Michael Pickup - Auditor General of Nova Scotia
Appointed as Auditor General of Nova Scotia on April 29, 2014 by
the Nova Scotia Legislature, Michael Pickup began
his 10-year-term as Auditor General on July 2, 2014.
Prior to this, he worked for the Auditor General of Canada
during the past 25 years, including the last 15 years in Ottawa. He
obtained his CA designation with the Auditor General of Canada in
the Halifax, Nova Scotia Office. During his time with that
Office, he led a variety of financial and performance audits across
various Government departments, agencies and crown
Mr. Pickup has also contributed to the profession through
participation on a Task Force of the Public Sector Accounting Board
and teaching audit at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton
University. He was also a key member of the Norwegian-led
international peer review of the Government Accountability Office
of the United States which was conducted in 2011.
He received a Bachelor's degree from Acadia University with
concentrations in Canadian economics prior to obtaining his CA
designation. Mr. Pickup was born and raised in Cape Breton
and graduated from Sydney Academy high school in 1984.
He also has taken extensive language training over the past 15
years in order to enhance his abilities in French. As well, he
attended Ivey Executive training at Western University.