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The ACFE Fraud Conference Canada speaker lineup features experts in the anti-fraud industry. These leaders will share their insights and address key issues relevant to you. View a list of speakers currently confirmed for the 2019 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada below.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Mathers

Corporate Intelligence Expert

Chris Mathers has spent most of his adult life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Customs Service. He writes about his experiences posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker and a money launderer in his book, CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering.

At the time of his retirement from the RCMP, Mathers was the senior undercover operator at the Proceeds of Crime Section where he established and operated a number of “storefront” money laundering businesses targeting Colombian, Russian and Asian organized crime groups.

In 1995, Mathers joined the forensic division of KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed president of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc. In 2004, Chris established CHRIS MATHERS INC., which provides crime and risk consulting services.

Diana Kelley

Cybersecurity Field CTO, Microsoft

Diana Kelley is the Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft and a cybersecurity architect, executive advisor and author. At Microsoft she leverages her 25+ years of cyber risk and security experience to provide advice and guidance to CSOs, CIOs and CISOs at some of the world’s largest companies and is a contributor the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR). She was the Global Executive Security Advisor at IBM Security where she built and managed the IBM Security Research Community Newsroom process and was a regular contributor to IBM X-Force research. She is a faculty member with IANS Research, Industry Mentor at the CyberSecurity Factory, and guest lecturer at Boston College’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity program. Kelley serves on the Board of Directors at Sightline Security, the RSA US Program Committee for 2018 and 2019, was an IEEE “Rock Star of Risk” in 2016, keynotes frequently at major conferences and co-authored the book Cryptographic Libraries for Developers.

Michael Ferguson, CPA, CA, FCA (New Brunswick)

Auditor General of Canada

Michael Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada on November 28, 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served in a variety of roles in the government of New Brunswick, including five years as comptroller, five years as Auditor General of New Brunswick and one year as Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Board of Management.

Valérie Ouellet

Senior Data Journalist, CBC

Valérie Ouellet is CBC's senior data journalist in Toronto. She was part of the team who investigated the massive Paradise Papers leak of tax-haven records. Her recent work also includes uncovering large-scale ticket scalping, investigating questionable inmate deaths and documenting a rise of violence in nursing homes. She has been nominated for awards by both the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Fédération professionelle des journalistes du Québec. She teaches data journalism at Humber College and Ryerson University. Valérie has a master's of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax.

Joanna Gualtieri

Whistleblower, Canada Department of Foreign Affairs

Joanna Gualtieri was a pioneer in the whistleblowing movement in Canada, advocating that honest employees must have the right to speak out about workplace wrongdoing that threatens the public interest.

In the 1990s, Gualtieri worked as an analyst at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs. She identified what she believed to be systemic and widespread abuse of public monies for extravagant offshore diplomatic residences in violation of federal laws and policies and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Unwilling to turn a blind eye, Gualtieri brought suit against the government to hold it accountable. In a landmark case spanning over a decade, Gualtieri fought for greater integrity, accountability and whistleblower rights. She was asked to sit on the Board of the Government Accountability Project (GAP) — the world’s leading whistleblower organization — in Washington, D.C. and founded Canada’s first whistleblower organization the Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform (FAIR). Gualtieri drafted federal whistleblower legislation and testified numerous times to Parlimentary and Senate committees.

Currently, Gualtieri is developing TIP (The Integrity Principle), a project to educate and embolden young people about the indispensable role of integrity in vocational life by engaging them in real-life stories of ordinary people living integrity in action.

Zach Dubinsky

Senior Writer, CBC Investigations Unit

Zach Dubinsky is a journalist with CBC's national investigative unit in Toronto. He was part of the international media team that reported on the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers leaks. He previously worked for the CBC investigative program The Fifth Estate and has contributed to most of the major newspapers in Canada. When not chasing down tax dodgers, his areas of expertise include organized crime, political corruption and the courts.

Concurrent Speakers

Chris Rosetti, CFE, CPA/CFF

Owner, Chris J. Rosetti, CFE, CPA

Christopher Rosetti is a forensic accounting/fraud investigator, working with various private and public entities in the resolution of contentious and litigious fraud matters. Rosetti has authored a number of fraud-related articles, has been featured in numerous newspaper articles and television segments, including CNBC. He has testified as an expert witness on many occasions, and has given hundreds of fraud-related presentations internationally. He serves as a member of the ACFE’s faculty, and teaches regularly at workshops and has presented at 10 of the ACFE’s Global Fraud Conferences on a variety of fraud-related subjects. He also served as the Chairman of the ACFE’s Education Committee, and the ACFE Foundation, developed a self-study course and training curriculum for the ACFE, and was an instructor for the CFE Exam Review Course.

