During a regular review of benefits at the end of June 2013, the Corporation’s Human Resources group discovered an error in the way expenses for the President and CEO have been reimbursed for work in Ottawa. As part of its ongoing commitment to transparency, CBC/Radio-Canada and its President and CEO are sharing the details of the error and the action taken to address it.
An appendix to the Corporation’s bylaws states that the President and CEO should not be reimbursed for expenses incurred while travelling to Ottawa, the headquarters of the Corporation. Neither the President’s office nor the people who process expense claims were aware of this appendix to the bylaws that dates back to the early 90s. The total amount of Ottawa-related expenses dating back to November 2007 was $29, 678.11. The President and CEO claimed these expenses in accordance with the practice in effect when he came in. Upon learning of the appendix and the error, the President immediately expressed his intention to repay the full amount. This has been done.
Here are the actions taken:
As the national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada takes very seriously its obligation to be transparent and accountable to Canadians. The President’s expenses are proactively posted on our website after they are approved by the Chair of the Board of Directors; they are also reviewed by the internal auditors on a quarterly basis. We want to be transparent so that taxpayers continue to have confidence that their investment is well managed.
For additional information on the treatment of business travelling expenses of the President and CEO for work in Ottawa please click here.
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