Toronto to Host Canada’s Largest Gathering of Fraud Fighters



ACFE Fraud Conference, September 7-10, places focus on best practices, prevention


AUSTIN, Texas, USA (August 4, 2014) — Hundreds of professional fraud fighters from around Canada will gather next month at Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre to share best practices in fraud prevention and detection at the 2014 ACFE Canadian Fraud Conference, September 7-10, 2014. Digital currencies, e-commerce and new laws and regulations will be among a wide range of timely fraud training issues on the agenda.


Conference highlights include:


Québec anti-corruption commissioner Robert Lafrenière will describe the different actions that have been taken by the Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC) to counter collusion, breach of trust, embezzlement and wrongdoing that create harm to the national economy. He will address the mandate that was given to the anti-corruption unit, namely prevention aimed at a culture in public organizations where corruption habits are sometime still well-anchored.


The conference offers four tracks with 26 unique educational sessions (including keynote presentations) – an increase over the two tracks offered at last year’s conference.


In her keynote address “How to Manage Interviews and Question According to Gestures,” nonverbal communication expert Christine Gagnon will instruct on how to interpret body language cues to make fraud examination interviews more effective.


Kevin Donovan, investigative reporter for The Toronto Star, will share his insights from years of reporting on government and private frauds, waste and abuse.


Other featured speakers include computer evidence recovery expert Kevin J. Ripa, EnCE, CDRP, CEH, who will present "Computers: Breaking the Law, Avoiding Nasties and Protecting Data," and Anthony Hannem, vice president, global security & investigations for TD Bank.


ACFE Vice President and Program Director Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, , will discuss the findings from the 2014 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse.


The event will begin with a pre-conference session on Sunday, September 7: “Incorporating the New Social Media in Fraud Examinations.” Cynthia Hetherington, CFE, president of the Hetherington Group, will explain how new resources are continually becoming available for use in online investigations as the Internet evolves.


The main conference will commence on Monday, September 8, and continue through Wednesday morning. The audience will include a wide variety of professionals including CFEs, investigators, auditors, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and other security, risk and compliance professionals.


The expansion to four tracks is “groundbreaking,” and offers an unparalleled increase in learning opportunities and more flexibility for attendees, said ACFE Education Manager Allan Bachman, CFE.


“The 2014 ACFE Canadian Fraud Conference has more anti-fraud educational opportunities than any conference being offered in Canada,” Bachman said.


The latest statistics from the ACFE, the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and leading provider of anti-fraud training and education, lend a sense of urgency to the conference. According to Report to the Nations, companies worldwide lose an estimated 5 percent of revenues to fraud – with the typical fraud case in Canada resulting in a median loss more than CAD 270000.


Discount registration for the conference is available through Aug. 7, 2014. For more information on the agenda, speakers and location, visit



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