Michael A. Pickup, FCPA, FCA
Auditor General of Nova Scotia
Office of the Auditor General of Nova Scotia
His peers credit Michael Pickup as innovative and adaptable. He began his ten-year term as Auditor General of Nova Scotia on July 4, 2014, and has since made many positive changes to how the office brings its messages to Nova Scotians. Michael has helped increase the public understanding of what accountants and auditors do and has demonstrated how that work adds to public sector accountability. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University with a focus in Canadian economics and political science and earned his Chartered Accountant designation in 1992 in Nova Scotia.
Michael serves on CPA Canada’s Auditing and Assurance Standards Board which sets assurance and related standards for the profession across Canada. He began his 3-year term on April 1, 2017. Michael also contributes to the international advancement of the auditing profession through training and presentations with the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation in Africa and Thailand and a Norwegian-led international peer review of the United States’ Government Accountability Office.
Most recently, he became a published author with the release of his first book, Nan-Made: How a Grandmother Made a Man. This book of 25 short stories, between a boy and his grandmother, has spent many days as a Number 1 Best Seller on Amazon Canada.