Together, Reducing Fraud Worldwide

  • Speakers


    The ACFE Canadian Fraud Conference brings together leading anti-fraud practitioners to share their insights and experience. Past keynotes for this event have included 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.




    Andreas Pohlmann     Andreas Pohlmann
    Chief Compliance Officer, SNC-Lavalin Group

    Andreas Pohlmann has been Chief Compliance Officer of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in Montreal since March 1, 2013. He also is founding partner of Pohlmann & Company – Compliance and Governance Advisory LLP in Frankfurt, Germany. Pohlmann has more than 25 years international experience as senior executive in various industries. From 2007 through 2010, Pohlmann was Chief Compliance Officer of Siemens AG; until the end of 2011 he was Chief Administration Officer and member of the management board of the engineering and construction company Ferrostaal AG in Germany with specific responsibility for compliance. Previously Pohlmann held various senior executive positions at chemical company Celanese AG in Germany and Celanese Corporation in the U.S where he has been member of the management board and a member of the group executive committee. Andreas Pohlmann started his professional career with chemical and pharmaceutical company Hoechst AG. He is a graduate from the law faculty of Goethe University in Frankfurt and Dr. iur. from University of Tuebingen.

    The Globe and Mail takes a look at Andreas Pohlmann's extensive career in "SNC-Lavalin's new sheriff takes center stage". Read the article 
    Chris Mathers    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 (DEA) and the U.S. Customs Service. His experiences posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker and a money launderer are the subjects of his book, CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering. In 1995, Mathers joined the forensic division of KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc., where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations, and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering. In 2004, Chris established chrismathers inc. where he provides crime and risk consulting services, specializing in fraud, money laundering, terrorism and organized crime issues.

    Learn more about Chris Mathers: watch a clip of his keynote address at the 24th Annual ACFE Fraud Conference or read about his experiences the Fraud Magazine article, "In the company of criminals".
    Ed Rosenberg    Ed Rosenberg
    Vice President and Chief Security Officer, BMO Financial Group

    Ed Rosenberg has more than 25 years of experience in consulting with public and private companies, government and law enforcement agencies, specializing in financial institutions in North America, Europe and the West Indies. He has consulted on operational risk matters (including complex litigation, fraud and security), performed detailed due diligence reviews and assisted troubled companies with financial planning and turnaround management. Most recently, Rosenberg is the Chief Security Officer for the Bank of Montreal responsible for leading BMO’s corporate security operations, including investigation, protective services and fraud management (prevention, detection and recovery), ensuring the protection of people, information and property and the continuity of operations across BMO’s operations in line with enterprise priorities.
    James Ratley    James D. Ratley, CFE
    President and CEO, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

    James D. Ratley graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. In 1971, he joined the Dallas Police Department as a police officer. He was a member of numerous department task forces that concentrated on major fraud cases. In 1986, Ratley left the police department to join Wells & Associates, where he was in charge of fraud investigations. He handled investigations regarding internal frauds, conflicts of interest and litigation support. In 1988, he was named Program Director for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and oversaw all aspects of the ACFE's training and education programs. In 2005, Ratley was awarded the ACFE's highest honour, the Cressey Award. He was named President of the ACFE in 2006 and continues to hold the title. Ratley has been selected as one of Security magazine's "Most Influential Security Executives for 2010" and Accounting Today's "Top 100 Most Influential People." 
    Peter Dent    Peter Dent, CFE, CPA, CIA, CA-IFA
    Partner & National Practice Leader, Deloitte Forensic, Financial Advisory, Deloitte LLP

    Peter Dent has more than 17 years of experience practicing in the areas of investigating and providing expert testimony regarding allegations of fraud and corruption with a focus in the global arena, in addition to providing anti-fraud and anti-corruption strategies in the public and private sectors. Between 2000 and 2004, Dent was the Team Leader of the Forensic Services Unit within the Department of Institutional Integrity of the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, leading international fraud and corruption procurement investigations into World Bank financed projects. In addition, Peter has experience working with the United Nations (UNDP and UNPS) evaluating and strengthening their anti-corruption strategies in their procurement processes. He is also currently a member of the Board of Transparency International – Canada and the Alliance for Excellence in Investigative and Forensic Accounting.
    Sophie Cousineau    Sophie Cousineau
    Correspondent, The Globe and Mail

    Sophie Cousineau is The Globe and Mail’s chief Quebec correspondent. She has been working as a journalist for more than 20 years, and was La Presse’s business columnist prior to joining the Globe in 2012. Cousineau earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from McGill University. Her columns appear weekly in the Report on Business.


