A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on. - Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan

Public Sector Internal Controls

Managing Internal Controls to Shield Your Organization's Reputation

May 22 - 23, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Conference Day One: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
John Lark, Managing Principal, Coherent Advice
8:40 - 9:40
Opening Keynote Address- Public Sector Governance: Insights for Internal Controls and Risk Governance in Public Institutions
Dr Richard Leblanc, Professor of Governance, Law & Ethics, York University
  • Role of the Board of Directors in internal control oversight
  • Risk appetite framework and internal controls
  • Assurance over the design and testing of internal controls
  • Where internal control weaknesses frequently occur
  • Internal controls over non-financial risks
  • The link between risk-taking and incentive pay
  • Independence of internal audit, risk and compliance functions
9:40 - 10:00        Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00
Data Analytics and Continuous Monitoring for Policy Compliance & Risk Mitigation
Darrell Mathews, Financial Processes & Controls Manager, City of Lethbridge
  • Benefits of data analytics and Continuous Controls Monitoring
  • Why the City of Lethbridge needed a solution
  • Integrating risk assessments and data analytics for Policy Compliance and Risk Mitigation
  • Examples of Continuous Controls Monitoring and data analytics for Policy Compliance and Risk Mitigation
    1. Employee Reimbursement Analytics (T & E Expenses & Cell Phones)
    2. Policy attestations
    3. PCI Assessments
  • Where Lethbridge’s control program is heading
11:00 - 12:00
Internal Audit's Role in Supporting Good Governance in the Public Sector
Nick Rolfe, Partner, KPMG Risk Consulting Services
  • Speaking frankly to key stakeholders
  • Embedding internal audits to ensure discussions
  • Understanding clear roles in governance
  • Managing complex multi-year initiatives
  • Making sure the right information is being reported
  • Risk, delays and overruns
12:00 - 1:15        Luncheon Break
1:15 - 2:15
Lessons from the Frontlines: Internal Controls in the Federal Government
Howard Godby, Manager, Financial Policy and Internal Control, Canada School of Public Service
  • Operations of internal controls in the federal government environment
  • Practical realities of working daily on the frontline
  • Challenges of communicating financial risk to senior management
  • Experience matters - lessons learned from case studies
  • Valuing media and the Office of the Auditor General in supporting internal controls
2:15 - 2:30        Networking Break
2:30 - 3:30
Industry Insights on Using Analytics in Internal Controls
Amie Das, Senior Manager, Forensic Services, KPMG
  • Tools and tricks to analyzing data
  • Detecting inappropriate activity and fraud
  • Increase certainty in your decision making by utilizing data analytics
  • Explore the benefits of increasing departmental transparency
3:30 - 4:20
Moving from ICFR to ICFM – Lessons from the Trenches
Cara Cosgrove, Manager, Internal Controls, Department of National Defence
Kristann Rose, Owner and Principal Consultant, KER Consulting Inc.
  • Practical tools, tips, and lessons learned in effectively (and efficiently!) transforming from a focus on internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) to the broader context of financial management including those provided in the Treasury Board Policy on Financial Management. The presenters are hands-on practitioners that will leverage their experience working within Government of Canada organizations to provide a view of:
  • Critical success factors in navigating the transformation to Internal Controls for Financial Management;
  • How to effectively leverage and transition existing ICFR work, practices and tools; and
  • Building sustainability into control documentation, testing and monitoring.
4:20        End of Day One



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