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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

Mark Bowden

Body Language Expert
Author of Globe and Mail bestseller Truth & Lies: What People are Really Thinking

Mark Bowden is a body language expert and author of the Globe and Mail Canadian bestseller Truth & Lies: What People are Really Thinking. Inspiring, energetic, engaging and entertaining, Bowden’s memorable talks and training programs not only educate but have proven life-changing for audiences and clients.

A go-to commentator for world media on the body language of leading politicians and public figures, Bowden appears regularly on news and talk shows for CNN, CTV, CBC, Global and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and GQ Magazine.

Henry Tso, CPA, CGA, CFF

Director, Investigative and Forensic Services, MNP

Henry Tso is a Director in MNP’s Vancouver office where he is a senior member of MNP’s Investigative and Forensic Services team in British Columbia. Tso focuses on the investigation of issues related to money laundering, fraud, corruption and conflict of interest, and the resolution of financial disputes. He also provides clients with compliance and risk management services in the area of anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and fraud prevention.

Tso has more than 25 years of experience in money laundering and financial crime investigations. Prior to joining MNP, he was the vice president of investigative services at the Insurance Bureau of Canada and retired as a superintendent and officer in charge with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he led and managed complex financial investigations for the Province of Ontario and British Columbia. He is recognized by the courts, the media and his peers as an expert in financial crime investigations and money laundering.

Ray Boisvert

Associate Partner, Security, IBM Canada

Ray Boisvert has a deep background in national security, as well as his varied experiences in consulting within the realm of corporate risk. At the outset of his career, and after five years in federal policing with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Boisvert joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the assistant director. During his tenure, Boisvert was involved in all aspects of security intelligence operations, such as the leadership of the intelligence assessment directorate, counter-terrorism, as well as driving national security priorities of operational risk, data exploitation and covert operations.

David Common

Host and Correspondent, CBC News

David Common is a host of Marketplace and a correspondent with The National. You'll also see and hear him guest-hosting and contributing to multiple CBC News programs.

As part of the investigative team at Marketplace, he’s gone as far as the backstreets in pursuit of phone scammers targeting Canadians, tackled questionable sales practices in Canada’s funeral homes, located the source of a potential poison inserted into children’s jewelry at factories in China and dived into the problem of food waste in Canadian supermarkets.

Alexander Stein, PhD

Human Behavior and Decision-Making Expert
Founder, Dolus Advisors
Principal, Boswell Group

Dr. Alexander Stein is founder of Dolus Advisors and a principal in the Boswell Group. He is an expert in human behavior and decision-making. Dr. Stein advises executives and boards on psychologically complex leadership, culture and ethics issues. He is also a preeminent specialist in the psychodynamics of fraud, corruption, white-collar misconduct, insider threat and human factors in cybersecurity.

Kathy Macdonald

Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention Expert
Author of Cybercrime: Awareness, Prevention, and Response

Kathy Macdonald is a former police officer with almost three decades of investigative and crime prevention experience. She possesses extensive experience developing and delivering cyber awareness and crime prevention programs for public and private sector organizations. Macdonald’s areas of expertise include online fraud, social engineering, online abuse, social media, cyber bullying, targeted intrusions and privacy protection.

Macdonald instructs cybercrime prevention and personnel security at the University of Calgary. She also works as an associate with Toddington International, where she conducts open source investigations. The Governor General of Canada invested Macdonald with the Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), in recognition for her longstanding commitment to cybercrime prevention and awareness. Her new book, Cybercrime: Awareness, Prevention, and Response, is the first comprehensive Canadian resource on how cybercrime affects individuals, businesses, governments, institutions and organizations.

Concurrent Speakers

Laurent Colombant

Business Development Manager, Fraud & Security Intelligence, SAS Europe

Laurent Colombant has been helping customers tackle financial crime using natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML) and analytics since 1999. After focusing on sanctions screening, anti-money laundering, payment fraud and terrorist-cell financing, he is now working to address continuous controls monitoring. This includes peer-to-peer, travel and expense, know your supplier and insider-fraud modus operandi.

Before joining SAS, Colombant worked on sanctions screening and halt of business for Tier 1 banks using lexical AI. He was the General Manager of the Belgian a subsidiary of Temenos and specialized in scanning and checking SWIFT messages.

He holds an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Michigan and a joint degree in linguistics, econometrics and computing from the University of Montreal.

