September 24 – 27, 2017 | SHAW Conference Centre, Edmonton

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Day 1
24 Sep 2017

CIA Exam Prep Course: Part 1 — The IIA’s CIA Learning System® Internal Audit Basics

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This Part 1 CIA course is designed to give candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered on the new Part 1 CIA exam. The course will reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by a CIA-certified...
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CIA Exam Prep Course: Part 2 — The IIA’s CIA Learning System® Internal Audit Practice

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This Part 2 CIA course is designed to give candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered on the new Part 2 CIA exam. The course will reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by a CIA-certified...
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Audit Leaders Event (ALE) – Disruption: From Risk to Resilience – Navigating the 4th Industrial Revolution

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Join us for IIA Canada’s 2017 Audit Leaders Event. This event will explore the risks and opportunities in an ever-changing landscape and the role internal audit must play to embrace and enable response to these changes. This session will provoke and inspire audit leaders...
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James Carter
Jane Halford
Nik Nanos
Mary Persson
Cameron Schuler
Claudia Roszell

Half Day Session – Auditing Through Change

It is challenging to deliver reliable assurance that risks are well-controlled in a rapidly changing business environment. 95% of CAEs report that the pace of change has increased over the past three years. Shifting strategies, revenue models, technologies, distribution and logistics channels, markets of...
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Barton Edgerton

CIA Exam Prep Course: Part 3 — The IIA’s CIA Learning System® Internal Audit Knowledge Elements

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This Part 3 CIA course is designed to give candidates a high level introduction and overview of the topics covered on the new Part 3 CIA exam. The course will reinforce your CIA knowledge, clarify topics, and build exam-day confidence. Taught by CIA-certified instructors,...
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Day 2
25 Sep 2017
7:00 - 8:00

BREAKFAST

Opening Keynote – Inside Eco-Challenge Lessons for Survival in Life and Business

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Yvonne Camus, a successful team member in Discovery Channel’s “Eco Challenge” adventure race, shares with us her conviction that ordinary people (like herself) can achieve extraordinary things—if they know the true ingredients of success: grit, teamwork, commitment, perseverance, and enthusiasm for life. Hear how...
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Yvonne Camus
10:00 - 10:30

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Innovating Ourselves and Our Organizations

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Fifty years ago, a company on the S&P 500 would last over 50 years, today, they will be lucky to last 15 years.  Companies are scaling faster and failing faster than ever before.  In a recent Deloitte study, Age of Disruption, in a survey of...
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Kendra MacDonald

Auditing the Human Firewall

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Internal Auditors face constant change, and nowhere is that change more obvious, and sometimes daunting, than in the technology arena.  With new technologies come new risks, and new ways for hackers to exploit those risks.  How can an Internal Audit team, often stretched in...
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Leah White

Will Internal Audit Become the Next Blackberry? What Needs to Change?

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This presentation covers the content in the April 2015 Internal Audit article titled “Reinventing Internal Audit” as well as a December 2016 article in the ACCA Internal Audit Bulleting “Will Internal Audit Become the Next Blackberry? and the Summer 2016 article in Ethical Boardroom...
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Tim J. Leech

COSO Fraud Risk Management – What are Organizations Doing?

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The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released a Fraud Risk Management Guide (the Anti-fraud Guide) in the fall of 2016. They strongly recommend that in addition to the required fraud risk assessment, organizations put a fraud risk management program in...
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Linda Lister

Auditor as an Agent of Change

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This presentation is based on the results of my dissertation research project that examined how some common audit practices and activities can conflict with an organizational culture in a way that creates barriers to change. The presentation will discuss how individuals in the business...
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Lisa Callas

The Integrated Assurance Journey at Suncor

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Suncor has been on a journey over the last 2 years to drive significant maturity across risk and audit. This has involved getting alignment across all of its assurance functions and grounding the assurance work in risk. Additionally, through strong collaboration and business focus, a...
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Colin Foley

Big Data and the Cloud: Just How Vulnerable Are You?

