Distinguished Leader

The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to learn from these outstanding individuals.

The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series is supported by the D.G Willmot Lecture Fund

2020 Distinguished Leader

Bonnie Lysyk MBA, FCPA, FCA, LPA

Auditor General of Ontario

Bonnie Lysyk became the 13th Auditor General of Ontario on September 3, 2013, after having previously served as Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, and Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer of Manitoba.

Lysyk has held senior positions in both the private and public sectors during a 25-year career spent in three provinces. She has extensive audit, finance, risk management and governance experience. She served as the Deputy Auditor General and Chief Operating Officer for the Office of the Auditor General of Manitoba and, most recently, as Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan. She also held a variety of senior roles at Manitoba Hydro and served as Chief Audit Executive of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.

A native of Winnipeg, Lysyk graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies (Honours) degree and subsequently obtained her designation as a Chartered Accountant while working with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). She also has a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Internal Auditor. In 2017, she was named a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.

Lysyk is currently a member of the Canadian Council of Legislative Auditors and over the years has actively participated in many professional and volunteer not-for-profit organizations. She has also taught auditing courses in Toronto and overseas.

The Distinguished Leader series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to gain insights from outstanding individuals. We hope you can attend this year’s event.

About the award

YearHonoreeTitle
2020Bonnie Lysyk 13th Auditor General of Ontario
2019Michael Lee-ChinFounder and Chairman, Portland Holdings, and Chairman and CEO, Mandeville Private Client Inc.
2018Julia DeansCEO, Habitat for Humanity
2017Deepak Chopraformer President and CEO, Canada Post
2016Martine IrmanVice Chair, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group
2015Rossana MagnottaFounder and CEO, Magnotta Winery
2014Len PennachettiPresident and Founding Partner, Cave Spring Cellars
2013Ned GoodmanFounder and CEO, Dundee Corporation and Dundee Wealth, Chancellor, Brock University
2011Donald ZiraldoChairman, Ziraldo Estate Winery
2010Galen G. WestonExecutive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
2009Michael McCainPresident and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
2008John McCall MacBainFounder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation
2007Paul HouseChairman, CEO and President TDL Group Corp (Tim Hortons)