Jordan Deering

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Jordan Deering is a litigation partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, practicing in Calgary. Over the past 18 years, her practice has focused on all aspects of fraud, bribery, corruption, white-collar crime and investigations. She acts for victims of Ponzi schemes, mortgage fraud, employee theft and other fraud schemes. Deering provides advice to her clients respecting compliance with and investigations pertaining to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. She is regularly called upon by clients to assist in developing fraud and corruption prevention policies and programs, including whistleblower programs, compliance officer training and risk assessment.

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.

Ryan Duquette, CFE

Partner, Security and Privacy Risk Consulting, RSM Canada

Ryan Duquette focuses on litigation support, cyber-incident response, privacy and technology risks, digital forensics and cyberfraud matters. Duquette has been an investigator for more than 20 years and was previously a police officer focusing on cybercrime and fraud cases. Duquette works closely with clients involved in workplace investigations and civil litigation matters including intellectual property theft, human resources investigation and data breaches.

He is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto teaching digital forensics and is a former director for the Toronto chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has been qualified as an expert witness on numerous occasions, and is a frequent presenter at fraud, digital forensics, cybersecurity and investigative conferences worldwide.

Phil Enright

President and CEO, ClearView Strategic Partners Inc.

Phil Enright is President and CEO of ClearView Strategic Partners Inc., a Canadian organization that provides a best-in-class ethics reporting and whistleblower solution to many private and public sector organizations of all sizes. Enright’s dedication and deep understanding of the needs of Canadian organizations informs all of ClearView’s services. He is one of the original designers and developers of ClearView Connects™, and has been with ClearView for almost 20 years. Enright brings to ClearView more than 30 years of marketing and account management experience in the corporate communications and technology fields.

Yannick Gagnon

Investigator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Speaker biography coming soon.

Bret Hood, CFE

Director, 21st Century Learning & Consulting

After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became a member of the ACFE faculty as well as an adjunct professor of forensic accounting for the University of Virginia and Mt. St. Mary’s University. During his tenure with the FBI, Hood 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.

Since 2000, Hood has been a master facilitator who has traveled the world teaching public- and private- sector employees how to develop effective anti-fraud, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs. He has published articles in Fraud Magazine, Compliance and Ethics Professional Magazine and ACAMS Today.

Brian Jacob

Special Agent, FBI

Speaker biography coming soon.

Caroline Lass, CFE, CIA

Lawyer, Advisory Services, EY

Caroline Lass is a strategy, risk management, financial crimes, governance and compliance professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has managed and supported senior executives working in operational, financial, compliance and fraud risks in various industries, including banking, financial services, securities, insurance, automotive, energy, mining, transportation, aerospace and pharmaceutical.

Lass has a wide range of international expertise, including comprehensive regulatory knowledge and sound framework design and implementation to manage risks. Lass is driven to improve process efficiency while generating substantial cost savings and to deliver on strategy with strategic imperatives and actions that are monitored by key performance indicators (KPI).

Roanne Levitt

Senior Security Manager, Commercial Strategy, Nuance Communications, Inc

Passionate for technology that transforms lives, Roanne Levitt has spent more than 30 years innovating, developing and productizing disruptive software products.

In her current role, Levitt is responsible for commercial security strategy at Nuance Communications, defining its biometric, authentication and fraud strategy. Prior to joining Nuance, Levitt led development support and quality assurance for Softimage/Microsoft. She then became vice president of R&D at Engenuity Technologies with a mandate to turn around the company. Five years later, the company’s stock was trading at a 12-fold price increase, leading to its acquisition by CAE. Her next venture was a start-up she founded called Perceive Solutions, specializing in passive voice biometrics. Four years after its inception, her company was acquired by VoiceTrust. Levitt obtained a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from McGill University, and a master of science degree in computer science from Concordia University.

Paul McEwen, CFE, CPA, CA, CBV

President, McEwen Valuation & Forensic

Paul McEwen is a qualified forensic and investigative accountant, and business and economic loss evaluator with more than 30 years of professional experience. In dispute-related matters, he has given evidence and his expertise has been accepted over 30 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 matters.

From 2005 to 2014, he led EY’s British Columbia Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services practice. In June 2014, McEwen established McEwen Valuation & Forensic, a firm focused on forensic and investigative accounting and business valuation applied in a dispute context.

Gerrard McGeachy, CFE, CFCS, CIPP/C/E

McGeachy Law Professional Corporation

Gerry McGeachy is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer. He has been involved in the enforcement of criminal and regulatory law for more than 20 years as a crown attorney and senior enforcement counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission. His law practice is dedicated to defending during regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, and to helping companies and individuals proactively manage their compliance risks, thereby avoiding regulatory sanctions and reputational loss. He has a keen interest in emerging and disruptive technology, and all the potential risks and rewards it brings.