Conal Archer, CFE

Fraud, Investigation and Risk Management, IRISS Corp.

Conal Archer specializes in the detection and investigation of fraud, misappropriation, work-place harassment, loss prevention, anti-bribery and corruption, and risk management consulting. His experience includes a career as an Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer and as a senior manager at the professional services firm of EY.

Archer was a member of the RCMP for more than 24 years. He has extensive experience in both provincial, federal and first nations policing and has served Canadians on detachment in Alberta, Manitoba, and had special assignments with major event security in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. He spent more than 10 years in federal policing, including assignments in Calgary commercial crime section, federal and serious organized crime, national security and VIP protective services.

Daimon Geopfert

Principal, National Leader of Security and Privacy Risk Consulting, RSM US LLP

Daimon Geopfert focuses on penetration testing, vulnerability and risk management, security monitoring, incident response, digital forensics and investigations, and compliance frameworks within heavily regulated industries. He has more than 20 years of experience in a wide array of information security disciplines. Geopfert serves as the firm’s national leader for the security, privacy and risk practice, responsible for the development of the firm’s overall strategy related to security, privacy, risk services and applicable methodologies, and tool kits and engagement documentation.

Elizabeth Simon, CFE, CPA

Director, Ethics and Compliance, Cox Communications, Inc.
ACFE Regent

Elizabeth Simon, CFE, CPA, is the director of ethics and compliance for Cox Communications Inc. She’s responsible for managing the ethics hotline and overseeing ethics-related investigations, conducting compliance risk assessments and ensuring that Cox is complying with the laws and regulations relevant to the company. She also oversees the company’s Records and Information Management Program and leads other compliance-related projects.

Simon previously served as the senior internal auditor for Kimberly-Clark in Roswell, Georgia, with responsibility for developing data analytics around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and for other internal audits. Prior to that, she was in Kimberly-Clark’s Global Security department at which she managed the anti-fraud program and investigated both internal and external fraud.

James D. Ruotolo, CFE

Director, Products and Marketing for Fraud and Security Intelligence, SAS

James Ruotolo is the Director of Industry consulting with SAS where he helps financial services companies deploy analytics for AML, Fraud, Risk and Customer Intelligence. Previously, he served as the Director of Products and Marketing for Fraud and Security Intelligence solutions at SAS. In this role, he was responsible for leading product management, product marketing and customer programs for the global fraud and security intelligence solution portfolio.

Before joining SAS, he was the Director of SIU Strategic Operations for the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) for The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he built an analytical and intelligence operation within the SIU.

He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and an internationally recognized public speaker with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Economic Crime Management.

Jean-Charles Plante, CFE, CPA, CA-IFA, CFF

Vice President, RSM Canada

Jean-Charles (JC) Plante is a vice president in the litigation and valuation services group of RSM Canada, providing forensic accounting, investigation and loss quantification services to businesses impacted by expropriations, commercial disputes, class actions and commercial insurance claims. He also assists legal counsel in quantifying damages in personal injury, matrimonial and other litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Plante worked in the forensic, dispute and valuation services teams at several national accounting firms. He has also spoken on issues surrounding fraud, commercial disputes, insurance claims and personal injury at several conferences and provided litigation support on matters before several federal and provincial courts, government enquiries, tribunals, commissions and arbitrations.

Marie Dyck, CFE

Director, Fraud Risk Management, Equitable Bank

Marie Dyck is the director of fraud risk management at Equitable Bank, Canada’s 9th largest Schedule I bank. A Certified Fraud Examiner and a private investigator, she has worked in multiple aspects of financial fraud prevention and fraud loss mitigation for more than 25 years with specific expertise in mortgages, e-commerce, credit cards and debit/point-of-sale. Before joining Equitable Bank, Dyck managed all aspects of mortgage fraud management at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of fraud-related roles at Royal Bank, including leading both credit card fraud and debit fraud operations functions. Dyck founded and continues to be an active participant on the Fraud Prevention Committee at Mortgage Professionals Canada. She currently sits on several Canadian Bankers’ Association Committees. Dyck has been a regular lecturer at the Canadian Police College for more than 14 years and has had the opportunity to present at many law enforcement, government and financial industry events. Dyck actively participates in industry-based initiatives focused on working together to prevent fraud.

Marc Tasse, CPA, CA, CFF, FCPA, CICA

Senior Instructor, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption

Marc Y. Tassé is a senior instructor for the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption. He is a seasoned university lecturer and a guest contributor on economic crimes, fraud and corruption for CBC/Radio-Canada, the Financial Post, and the Globe and Mail. He is also a member of Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Expert Network.