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The increase in sophistication and frequency of cyber attacks on businesses challenges all enterprises and industries – but using Big Data analytics effectively can help boost your business’ cyber security stance, despite being in the Cloud.
Richard Arthurs
Danny Timmins

Building the Fraud Resilience Organization

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This session focuses on building a fraud resilient organization from the top-down.  Through involving the whole organization in assessing fraud risk factors and building a culture of ‘doing the right thing’ organizations can reduce the likelihood of fraud through using fraud resilient design principles....
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Doug Johnson
Eric Lau

Questions Government Auditors Should Ask But Rarely Do

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While the business of government is increasingly complex and characterized by change, change has not come to a lot of government internal audit functions. New approaches and attitudes are called for if we are to remain relevant in the current and emerging public sector...
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Carmen Abela

Why Smart People Make Bad Risk Decisions

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In order to change, one must make the decision to change. All change involves risk as it involves the future, which is uncertain. However, people are biases when it comes to risks. This session hopes to help attendees understand and overcome those biases.
Peter Davis
12:20 - 13:30

LUNCH

Keynote – Innovate & Be Great or Stagnate & Terminate

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The virtues of innovation for business success, have been recognized worldwide, and have never been more extolled than in this age of technological excellence. Some companies that were highly ranked at one time for their products and services, are talked about in the past...
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Adil Buhariwalla
14:30 - 15:00

BREAK

Think Like A Cannibal – Why Digital is Eating the World

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Today, the Climate of Change is that we live in exponential times. What does that mean? Innovative business models and enterprises that were once considered fantastical are not only succeeding, but scaling rapidly. Organizations are challenging the status quo and soaring to billion dollar valuations....
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Shawn Kanungo

The Humble Chief Audit Executive. The “Trusted Partner” Superstar

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This session will focus on progressing the Internal Auditor or Chief Audit Executive from subject matter expert to becoming a trusted advisor superstar in the eyes of the Audit Committee, the CEO, senior management and peers.  Today’s Chief Audit Executive needs to be mindful...
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Doug Johnson
Eric Lau

Seizing opportunities: Enhancing Your Internal Investigation Processes and Protocols

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Many organizations are learning to do more with less. Conducting internal investigations is no different. Organizations are increasing their expectations of the internal investigative teams.  All of this creates opportunities to evaluate the investigative process.  This also means that it continues to be important...
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Gina Campbell

Keeping a Grip on Your Organization: How do You Know What You Don’t Know?

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This session is focused on good governance for leaders of public sector organizations. There are significant risks emerging to almost all public sector organizations, including increased demands for services, less funding available from governments and increased regulatory involvement in many sectors. In order to manage...
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Nick Rolfe

Don’t Go Topless on Risks

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Most well established Internal Audit Departments worldwide use one or the other risk assessment methodology to identify “Top Risks” facing their organizations, and provide assurance on how these risks are managed. However, the focus generally is on Top Risks of a traditional nature. There...
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Adil Buhariwalla

WELCOME RECEPTION

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Join us at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in the Empire Ballroom.
Day 3
26 Sep 2017
7:00 - 8:00

BREAKFAST

Breakfast Symposium – Protiviti: Digitalization and IA

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Digital advances, such as big data analytics, mobility and smart connected devices are radically changing not just business processes, but entire operations. Companies across industries are racing to migrate analog approaches to customer interactions, products, services and operating models to an automated, always-on, real-time...
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Ram Balakrishnan

Opening Remarks & Awards

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Chair – Michael Peppers

Opening Keynote – Global Chair

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Keynote description will be available soon.
Michael Peppers
9:30 - 10:00

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Develop Your Creative Side: Creativity & Leadership

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This session is all about adapting to change and using creativity as a competitive edge.  It will expand on the “Free to Members Webinar” (Jan 10, 2017) session to explore the notion of creativity from the perspective of leadership development.  As David Usher states in his book Let the Elephants...
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Hailey Pinksen

