September 7-10   |  Toronto

Featured Speakers

Robert Lafrenière
Anti-Corruption Commissioner
Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC)

The Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Robert Lafrenière, was appointed as head of the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) on March 16, 2011. Prior to that date, the Commissioner was Deputy Minister of the Ministère de la Sécurité publique after having worked his way up the ranks of Sûreté du Québec during a successful career, where he held the positions of Director of Protection du territoire (1997–2000), Director of Protection des personnalités (2000–2001) and Director of Services d’enquêtes criminelles (2001–2003).

Christine Gagnon
Nonverbal Communication Expert

Christine Gagnon is a synergologist and an expert in non-verbal communication. She is the president of the Nonverbal Communication Consulting Firm, an associate of Turchet and Associates, Synergologists, and an associate of Les Éditions Propulsion. She also holds the post of president of the Association Québécoise de Synergologie, which aims to protect the method by bringing a code of ethics to synergologists, as well as provide an up-to-date and internationally uniform training method. She has over 10,000 hours of presentations to several firms in different sector of industry such as the Bar of Quebec, judges at the Courts of Justice Act, the National Defence and the Canadian Forces and several governments' ministries and security groups. Her reputation goes beyond borders: she is frequently sought after as a resource person/consultant by others synergologists in France, United Kingdom, Spain, England and the Netherlands. Gagnon is the author of a report entitled "The mouth in its many shapes and forms" and the book To Catch a Lie.

Kevin Donovan
Investigative Reporter
The Toronto Star

Kevin Donovan is the Toronto Star's Investigative Editor and the senior reporter on the team. Over the past three decades, Kevin has published stories on government and private frauds, waste, and exposed problems in charities, the provincial air ambulance service ORNGE, police forces, children's aid societies and numerous other organizations across Canada. Kevin has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has three times won the National Newspaper Award and was given the Governor General's award for public service journalism. He is the author of the Dead Times, ORNGE, and the co-author of Crime Story.

Kevin Ripa
Computer Evidence Recovery, Inc.

Kevin J. Ripa, the owner of Computer Evidence Recovery, Inc, and Past President of the Alberta Association of Private Investigators, is a former member, in various capacities, of the Department of National Defence serving in both foreign and domestic postings. Ripa left the service of the Federal Government in 1991 but continued to serve on an "as called" basis. He is now providing superior service to various levels of law enforcement and Fortune 500 companies, and has assisted in many sensitive investigations around the world. Ripa is a respected and sought after individual within the investigative industry throughout the world for his expertise in information technology investigations, and has been called upon to testify as an expert witness on numerous occasions. He has been involved in many complex cyber-forensics investigations.

D. Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA
Vice President and Program Director
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Bruce Dorris is the Vice President and Program Director for the ACFE and is an advisory member of the ACFE Board of Regents. He is licensed to practice law as well as being a licensed Certified Public Accountant with experience in business valuation and litigation support. As an Assistant District Attorney for the Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dorris created and was the Director of its Financial Crimes Screening Section. He formerly served on the Board of Directors with the National White Collar Crime Center, and was the Vice Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is a Past President of the Louisiana District Attorneys' Association ADA Section, and has worked in the Louisiana House of Representatives Fiscal Division. He has testified numerous times before legislative committees and was a frequent lecturer with prosecutor and accountant training associations.

Cynthia Hetherington, CFE
Hetherington Group

Cynthia Hetherington has more than 17 years of experience in research, investigations and corporate intelligence. She is the founder of Hetherington Group, a consulting, publishing and training firm focusing on intelligence, security and investigations. A widely-published author, Hetherington authored Business Background Investigations (2007) and the Manual to Online Public Records (2008). She is the publisher of Data2know.com: Internet & Online Intelligence Newsletter and has co-authored articles on steganography, computer forensics, Internet investigations and other security-focused monographs. She is also recognized for providing corporate security officials, military intelligence units, and federal, state and local agencies with training on online intelligence practices.

Main Conference Speakers

Allan Atamer
LTAS Technologies Inc.

Allen Atamer has spent the past 15 years working on software engineering, artificial intelligence and text mining. He founded LTAS Technologies in 2011 to make an impact on how the Internet is regulated and kept safe for everyone. The Harmari Tools that are developed by LTAS have helped tax and revenue agencies, insurance fraud investigators, professional licensing boards, and law enforcement with online investigations.

Toby Bishop, CFE, CPA, FCA
Vice President - Practice, Forensic & Investigative Accounting Section
American Accounting Association

Toby Bishop helps organizations to design and implement anti-fraud processes that are aligned with business strategies and risk management objectives established by those charged with governance. Named five times to Accounting Today’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession, he has served as the president and CEO of the ACFE, as the director of the Deloitte Forensic Center and as a partner at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he provided forensic accounting services and helped to develop and implement new methods to detect financial statement fraud. Bishop co-authored the book Corporate Resiliency: Managing the Growing Risk of Fraud and Corruption as well as more than 100 articles on fraud.

Grant Brodie, CA, CPA
Arbutus Software Inc.

