2016 Speakers

The ACFE Fraud Conference Canada traditionally hosts the foremost experts in the anti-fraud field. These leaders share their insights and address the key anti-fraud issues relevant to you. Previous keynote speakers include corporate intelligence expert Chris Mathers; Andreas Pohlmann, SNC-Lavalin’s Chief Compliance Officer; Carmen Louise LaPointe, Under-Secretary-General for the Office of Internal Oversight Services; Hon. Robert Nicholson, Attorney General of Canada; and best-selling author Jeffery Robinson. Check back soon as more speakers are confirmed for the 2016 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada.  

Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Wrage

President, TRACE International, Inc.
Former Member, FIFA Independent Governance Committee

Alexandra Wrage is a former member of FIFA’s Independent Governance committee and was a member of the 2015 B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, which drafted recommendations to G20 leaders for consideration in their global economic policies. Wrage has held numerous committee positions, including Chair of the Anti-Corruption Committee of the ABA’s International Section and Chair of the International Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and has participated in anti-bribery working groups with the OECD and UN Global Compact. In addition to this, she has won multiple awards including the 2014 Women in Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry. Currently Wrage is the president and founder of TRACE.

She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC. Wrage has written three compliance guidebooks and is a guest blogger for Corporate Counsel. She speaks frequently on topics of international law, anti-corruption initiatives and the hidden costs of corruption.

A passion for fighting corruption
Fraud Magazine | July/August 2016

Jean-François Fortin

Executive Director, Enforcement
Autorité des marches financiers

Jean-François Fortin was appointed Executive Director, Enforcement at the Autorité des marches financiers (AMF) in June 2012. Prior to this appointment, he had held the position of AMF Director, Inspection and Investigations since March 2009.

As Executive Director, Fortin heads a team of more than 160 members tasked with preventing and detecting violations of the laws administered by the AMF, investigating such violations and ensuring the application of penalties. The AMF’s rigorous surveillance and monitoring strengthen investor confidence and market efficiency. Fortin also co-ordinates collaboration with the AMF’s various partners in Québec, across Canada and around the world, including Canadian and foreign securities regulators, police forces, government agencies and ministries.

During the past several years, Fortin has been instrumental in furthering the AMF’s mission of protecting investors. He directed the work leading to the finalization of major files and the development of key initiatives, while fostering communications for the transfer of knowledge among AMF staff. He also played a critical role in implementing a governance model with law enforcement agencies and public prosecutors.

Diana B. Henriques

Financial Journalist, The New York Times
Author, The Wizard of Lies

Diana B. Henriques, an award-winning financial journalist, is the author of The Wizard of Lies, a New York Times bestseller about the Bernie Madoff scandal, and three other books on business history. As a writer for The New York Times, she has largely specialized in investigative reporting on white-collar crime, market regulation and corporate governance.

Henriques was a member of a reporting team that was named a Pulitzer finalist in 2003 for its coverage of the aftermath of the Enron scandals. She was also a member of a team that won a 1999 Gerald Loeb Award for covering the near-collapse of Long Term Capital Management, a hedge fund whose troubles rocked the financial markets in September 1998.

She is proudest of her 2004 series exposing the exploitation of American military personnel by financial services companies. Her work prompted legislative reform and cash reimbursements for tens of thousands of defrauded service members, drawing recognition and thanks from military lawyers and families across the country. For that series, she was a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 and received a George Polk Award, Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Worth Bingham Prize.

Exclusive: The Secret Madoff Prison Letters
Forbes | March 20, 2012

'The Wizard of Lies' describes a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions
Fraud Magazine | September/October 2012

Liseli Pennings, CFE

Deputy Training Director
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Liseli Pennings is the Deputy Training Director for the ACFE. She was a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Inspector General's Office for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and was previously a career special agent with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. She is a subject matter expert in international investigations and physical security, and was a law enforcement attaché in both Europe and Latin America. Pennings was awarded seven of the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Awards, a Superior Honor Award and 4 letters of commendation.

Daniel Tobok

Chief Executive Officer
Cytelligence Inc.

Daniel Tobok is an internationally-recognized cyber security and digital forensics expert as well as a serial entrepreneur who has created and successfully divested a number of cyber security companies.

