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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Opening Remarks from the Chair
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice Inc.
8:40 - 9:25
The Future of Cybersecurity in Internal Controls
Mike Abbott, Partner, Cyber Risk Leader, Deloitte
Kevin Miller, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Deloitte
  • Overview of a cyber attack
  • Defending against new cyber attacks and emerging threats
  • Tools and techniques: tactics for cybersecurity resilience
  • Enhancing cybersecurity in IT controls
  • Effectively engaging internal controls teams and internal audit teams to manage cyber risk
9:25 - 10:10
Auditing Change: How to Survive (and Thrive)
Martin Rubenstein, Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Transport Canada
  • Ensuring sound controls of a new $1.5 billion program called Ocean's Protection Plan - a multi-department, multi-stakeholder and "nation-to-nation" partnership
  • Managing soft controls at the beginning of program versus at the end: governance, stakeholder engagement, risk management, project management
  • Where does internal audit fit into change management? And more importantly, how can it help?
  • Dashboard reporting versus "end of audit reporting"
  • Having a seat at the management table and toggling between that table and the independence of the audit team
  • Practical advice on how auditors can engage professionally and achieve "trusted advisor" status
10:10 - 10:25        Networking Break
10:25 - 11:10
Risk Management in a Time of Transformation
Andreane Rodrigue, Manager, Internal Controls, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Brigitte Bouchard, Senior Financial Compliance Auditor, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Elizabeth Leblanc, Assurance and Risk Advisory Specialist, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in motion
  • Impact of organizational change on risks and risk culture at CMHC
  • Evaluation and adaptation of risk management practices in an environment of change
  • Agile risk management at CMHC
  • Road plan for continuous evolution of risk management
11:10 - 12:00
Fraudsters, Fraud Trends, and Response: Are You Protecting Your Organization?
Pascal Jolicoeur, Senior Manager, KPMG
  • Fraud and misconduct trends
  • What is fraud risk management
  • What organizations can do to help prevent fraud and misconduct from occurring
  • What organizations can do to detect fraud
  • Best practices in responding to allegations of fraud and misconduct
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 1:50
Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting Framework
Duane McNair, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, Algonquin College
  • Overview of an ICFR framework
  • Approach to implementing ICFR at a public institution
  • Culture change
  • Value proposition
  • Foundational elements
  • Journey to an ICFR framework at a public college
1:50 - 2:45
Key Controls: Identification and Management
Sanjiv Sandhu, Manager, Internal Controls, Queen's University
  • Defining key controls
  • Identifying key controls
  • Testing their design and operating effectiveness
  • Managing to reduce the number of key controls
  • Examples of key controls across different types of business processes
2:45 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 3:45
Integration of Audit, Internal Controls, Oversight and Risk
Awad Loubani, Director, Quality and Risk Management Services, Policy, Planning and Communications Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  • Overview of Canadian and international risk standards
  • Importance of adopting a risk based approach
  • Alignment of controls and key risks in the organization
  • Role of oversight bodies in promoting a risk aware culture and ensuring effective and efficient audit coverage
3:45 - 4:30
Organizational Culture: What Does It Eat for Breakfast and Can Your Strategy Make It Through the Day
Claudine Hebert, Manager, Internal Audit, Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Government of Canada
  • How does culture impact an organization's operations
  • Alignment of an organization's risk management policy to its culture
  • Hard controls versus soft controls
  • Approaches for auditing culture
4:30        End of Day Two



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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