Calgary TELUS Convention Centre - September 13 - 16, 2020

Full Program at a Glance


10:00 – 11:00 ALE & Conference Registration Open
11:30 – 12:15 ALE Lunch
12:15- 12:30 ALE WelcomeRichard Arthurs, Chair, Board of Directors, IIA Canada – [City Hall]
12:30- 13:30 ALE Opening KeynoteEstelle Métayer, Competia
13:30-14:00 Break
14:00-15:30 ALE Panel:
Sheila Smigarowski, Sheila Smigarowski Consulting and Coaching (Moderator)
Rob Jacobucci , TransCanada
Christine Maligec, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Barry James, Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd.
15:30 – 16:20 ALE Keynote – Adam Legge, Community Leader and Author
17:00 – 18:30 ALE Networking Reception



  Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6
General Session Leadership & Innovation Environmental Health & Safety/Energy SectorFraud & Ethics Public Sector/MUSH  IT Audit, Cyber Security and Data Analytics Soundbites
07:00 – 17:00 Registration Open
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 – 09:30 Opening Remarks & Awards – David Helberg and Liezel Pistorius, Conference Co-Chairs
08:45 – 09:00 Richard Arthurs, Chair, Board of Directors, IIA Canada
09:00 – 09:30 Jenitha JohnChair of Board of Directors, IIA Global
09:30 – 10:30 Opening Keynote – Alfredo Tan, West Jet
10:30 – 11:00 Exhibits & Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:50  Concurrent Session 1 Risk tolerance a year later – building your diverse IA shop for the future
Amy Felix & Louis Seabrooke, CRA
Why QEHS Compliance Needs to Change
Raimund Laqua, Lean Compliance
What You See Is NOT What You Get: The Myths of Ethics in Internal Audit
Matej Drascek, IIA Slovenia
How can Internal Audit provide value to organizations moving to the cloud?
Natalie Lalonde, Government of Canada & Tanya Kelos, Ernst & Young LLC
How to Use AI Apps to Unleash the Power of Your Audit Program
Deniz Appelbaum, Montclair
Get Your Head in the Cloud: What Auditors Need to Know About Cloud Technologies. Anand Bhakta & Jason Sechrist, Audit Board
11:50 – 13:15 Lunch & Networking with Exhibitors
13:15 – 14:05  Concurrent Session 2 Beyond Technical Skills: Strategies for Developing Internal Audit Teams of the Future
Robyn Ivany & Nicole Schultz, University of Calgary
Auditing What Matters Most: Getting Climate Smart in a Changing Environment
Javed Akbar, Tasnee Global
The Role of the Head of Internal Audit in Safeguarding the Ethics and Integrity Values of the Organization
Marc Tasse, University of Ottawa
Gaining Trust and Adding Value….with a sleek and efficient QAIP
Limei Li, Gov’t of NS & Archie Thomas & Archie Thomas Consulting
How to Audit the TOP 10 Cyber Security Threats Robert Fox. CSE Sourcing Talent in the Workforce of the Future
Colleen Knuff, TeamMate
14:15 – 15:00 Keynote – William Michalison, The IIA
15:00 – 15:30 Exhibits & Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:20  Concurrent Session 3 Outside the Comfort Zone: What attempting Mt. Kilimanjaro can teach us about leadership and risk taking
Doug Johnson, Haventree
After the good times roll: Cleaning up when the party’s over – Auditing Oil and Gas Revenues and Financial Assurances for Site Remediation
Yves Genest, CAAF
(Un)Ethical Decision-Making: What Causes It, and Can It Be Prevented?
Mary Breslin, Verracy
The Very Small Public Sector Audit Shop – Effectiveness and Conformance are Possible! Brian Brown, Best Job in the Company Consulting Services & Kerri Elyk, Public Safety Canada Using Analytics to Detect Fraud at Outsourced Operations.
Allan Sammy, Canada Post
Tackling Risk in an Evolving Environment
Melissa Polak, Aurora Cannabis Inc.
17:00 – 19:00 Welcome Reception – Studio Bell


  Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6
General Session Leadership & Innovation Environmental Health & Safety/Energy Sector Fraud & EthicsPublic Sector/MUSH IT Audit, Cyber Security and Data Analytics Soundbites
07:00 – 17:00 Registration Open
07:00 – 08:30 Breakfast
08:30 – 09:00 Opening Remarks & Awards – David Helberg & Liezel Pistorius and Richard Arthurs, IIA Board Chair
09:00 – 10:00 Keynote – Jer Thorpe, Data Artist, The Meaning Behind Data – Making Data More Human
10:00 – 10:30 Exhibits & Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:20  Concurrent Session 4 Influencing without Power –Creating Collaborative Change
Daniel Samson, SRI International
Does EHS audit have a home in Internal Audit?
Neil Chapman, IO Assurance
Fraud in the Digital Landscape
Paul Ross, KPMG
The Other Side of the Fence
Archie Thomas, Archie Thomas Consulting
Curling and IT security compliance: Lessons for auditing IT security compliance from the ice sheet to the C-suite
Ralph Villanueva, Diamond Resorts
Beyond the Checklist: Auditing Corporate Image
Kenneth Ramaley , Ramaley Group LLC
11:25 – 12:15  Concurrent Session 5 Achieving 20/20 Vision Katharine Palmer, City Of Calgary & Fern Cyr Satisfying Stakeholder Needs When Developing an Operations Management System
Kevin Dunn, Cultura Consulting Corporation
IA role in Workplace Culture & Ethical Conduct
Maya Douglas & Aneesa Ruffudeen, Deloitte
Navigating Audit Path in Organizational Culture
Sophie Dai, Calgary Police Service
Good, Bad and Ugly of Data Analytics – A strategy to success
Rahim Mulji, CW Bank
Managing the Risk of Bias in Artificial Intelligence
Allan Sammy, Canada Post
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch & Networking with Exhibitors
13:15 – 14:15 Keynote – Nejolla Korris, Interveritas International, Smart Energy: Combating the Social Engineering Risk
14:15 – 14:45 Exhibits & Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:35  Concurrent Session 6 Hackathons – A Growth Mindset Approach to Leading Differently
Timothy Chan & Tony Bessey, Suncor
Internal Audit Priorities for the Energy Sector Robert Kuling, MNP Is your company fit to compete? The impact of Culture on your organization.
Caroline Lass, Caroline Lass – Advisory Solutions and Services
Every Sherlock Holmes Needs a Dr. Watson: Demystifying complex communication to reach your intended audiences.
Jon Bateman, City of Calagry
Managing Cyber Security Risk through effective audit programs Kaveh Rikhtegar, Canadian Red Cross The CAE Life Cycle and the Importance of Continuous Improvement
Richard Arthurs, MNP
15:40 – 16:30  Concurrent Session 7 Making Sense of Disruption for Internal Audit
Jill Satre, PwC
Safety Assurance Auditing for Pipeline Risk Management
James Ferguson, Stantec
Fighting Fraud from the Inside Through Audit
Mary Breslin Verracy
It Takes a Village to Manage Risk: The Big Vision and Big Impact of a Collaborative Government of Canada Internal Audit Community
Tricia Goulbourne & Gregory Marshall, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, Office of the Comptroller General
How to Address the Increasing IT Risk of Third Parties
Jeremy Picco, PRA Canada
18:00 – 19:00 Reception
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner & Entertainment


  Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 5 Track 6
General Session Leadership & Innovation Environmental Health & Safety/Energy Sector Fraud & Ethics Public Sector/MUSH IT Audit, Cyber Security and Data Analytics Soundbites
07:00 – 11:00 Registration Open
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
08:00 – 08:50  Concurrent Session 8 How to Operationalize Strategy and Culture
Reema Ibrahim & Janine Lang, KPMG
How to Turn Compliance into a Profit?
Landa Richards, Richards Consultancy Inc.
30 Years of Ethical Dilemmas: Lessons Learned
Brian Brown, Best Job in the Company Consulting Services
Value Added Internal Audit and ERM in the Public Sector – Yes It’s Possible!
James Barr, KPMG
Why GRC is déjà vu … and necessary for emerging industries like cannabis
Peter Guo, MNP
09:00 – 09:50 Innovation Panel – Colin Shaw (Moderator); Toby DeRoche; Arvind Gupta; Linda Samson
09:50 – 10:20 Exhibits & Coffee Break
10:20 – 11:20  Closing Keynote – Greg Johnson, The Tornado Hunter, From Chasing Sticky Ideas to Chasing Storms – Building Your Legacy
11:20 – 11:30 Closing Remarks – Conference Co-Chairs