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

Public Sector Internal Controls

Advance Your Knowledge in Current Controls and Risk Oversight in the Public Sector

March 27 - 28, 2018  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
8:00 - 9:00        Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Edward Asare-Quansah, Senior Manager, Forensic and Litigation Support Services, MNP
9:10 - 10:10
De-Risking Innovation
David Weiss, CEO, Weiss International
  • What are the three core principles for innovation?
  • How can leaders de-risk innovation to increase the probability of successful innovation outcomes?
  • How can risk professionals inadvertently make innovation more difficult?
10:10 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Cyber Controls
Eugene Ng, Partner, Cyber Security, MNP
  • Trust, breaches, and reputation
  • Learn, in real time, how easily a breach can happen
  • Examples of organizations are building a culture of deterrence and vigilance
  • Examples of the ease in which an organization can be compromised
  • Awareness initiatives that work
  • Unique considerations for the public sector
11:30 - 12:30
Strengthening Controls with a Workable Whistleblowing Strategy
Sandy Boucher, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Common pitfalls of ineffective whistleblower strategies
  • Adequate internal controls for your whistleblowing program
  • Sustained management attention
  • Incorporate strategic goals for the program
  • Develop performance measures
12:30 - 1:40        Luncheon Break
1:40 - 2:40
Detect the Truth: Steps for Conducting an Effective Interview
Edward Asare-Quansah, Senior Manager, Forensic and Litigation Support Services, MNP
  • Real-life situations where language and body language belied the true nature of the misconduct
  • Implementing the PEACE method of interviewing - planning or preparation, engage and explain, account, closure and evaluate - to ensure that your interview maintains the integrity to survive the scrutiny of the judicial system
  • Offering a non-accusatory, information-gathering approach to interviewing - a "best practice"
  • Clues to look for in body language: changes of behavior which may denote deception and the key words and phrases that appear in common interviews with persons involved in misconduct
  • Developing techniques for active listening and obtaining the best information possible
2:40 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 4:00
The High Cost of Low Taxes
Dale Schattenkirk, Director, Advisory Services, KPMG LLP

In today's cost sensitive public sector environments there is a very strong movement towards reducing or cutting budgets to alleviate those pressures but many times those cuts directly affect the organizations ability to deliver on their service promises.

  • Understanding the unintentional outcomes of just reducing costs within public sector environments
  • How to consistently and effectively measure quality improvement project savings within public sector environments
  • How to leverage your resources to increase service delivery in public sector within your current budget constraints
4:00        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 entity-level controls.

You will learn about internal controls management in the federal context and how policy is evolving. You will learn how to assess the effectiveness of an organization's accountability framework, and explore how IT general controls that can impact application controls, and get tips for eliminating over-control. You will understand how the elements of an effective fraud management program, best practices for internal controls in the procurement process, and how and why ongoing monitoring through data analytics can be used to detect inappropriate activity and fraud.

Join us in Toronto 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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