Snitches, Cynics and Troublemakers: Busting Myths about Whistleblowing Hotlines

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Myths about whistleblowing abound – from assumptions about whistleblowers’ motivations to what makes a program effective. In this presentation, Miguel Rueda and Phil Enright will draw on research, industry knowledge, and experience conducting ethics investigations to ‘bust’ some of the common myths about whistleblowing...
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Phil Enright
Miguel Rueda

Governance in the Public Sector – Enabling Transformation

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The public sector across Canada is under increased pressure and public scrutiny to demonstrate that policies and decisions are made in an open and transparent manner and that program and project initiatives are successful and achieving strategic goals and outcomes. The challenge for achieving...
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Rob Crawford

Building Relationships with the Business

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This is a highly interactive session designed for audit leaders and new auditors in charge.  As part of internal audit’s drive to craft its role and deliver strategic value, building business relationships is essential, not optional.  Firstly, audit leaders must identify key business stakeholders...
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Robert Kuling

Transforming Audits and Assurance with a Data & Digital Mindset

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The world today is highly connected, companies are rushing headlong into becoming more digital and processes produce copious amount of data at a lightning fast pace. But, what does digital really mean? What does a data focused mindset look like? How do auditors adapt...
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Rachael Golembuski

A real-life practical Internal Audit Approach to Cyber Security

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Cyber Security is an emerging/changing risk where traditional Internal Audit departments and previous approaches may not be adequate. We used this complex Cyber risk to create a unique opportunity for Internal Audit to showcase the value we can bring to our organization. Many internal...
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Gurmit Aujla

Auditing Oversight in Public Sector Organizations

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We live in an age of intense and continuously heightened vigilance regarding the activities of public sector organizations. The pressures, risks and challenges facing the public sector are both growing and evolving and the machinery of accountability has grown increasingly elaborate at the federal,...
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Yves Genest

Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management Collaboration

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Opportunities for Internal Audit and ERM to provide good corporate governance will be explored.
Annette Bieberstein
Cindy Kailly-Smith

Making Ethical Decisions in a time of Uncertainty

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Hailed by many participants as the best ethics course ever, this session illustrates the challenges in implementing an organization wide ethics policy. People may be at odds between their personal ethical compass and the one developed by their organization.Ethical issues are also associated with workplace...
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Nejolla Korris
11:50 - 12:50

LUNCH

Changing Expectations and the New Professionalism … An Opportunity to Get Ahead of the Curve!

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Internal Auditors are working in a climate of fast and incessant change.  Nowhere is this change greater than in the expectations our major stakeholders place upon us.  These expectations are being influenced by the changing climate in which stakeholders themselves are working and also...
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Archie Thomas

How Leading Practice Internal Audit Shops are Using Data Analytics

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In the last five years many new data analytics systems have been launched that are much more user-friendly than before and internal audit shops no longer need an expert data scientist to start utilizing many valuable opportunities with data analytics. However, they do need...
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Richard Arthurs
Karina Korpela

The Impact on Fraud Risk of Difficult Economies

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The current Canadian economy is quite uneven, with organizations in many parts of the country under significant financial stress.  When organizations are under financial pressure, there will usually be increased pressure to conserve through the close management of costs.  This can mean staff reductions...
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Paul Ross

Paperless Government: What Internal Audit Needs to Know

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Government organizations are “going paperless” to keep pace with our advancing digital world and to promote more efficient operations.  Digitization projects, and projects involving digitization processes, are increasingly relevant for internal auditors, particularly in the public sector. In the federal government, a new service...
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Stephanie Armstrong
Bruce Covington
Hassan (Hash) Qureshi

Panel Discussion: Challenges in the Public Sector – What Can We Learn from Each Other?

