An excellent compendium of controls and risk frameworks, models, and approaches. - Senior Auditor, RCMP

Public Sector Internal Controls

Advance Your Knowledge in Current Controls and Risk Oversight in the Public Sector

March 26 - 27, 2019  ·  Toronto, Ontario
Day One Agenda
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Trish Horrigan, Manager, Risk & Accountability, Children's Services, City of Toronto
8:40 - 9:20
Public Trust in the Management of Public Funds & Procurement
MPP Stan Cho - Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board, Government of Ontario
  • Getting ready for the future of public sector accountability
  • Understanding Ontario’s plan for restoring financial transparency in Government
  • Assessing internal controls of financial reporting
  • Balancing compliance and innovation in procurement
9:20 - 10:20
Organizational Culture - Mitigating Risk Through Understanding
Martin Rubenstein, Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Transport Canada
  • Defining the system of values, beliefs and behaviors that shape how things get done within an organization
  • Clarifying the activities used to reinforce culture and the employee behaviors that have an impact on an organization’s culture
  • Making workplace culture tangible within an internal control framework
  • Clarifying the qualitative and quantitative indicators that support a healthy organization
  • Understanding the importance of monitoring and mitigating “ culture risk”
  • Developing practical frameworks in order to identify linkages between leader’s actions, business strategy, organization systems and employee behaviors
10:20 - 10:40        Networking Break
10:40 - 11:40
Cybersecurity & AI in Public Sector Internal Controls
Eugene Ng, Partner, Cyber Security, MNP LLP
  • Preparing for potential breaches and damage control
  • Responding quickly and effectively is critical
  • Adapting business models to be vigilant
  • AI implementation in risk management
  • Evaluating IT controls and the future of AI
  • Implementing strong governance
  • Ensuring that risks are managed effectively
11:40 - 12:30
Small Organizations with Big Responsibilities - Succeed Despite Size
Rob Clayton, Partner, Public Sector Audit Practice, KPMG
  • Doing more with less, more resources are not always required
  • Partnering for success
  • Are you doing too much?
  • Strategies to improve organizational effectiveness
12:30 - 1:45        Luncheon Break
1:45 - 2:45
Monitoring the Milestones Within Contracts - Demonstrating Rigour and Transparency
Jen Pavlov, Senior Manager, Business Risk Services Grant Thorton LLP
  • Taking responsibility at all levels, not just the process owners or risk owners
  • Understanding internal controls and their purpose – the key to success
  • Putting policies in place and making sure they are followed
  • Due diligence starts at the very beginning of a vendor presentation
  • Pushing back early in the process – asking the 'what if' questions
  • Monitoring, planning, assessing the scope and contingencies
2:45 - 3:00        Networking Break
3:00 - 4:00
Tailoring ERM and Audits for Smaller Public Sector Organizations
Monika Sawa, CFO, Agricorp
  • Effective ways to address ERM in a smaller organization
  • Recognizing strategic risks as different from operational risks
  • Dealing with emerging and retiring risks
  • Assessing operational risks in any business process
  • Risk Reporting – Pre and post risk mitigation and rating
4:00        End of Day One



Undetected fraud, non-compliance with relevant regulations, misleading financial reports: the consequences of ineffective internal controls can be devastating. The key to security is to fend off complacency by ongoing and active diligence in internal controls at all levels of the organization.

Infonex has developed Public Sector Internal Controls to ensure you have the information, skills and awareness you need to safeguard your reputation and your organization's. Our prestigious faculty of leading risk and control experts will provide a complete, in-depth update, practical and specific examples, emerging trends and best practices in controls, risk and governance to help you deal with implementation, testing, and ongoing effectiveness of entity-level controls.

You will learn about internal controls management in the federal context and how policy is evolving. You will learn how to assess the effectiveness of an organization's accountability framework, and explore how IT general controls that can impact application controls, and get tips for eliminating over-control. You will understand how the elements of an effective fraud management program, best practices for internal controls in the procurement process, and how and why ongoing monitoring through data analytics can be used to detect inappropriate activity and fraud.

Join us in Toronto and ensure your ability to deliver best practices in accountability as a public sector organization. The information you receive and the people you will meet, speakers and attendees alike, will provide information that will be of practical value immediately and in the months and years ahead. Register today!

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