Darrell has over twenty years of accounting experience with 15 years of experience in developing, implementing and monitoring internal controls. In his current role, he oversees the development and maintenance of internal controls, financial policies and processes to support corporate or legislative requirements. He also oversees treasury management, financial reporting, business unit support, financial systems, payroll, accounts payable and procurement for the City of Lethbridge. This includes the implementation of the continuous controls monitoring program which has led to Darrell being asked to share his knowledge with numerous other organizations.
Darrell has had the opportunity to provide formal training to future accounting professionals in his past roles as a moderator for the CMA Strategic Leadership Program and a sessional instructor for the University of Lethbridge.
Jason Murray, M.Eng, CISSP, CCSP, QSA, is a Director specializing in Cyber Security with MNP’s Technology Solutions team. Jason helps organizations manage risks related to security breaches and non-compliance and ensures compliance against security controls.
Drawing on over 20 years of experience, extensive technical knowledge and in-depth understanding of information security, networking and related information technologies, Jason quickly inspects system architectures, identifies vulnerabilities, assesses risks and recommends safeguards. His understanding of security and privacy policies, processes, procedures and controls also allows him to deliver solutions on the non-technical aspects of information security.
Jason’s services include PCI compliance and cyber security risk analysis, assessment and management. He helps clients understand their exposure and make informed decisions related to where they should focus their financial and technical resources when it comes to managing the organization’s risks.
Jason has a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo. He received his Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degree from the University of Toronto in 2002, majoring in computer engineering, and is a designated Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Jason is a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) and a certified Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and a Payment Card Industry Approved Scanning Vendor. He also holds Open FAIR (Security and Risk Services) credentials.
John manages global government and partner sales at MindBridge Ai, enabling their customers to leverage artificial intelligence to detect anomalies in financial data. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, John has over 22 years of experience in bringing advanced technologies to market, working in leading-edge firms such as CrossKeys, CounterPath and Nortel Networks. A winner of the 2013 Ottawa Chamber of Commerce “40 Under Forty” Award, John co-founded Purple Forge, an award-winning mobile application service provider, delivering services to governments and large associations. John joined MindBridge after the acquisition of Purple Forge by Vancouver-based 14 Oranges, and is now helping governments and strategic partners leverage the MindBridge Ai Auditor™ to enhance the efficiency and assurance of their financial and audit operations.
Kevin is a Senior Manager in the Ottawa Risk Advisory Practice. Kevin’s focus is on the documentation, testing and remediation of business and information technology general and application controls. Kevin 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. During over 10 years of professional services experience, Kevin has worked with a variety of private, public, not for profit organizations and government clients performing assessments of the current state of an organization’s controls frameworks and assisting them in developing plans to address identified weakness. These assessments have included all business cycles and information technology general controls cycles.
Mark started his adult career as a Canadian military pilot trainee and moved into training command where he found his passion for practical application of leadership principles in decision-making. This passion has formed the basis for his work throughout his Federal Government career. He joined the Federal Government in 1998, taking up various positions within the Canada Revenue Agency and eventually working his way into the integrated risk management field of work with a focus on behavioural risk management. A recruitment opportunity in 2007 led to his current work in the national security and intelligence community within the Federal Government.
Mark has continued to work within the national security and intelligence community building and implementing integrated risk management (IRM) programs, teams and projects that focus on applying leadership and IRM principles to executive level decision-making. As the Chief of several IRM Teams and Programs, Mark has been instrumental in evolving several concepts of applied integrated risk management thinking linking operational risks to strategic objectives. These projects were showcased for partners and allies including: UK (2008), Ireland (2009), US (2010), NATO (2010-11), and several Canadian Departments – DFO (2012), CSE (2013), PCO (2016-19).
Mark completed his Federal Government career serving as a Senior Security Risk Advisor for the Privy Council Office (PCO) in support of PCO Security Operations. This work included real-time risk assessments, providing guidance and advice on security operational protocols and managing the Departmental Security Plan, an annual summation of security challenges and achievements throughout the year for the Department.