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We live in a dynamic world of constant change where auditors are expected to anticipate and, more importantly, adapt to change. Have you ever considered how recent changes in federal and provincial governments combined with challenging economic times in Alberta have impacted the mandates,...
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Omar Rehman
David Wiun
Merwan Saher
Mariesa Carbone
14:50 - 15:20

BREAK

Creating an engaged workforce – getting the most from your millennial employees

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Today’s workplace presents a complicated array of challenges for Managers – the most critical of which is creating and maintaining a highly engaged workforce. Engaged employees are more committed to your goals and will give more effort consistently to support their achievement.Engagement doesn’t just...
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Kathy Parker

Behind the Curtain: A Candid Tour of Information Security & Privacy Deliverables and Standards

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There are few fields as dynamic as Information Security and Privacy.  From the changing attitudes around privacy, to the continuing saga of cybersecurity attacks, understanding the changing landscape in IT Security is crucial.  Auditors must provide valuable, relevant, and timely insight into risks and...
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Aron Feuer

What’s the Connection?

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This session will open the eyes of Internal Auditors to look at fraud in a different manner. Most Audit Departments do consider fraud, but are they seeing beyond the tip of the iceberg. The session will explore if we are living in An Era of...
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Michael J. Fucilli

How to Audit a Strategic Plan

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A strategic plan yields tremendous benefits to an organization but it requires a dedicated attention. For example, considerable time is required to understand the process, elements, and their impact. A comprehensive audit of such a plan will enable auditors to gain deep insights into...
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Lal Balkaran

Can you really do that? Lessons Learned from the Federal Government Peer External Quality Assessment Pilot

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Independent external assessment of the internal audit function is part of a strong internal audit quality assurance and improvement program, required by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Standards, and is a critical component of the system of checks and balances built into the...
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Claudette Blair
Jennifer Robinson
Archie Thomas
Day 4
27 Sep 2017
7:00 - 8:00

BREAKFAST

Social Engineering: The Living Threat in Every Organization

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Human vulnerability is the greatest risk any organization faces in cybersecurity. Social engineering is the ability to manipulate people to divulge information about your corporation.  Discover the various tactics social engineers use to find out more about our organizations and our people. Discover strategies...
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Nejolla Korris

Expanding Advisory Services in Your Internal Audit

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Advisory services performed by internal audit are widely varied and dependent on the leadership of any given audit shop. The Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation issued a publication on Assurance and Consulting services discussing the industry’s perplexing stance on advisory services, including topics...
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Amy Yung

Fraud Risk Assessment – Interesting Facts and How to Effectively Apply the New COSO Fraud Risk Management Guide

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This presentation will cover the new COSO Fraud Risk Management guide that was released at the end of October 2016 as well as discuss some interesting fraud “facts” from the 2016 Canadian and International editions from the CFE Report to the Nations on Occupational...
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Shawn Hendry

A Simple Guy’s Dream to Change the World, One Audit at a Time

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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...
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Jean-François Riel

Identifying and Utilizing Emerging Risks to Create Value

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Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs are not a new concept. Generally speaking, ERM programs are formal frameworks that enable decision makers to identify key risks, assess their likelihood and potential impact, create a response plan and then monitor progress. Many organizations – particularly those...
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James Barr

CBOK – Key Stakeholder Messages

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Moderator: Sheila SmigarowskiIn this session, an experienced panel of stakeholders involved in internal audit’s transformation will examine the evolving role of internal audit moving beyond the traditional internal audit areas and into provision of value added strategic advisory related services.   Stakeholders have been demanding more...
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Stuart Lee
Phyllis Clarke
Jane Halford
Sheila Smigarowski

CBOK – Key Stakeholder Messages

In this session, an experienced panel of stakeholders involved in internal audit’s transformation will examine the evolving role of internal audit moving beyond the traditional internal audit areas and into provision of value added strategic advisory related services.   Stakeholders have been demanding more from...
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Jane Halford
10:30 - 11:00

BREAK

Closing Keynote – Leadership Skills That Can Take Internal Audit to the C Suite

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Internal Auditors have some of the strongest skills necessary to make an impact on their organizations.  These include analytical skills and critical thinking.  While CEO’s appreciate these, they are placing great emphasis on “Soft Skills” such as Communication and seeing the big picture.  This...
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Michael J. Fucilli