Day One: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

10:30 EST

15 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:45 EST

60 min
Brian McKenna
Case Study

Leveraging Data Mining for Effective Internal Controls

Brian McKenna, Manager Analysis and Liaison, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

  • Identify anomalies and irregularities in large datasets to detect potential fraud, errors, or deviations from established internal controls
  • Analyze patterns, trends, and outliers within the data
  • Leverage historical data to build predictive models that forecast potential risks or control weaknesses
  • Facilitate continuous monitoring of internal controls by automating the analysis of large volumes of data in real-time
  • Perform in-depth root cause analysis to understand the underlying factors contributing to control failures

11:45 EST

60 min
Beatrice Harrietha
Case Study

The Art of Deceit: Uncovering the Exploits of a Master Disability Fraudster

Beatrice Harrietha, Manager, Fraud Risk Management, Sun Life Financial

This case revolves around a fraudster that created a false business. Then purchased a medical insurance plan for the business. Then created false employee profiles

Then impersonated those employees.  Then submitted fake claims and went to great lengths to conceal his identity and the fraud

12:45 EST

45 min


14:30 EST

60 min
Purnima Pandit

Integrated Risk Management

Purnima Pandit, Manager, Internal Controls, The Ottawa Hospital

Coordination and collaboration across The Three Lines when managing risks across the organization, including risk interrelationships and dependencies. Benefits include risk awareness, efficiencies, cost savings, timely decision making etc. Challenges include continuous support from executives, frequent regulatory changes, ease of standardization etc.

15:30 EST

60 min
Sohail Saleem

Implementing Data Analytics to Strengthen Internal Controls in the Public Sector

Sohail Saleem, City Auditor, City of Saskatoon

  • Understand the importance and benefits of implementing data analytics
  • Design and implement a data analytics program to strengthen internal controls
  • Identify tips and challenges in implementing data analytics
  • Highlight examples of data analytics tests that can be implemented
  • Explore how data analytics be implemented using the three lines model

16:30 EST

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Day Two: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

10:30 EST


Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

11:30 EST

60 min
Pavithra Chandramouli Katheryn Nowell

Bringing Controls Up Front: Enhancing Internal Controls to Prevent Fraud, Waste & Abuse in the Public Sector

Pavithra Chandramouli, Senior Manager, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

Katheryn Nowell, Manager, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

  • Understand the current state of Program Integrity (Fraud Waste & Abuse prevention) in the Canadian Public sector
  • Conduct fraud risk assessments to map controls to fraud risks
  • Consider the value of prevention vs detection and investigations
  • Improve controls by embedding them in business processes and the citizen lifecycle
  • Build a feedback look to understand controls performance and continuously improve fraud prevention

12:30 EST

45 min


13:15 EST

60 min
Case Study

Strengthening Internal Controls in the Public Sector to Prevent Benefits Fraud

  • Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment specific to benefits programs in the public sector to identify potential fraud risks
  • Analyze historical data, patterns, and trends to detect potential fraud indicators and develop predictive models that can flag suspicious activities or anomalies in benefit claims
  • Integrate data from multiple sources, such as government databases, financial records, and beneficiary information, to establish a centralized data repository
  • Utilize data analytics techniques to analyze and identify patterns, anomalies, and outliers that may indicate fraudulent activities
  • Enhance Identity verification processes for benefit applicants and recipients to prevent identity theft and fraudulent claims

14:15 EST

60 min

Resilient Financial Controls: Augmenting Monitoring Programs for Enhanced Risk Management

  • Develop a risk-based monitoring program that focuses resources on high-risk areas and activities
  • Conduct a comprehensive risk assessment to identify and prioritize potential risks, and allocate monitoring efforts accordingly
  • Leverage technology and automation tools to implement continuous monitoring processes
  • Conduct independent testing and audits of internal controls to validate their effectiveness
  • Establish robust reporting mechanisms to communicate monitoring results to management and relevant stakeholders

15:15 EST

60 min
Adewunmi Adeagbo

Optimizing Procure-to-Pay: Assessing Internal Controls for Efficiency and Risk Mitigation

Adewunmi Adeagbo, Offshore Compliance Auditor, Government of Canada

  • Evaluate the segregation of duties within the procure-to-pay process to ensure that no single individual has complete control over the entire process
  • Implement robust supplier due diligence processes to mitigate the risk of engaging with unreliable or fraudulent suppliers
  • Conduct thorough background checks, financial assessments, and reputation reviews before onboarding new suppliers
  • Improve controls around purchase requisitions and approvals to prevent unauthorized or inappropriate purchases
  • Streamline and automate the invoice processing and payment processes to minimize errors, delays, and fraudulent activities

16:15 EST

Closing Remarks from the Chair