Starting at the Deloitte organization and continuing with ACL, Brodie has more than 30 years of experience in data access, audit and fraud analytics. As a founder of ACL Services Ltd., and software architect of the ACL product until 2003, he defined audit analytics for most users. His work at Arbutus is a continuation of his pioneering efforts in the audit analytics field. In addition to fuzzy matching applications, Brodie's research includes visualization technologies, big data processing, continuous monitoring and workgroup collaboration.

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.

Seren Dagdeviren, CPA, CIA
Senior Internal Auditor
Ivanhoé Cambridge

With more than a decade experience in the internal auditing field, Seren Dagdeviren has significant experience in internal control testing, financial, operational, compliance audits, IT, fraud and follow-up audits, as well as SOX 404 compliance testing and reporting. In 2014, Seren was selected as a top 10 emerging leader under the age of 35 by the Institute of Internal Auditors.

David Debenham, J.D., CFE, CPA, CMA
Chair of Supreme Court of Canada Group
McMillan LLP

David Debenham is the Co-Chair of McMillan’s Supreme Court of Canada Group. Trained as both a trial lawyer and a forensic accountant, he has led many fraud investigations over the past 25 years. He is the author of The Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator (3rd ed, Carswell, 2012).

Norm DeBoer, CFE
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 has completed numerous police education, interviewing and interrogation courses as well as the Canadian Securities Course and the Financial Planning Course. DeBoer is currently working on an investigation involving a multi-million dollar investment fraud.

Ken Derakhshan, CFE
Sergeant, Team Commander
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Sgt. Derakhshan is the team leader of a fraud team with the RCMP’s Greater Toronto Area Financial Crime Section. During his past nine 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 non-traditional organized crime groups. As a result of his 22 years in law enforcement, Sgt. Derakhshan has given evidence in various criminal court jurisdictions within Canada, as well as in the State of New York.

Jennifer Fiddian-Green, CFE, CPA, CA-IFA, CAMS
Managing Partner, Forensic and Dispute Resolution Services
Grant Thornton LLP

Jennifer Fiddian-Green is a qualified investigation and forensic accountant and an anti-money laundering specialist. She has investigated, reported and managed numerous fraud investigations involving both civil and criminal allegations. She has testified in criminal court in relation to cases she worked on when she was hired to work with an RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Unit as their in-house forensic accountant. In addition to investigating fraud currently, she also works with clients to understand fraud and money laundering risks, to implement strategies to prevent and detect fraud and to comply with government legislation.

Tyson Johnson, CFE, CPP
VP Business Development
BrightPlanet Corporation

Johnson is a respected leader in the field of enterprise risk, security and investigations, having held risk leadership positions in the global banking and manufacturing sectors. As a seasoned practitioner, Johnson has conducted risk management operations including complex fraud investigations globally, in more than 17 countries. He was recognized by Security Director News as one of the top “20 under 40”, and received his Masters from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Johnson holds industry certifications with ASIS as well as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Matthew Latella
Baker & McKenzie

Matthew Latella has more than 15 years of experience as a commercial litigator. He focuses his practice on all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation, including civil fraud, breach of trust and all manner of contractual disputes. He also has experience working on cases involving economic torts, security enforcement, shareholder rights and remedies, product liability and international commercial law matters. He was seconded to Baker & McKenzie’s London office, where he focused on multijurisdictional fraud litigation and is a frequent contributor to Canadianfraudlaw.com.

Philip Levi, CFE, CPA/CFF, FCA/IFA
Levi & Levi, LLP

During his 43 year career, Philip Levi has testified in court in the Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia court systems as well as federal court in the U.S. and the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, and St. Kitts and Nevis. 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 and private Canadian corporations.

Linda Lister, CFE, CPA, CGA, CMA
Senior Manager, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Linda Lister has more than fifteen years 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. She has provided assistance to governments, not-for-profit organizations, public utilities and a broad range of public sector entities. 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 at Ernst & Young and through various internal auditing appointments.

Andy Reid, CFE, CGA, EnCE, EnCEP
Senior Computer Forensic / eDiscovery Specialist
Ontario Securities Commission

Andy Reid has more than five years of digital investigative experience from regulatory enforcement to criminal code investigations in addition to his 15 years of accounting, auditing and operational experience. He has a deep personal and professional interest in the emerging cryptocurrency landscape, and has made presentations on the subject internally to the Government of Ontario and externally at the 2014 Computer and Enterprise Investigations Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Andrew Simpson
Chief Operating Officer
CaseWare Analytics

Andrew Simpson 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 more than 150 clients.

Shannon Walker
WhistleBlower Security

Shannon Walker is the founder of Whistleblower Security Inc., a Canadian-based global provider of customized ethics reporting services dedicated to safeguarding businesses against risk. Prior to founding WhistleBlower Security, Walker worked in a number of entrepreneurial environments including public multimedia companies, aftermarket products and her own business. Her passion for business and ethical workplaces helped shape what WhistleBlower has become.

Rosanne Walters, CFE, CPA, CBV
Senior Manager
BDO Canada LLP

Rosanne Walters has more than 25 years’ experience in accounting, auditing and forensic investigations. Her practice focuses on forensic investigations addressing allegations of fraud, quantification of economic damages, business valuations, special purpose audits and financial consulting. She has provided expert witness testimony for civil and criminal trials in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and has also acted as a court-appointed special referee.

2014 ACFE Canadian Fraud Conference