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
Featuring These Industry Experts

Mike Abbott, Partner, Cyber Risk Leader, Deloitte

Mike Abbott more than 22 years of experience in Cyber & IT Security, ERP Security implementations, Business Continuity Management, IT risk management, CEO/CFO certification, and IT audit, and control. He is currently leading a number of large Cyber Security engagements for other Ottawa based Crown Corporations. These engagements included detailed Cyber Security assessments, developing implementation road maps, reporting to Audit Committees on findings and progress. Mike is a Chartered Accountant (CA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Brigitte Bouchard, Senior Compliance Financial Auditor, CMHC

Brigitte Bouchard, CPA Auditor, CGA, CFE, is senior financial compliance auditor, investments and pension fund, at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). She has over 7 years of experience in assurance, risk management, corporate planning, financial reporting and management accounting. Her previous work experiences include accounting firms, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature. As part of CMHC's Internal Audit function, she led one of the first in-flight audits and her experience contributed to developing the methodology for this type of audits.

Rob Clayton, Audit Partner, KPMG Canada

Rob Clayton, CPA, CA, is the co-leader of KPMG Ottawa's Public Sector Audit Practice and has more than 14 years of experience in audits in the public sector. Rob has worked with entities across all areas of the public sector with a focus in healthcare and education. Rob has assisted many of his clients improve their financial administration, particularly in the areas of project accounting, investments and endowment funds, financial statement presentation, grants and contributions, preparing charity information returns, and internal controls over financial reporting. Rob has obtained Greenbelt certification for Lean under the Lean Competency System.

Amie Das, Senior Manager, KPMG

Amie Dashas over 15 years of professional experience as both a forensic accountant and as a financial auditor. She has broad experience assisting companies with various data and analytic issues. Amie has lead teams and serviced large international public clients and government entities in a variety of engagements. She has also worked on process reviews and Sarbanes-Oxley engagements that involve understanding risks, processes, and controls for software businesses, financial services organizations, and mining companies that operate globally as well as other significant organizations in Canada.

Nicole Dufresne-Baker, Director, Risk Advisory, Deloitte

Nicole Dufresne-Baker has over 25 years of experience, her focus is supporting clients with their internal control programs – from initial implementation, through to sustainment. Nicole's client base is principally the Canadian Federal government. In addition, Nicole provides services relating to internal audit, risk management, and process optimization. She has deep understanding of financial management in the Government of Canada and has assisted several federal government departments with their Policy on Internal Control programs. She has also been involved with supporting the Treasury Board's development of common financial management business processes for government. Prior to joining Deloitte, she was Controller and Chief Financial Officer of medium-sized company in Ottawa and she is past chair of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

Claudine Hébert, Manager, Internal Audit, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Claudine first joined the federal public service in 2010 as a Senior Auditor at the Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board Secretariat. She has led internal audits in federal departments and provided recommendations to senior management, namely through the conduct of Core Control Audits, which had for objective to assess the design and operations of the governance, risk management, and control processes. She also serves as the Chair of Programs for the IIA Ottawa Chapter as well as the Co-Chair of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Managers Community.

Pascal Jolicoeur, Senior Manager, KPMG

Pascal Jolicoeur has over 17 years of professional experience. He has been involved in fraud risk assessments and a variety of forensic investigations that have involved investigating the misappropriation of funds and assets, investigating allegations of mismanagement and fraud, investigating contracting irregularities, reviewing suspected employee wrongdoing and performing fraud risk assessments. Pascal has been qualified as an expert witness at various court levels and has also testified at hearings of professional organizations.

John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice

John Lark is an accomplished professional who has achieved international recognition for his work in risk management. In 2010 he was awarded the internationally recognized CPRM certification from the Risk Management Institution of Australasia. John is a long serving member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has earned two IIA risk management certifications. John has done extensive work on controls and has developed unique tools and approaches to identify and remediate control gaps and over-control. John has experience in implementing ERM and in establishing enterprise wide risk-governance and control frameworks in federal agencies and departments as well as private companies and Crown corporations. He has recently completed an international Guide for Implementing ISO 31000:2009 in small and medium sized businesses.

Charity Lawson, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Deloitte

Charity Lawson, CPA, CA, CISA, has over 12 years of experience in internal audit and financial, operational, and information systems audit and control, with both public and private sector organizations. Charity focuses on general information technology control audit and review assignments, as well as internal audit and business process control reviews, and has assisted several government departments with their Internal Control over Financial Reporting implementations. Her experience also includes information system security work with the Security Services Group at Deloitte.

Elizabeth LeBlanc, Assurance and Risk Advisory Specialist, CMHC

Elizabeth LeBlanc is an assurance and risk advisory specialist with more than 15 years' experience working in Canada and Bermuda with public and private sector clients in the financial services industry. After holding various management positions with GGFL LLP, MNP LLP and PwC, Elizabeth is currently a Manager with CMHC's Internal Audit group where she is co-leading a project on the continuous improvement on the risk management governance model at CMHC.