He has more than 18 years of hands-on experience in all facets of cyber intrusions and hacking incidents as well as forensic digital investigations including investigations of theft of intellectual property; all types of e-lures including phishing, pharming, and spoofing emails; Anton Piller orders; e-discovery to respect the chain of custody in investigations; information technology department and website breaches; investigations of rogue and disgruntled employees and fraud, embezzlement and extortion investigations.

He eats, sleeps, and breathes cyber security. He has personally participated in more than 1,000 computer forensic investigations and more than 800 security audits and risk analysis engagements. Tobok works for and advises executives and corporate counsel at Canada’s top corporations and private companies and has consulted to the private and public sectors in North America and Europe.

Tobok is a tireless educator about the increasing frequency of cyber threats, the threats to business, the loss of privacy and the need for constant vigilance. Reporters, editors and producers have sought his opinion and commentary on security breaches and breaking security stories. He has been interviewed by The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, The Lawyers Weekly, The Law Times, CTV, CBC, CityTV, and Global Television.

Concurrent Session Speakers

Michael Akpata

Team Leader Public Safety, Investigations and Counterfraud
IBM Canada

Michael Akpata joined IBM Canada after serving more than 20 years with the Windsor Police Service in Windsor, Ontario. Then Senior Constable Akpata was recently assigned to the Financial Crimes and Arson Unit where he served as both an Arson and Fraud investigator. He specialized in power of attorney fraud and financial crimes against seniors. He has also investigated and secured convictions in various fraud related offenses including corporate, individual, credit card and a number of Ponzi schemes.

Julie Bellemare, CPA, CA, CA•EJC, CAMS

Manager, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services

Julie Bellemare has nine years of professional experience and has participated in audits and forensic investigations in Canada, the United States and Barbados. She manages various fraud investigations and litigation mandates. Bellemare has participated in investigations relating to alleged construction fraud and corruption/bribery. She has reviewed contract attribution processes and construction project costs allocation as well as analyzed costs and supporting evidence to determine whether fraud schemes and/or false invoicing occurred. She has also run witness interviews and managed investigations relating to alleged kickbacks and irregularities.

Sandy Boucher, CFE

Senior Investigator
Grant Thornton LLP

Sandy Boucher is a seasoned investigator with 33 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He manages a broad range of complex investigations and is a specialist in fraud, corruption and workplace investigations, compliance and due diligence enquiries, asset tracing and recovery. He has worked with many whistleblowers and has managed a number of complex investigations stemming from whistleblower complaints during his career. He is also on the Grant Thornton Confidential Anonymous Reporting for Employees (CARE) team. Boucher started his career with the Royal Hong Kong Police where he specialized in Asian organized crime, narcotics and money laundering investigations before moving to Canada in 1995.

David Debenham, J.D., CFE, CPA, LLM

McMillan LLP

David Debenham has been a practicing commercial litigation trial lawyer for the past 23 years and is a partner in the McMillan law firm’s Ottawa office. Debenham’s fraud practice eventually inspired him to become a Certified Fraud Examiner, and acquire his diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting from the Rotman Business School’s Graduate Program at the University of Toronto. He has published a text directed at fraud investigators and expert witnesses called “The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator,” along with the leading articles in the United States and Canada on the subject of detecting and reporting fraud in a law firm.

Garry Clement, CFE, CAMS, AMLP

President and CEO                                                                                                                                                                    
Clement Advisory Group

Garry Clement is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of money laundering, interviewing, white-collar crime, organized crime and detection of suspicious activity, and is one of the pioneers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) proceeds of crime program. In addition to managing his firm, Clement Advisory Group, he is the Executive Vice President of TAMLO International Inc. which focuses on designing comprehensive online anti-money laundering courses. Clement has thirty-four years of policing experience, thirty with the RCMP where he worked in the areas of proceeds of crime and money laundering as an investigator, undercover operator and manager.

Vincent Denault, CFE, LLM, LLB

Groupe Vincent Denault

Vincent Denault is a Montreal-based lawyer, Certified Fraud Examiner and consultant. His practice and research focus is on nonverbal communication, credibility assessment and deception detection. He is a lecturer and doctoral student at the University of Montreal’s Department of Communication and the co-director of Montreal’s Center for Studies in Nonverbal Communication Sciences.