    Session Speakers


    Alexander De Zordo    Alexander De Zordo
    Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

    Alex De Zordo is a partner in the Commercial Litigation Group, as well as head of the Litigation Department in the Montréal office, a member of the Management Committee, and Regional Leader of the Fraud Law Group. He regularly acts for financial institutions, corporate victims of occupational or external fraud, forensic accountants, security and investigation services, information services and high-tech companies, as well as companies of every size in the context of complex litigation, injunctions, seizures, trials, arbitration and class actions. De Zordo has expertise in all aspects of commercial fraud and corruption, including detection, investigation, prevention and recovery. He also has experience with fraudulent financial statements, embezzlement, bank fraud, financial and securities fraud, bills of exchange, letters of credit, fraudulent transactions, money and asset tracing, money laundering, proceeds of crime, Paulian Actions, unfair competition, IP fraud and counterfeiting.
    Andrew Simpson    Andrew Simpson, CISA
    COO, CaseWare RCM Inc.

    Andrew Simpson, Chief Operating Officer, CaseWare RCM Inc. has close to two decades of experience in the information systems audit and security business; specifically data analytics, interrogation and forensics. Simpson is a regular contributor to various auditing conferences and is acknowledged as a luminary on continuous controls monitoring and fraud prevention. Simpson previously worked with Ernst & Young as an IT Security Specialist and is also the Chairman of Symptai Consulting, a 15 year-old IT audit and security consulting firm with over 150 clients. He has an honors degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies and earned his MBA in Banking and Finance at the University of Wales and Manchester Business School.
    Anne Merminod    Anne Merminod
    Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais

    Anne Merminod is an associate in the Corporate Commercial Litigation Group. She is part of a team that defends corporate clients in litigations files and class action cases of national importance. Many of these cases involve questions of anti-trust and competition law, as well as allegations of cartel behavior, corruption and fraud. She is currently involved in two class actions involving cartel issues, as well as matter involving due diligence, compliance and allegations of corruption that surfaced during the Quebec’s corruption inquiry “Charbonneau Commission” hearings.
    David B. Debenham    David B. Debenham, CFE, CMA
    Partner, McMillan LLP

    David Debenham has been a practicing commercial litigation trial lawyer for the past 23 years. His fraud practice 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.
    Drew Dorweiler    Drew Dorweiler, CFE, FRICS, CBV, ASA
    Managing Partner, Dartmouth Partners Limited

    Drew Dorweiler possesses over 28 years of experience in the valuation of hundreds of privately and publicly-held companies in business valuation, corporate finance and litigation support mandates on a global basis. He has frequently participated as financial advisor in corporate acquisitions, divestitures and start-up businesses and in sourcing financing in North America and internationally. He has testified as expert witness in more than 20 cases before Quebec Superior Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, U.S. District Court, The Tax Court of Canada, Vermont Superior Court and numerous arbitration panels in high-profile, complex financial litigation and valuation matters. Dorweiler graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Dartmouth College. He obtained a dual MBA, Corporate Finance and Accounting, Lubin Graduate School of Business, Pace University.
    James Blatchford    James (Jim) Blatchford, CFE, CMA, FCMA, CFI
    Partner Advisory Services, MNP LLP

    James Blatchford is a partner in MNP’s Investigative and Forensic Services practice in Vancouver. Blatchford draws on more than 38 years of experience, first in policing, followed by his career as a forensic accountant to help clients in the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors, including First Nations, protect their organizations and resolve fraud, other misconduct, and dispute issues. Blatchford’s broad-based experience includes fraud investigations, litigation support, internal control reviews, due diligence and regulatory compliance reviews. Blatchford has appeared before various levels of court as an expert in forensic accounting for criminal and civil cases.
    John Verver    John Verver, CA, CISA, CMC
    Vice President, Product Strategy & Alliances, ACL Services Ltd.

    John Verver, Vice President, Product Strategy & Alliances, has overall responsibility for ACL’s product and services strategy, as well as for relationships with key organizations in the audit and control market. Verver is acknowledged as an expert and domain thought leader on continuous controls monitoring and analytics for audit, risk management and compliance. He is regularly asked to speak at global audit and control conferences and is an inaugural member of the Center for Continuous Auditing's advisory board. Verver was a key contributor to the Institute of Internal Auditor's Global Technology Audit Guide #3 on continuous auditing and controls monitoring. Prior to joining ACL more than 20 years ago, Verver spent 15 years with Deloitte in the UK and Canada where he was a principal and Director of Computer Services with responsibility for IT audit and security services, as well as accounting systems consulting and implementation. Verver is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Consultant and Certified Information System Auditor.
    Messaoud Abda    Messaoud Abda, CFE, CGA, CSI, FICB
    Director, Economic Criminality Program, University of Montreal, Faculty of Continuing Studies

