September 24 – 27, 2017 | SHAW Conference Centre, Edmonton

Day 2 – Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Day 1
26 Sep 2017
7:00 - 8:00

BREAKFAST

Opening Keynote – Global Incoming Chair

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Keynote description will be available soon.
Michael Peppers
9:30 - 10:00

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Develop Your Creative Side: Creativity & Leadership

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This session is all about adapting to change and using creativity as a competitive edge.  It will expand on the “Free to Members Webinar” (Jan 10, 2017) session to explore the notion of creativity from the perspective of leadership development.  As David Usher states in...
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Hailey Pinksen

Snitches, Cynics and Troublemakers: Busting Myths about Whistleblowing Hotlines

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Myths about whistleblowing abound – from assumptions about whistleblowers’ motivations to what makes a program effective. In this presentation, Miguel Rueda and Phil Enright will draw on research, industry knowledge, and experience conducting ethics investigations to ‘bust’ some of the...
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Phil Enright
Miguel Rueda

Governance in the Public Sector – Enabling Transformation

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The public sector across Canada is under increased pressure and public scrutiny to demonstrate that policies and decisions are made in an open and transparent manner and that program and project initiatives are successful and achieving strategic goals and outcomes....
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Rob Crawford

Building Relationships with the Business

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This is a highly interactive session designed for audit leaders and new auditors in charge.  As part of internal audit’s drive to craft its role and deliver strategic value, building business relationships is essential, not optional.  Firstly, audit leaders must...
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Robert Kuling

Transforming Audits and Assurance with a Data & Digital Mindset

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The world today is highly connected, companies are rushing headlong into becoming more digital and processes produce copious amount of data at a lightning fast pace. But, what does digital really mean? What does a data focused mindset look like?...
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Rachael Golembuski

A real-life practical Internal Audit Approach to Cyber Security

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Cyber Security is an emerging/changing risk where traditional Internal Audit departments and previous approaches may not be adequate. We used this complex Cyber risk to create a unique opportunity for Internal Audit to showcase the value we can bring to...
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Gurmit Aujla

Auditing Oversight in Public Sector Organizations

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We live in an age of intense and continuously heightened vigilance regarding the activities of public sector organizations. The pressures, risks and challenges facing the public sector are both growing and evolving and the machinery of accountability has grown increasingly...
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John Reed

Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management Collaboration

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Opportunities for Internal Audit and ERM to provide good corporate governance will be explored.
Annette Biebstein
Cindy Kailly-Smith

Making Ethical Decisions in a time of Uncertainty

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Hailed by many participants as the best ethics course ever, this session illustrates the challenges in implementing an organization wide ethics policy. People may be at odds between their personal ethical compass and the one developed by their organization.Ethical issues are...
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Nejolla Korris

Changing Expectations and the New Professionalism … An Opportunity to Get Ahead of the Curve!

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Internal Auditors are working in a climate of fast and incessant change.  Nowhere is this change greater than in the expectations our major stakeholders place upon us.  These expectations are being influenced by the changing climate in which stakeholders themselves...
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Archie Thomas

How Leading Practice Internal Audit Shops are Using Data Analytics

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In the last five years many new data analytics systems have been launched that are much more user-friendly than before and internal audit shops no longer need an expert data scientist to start utilizing many valuable opportunities with data analytics....
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Richard Arthurs
Karina Korpela

The Impact on Fraud Risk of Difficult Economies

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The current Canadian economy is quite uneven, with organizations in many parts of the country under significant financial stress.  When organizations are under financial pressure, there will usually be increased pressure to conserve through the close management of costs.  This...
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Paul Ross

Paperless Government: What Internal Audit Needs to Know

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Government organizations are “going paperless” to keep pace with our advancing digital world and to promote more efficient operations.  Digitization projects, and projects involving digitization processes, are increasingly relevant for internal auditors, particularly in the public sector. In the federal...
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Sarah Lyons

Panel Discussion: Challenges in the Public Sector – What Can We Learn from Each Other?

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We live in a dynamic world of constant change where auditors are expected to anticipate and, more importantly, adapt to change. Have you ever considered how recent changes in federal and provincial governments combined with challenging economic times in Alberta...
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Omar Rehman
David Wiun
Merwan Saher
Mariesa Carbone
14:50 - 15:20

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Can you really do that? Lessons Learned from the Federal Government Peer External Quality Assessment Pilot

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Independent external assessment of the internal audit function is part of a strong internal audit quality assurance and improvement program, required by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards, and is a critical component of the system of checks and...
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Claudette Blair
Jennifer Robinson
Archie Thomas

How to Get the Most Out of the Millennial Workforce

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The generation gap continues to be a challenge for managers and leaders but the types of challenges are changing. In 2015, millennials became the largest generation in the workforce and they aren’t going anywhere.  In this session, I will tell you why millennials...
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Jade Lee

Behind the Curtain: A Candid Tour of Information Security & Privacy Deliverables and Standards

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There are few fields as dynamic as Information Security and Privacy.  From the changing attitudes around privacy, to the continuing saga of cybersecurity attacks, understanding the changing landscape in IT Security is crucial.  Auditors must provide valuable, relevant, and timely...
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Aron Feuer

What’s the Connection?

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This session will open the eyes of Internal Auditors to look at fraud in a different manner. Most Audit Departments do consider fraud, but are they seeing beyond the tip of the iceberg. The session will explore if we are living...
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Michael J. Fucilli

How to Audit a Strategic Plan

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A strategic plan yields tremendous benefits to an organization but it requires a dedicated attention. For example, considerable time is required to understand the process, elements, and their impact. A comprehensive audit of such a plan will enable auditors to...
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Lal Balkaran

Next: Day 3 – Sept. 27