Private auditors provide third-party conformity assessments against principles, practices, standards, and legislation. Big names in this field include accounting firms like EY and Deloitte and technical inspection firms like Bureau Veritas and Intertek. These firms already play a significant role in conformity assessment, from environmental standards to food safety. These, and other auditing firms, are now poised to play a significant role in Canadian AI governance. This potential role merits careful scrutiny. But first, some background on Canadian and international AI governance initiatives and the roles auditors play in them.
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Graeme Auld and Amanda Clarke are SPPA Professors, and Benjamin Faveri is an SPPA Alumni.