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2011-12 Quarterly Financial Report for the Quarter Ended June 2011

Management Statement for the Quarter Ending June 30, 2011


This quarterly report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board.  This quarterly report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates.

The raison d’être, or purpose, of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE or Round Table) is to play the role of catalyst in identifying, explaining, and promoting, in all sectors of Canadian society and in all regions of Canada, principles and practices of sustainable development.

The NRTEE interprets this broad mandate through a strategic focus on issues of national interest at the intersection of the environment and the economy. It examines the environmental and economic implications of priority issues and offers independent advice on how to address them.

Further information on the mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs of the NRTEE can be found in the NRTEE’s 2011-2012 Main Estimates, available on the following website:

Basis of Presentation:

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting.  The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the NRTEE’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the Round Table, consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for the 2011-12 fiscal year.  This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

The authority of Parliament is required before moneys can be spent by the Government.  Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.

As part of the departmental performance reporting process, the NRTEE prepares its annual financial statements on a full accrual basis in accordance with Treasury Board accounting policies, which are based on Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector.  However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

The quarterly report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

Highlights of Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year to Date Results:

The NRTEE’s quarterly and year-to-date spending are in line with that of the previous year.  Spending in the first quarter of 2011-12 was slightly less that the first quarter of the previous year.  The main variances in expenditures between years are due to decreases of $56K and $52K on Standard Object Information and Standard Object Professional and Special Services respectively.  In 2010-11, the first quarter included spending on translation, design and printing of two large reports, which was not the case in 2011-12. 

In addition, there was a difference in the amount of spending on the Personnel in the first quarter of 2011-12 compared to the first quarter of 2010-11, this difference is due to a reduction in overtime ($5K) and the timing of the June Plenary.  The June Plenary meeting of Round Table Members was a week later in 2011-12, as a result the reimbursement of Members’ salary was only recorded after the end of the first quarter.  Overall spending on the Personnel by year-end is expected to be consistent between years.

As can be seen in Figure 1, the NRTEE has spent approximately 17.6% of its authorities in the first quarter.

Figure 1 – First Quarter Expenditures Compared to Annual Authorities


Risks and Uncertainties:

The NRTEE is funded through voted annual appropriations.  As a result, its operations are impacted by any changes in funding approved through Parliament.  Budget 2010 announced that departments and agencies would not be funded for the 2010-11 to 2012-13 wage and salary increases resulting from collective agreements.  As departments and agencies must pay the salary increase to employees, organizations are expected to find efficiencies within their operating vote to fund these increases.  The Round Table can accommodate this funding pressure in 2011-12 without significantly impacting its operations.  Management continues to explore options to address this issue for 2012-13.  

The NRTEE is also a knowledge-based organization and as such, relies on maintaining its talented and committed workforce to continue delivering operations and programs.

Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs:

There have been no significant changes in relation to operations and programs over the last year.  There has been some staff turnover, most notably the Director, Communications and Public Affairs; this position has since been filled.


Approved by,

David McLaughlin 
President and CEO 
  Jim McLachlan
Director, Corporate Services and CFO


Ottawa, Canada
August 5, 2011


Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

  Fiscal year 2011-12   Fiscal year 2010-2011
  Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2012* Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2011 Year to date used at quarter-end   Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2011* Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2010 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 20 – Net operating expenditures 4,809,974 815,172 815,172   4,825,829 954,482 954,482
Budgetary statutory authorities (EBP) 439,195 109,799 109,799   417,491 104,373 104,373
Total Authorities 5,249,169 924,971 924,971   5,243,320 1,058,854 1,058,854

* Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter-end.

Table 1: Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

  Fiscal year 2011-12   Fiscal year 2010-2011
  Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 Expended during the quarter ended, June 30, 2011 Year to date used at quarter-end   Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011 Expended during the quarter ended, June 30, 2010 Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 2,879,169 754,577 754,577   2,873,320 81,1270 811,270
Transportation and communications 455,000 57,703 57,703   395,000 46,384 46,384
Information 230,000 5915 5915   196,000 62,338 62,338
Professional and special services 1,357,500 48,874 48,874   1,548,000 101,351 10,1351
Rentals 60,500 1712 1712   51,000 4281 4281
Repair and maintenance 58,000 36,178 36,178   57,000 18,231 18,231
Utilities, materials and supplies 41,000 3885 3885   68,000 4858 4858
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 168,000 15,774 15,774   55,000 9417 9417
Other subsidies and payments 352 352   726 726
Total net budgetary expenditures 5,249,169 924,971 924,971   5,243,320 1,058,854 1,058,854