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

 

MIAA Executive

 

Chair
Michael Vear, CPA, CA and CPA (Illinois)
chair@miaa.ca

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.

Vice – Chair and Program Chair
Catherine Atkari,  CIA, CFE
vicechair@miaa.ca or program@miaa.ca

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.

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

Mustafa Paracha is a Senior Internal Auditor with City of Toronto’s Internal Audit Department. He has been with the City since August 2012. Prior to joining the City, he had worked at 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.

Workshop Director
Akrivi Nicolaou, C.Tech., MAATO, DPA
workshopcoordinator@miaa.ca

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.

Secretary and Membership Director
Faizan Hanif, CPA, CMA, CIA, CISA

secretary@miaa.ca or membership@miaa.ca

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.

Workshop Coordinator
Peter Koutsovasilis
workshopcoordinator@miaa.ca

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.

Webmaster
Shannon Thompson, CPA, CGA
webmaster@miaa.ca

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
Frank Mederios, CIA, CRMA
pastchair@miaa.ca

Frank has been employed in municipal government for thirty years.  Twenty of those years have been spent in progressive internal audit positions. Frank is a CIA, CRMA and graduate of York University.  Frank currently holds a position as Senior Internal Auditor for the Regional Municipality of Peel and is a member of the Municipal Internal Auditors Association where he has served in numerous roles since 2002.