Mark has a Canadian Studies degree from the University of Waterloo. He is a trained Alternative Dispute Resolution Facilitator and has facilitated IRM courses throughout the Canadian Federal Government. His combination of military and civilian experiences provides his classrooms and workshops with a wealth of life experience relating how IRM can be effectively applied to real-life decision-making.
Mark spends his personal time working with a local charity group, playing his drums and making kitchen experiments he calls “comfort food”.
Purnima is a seasoned Finance professional with a broad experience servicing several industries in the private sector. Building on her knowledge and experience from SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) implementations , she is currently engaged in the implementation of Internal Controls at The Ottawa Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the country, a non-profit/public sector entity.
She has had the opportunity to work in Canada, USA and India.
Richard Leblanc CMC, BSc, MBA, LLB, JD, LLM, PhD Governance advisor, lawyer, author, public speaker, researcher
Dr. Richard Leblanc is one of Canada’s leading experts on corporate governance and accountability. He is an award-winning teacher, researcher, lawyer, public speaker, consultant and specialist on boards of directors. He teaches at leading universities including Harvard University. He received a teaching award as one of the top university teachers in Ontario; was named to Canadian Who’s Who; and is an alumnus of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40TMaward.
Dr. Leblanc brings to business and professional audiences a depth of information from his extensive research and work with over 250 organizations and boards, and training and development of over 1,500 directors and managers. He is engaging, dynamic, and personable. Because of his work with leading companies and current research, he is always on the cutting edge of emerging global developments.
Dr. Leblanc has authored over 200 publications and reports, delivered over 450 invited speeches and training sessions, and sat for over 450 media appearances.
Dr. Leblanc is Editor of “The Handbook of Board Governance: A Comprehensive Guide for Public, Private, and Not-for-Profit Board Members,” which has sold 7,000 copies worldwide; a forthcoming Second Edition in May 2020; and the seminal “Inside The Boardroom,” which has sold over 6,500 copies. His work has been described by various faculty at Harvard, Yale, London Business School and elsewhere as “great & much needed,” “wonderful and pragmatic,” “thorough” and “nothing short of remarkable,” as well as by Fortune 500, NYSE, FTSE and other company leaders as “leading edge,” “ground-breaking,” “valuable guidance,” “indispensable,” “compelling” and “exceptional.”
Dr. Leblanc’s insight has guided leaders of organizations through his teaching, research and direct consultation to national and multi-national corporations and government regulators. He has provided extensive service as an external advisor to boards of directors that have won national awards and peer endorsement for their governance practices. His applied research has been used by, and he has advised, financial and securities regulators, investors, and board and committee chairs. He has been retained to advise on under-performing boards to implement governance and shareholder accountability reforms. He has advised boards, board committees, committee chairs and CEOs, and has advised on CEO performance and director and CEO succession planning and removal, consistent with shareholder value creation and stakeholder accountability.
Dr. Leblanc is frequently consulted by stakeholders – such as companies, investors, associations, partnerships, not-for-profit organizations, Crown organizations, the media and regulators – for the latest developments and trends, and customizes his speaking engagements and consultations to suit all types of audiences. He is the founder and principal of Boardexpert.com, an advisory firm providing customized governance transformation.
Dr. Leblanc possesses an extensive professional network. He is the founder of Boardexpert.com Inc and the LinkedIn Groups “Boards and Advisors,” and “Audit Committees,” with almost 30,000 and 15,000 members globally, which are among the largest and most active online corporate governance groups.
His regular newsletter is accessible to 40,000 directors and other governance professionals.
Dr. Leblanc adopts a framework for governance effectiveness developed over several years. His work, directly or indirectly, has impacted companies throughout the world, including those that have used Dr. Leblanc’s methodology to strengthen their governance effectiveness and accountability practices.
Dr. Leblanc holds a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA, Canadian and American law degrees, a Masters in Law, and a PhD focusing on board of director effectiveness.