Widely regarded as a leading authority on white-collar crime and recognized as a specialist in proactive anti-bribery and anti-corruption ethics and compliance, Tassé is at the forefront of anti-corruption issues. He has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazine articles and has led conference, consulting and training sessions for publicly-traded companies and organizations, including the Bank of Canada, the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Canadian Integrity Certification Bureau.

Norman DeBoer, CFE

Police Officer, Waterloo Regional Police Service

Norman DeBoer has been a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service for the past 29 years and is currently in rural patrol. He was in the major fraud branch for 14 years investigating major frauds. Prior to joining the fraud branch he was a divisional fraud officer and a tactical officer on the emergency response team.

Rosanne Walters, CFE, CPA, CA, CBV, CFF

Partner, Forensic and Valuation Services, BDO Canada LLP

Rosanne Walters is a partner with BDO Canada LLP. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial advisory services including fraud investigation, litigation support, family law matters, business valuations, insurance claims, due diligence reviews and special purpose auditing. She has qualified as an expert witness and given testimony in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Ryan Duquette, CFE

Founder and Principal, Hexigent Consulting Inc.

Ryan Duquette is passionate about digital forensics and helping to 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.

Duquette works closely with clients involved in workplace investigations and civil litigation matters including intellectual property theft, HR investigation and data breaches. During his days in law enforcement, he conducted digital investigations on a variety of criminal cases including homicide, child pornography, fraud, missing persons and sexual assault cases.

He is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto teaching digital forensics, is a licensed Private Investigator, holds a Master of Science degree in Digital Forensics Management, and several digital forensics and fraud certifications. Duquette is a director for the Toronto chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, has been qualified as an “expert witness” on numerous occasions, and is a frequent presenter at fraud, digital forensics, cybersecurity and investigative conferences worldwide.

Sandy Boucher, CFE

Senior Investigator, Grant Thornton LLP

Sandy Boucher is a seasoned investigator with 34 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Starting his career with the Royal Hong Kong Police, where he worked for more than 12 years attaining the rank of superintendent, Boucher specialized in Asian organized crime, narcotics and criminal investigations. During his time with the force, he received both commissioners and commanding officer’s commendations, as well as commendations from eight overseas police forces including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He managed and conducted a broad range of high-level global investigations, including several that involved corruption during this period.

Boucher came to Canada and the private sector in 1995 and now specializes in fraud and corruption investigations, background due diligence enquiries, asset tracing and recovery. He has led and conducted a wide range of investigations, including a number of high-level corruption probes, and has testified around the globe in both civil and criminal courts. In 2003, Boucher was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for Community Service.

Since 2009, he has worked in the forensic group of Grant Thornton LLP. Sandy’s practice includes conducting large complex investigations and helping companies to prevent and detect corruption and fraud. As part of his practice, Sandy manages the Grant Thornton CARE (Confidential Anonymous Reporting for Employees) whistleblowing program and is a regular speaker on issues relating to whistleblowers and whistleblower systems.

Stan Levitt, CPA, CA

Director, Forensic Restitution

Stan Levitt is a Director at Forensic Restitution (FR) located in Ontario, Canada. FR is a boutique forensic accounting and investigation services firm. Previously, he was a senior manager at a Big 4 firm's Calgary office and was a member of the firm's fraud investigation and dispute services practice. With a background in forensic investigations, Levitt applies his experience in conducting forensic investigations across large, mid-size and smaller companies and other types of entities, including not-for-profits. Levitt consults with clients on various anti-fraud controls, including the benefits of completing periodic fraud risk assessment.

Steven Wilson, MBA, CFE, CFCI, CCE

Managing Director, Hexigent Consulting Inc.

Steve Wilson is the managing director of Hexigent Consulting Inc. He has been working in the cyber/digital forensics consulting industry with more than 12 years of experience in providing digital forensics, cyber security, economic crime and risk mitigation strategic solutions. Combined with several professional and academic certifications, Steve Wilson epitomizes industry best practices within the field of forensic technology. Some of his past clients come from a variety of industries including financial services, law enforcement, oil and gas, retail, legal services, government, transportation and education.

Wilson is also actively involved in the community and is the current president of the Vancouver Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a member of the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Association and the BC Elder Financial Abuse Prevention Action Group. Steve has also developed the recently launched Graduate Certificate Program on Forensic Investigation of Fraud and Financial Crime at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He also continues to assist in the development of post-secondary training opportunities and provides engaging presentations at industry events and conferences.

Thi Nguyen, CA, CPA, CFF

Manager, Business Management, CN Rail

Thi Nguyen is a senior manager – business management of CN Rail, where she is responsible for spending and compliance audits in the operations function. The operations function is responsible for running trains and manages more than 18,000 employees with $212 million in spending, excluding payroll. Nguyen also assists other functions to establish policies and processes as well as coaching and training field personnel.

