Sheraton Centre Toronto - September 15 - 18, 2019

Day 1 – Monday, September 16, 2019

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Day 1
16 Sep 2019

Opening Keynote – Canada: Coast to Coast to Coast – Rick Mercer

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Rick Mercer will make you appreciate, as never before, this unique nation we all call home. It’s a heart-soaring and laugh-out-loud funny affair, and a perfect way to celebrate what our great country has to offer.Few people know Canada like...
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Mercer, Rick

Embrace Risk in Your Digital Business Transformation Journey

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Level: Intermediate. Organizations of all size and scope are introducing digitalization into their business models because of customer, market, competitive, workforce and security requirements.  While executives see digitalization as an area of growth, this universe of growth activities also has a...
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Potter, Patrick

Cyber Security Incident Response Planning

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Level: Intermediate. In this presentation we will outline the steps to develop a robust cyber security incident response management plan and identify elements to consider in assessing the plans effectiveness. In doing so, we will discuss the importance of having protocols...
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Ng, Eugene

Interview your Data with SQL to Gather Assurance / Advisory Intelligence

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Level: Intermediate. Although Structured Query Language (SQL) is not new (40 years old), and would not be classified as an “advanced analytics” technique per se, we think that knowing how to write SQL query statements is a fundamental skill set that all assurance / advisory professionals should possess....
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Singh, Jasbir
Leung, Kevin

Unconscious Bias, Equity, and Challenges to Fair Assessment

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Level: Advanced. We all think we treat everyone equally, but there’s an overwhelming amount of data that suggests this is not the case. A significiant barrier to a truly equitable society is unconscious bias, in which we continually make quick...
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Gaensler, Bryan

Promoting open communication – what is really going on inside your organization?

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Level: Intermediate. Our presentation will discuss factors employers should consider in promoting open communication and enhancing their whistleblower program. We will identify some common weaknesses of whistleblowing programs in Canada, and how internal auditors can assess the design and effectiveness of...
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Duckworth, Libby
Rolfe, Nicholas

How to obtain assurance over crypto technologies and the blockchain

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Level: Intermediate. This session will explore the difficulties in obtaining assurance over crypto technologies and the blockchain, and where there are opportunities to do so for the considerations of companies operating in this space.We will provide the following in our presentation:an...
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Dixon, Giles
Florio, David

Words Never Lie but People Do

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Level: Basic. Learn the techniques used by FBI profilers. Gathering truthful information is an integral part of any corporate environment. How important is it for us to learn the truth from our employees, managers, and clients? This overview presents how linguistic...
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Nejolla Korris
Korris, Nejolla

Internal Audit Reimagined – The Race for Relevance

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Level: Advanced. This session will explain how internal audit should respond to the dynamic business environment and re-think ways of aligning with the change. It will focus on the strategy that internal audit can adopt to accelerate its evolution from where...
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Zia, Syed Imran

Fraud Risk:  How is it changing, how is it still happening, and what can we do?

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Level: Intermediate. The topic that has been chosen has been indicated to be “the speed of change.”  It was requested that the presentation examine what is changing in this space and what is staying the same, and how is risk is...
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Shawn Hendry
Hendry, Shawn

Development of Effective Continuous Monitoring Program in Internal Assurance

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Level: Advanced. This presentation will go beyond the basics to give real examples of what advanced methods and technologies  are being used in Internal Audit today; what role Analytics play in risk; how to define a vision for the Continuous Monitoring Program with...
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Demidova, Natalia

Agile in a Non-Application Development Environment: RBC Internal Audit’s Journey to Agility

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The talk will focus on the genesis of RBC IA’s agile strategy – the groundwork and implementation. We will walk you through our journey including the lessons learned and success stories. We will also speak to how using a digital...
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Lafontaine, Jennifer

Advising the future – Workplace Conduct and Culture: Challenges & Opportunities

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Level: Intermediate. The presentation will cover:Trends that are leading to an increase in media attention related to workplace conduct and culture, including those mentioned above;How expectations of internal audit continue to evolve in emerging areas – including expectations of internal audit...
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Groch, Paul

Overview of IIA Implementation Guides on Integrity, Objectivity, Confidentiality, and Competency, as related to The IIA’s Code of Ethics

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Level: TBD. Professional ethics is not always black and white. When dealing with shades of grey, how can an internal auditor know when a certain behavior conforms with The IIA’s Code of Ethics? The presenters will review how internal auditors can...
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Page, Scott
Balakrishnan, Ram

Auditing Sustainable Development Goals  – The Next Issue on the Horizon

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Level: Basic. For SDGs to be implemented in an efficient, effective, and economical manner, auditors will need to be knowledgeable and up-to-date on the breadth and depth of subjects covered. The professional challenge for auditors will be to identify areas where...
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Bélanger, Marc

Auditing Analytic Models

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Level: Intermediate. An analytic model is a mathematical equation that takes in data and produces a calculation such as a score, ranking, classification, or prediction. It is a very specific set of instructions for analyzing data to deliver a particular kind...
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Sammy, Allan

Leveraging Data Analytics to Detect Fraud

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Level: Intermediate. Learning ObjectivesLearn specific fraud detection methodologies using data analyticsUnderstand trends and patterns in fighting fraudUsing analytics in detection of fraudFraud-focused continuous auditing and monitoringPrevention | Deterrence | Detection
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Barber, Keith
Breslin, Mary