Service for thirteen years. She has been an auditor with the Barrie Police Services since 2016. She was previously employed with the City of Barrie.  She is the Treasurer for the Barrie Police Association as well as coordinator for the Barrie Police Service Corporate Image Committee.

Workshop Manager
Peter Koutsovasilis

Peter Koutsovasilis is a Senior Auditor with Audit & Quality Assurance at the Toronto Police Service. He has been with the Toronto Police Service since June 1997. He holds a Master of Spatial Analysis (MSA) along with Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations.

Workshop Coordinator
Amy Bodner, CPA, CA, CIA

Amy Bodner is a Performance Auditor with the City of Hamilton’s Audit Services’ Division. In this role, Amy performs value for money audits and consulting engagements focused on improving the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of operations, services and programs in addition to compliance audits, risk assessments and peer file quality reviews. Amy has been with the City since April 2010. Prior to joining the City, Amy worked in various roles with Deloitte and MacGillivray Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors conducting financial audit engagements and preparing corporate and personal Canadian tax returns. Amy holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours Science – Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy – Cooperative Program) degree and Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo.

Thusha Anadarajan, BAS
Thusha is an Audit Analyst with the City of Toronto Auditor General’s Office. She has been with the City since 2015. She completed her Chartered Professional Accountant designation examination and currently pursuing her work experience at the City. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Accounting from York University. She also did a post-graduate diploma in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting from Seneca College.

Shannon Thompson, CPA, CGA

Shannon is the Manager of Review Services / Internal Audit for the Waterloo Region District School Board.  She has been with the school board since 2005.  Prior to joining the school board, Shannon spent 6 years as a Corporate Tax Auditor for the Ontario Ministry of Finance and 5 years as a Senior Accountant with Ernst & Young.  Shannon holds a CPA, CGA designation and has a Diploma in School Board Administration from the University of Guelph.

Past Chair
Michael Vear, CPA, CA and CPA (Illinois)

Michael is the Chief Internal Auditor at Toronto Community Housing.  A CPA, CA and CPA (Illinois), he has over 20 years experience in forensic accounting and corporate and regulatory investigations. Before joining Toronto Community Housing, Michael operated his own boutique forensic accounting practice and was a Senior Manager in the Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services group of Ernst & Young LLP.  Michael has also been a forensic accountant in the Investigations Department of such regulatory bodies as the Ontario Securities Commission and the Law Society of Upper Canada.