Mark McManus, CFE, CAMS, CTDP, MEd

Chief Solutions Officer, GHLC Inc.

Mark McManus is the chief solutions officer at GHLC Inc., which provides strategic advisory services that include workplace training, corporate governance and strategy, and key-person coaching. McManus is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Training and Development Professional. He earned a master’s of education degree, specializing in workplace learning and organization transformation from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He combines his acumen, expertise and experience with Canadian financial firms, a provincial securities regulator, a Canadian global IT firm, and the Canadian Forces Reserve to help organizations solve some of the complex problems they face.

Basil Orsini, CFE, CIA, CRMA, CGAP

Basil Orsini, now retired, has more than 35 years' experience in large federal organizations, mainly in the field of internal audit. His work experiences involved programs serving Canadians through social spending, revenue collection and government operations. He shares his lessons learned in the areas of health, employment training, taxation, acquisition and real estate, Aboriginal programs and housing. He also worked in a large auditing firm. Orsini held volunteer positions with the ACFE and the Institute of Internal Auditors, where he has published articles and made presentations at conferences on a variety of subjects. He is active in the areas of fraud investigation and internal audit.

Scott Porter, CPA, CA, DIFA, CFF

Senior Investigator, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Scott Porter has been a senior investigator of professional conduct at CPA Ontario for the past 12 years, where he conducts numerous interviews with CPAs alleged of committing professional misconduct, including fraud. Prior to that, Porter served as a manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ forensic accounting group for eight years.

Porter co-authored the article Teaching Interviewing Techniques to Forensic Accountants is Critical, which was published in the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting. Porter is also a member of the journal’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Porter has done multiple presentations to investigators across Canada and the U.S. on conducting ethical, legal and effective interviews. His session at the 30th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference was highlighted on Fraud Conference News. Porter was also featured on the ACFE's podcast in the episode “The Interview Room: Preparation, Evidence and Empathy.”

Beverly Romeo-Beehler, J.D., CFF, CPA, CMA

Auditor General, City of Toronto

As the City of Toronto's Auditor General, Beverly Romeo-Beehler oversees the expenditures of the largest city in Canada, and the fourth-largest city in North America. Her office started one of the first fraud and waste hotlines in government and police have used her work as a starting point for some of their own criminal investigations.

Romeo-Beehler has worked with Auditor General offices across the country at all three levels of government. She has worked as a senior reviewer and investigator of complaints against Canada's national police force, the RCMP, and as a special investigator in the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman's Office. Her 27-year public sector career includes specializing in data analytics, governance and oversight, integrity, ethics, transparency, accountability and fraud.

Miguel Rueda, CFE, CIA, CCEP, CRMA

Director, Audit & Compliance, Air Canada

Miguel Rueda joined Air Canada in 1998 as a customer service agent. He subsequently transferred to the finance branch, where he has held a number of positions in the internal audit division.

Throughout the years, Rueda has gained significant insight into whistleblowing reporting and investigations. He has helped review more than 600 reports received from anonymous sources. He has conducted more than 150 internal investigations and has led over 200 internal audits across Air Canada’s international network. Rueda is the administrator of the company’s ethics reporting program and is a member of Air Canada’s Ethics Committee.

Allan Sammy, CPA, CGA, CIA

Director, Data Science and Audit Analytics, Canada Post

Allan Sammy is the director of data science and audit analytics at Canada Post. He works with internal audit clients across the corporation to provide assurance and advisory services relating to advanced analytics and data modeling. Sammy also leads the development of big data capabilities and the coordination of the internal audit department's analytic initiatives. He has a master's degree in predictive analytics from Northwestern and more than 20 years of experience in risk management, investigations and internal audit.

Prior to joining Canada Post he was the director of fraud risk management at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the head of internal audit at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. He began his career in fraud investigation as an RCMP commercial crime investigator and forensic accountant with Deloitte. He has published articles on Auditing Analytic Models (IA Magazine), Detecting Bias in Analytics (IA Magazine) and using Artificial Intelligence and Neural Network Models for Fraud Detection (Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) magazine online).

Suzanne Solven

Associate Vice President, Audit, Investigations and Quality Assurance, Pacific Blue Cross

Suzanne Solven is the associate vice president of audit, investigations and quality assurance at Pacific Blue Cross. Solven brings more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience to the position. She leads the fraud investigation branch and has developed and implemented a five-year anti-fraud strategy. She also leads the internal audit branch to ensure appropriate controls are in place from an enterprise-wide, holistic viewpoint.

