University of Calgary

Proactive disclosure

UToday HomeDecember 19, 2012

The University of Calgary yesterday launched its latest initiative as part of its commitment to enhanced transparency, governance and financial controls — publicly posting hospitality and travel expenses for the university’s executive leadership team and members of the board.

As of December 18, these expenses are now publicly available online on a new Expense Disclosure website. Updated expense information will now be regularly posted to this website.

As a result of a new Public Disclosure of Expenses policy and practices now in place, the University of Calgary is fully aligned with the provincial government’s policy direction related to the public disclosure of travel, meal and hospitality expenses.

In addition to publicly disclosing these expenses, the university has implemented a more rigorous internal process for approving executive and board expenses, designated a compliance officer, implemented multiple levels of oversight, and engaged the Internal Audit unit to bring even more rigour to the expense approval process.

Also yesterday, President Elizabeth Cannon’s expenses incurred since becoming president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary were released in response to a request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for all records related to expense claims by the president. These records date from July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2012. Expenses claimed by the president are appropriate to the president’s role and fully in accordance with all university policies in place at the time. Going forward, her expenses will be released as part of the University of Calgary’s regular process of expense disclosure.

The president’s expenses released yesterday, and available online, demonstrate that President Cannon has been effectively and appropriately representing the University of Calgary’s interests locally, nationally and internationally in support of the university’s bold Eyes High strategic direction.