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 Two
7:30 - 8:30        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 - 9:40
Fraud Detection and Prevention Roundtable – You Can Fight Back
Sarah MacGregor, Director of Internal Audit, City of Barrie
  • Review of Current Fraud Trends
  • Speaking up – what keeps you up at night when it comes to fraud?
  • Practical approaches to finding internal and external fraud in your organization
  • Collecting ideas on how to detect and manage fraud in the public sector
  • Lessons learned from municipalities across Ontario
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
The Lean-In Audit Approach to Public Sector Internal Controls
Dale Schattenkirk, Director, Advisory Services, KPMG
  • Using a Lean tool set to complete annual audits and engage staff in improvements
  • Getting beyond the regulatory checklist
  • Increase finance function efficiency
  • Involving stakeholders in the process
  • Fostering a sustainable culture of improvement in the public sector
11:00 - 12:00
Understanding How Blockchain will Impact Internal Controls
Mark MacDonald, Leader, Government & Public Sector, Ernst and Young
  • Preparing for the near-term transition into this new technology
  • Why should internal audit care?
  • Creating the culture to embrace change in operating systems
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Blockchain App to Ensure Food Safety Internal Controls
Atul Jain, Environmental Health Program Manager, Peterborough Public Health

In early 2019, Peterborough Public Health in collaboration with Healthspace will pilot Windows based Environmental Health Inspection App that uses blockchain technology for inspections of local food premises in the County and City of Peterborough and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations. The speaker will provide an update on the pilot project, its s successes and failures and next steps.

  • Pilot project is the first in Canada
  • Facilitating a shared truth between government and industry
  • Improving transparency for citizens
  • Creating barriers to fraud
  • Standardizing communication
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Due Diligence & Managing Corruption in Municipalities
Sandy Boucher, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Keeping an eye on controls during rapid growth
  • Best practices in remaining vigilant over corruption
  • Detecting fraud in municipal infrastructure projects
  • Applying constanting evolving good governance to your organization
3:30 - 4:20
Data Driven Audits in Financial Reporting – Testing & Trusting Your Data
Veronica Arreaza, Senior Manager, IT Internal Audit, RBC
  • Transforming the public sector audit through data analytics
  • Data drives insights – learning the key factors
  • Testing data for completeness, validity & accuracy
  • Adding value by understanding the whole of the audit as opposed to just sample
  • Altering your strategy dependent upon the data structure
  • Using intelligent analytics to deliver a higher quality of audit evidence
4:20        End of Day Two



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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