Bonnie Lysyk is quitting her job as Provincial Auditor in Saskatchewan to become the new Auditor General of Ontario, according to a news release issued by her office in Regina on Monday.
According to the release Lysyk's resignation will take effect at the end of August and her new role will begin Sept. 3.
"It's a good opportunity," Lysyk told CBC News Monday. "It's sad though, because it's hard to leave. This is an excellent office."
Her job as Saskatchewan's auditor began in April, 2011. Before that, much of her professional career was spent in the public sector in Manitoba, including roles with that province's Auditor General's Office, Manitoba Hydro and the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.
"It's more personal than anything else," Lysyk said when asked why she would be moving to a new job after two years. "My full intent was to serve my ten years in Saskatchewan."
She said the move to Ontario fits her personal life better.
Lysyk also addressed questions about how provincial politicians have reacted to her work.
"I take all of that as part of the job," Lysyk said, talking about how her focus on performance audits was criticized. "There are different views about what audit offices should do."
She said the issue did not play a role in her decision to leave.
Lysyk predicted that, in time, Saskatchewan will adopt a recommendation she and other auditors have made to have the provincial finances reported in accordance with more up-to-date accounting rules.
"I do think there's momentum to move that way," she said.
She stressed she has tremendous respect for the civil service in Saskatchewan and the members of the Legislative Assembly.
"I have a daughter that's in university and she's thinking of continuing her university in Toronto," Lysyk said, in describing one of the motivating factors for her move. "That's a huge component of my decision."
She said nothing changes in terms of the work already underway by her office.
"Work will continue as usual," she said. "I'm here until the end of August and we can do a lot in the next few months."