Marc Tassé, CPA, CA, CFF, CICA

Senior Instructor, Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption

Marc Tassé is an investigative and forensic accountant, and an internationally renowned subject matter expert in the fields of anti-bribery and anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.

A seasoned, award-winning lecturer at the MBA level and an ISO 37001 academic expert, Tassé is also considered one of Canada’s leading experts on ethics and governance.

A frequent media commentator and speaker at conferences, Tassé has published extensively in Canada and abroad, and has been quoted in prestigious publications such as The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. David Utzke CFE, CFI, CCE, CBE

Senior Agent, U.S. Government

Dr. David Utzke has a lifelong learning educational philosophy which includes advanced degrees in computer science/programming, forensic accounting, international finance, global macro-economics and cryptoeconomics with 25 years of experience in cryptocurrency technology. Utzke’s interest in cryptocurrencies began in 1990 with the introduction of the first centralized cryptocurrency called Digicash. In 2009, with the introduction of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Utzke began the development of open-source blockchain forensic investigative techniques now used in his work as an agent with the U.S. government. He has led cryptocurrency initiatives involving several hundred cryptocurrency cases over the past five years, major enforcement actions, and trains and supports field agents in ongoing investigations. Utzke also continues to develop his computer coding skills in Solidity used in 2nd Gen DLT SCS (Smart Contract Scripting) and dApps (distributed applications) platforms.

Emily Wilson, CFE

VP of Research, Terbium Labs

Emily Wilson is the VP of Research at Terbium Labs, a dark web intelligence company. Wilson directs Terbium's strategic research programs, where she focuses on the dark web, the criminal economy for personal information and stolen payment cards, and the increasing overlap between fraud and cybercrime. Before her current role, she served as director of analysis at Terbium Labs, where she managed Terbium’s operational analysis team in identifying and investigating sensitive client data on the dark web. Wilson is a Certified Fraud Examiner, a regular guest on industry shows like "The Cyberwire Podcast", and frequently speaks at conferences, industry events, and trainings.

Vincent M. Walden, CFE

Legal, Compliance and Anti-Fraud Technology Innovator

Vince Walden has more than 17 years of experience handling the information management, forensic analysis and electronic discovery needs for large-scale, complex litigations, investigations and proactive anti-fraud and compliance programs. Walden is experienced with providing clients leading anti-fraud-based innovation, research and analytics, including anti-bribery and corruption analytics, Fraud Triangle analytics and statistical anomaly detection. He has been featured in many publications including Fraud Magazine, Internal Auditor Magazine, Compliance Week, Forbes, The Economist, ABC News Online, CNBC and other leading publications.

Vladimir Yasenovskiy, Ph.D., CFE

Manager of Advanced Analytics, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Vladimir Yasenovskiy is a manager of advanced analytics at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). He has been working in the field of predictive analytics and machine learning for more than 15 years and applied analytical methods for risk management, marketing, product management, finance and sales. For the past four years, he has been applying advanced analytical methods for fraud risk management. In 2011, he received a doctoral degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining OLG, he worked as an analyst at the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.

Martin Mueller

Senior Ethics and Integrity Compliance Executive

Martin Mueller, formerly the chief compliance counsel for Nexen Inc., is a senior ethics and integrity compliance executive specializing in integrity and compliance programs and training. Throughout his corporate and legal career, he has focused on advising senior management and boards of directors on business legal and compliance issues. Mueller is skilled at overall ethics and integrity, including policy development, development of business codes of conduct, programs to maintain corporate culture, effective integrity messaging as well as employee training. He has experience overseeing the operation of an anonymous employee helpline, including review and triage of allegations and the coordination and management of required incident investigations. He oversaw policy revisions and that special education programs were effectively implemented. Mueller has extensive experience developing and managing leading-edge anti-corruption programs and training.

He is a past member of the board of directors of Transparency International Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian ISO Mirror Committee: Anti-bribery Management Systems that worked on the development and implementation of an international ISO 37001 Anti-bribery Management System standard.

Simon Marchand, CFE

Chief Fraud Prevention Officer, Security & Biometrics Division
Nuance Communications

Simon Marchand is the chief fraud prevention officer of the security and biometrics business unit within Nuance Communications’ enterprise division. He has extensive expertise in fraud prevention, detection, security and authentication in both the banking and telecom industries. Prior to Nuance, Marchand held key fraud prevention positions at Montreal-based Laurentian Bank, Bell and most recently Québec’s Order of Chartered Administrators, where he managed its professional inspection program.

Marchand works closely with Nuance clients to design biometric-based authentication and fraud prevention strategies that disrupt criminals while reducing effort and friction for legitimate customers.

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