    Pr. Messaoud Abda is an experienced senior corporate manager and instructor with more than 20 years of experience in various sectors of the financial market. Abda has extensive professional expertise in management, finance, governance and accounting with large Canadian corporations, including Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec and Hydro-Québec. Abda is currently Director of the Economic Criminality program at University of Montreal, Faculty of Continuing Studies. Abda runs his own anti-fraud firm, and supports institutions and local government in fraud-related issues. As an expert, he is regularly invited by the media to comment on fraud cases in Québec.
    Nicholas Ciancio    Nicholas Ciancio
    SVP, Solutions Group

    Nicholas Ciancio has more than 25 years of experience in senior marketing and business development positions in the telecommunications and technology industries. Previously, he served as vice president of corporate integration and infrastructure development at an Ethernet networking services provider, Yipes Enterprise Service. Before Yipes, he served as chief marketing officer for, and previously held the title of vice president of new product and business development for US West Communications. Ciancio began his telecommunications career with Pacific Bell, serving as director of marketing, where he was subsequently promoted to executive director of new product development. Before entering telecommunications, Ciancio served as a mathematical statistician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He holds an M.A. in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.
    Norm DeBoer    Norm DeBoer, CFE
    Detective, Waterloo Regional Police Service

    Norm DeBoer has been a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service for the past 23 years and is currently in the Major Fraud Branch in his 11th year investigating major frauds. Prior to joining the Fraud Branch he was a Divisional Fraud Officer and a Tactical Officer on the Emergency Response Team. He obtained a two year Law and Security diploma from Niagara College in 1990. He has taken a number of career orientated courses including French, Psychology and courses at the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College. He has completed numerous police education, interviewing and interrogation courses. He has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Financial Planning Course. He is currently working on an investigation involving a multi-million dollar investment fraud.
    Philip Levi    Philip Levi, CFE, FCPA, CPA, CFF
    Partner, Levi & Sinclair, LLP

    Philip Levi graduated in 1970 from McGill University, obtained his CA designation in 1971 and was licensed as a CPA in Maine, Florida and North Carolina in 1996. In 1992 he was named a CFE and became founding president of the ACFE’s Montreal Chapter in 1994. In 1997 Levi was elected to the Board of Regents of the ACFE and was Vice-Chairman of the Board. In 2007 Levi was selected as CFE of the Year. In 2008, Levi was recognized as “Certified in Financial Forensics” by the AICPA. Levi has been engaged to provide expertise and testimony for the Crown Prosecutor of the Province of Quebec, The Quebec Provincial Police, the Montreal Police Commercial Crime Unit, the Syndic of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec, Federal and Ontario government agencies and numerous public & private Canadian Corporations.
    Reid Lester    Reid Lester
    Lawyer, Partner, Laishley Reed LLP

    Reid Lester is a partner at Laishley Reed LLP in Toronto where he practices in the areas of Fidelity Insurance Law, Commercial Fraud, Banking and Bills of Exchange, E & O, and recovery actions of all kinds. He has extensive experience in commercial fraud matters relating to strategic guidance and to recovery claims, including Mareva injunctions, Anton Pillar Orders, and tracing orders. He also has an extensive background in matters relating to financial institutions concerning bills of exchange issues, breach of trust matters, Canadian Payments Association Rules and bank-related errors and omissions claims.
    Scott Porter    Scott Porter, CA-IFA
    Senior Investigator, Professional Conduct, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

    Scott Porter has been a Chartered Accountant since 2002. Porter has done multiple presentations to forensic accountants across Canada and the United States on how to conduct effective interviews. In January 2012 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 been a Senior Investigator of Professional Conduct at the ICAO for six years conducting numerous interviews with Chartered Accountants alleged to have committed professional misconduct, including fraud. Prior to that, Porter was a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ forensic accounting group and served at PwC for eight years.
    Tyson Johnson    Tyson Johnson, CFE, CPP
    Director, Global Risk Management, ATS Automation

    Tyson Johnson is a well-travelled risk management executive. He has worked in government, global banking and global manufacturing sectors. Johnson has effectively led investigations in Mexico, Thailand, China, India, Malaysia, as well as throughout North America and Europe. He has been a pioneer in the field of developing Open Source Intelligence (OsInt) programs to support risk reduction, loss prevention and recovery for the past decade. As a former intelligence officer, Johnson understands the need for strong information collection and analysis to support proactive risk management. Tyson obtained his Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of International Law & Diplomacy, and has participated in leadership programs including the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
    Vincent Walden    Vincent Walden, CFE, CPA
    Senior Manager - Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services, Ernst & Young

    Vincent Walden specializes in text analytics, forensic data mining and electronic discovery services, and has more than 12 years experience in handling the information management and electronic discovery needs for large scale, complex litigations, investigations and proactive anti-fraud programs. Walden leads teams to help clients discover patterns and anomalies in huge sets of disparate data with a focus on unstructured, text-based data sources such as email and corporate file share networks. Prior to Ernst & Young, Walden spent five years specializing in litigation technology supporting investigative and legal matters, and served as president of a privately funded Internet company.


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