Jean Turnbull, CFE, CFCI

VP Strategies, Solutions and Innovation, Financial Crimes & Fraud Management Group, TD Bank Group

Jean Turnbull is based in Toronto, Ontario, where the parent company for TD Bank and TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank (TDAMCB) operates. Turnbull leads a team charged with developing and actioning the strategy to address TD's fraud maturity in the current and future fraud threat landscape, formulating strategies and designing innovative solutions to ensure TD is well positioned to detect and mitigate fraud across the enterprise.

Turnbull has also worked with two other Canadian banks in more progressively senior roles. She spent more than ten years with Mastercard Worldwide. Her most recent role prior to departing for TD was as VP, Identity Solutions, Enterprise Security Solutions. This role included leading development and commercialization of consumer-focused biometric and digital identity solutions for Mastercard's North American, Latin American, Caribbean and Asia-Pacific markets. She also served as Director, Customer Security and Risk Services, with a mandate to lead a team that monitored global security trends, identified fraud prevention opportunities and conducted risk assessments for regional initiatives amongst other priorities. During her 15+ year career with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Turnbull quickly rose through the ranks in more senior roles that included enterprise risk, fraud operations, loss prevention, investigations, card product strategy and compliance roles.

Michael Akpata

Team Lead, Public Safety Investigations and Counterfraud i2 National Sales
IBM Canada

Michael Akpata joined IBM Canada after serving more than 20 years with the Windsor Police Service in Windsor, Ontario. Senior Constable Akpata was 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 corporate, individual and credit card fraud-related offenses, and a number of Ponzi schemes.

Dan McKenzie

Principal Solution Architect, SAS

Dan McKenzie has more than 15 years’ experience in fraud and AML and more than 25 years’ experience in financial services. McKenzie has helped countless customers solve their financial crimes challenges, in banking, insurance and government.

McKenzie started out his career in IT, then moved to the business side to help business units implement technology. He moved into financial crimes when consulting at TD Bank on their AML implementation. From there McKenzie joined SAS and was the fraud lead for Canada. He departed SAS for 5 years and gained further experience with TransUnion as director of fraud and ID management and then moved to Royal Bank of Canada as enterprise fraud strategist.

Simon Padgett, CFE, CPA, CGA, FCCA (UK)

Director, DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc

Simon Padgett is a CFE, a British ACCA Accountant with a Canadian CPA and an MBA from Oxford. He is passionate about assisting companies to be more effective and efficient with the resources they have and has more than 25 years of experience in forensic accounting and fraud and corruption investigations, anti-fraud programs and anti-money laundering as well as holding positions of head of internal audit, risk management and corporate governance.

Padgett is currently a Board Director and Director of Forensic Services at DMG Blockchain Solutions Inc, a Canadian company quoted on the TSX. Prior to this he has held positions of head of audit, risk and compliance for a major banking and money exchange group in Bahrain and London, head/director of forensic services for PwC in Vancouver, Canada and head/director of forensic services at Protiviti in the United Arab Emirates. Previously Padgett has held positions of head of internal audit, risk management and forensic services for large public companies and for one of the UAE's largest group of companies. He has worked for the Big 4 accountancy firms including 6 years at Ernst & Young in South Africa and KPMG in the Caribbean region.

John Colthart

Vice President, Growth, MindBridge Ai

John Colthart joined MindBridge Ai in March 2017 in a newly created role, Vice President of Growth, a role designed to shape and execute the journey from marketing to buying that customers embark on in implementing AI. Before MindBridge Ai, Colthart spent his near two-decade career in technology, leading world-class sales and professional services organizations. This started after his departure as a finance and accounting practitioner in 2000 to help grow a startup to 425+ employees and exit to IBM in 2010. During his stay at IBM, Colthart held global roles including running sales enablement, offering management and design, all within the IBM Analytics division. He strives to lead clients to effectively use analytics to change the course of their business.

Vincent Denault, LL.M., CFE

Lecturer, Department of Communication, Université de Montréal

Vincent Denault is a lawyer and CFE. His practice and research focus is on nonverbal communication, credibility assessment and deception detection. He is also research assistant at the Communication and Health Research Center of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), PhD student and lecturer at the Department of communication of the Université de Montréal, co-director of the Center for Studies in Nonverbal Communication Sciences of the Montreal Mental Health University Institute Research Center and an author.

Guest Speaker

Joseph Grmovsek*

Guest Speaker: Convicted Insider Trader*

A former lawyer in Ontario, Joseph Grmovsek is Canada’s first and only individual to receive a criminal conviction and sentence of imprisonment for illegal insider trading activities. He was incarcerated for close to three years in stays that included two maximum security prisons.

*The ACFE does not compensate convicted insider traders.

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2018 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada