An excellent compendium of controls and risk frameworks, models, and approaches. - Senior Auditor, RCMP

Public Sector Internal Controls

Managing Internal Controls to Safeguard Your Organization's Reputation

May 29 - 30, 2018  ·  Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Agenda: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
John Lark, President, Coherent Advice
8:40 - 9:25
Identifying and Communicating the Effectiveness of Internal Controls
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc.
  • Matching controls to risks
  • Developing a comprehensive understanding of your risks and their importance
  • Controls, as designed vs. as implemented
  • Measuring control effectiveness
  • Risk tolerance and controls
  • Identifying and understanding over-control and control deficiencies
  • Strategies for effective communication of control information
9:25 - 10:10
Public Sector Accounting Board Update
Michael Alexander Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards, CPA Canada
  • Due process
  • Public interest
  • Accountability
  • Stakeholder focus
10:10 - 10:25        Networking Break
10:25 - 11:10
Fraud, New Sources and New Solutions
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc.
  • Fraud is evolving
  • Online information is a new portal
  • Social engineering m
  • Innovation and Disruption are coming to Internal Audit
  • New tools and new strategies are already in the marketplace
11:10 - 12:00
Using Financial Control Skills to Assess Information Technology General Controls (ITGCs)
Mark McEvoy, President and Controls Advisor, McEvoy Management Consulting Inc.
  • ITGC definitions, COBIT, TBS policies
  • ITGC objectives and limitations
  • Use your existing assessment testing skills to audit ITGCs
  • ITGC tests for non-IT auditor
  • Specific processes to demonstrate ITGC controls
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 1:50
Streamlining Controls for Efficiency While Maintaining Effectiveness
Robert Clayton, Partner, Audit, KPMG
  • Using LEAN value stream mapping to understand your processes
  • Identifying key control points, inefficiencies and over processing
  • Streamline process based on mapping continuous improvement
  • Creating value through process optimization and client journey improvements
1:50 - 2:45
Going Deeper: Industry Insights on Using Analytics in Internal Controls
Amie Das, Senior Manager, Forensic Services, KPMG
  • Tools and tricks to analyzing data
  • Detecting inappropriate activity and fraud
  • Increase certainty in your decision making by utilizing data analytics
  • Explore the benefits of increasing departmental transparency
2:45 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 3:45
Robotics Process Automation: Effect on Testing and Implementing Internal Controls
Nicole Dufresne Baker, Director, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Canada
Charity Lawson, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Deloitte Canada
  • Overview of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Benefits of RPA
  • Examples of RPA use in business processes
  • Preparing internal audits with automation
  • Detecting inappropriate activity using RPA
  • Impact on RPA on controls
3:45 - 4:30
Cybersecurity: Ever Considered Hiring a Hacker to Break into Your Systems?
Greg Nesbitt, Assistant Director, Internal Audit, Bank of Canada
  • Why you would consider this option?
  • What you need to do to get management on board
  • How to scope and design an IT security audit using penetration testing
  • How to analyze and present the results
4:30        End of Day One



Undetected fraud, non-compliance with relevant regulations, misleading financial reports: the consequences of ineffective internal controls can be devastating. The key to security is to fend off complacency by ongoing and active diligence in internal controls at all levels of the organization.

Infonex has developed Public Sector Internal Controls to ensure you have the information, skills and awareness you need to safeguard your reputation and your organization's. Our prestigious faculty of leading risk and control experts will provide a complete, in-depth update, practical and specific examples, emerging trends and best practices in controls, risk and governance to help you deal with implementation, testing, and ongoing effectiveness of controls from the entity level right down to the management of a fraud-detection hotline.

You will get an overview of what the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat expects of federal departments, how it has adapted internal control management to the federal context and how the policy is evolving. You will learn how to assess the effectiveness of an organization's accountability framework, analyze a case study of how TD Bank Group assesses ineffective IT general controls that can impact application controls, and get tips for eliminainge over-control. You will leave knowing how a fraud reporting hotline can work for you, the elements of an effective fraud management program, best practices for internal controls in the procurement proces,s and how and why ongoing monitoring through data analytics can be used to detect inappropriate activity and fraud.

Join us in Ottawa and ensure your ability to deliver best practices in accountability as a public sector organization. The information you receive and the people you will meet, speakers and attendees alike, will provide information that will be of practical value immediately and in the months and years ahead. Register today!

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