Mr. McLaughlin is an independent consultant and President of McLaughlin Performance Management Consultants Inc. Over the past ten years, he has developed and delivered Performance Audit courses in Canada (Federal and Provincial Audit Offices, and Carleton University), the Caribbean (Saint Lucia, Guyana and Belize), Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa) and Asia (Vietnam) as well as for the UNDP Internal Audit.
Mr. McLaughlin was the Deputy Auditor General of Canada when he retired from the Office of the Auditor of Canada in 2002. He held the position of Deputy Auditor General of Canada from 1997 to 2002, where he was responsible for the overall management of the Office including Audit Operations, and was the Senior Financial Officer.
Mr. McLaughlin began his career in 1971 working as a Management Analyst for Veterans Affairs. In 1973, he joined Canada Post where he advanced to the position of Manager of Corporate Planning. From 1979 to 2002, Mr. McLaughlin worked in the Office of the Auditor General of Canada in progressively senior roles. As an Audit Principal, Mr. McLaughlin was responsible for audits of External Affairs, CIDA and IDRC. He later became an Assistant Auditor General with responsibility for the Montreal Regional Office including audits of VIA Rail, the Business Development Bank of Canada and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
During 2002-2003, Mr. McLaughlin held the position of President/Executive Director at CCAF-FCVI, a private foundation dedicated to research and training in the area of accountability and performance auditing. On resigning this position he was elected to the Board of Governors and served as the Chair of the Board. CCAF-FCVI was recently renamed the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation (CAAF).
Michael McLaughlin joined CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) on April 1, 2003 as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. This new organization was in its start-up phase with an annual budget of $400 million and was establishing its programs and procedures. He retired from CATSA on December 31, 2006.
Mr. McLaughlin is currently a member of the Audit and Evaluation Committee of the Office of Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and Chair of the Public Financial Management Advisory Committee of CPA Canada.
Michael McLaughlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Science, with Honours in Mathematics (1971), from Carleton University in Ottawa. He also graduated from the Certified Management Accountant Program (CMA) in 1989 and from the Advanced Management Program (CCMD) in 1992. Michael was awarded an FCMA in 2004, FCPA in 2014 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2002.