Awad Loubani, Director, Quality and Risk Management Services, Policy, Planning and Communications Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)

Awad Loubani leads the multiple operations and activities of Strategic Planning and Management, a centre of excellence in strategic management for PSPC -- formerly Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) -- and provides advisory support to Senior Management on a broad range of government and PSPC planning issues as well as provides functional guidance to the planning community across PSPC. Until September 2013, Awad was Director, Quality and Risk Management Services in the Corporate Services and Strategic Planning Branch of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

Awad led the development and implementation of PSPC's Integrated Risk Management (IRM) Policy. He is keeping evergreen the Corporate, Operational, Conflict of Interest, and IT Risk Profiles. He developed the Ethical Framework for Decision Makers and the companion ethical risk assessment tool. Awad continues to update these documents to continuously reflect, at a macro level, the risks embedded in the transformation agenda, Deficit Reduction Action Plan, and in business lines carrying out their business activities.

Mark McEvoy, President and Controls Advisor, McEvoy Management Consultants Inc.; Formerly Manager, Internal Audit, Canada Post

Mark McEvoy is an experienced finance controls specialist, accountant, auditor and manager with more the 15 years of experience in transportation, government, resource, manufacturing and service sectors. His areas of specialty are ICFR programs and data analytics to identify and mitigate risks. In his various roles he has identified numerous weaknesses and helped build processes to address them. He has identified millions of dollars in both underpayments by clients and overpayments to suppliers. Mark's employers have benefited from innovative solutions and his dedication to making his team the best. He focuses on the context of accurate details within a whole environment to identify the root cause and consequences before providing opinions and recommendations.

Duane McNair, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, Algonquin College

Duane McNair has worked at Algonquin College since 2000. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Algonquin College Foundation and serves as the Foundation's Treasurer. Duane previously held the position of Director, Finance and Administrative Services, Business Administrator in the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design Manager, Financial Services at the college. Prior to working at the college, Duane held various financial management roles for social services agencies and financial institutions.

A Chartered Professional Accountant and graduate of the Bachelor of Mathematics program at the University of Waterloo, Duane holds the Canadian Risk Management Designation. He currently serves on various provincial working groups and committees in support of the Ontario Public College System and is a member of the audit committees for the Ontario College Application Service and Colleges and Institutes Canada. He is currently pursuing a MAster of Business Administration degree with Laurentian University.

Kevin Miller, Senior Manager, Risk Advisory, Deloitte

Kevin Miller, CPA, CA, CISA focuses on the documentation, testing and remediation of business and information technology general and application controls. He has significant experience performing assessments of internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) as well as operational controls which includes performing interviews, analyzing and documenting supporting evidence, preparing client deliverables, communicating findings to clients and assisting in the development of remediation plans. Kevin also has experience testing an organization's internal controls as they pertain to cyber security.

Greg Nesbitt, Assistant Director, Internal Audit, Bank of Canada

Greg Nesbitt has over 16 years of audit, finance and risk management experience spanning several industries including the private sector, provincial government and federal government sectors. Prior to joining Statistics Canada, Greg was a Director for the Audit and Evaluation department at Public Service Commission of Canada, a Manager and Interim Director for the Internal Audit Division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, an Internal Audit Manager for the Treasury Board Secretariat, Office of the Comptroller General and a Principal Auditor for the Province of British Columbia.

Michael A. Puskaric, Director, Public Sector Accounting Standards, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada

Michael's role is to be the champion for improving public sector accounting practices across Canada by sharing knowledge, encouraging collaboration and leading the development of standards. Michael has a broad base of experience based on more than 15 years working in public, private and not-for- profit sector organizations. Michael is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.

Andreane Rodrigue, Manager, Internal Controls, CMHC

Andreane Rodrigue, CPA auditor, CA has over 14 years of experience in auditing, accounting, risks and internal controls. From 2003 to 2015, Andreane worked for accounting firms specializing in financial audits providing external audit opinions on the financial statements of various entities. During those years, she also gained experience working on forensic accounting files and contribution audits. Andreane played a forefront role in developing the firm's audit approach following the introduction of the Canadian Auditing Standards.

Martin Rubenstein, Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Transport Canada

Martin Rubenstein has more than 23 years of experience in audit, evaluation and risk-based management. Since the beginning of 2014, he has held the position of Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive of Transport Canada where he is responsible for providing the Deputy Minister and the Associate Deputy Minister with insight on the effectiveness and adequacy of departmental risk management practices, controls and governance processes, and on the effectiveness of TC policies and programs. Martin is also the Canadian representative on the Board of External Auditors for the Organization of American States. In his capacity as the Chair of the Board he is responsible for providing expert advice on organizational affairs that promote greater efficiency, effectiveness and economy.

Sanjiv Sandhu, Manager, Internal Controls, Queen's University

Sanjiv Sandhu implements and manages the University's internal controls program, including the documentation and evaluation of entity-level and key controls within the most important business processes, ensuring compliance with University's policies, monitoring and assisting in the remediation of gaps and regular reporting to the audit committee. Over five years' experience in implementing and managing internal controls in the public sector including with the House of Commons Administration and Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Deepak Upadhya, Vice-President, Risk Advisory, RSM Canada

Deepak Upadhya is a risk intelligent IT executive with extensive experience in the areas of IT governance and information security. As Vice President, Risk Advisory, Deepak assists companies with business continuity planning and disaster recovery, cyber security—post and pre-event—data analytics and technology risk management. Prior to joining RSM Canada in 2014, Deepak was the chief information officer for a public sector entity. He has also held a position as service leader for IT governance for a large national professional services firm. Deepak has also international experience having served as an IT director for a large international corporation operating in Africa, Middle East and Europe.




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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