Speakers

Carmen Abela

Carmen Abela

Managing Director

WindReach Consulting Services Inc.

Carmen is the founder and Managing Director of WindReach Consulting Services Inc. an Ottawa-based consultancy specializing in public sector accountability. For over twenty-five years, Carmen has been advising senior government leaders on public sector oversight and operational excellence. Her areas of specialty include governance, risk management and internal audit.  The scope of her career has touched virtually all functions of government, although her professional emphasis is on organizations mandated with the advancement of knowledge and the protection of the public interest.

Carmen is deeply committed to building public trust, which she does through her professional practice and her board work. She is currently a member of the Board for Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. (AECL) where she is a member of the Audit Committee and the Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Committee. She is an elected Public Director of the Board for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) where she is also a member of the Audit Committee. She also proudly serves on the Board and Strategy and Governance Committee of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. She is a former member of the Board for Immigrant Women Services Ottawa (IWSO) as well as the past Chair of the National Board for the Institute of Internal Auditors Canada.

Carmen is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Carmen and her husband Aaron live in Ottawa and are proud parents of three great kids.

Alex Gong

One Analytics - Senior Manager

PWC Canada

Monia Lahaie

Monia Lahaie

Assistant Comptroller General of Financial Management Sector at Office of the Comptroller General

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada

John Lees

Partner, Indigenous Governance and Business Transformation

Orbis Risk Consulting

Brian (Drew) McKenna

Brian (Drew) McKenna

Manager Audit Technology Optimization & Modernization (ATOM) Office of the Comptroller General

Government of Canada

Nina Ramful

Nina Ramful

Senior Program Advisor

Employment and Social Development Canada

Nina Ramful has over 20 years of experience in the Federal Government working as a Financial Officer in Revenue and Costing, Financial Policy, Public Accounts, Risk Management and Recipient Audits. She joined Employment Social Development Canada as a Senior Program Advisor in 2018 to develop and implement Capacity Assessment, an innovative and collaborative tool to assess organizational capacity within Indigenous Organizations. Following this successful project, she has been working on the new Program, Recipient and Project risk assessment processes for the Department.

Richard Spitz

Richard Spitz

Business Strategies Consultant

Employment and Social Development Canada

Having begun his career in the Federal Government as a program officer managing grants and contributions (Gs&Cs) agreements, Richard joined ESDC in 2009 and has since been working on the operationalization of Gs&Cs policy. This work, in response to an audit recommendation in 2018, began to focus on the revision of ESDC’s Gs&Cs risk assessment process with the result being that new Program, Recipient and Project risk assessment processes were developed for the Department within the past three years.

Beili Wong

Beili Wong

Comptroller General and Deputy Minister

Government of Ontario

Beili Wong became the interim Comptroller General and Deputy Minister in the Treasury Board Secretariat in October 2021.

Beili is a strategic and senior executive with over 25 years of finance, risk management and audit experience in the government, broader public sector (BPS) and private sector. She was the Province’s Chief Internal Auditor and responsible for modernizing and shaping the Ontario internal audit function that supports the delivery of excellence to Ontarians. Prior to joining the OPS in 2019, Beili was an executive at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Beili’s global working experience includes consulting and audit projects in four continents and 18 countries, with experience in retail, wholesale, logistics, manufacturing operations and government.

Beili is passionate about giving back to her profession by serving on the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council (AASOC), and as the Senior Vice Chairman for the Institute of Internal Auditors’ North American Board.

In 2019, Beili received her CPA Fellowship (FCPA, FCA) from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario), recognizing her achievements and leadership at work and community engagements.

Beili is an immigrant to this great nation and province, and a proud champion for inclusion, diversity and accessibility.