Ken Derakhshan, CFE

Team Commander
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Sgt. Derakhshan is the team leader with the RCMP’s Integrated Market Enforcement Team in Toronto. He joined the RCMP in October of 1992 and began his tenure in the RCMP’s Financial Crime Section in 2005 as a fraud investigator. During his past 11 years in Financial Crime, Sgt. Derakhshan has led, supervised and directed several major investigations which include mortgage frauds, breach of trust by public officials, and investment frauds involving criminal organizations.

Ryan Duquette, CFE, CFCE, EnCE

Founder and Managing Partner
Hexigent Consulting Inc.

Ryan Duquette is passionate about digital forensics and with helping keep others from being victimized. He's a seasoned digital forensic examiner with many years of experience in law enforcement and the private sector. During his time in law enforcement he worked on hundreds of digital forensic and fraud-related cases. He took his zest for “focusing on the facts” from those days and founded Hexigent, a digital forensics firm focusing on investigations, consulting services and litigation support.

Keith Elliott

Vice President, Operations & Business Development
Reed Research Limited

Keith Elliott has been a Licensed Private Investigator in varying capacities for more than 23 years. He has extensive experience with property-casualty, criminal, life, health and disability insurance investigations across Canada and internationally. He has presented evidence and testified in precedent setting cases at the Supreme Court of Ontario and FSCO.

In addition to overseeing the daily operations and company’s development, Elliott is the primary point of contact for many clients. He is regularly asked to provide in-house training to various insurance company staff on the function and use of investigations, surveillance and social media surveillance for insurance purposes.

Alex Fung, CISA, ACDA

Senior Solution Lead

Alex Fung oversees the data analytics delivery practice, provides guidance on solution design and manages client portfolios. With more than seven years of experience helping clients configure effective audit solutions and management systems, he has managed more than 100 projects and worked on more than 200 engagements across many industries, including but not limited to: banking, retail, government, insurance, manufacturing, energy and education. He has also worked with fraud and corruption projects for numerous clients globally. Previously, Fung was a Senior Solution Lead at ACL, providing solution architecture recommendations for data analytics products to integrate seamlessly with the GRC platform for Data-Drive GRC solutions, and a Project Manager with ACL, where he managed consulting engagements and ensured projects were completed on time, on budget and with excellent quality.

Denis Hamel, CFE, CPA, CA, CA∙IFA

Leader of Forensic and Investigation Services
Mazars Harel Drouin Conseils inc.

Drawing on more than 30 years of extensive experience, Denis Hamel works closely with law enforcement, legal counsel and business leaders to address and prevent critical issues. He delivers strong advice and innovative solutions in the areas of fraud investigation, risk assessment-related fraud and damage quantification. Hamel’s expertise includes fraud investigation and damage quantification. He has led numerous complex mandates for civil and criminal matters and testified as an expert in the Quebec Superior Court, the Federal Court, Administrative Court (Labor), Arbitrators and the Quebec Court of Appeal. His experience includes advising creditors, working on look-see and due diligence assignments, performing financial and operational reviews, as well as viability assessments.

Stefan Hoffmann-Kuhnt

President & Managing Director
Pohlmann & Company: Compliance and Governance Advisory Inc.

Stefan Hoffmann-Kuhnt has 29 years of practical international management experience in executive functions at Siemens and SNC-Lavalin in various industries including communications, transportation systems, power distribution and transmission, engineering and construction. He currently advises on the design and implementation of compliance management systems and compliance organizations. His areas of expertise include the implementation of effective, business-related and risk-based compliance processes and tools. Since early 2016, Hoffman-Kuhnt has served as a board member of Transparency International Canada.

Bret Hood, CFE

21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC

After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Bret Hood became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC upon his retirement in 2016. During his tenure with the FBI, he worked many complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the HealthSouth fraud and the Maricopa Investments case. In 2010, Hood was selected to be part of an elite team tasked to develop a new executive leadership program for the FBI. As such, he joined the FBI Academy staff in 2012 and became an adjunct professor of leadership for the University of Virginia teaching classes on leadership and psychology as well as contemporary issues in leadership. Hood has led more than 50 international delegations on behalf of the FBI teaching foreign partners about leadership, financial crimes, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption prevention and investigation. Hood has also worked with various private sector entities facilitating discussions about the psychology, patterns, methods and motives of offenders.

