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 26 - 27, 2019  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Last Year's Day One Program Agenda (2018)
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Jen Pavlov, Senior Manager, Business Risk Services, Grant Thornton LLP
9:10 - 10:10
Financial Accountability: Meeting the Governance Challenge
Richard LeBlanc, Director, Masters in Financial Accountability Program, York University
  • Changes in risk governance requirements
  • Internal controls and their independent assurance
  • Red flags for internal control failures and how to overcome
  • Internal controls over reputation, integrity and conduct
  • Best practices
  • Crisis management and social media governance
10:10 - 10:30        Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
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
  • Ambitious five-year legislative and regulatory modernization agenda to keep pace with the accelerating technology changes in the transportation industry
  • Where does internal audit fit into this change agenda?
  • How internal audit adapts to the changing horizon
  • Innovative from an audit perspective
  • Management interaction to ensure success
  • Soft controls: governance, stakeholder engagement, risk
  • Providing "real-time assurance" or "continuous auditing" - on governance, accountability, risk management, stakeholder engagement
  • 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
11:30 - 12:30
ERM City of Toronto - Children's Services Division
Trish Horrigan, Manager, Risk and Accountability, Children's Services Division, City of Toronto
  • Formally addressing risk assessment, management and controls
  • Establishing a framework that could be integrated into the existing risk management processes and enhance additional City of Toronto ERM initiatives
  • Project methodology that we used
  • Shift of divisional perspective, from reaction to proactive
  • Role of staff: engage, enable, enthuse
12:30 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:20
Active Projects in Public Sector Accounting
Paul Mason, Principal, International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board
  • Introduction to International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB)
  • Strategy and work plan consultation
  • Current projects, including:
    • Social benefits, revenue and non-exchange expenses projects
    • Public sector measurement, infrastructure assets and heritage projects
    • Financial instruments projects
    • Leases project
2:20 - 2:40        Networking Break
2:40 - 3:30
Vendor Controls
Jen Pavlov, Senior Manager, Business Risk Services, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Identifying the need for a new vendor
  • Obtaining quotes
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Formally documented policies and procedures
  • Vendor master file
  • Appropriate segregation of duties
  • Project management
  • Monitoring
3:30 - 4:30
Understanding the Three Lines of Defence and How It Applies to the LCBO
Theresa Mutlak, Treasurer and Director, Financial Systems, LCBO
Darlene Spoleti, Manager, Process Analysis Department, LCBO
  • Integrating Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) in LCBO's business processes
  • Importance of IT General Controls
  • Internal Controls over Financial Reporting in an ever-changing environment
  • Tools and techniques for on-going monitoring and evaluation
  • Lessons learned
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 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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