A Simple Guy’s Dream to Change the World, One Audit at a Time
The profession’s profile took a distinct turn with corporate and federal government scandals around the new millennium. Internal audit has embraced the challenges of the day, and turned them into an opportunity to further help organizations improve their management frameworks. The world of Internal Audit remains in constant evolution and must adapt to maintain relevance for senior managers.
Since then, there has been substantive evolution in the profession, as witnessed by a number of revisions to the IIA’s IPPF. In Canadian federal government circles, this has been echoed by a continued effort to “get audit right”, with significant growth and increasing sophistication of the government’s IA community, as well as improvements in the quality of the framework supporting the function.
This session will take the audience through the amazing evolution of the profession, and bring it home to my own experience as a career auditor and change agent. In particular, I will cover some of the key changes that I have implemented in internal audit functions in my current role as Director General Audit at the Department of National Defence, as well as from prior work experiences. My objective is to inspire the audience on the power of relentlessly striving to improve things within our audit function in order to provide more value added to the Department, and enhance our credibility and effectiveness. I would hope that the audience would leave the session with useable takeaways and the inspiration to “try this at home”. Everyone can make a difference, and the audit profession certainly offers the perfect platform to explore such opportunities to change the world, one audit at a time.