Ken Hughes, CFE, CPA, CMA

Auditor General
City of Ottawa

Ken Hughes is the Auditor General for the City of Ottawa, a member of the Board of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and a member of their Audit and Finance Committee. He is also the Past President of the Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association (OMTRA). He has been engaged in the fields of audit, fraud investigation and internal control review, municipal property taxation, finance and financial management, for more than 30 years. Hughes has worked in public accounting, management consulting and taught in the areas of audit, internal control and finance in private industry and federal and municipal government.

Tyson Johnson, CFE

Vice President

Tyson Johnson is a seasoned risk management executive with global experience in emerging and developed markets. He has expertise in the deployment of proactive Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) for fraud identification, threat reduction and recovery. At BrightPlanet, Johnson is working with the best OSINT practitioners and key partners in advanced analytics – helping organizations gain efficiency and advantage through the development of OSINT solutions across financial services, insurance and brand protection for OEMs..

Andrew Kautz, CFE

Manager, Special Investigations Unit
Great-West Life Assurance Company

Andrew H. Kautz has more than 30 years of investigative experience and since 1991 has dealt primarily with employee theft and fraud investigations. His work has taken him across Canada and into the United States investigating frauds ranging from a few hundred to several million dollars, including loan frauds, Ponzi schemes, phony vendor scams and investment dealer frauds. In addition to investigation, Kautz pursues recovery from perpetrators as well as third parties that may have played a role in the fraud scheme. These efforts include the recovery of funds from Nigeria that had been sent to this country by a dishonest employee in response to one of the infamous Nigerian Letters.

Linda Lister, CFE, CPA, CMA, CGA

Senior Manager

Linda Lister has a diverse accounting background with more than 16 sixteen years of experience in investigating whistleblower accusations, financial statement manipulations, misappropriations of cash, salary sacrifice schemes, ghost employees, check fraud, expense reimbursement schemes and multiple types of procurement fraud. Her expertise in theft and fraud investigations, corporate financial restatement activities, assisting clients in designing compliance programs and reporting to regulators on their corporate governance has been gained through her position as an EY professional as well as through various internal auditing appointments.

Kathleen Lizé, CPA, CA

Director of Internal Audit
Concordia University

Kathleen Lizé has 20 years of experience in internal audit and has been at Concordia for nearly 2 years. Her career in internal audit includes work at RCGT, Gaz Métro and Cirque du Soleil. Known for her ability to thrive in complex organizations, she is responsible for financial, operational and IT audit, as well as ensuring compliance with applicable legislations and standards. Lizé embedded her strategic vision in Concordia’s Internal Audit department which includes a collaborative approach with all stakeholders, an advisory role, and provides valuable and practical recommendations.

Paul McEwen, CFE, CPA, CA, CBV

McEwen Valuation & Forensic

Paul McEwen is a forensic and investigative accountant and business loss investigator with more than 25 years professional experience. In dispute-related matters, he has given evidence and his expertise has been accepted more than 20 times in a variety of courts and tribunals in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. McEwen has testified in court on numerous occasions on cases involving corporate malfeasance and employee misappropriation as well as financial accounting measures.

Dave Oswald, CFE,

Senior Manager
Ernst and Young

Dave Oswald has worked in numerous fields, which have included internal auditor, business analyst, code reviewer, forensics accountant, computer forensic accountant and horse racing betting manager. He has worked in the forensics field for the past 15 years, on a multitude of projects ranging from the investigation of fraud to data analytics.

Simon Padgett, CFE, CPA, FCCA

Head of Internal Audit, Risk & Compliance
Bahrain Finance Company

Simon Padgett is a British-qualified accountant with an MBA from Oxford. He is previously Head of Forensic Services for PwC in Vancouver, Canada and Head/Director of Forensic Services at Protiviti in the United Arab Emirates. He has also held positions of Head of Internal Audit, Risk Management and Forensic Services for large public companies and has worked for the Big 4 accountancy firms including six years at Ernst & Young in South Africa and KPMG in the Caribbean region. His experience crosses the spectrum of forensic accounting, auditing, risk management, corporate governance and more. His career for the last 20 years has had a focus on forensic accounting, and fraud and corruption investigations.

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