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Chapter Events

The GTA Chapter CPE Program year runs from September through June.  Professional Continuing Education (CPE) sessions are a combination of:

(1) Regular dinner/lunch or virtual speaker meetings

(2) the annual Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT) Forum

(3) the annual September Workshop, and

(4) other workshops and seminars as available.

    • Monday, September 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)

    Chapter Members MUST LOG-IN to the GTA Website in order to obtain the special member pricing.

    DAY ONE (Noon - 4 pm) – Setting Expectations
    Understanding Hidden Impacts of Fraud

    Everyone needs a reminder about fraud and fraud case. Who are the likely culprits? What are the common schemes? How do clients (victims) often react? What can we learn from whistleblowers? We will set the stage for the entire conference by starting with great stories and a reminder why the basics are the foundation of every successful fraud investigation.

    Think Like a Forensic Accountant
    Professional Skepticism. What does it REALLY mean? It’s a requirement under most professional standards, but how does one “practice” it? In this course, we will use examples of actual documents and verbatim interactions that helped this forensic accountant turn otherwise ordinary “internal control review” engagements into fraud examinations uncovering losses in the millions.

    Planning for Success
    We will discuss the importance of setting intentions in every professional interaction and the keys to a successful investigation every single time.

    DAY TWO (Noon - 4 pm) – Nuts & Bolts
    Understanding Accountant Speak/Document Management

    Having trouble speaking the same language as the accountants? Perhaps you are law enforcement or a non-accountant entering into the world of fraud investigation. Unsure about the key documents you need for your case? Don’t know the difference between profit, revenue and income? You aren’t alone!

    In this session, you will gain an easy understanding of accounting basics and key information gleaned from these documents. Discussion will also center around properly managing documents during and after a case.

    Making your Case with Microsoft Excel
    Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful data analysis tools available to the practitioner and is available on most personal computers with the purchase of Microsoft Office products. Although there are many other powerful data analysis programs available on the market, they are often cost prohibitive and require a high level of training and usage to become proficient. Excel can do much of the analysis necessary to perform professional engagements. In this session, attendees will discover some of the most powerful tools in Excel and learn about an inexpensive ($39) add-on called KuTools that can take your data analysis and final deliverables to the next level.  

    DAY THREE (Noon - 4 pm) – Let’s Get Real
    Interviewing Skills for Auditors

    Your professional standards require you to consider the risk of fraud in an organization and to rely on interviews of management and staff to satisfy this requirement. In this course we will talk about the fact that just 4 percent of all frauds are discovered by external auditors, examine the reasons why those statistics are so low, and incorporate ways to bring more success to the informational interviews you conduct as an auditor. Attendees will learn what an “interview” is, how to overcome what Tiffany calls “The Scarlet Letter ‘A’” (A is for Auditor!), and learn the basics of verbal and nonverbal cues, structuring questions, and understanding the dynamics of setting up an appropriate interview setting.

    Ethics for Fraud Examiners
    We will cover the ACFE Code of Professional Conduct, including examples of what to do and not to do during a fraud examination.

    DAY FOUR (Noon - 4 pm) – Let’s Practice
    Case Studies

    Expense Reimbursement Fraud Case Studies

    Luxury vehicles, fine Italian suits and shoes, expensive vacations and children in the best private schools. The lifestyles of executives making high six-figure salaries…or the lifestyles of fraudsters? Expense reimbursement fraud is common, but is it easy to find? Learn how multi-million-dollar expense reimbursement fraud schemes were perpetrated against this fraud examiner’s corporate clients for many years – and how questions regarding small expenses uncovered major losses. We will explore the most common types of expense reimbursement fraud, tools to investigate whether expenses are legitimate, and the evidence used to close the case.

    Cash Skimming Scheme Case Studies
    Chances are, you've caught a potential cash skimming case, but these off-book frauds are difficult to prove, especially with little to no documentation. We will break down various cash skimming cases successfully prosecuted as a result of this forensic accountant's investigations.

    Cash Disbursement Scheme Case Studies
    According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Report to the Nations, a typical Fraudulent Disbursement Check Tampering Scheme incurs losses of more than $150,000 by the time it is discovered and are one of the #1 fraud schemes discovered. We will review the most common of these schemes, identify the common documents needed to identify these schemes and work through various actual prosecuted cases.

    Click on the link to learn more about our Workshop Leader: Tiffany Couch


Past events - If provided by presenter, slides/handouts are only available to GTA Chapter Members when they are logged-in to website

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 Biometrics: Applications in Fraud Prevention, Detection & Investigation with Simon Marchand, Nuance Communications (1 CPE)
Thursday, April 22, 2021 FIT 2021 (Fraud Investigation Techniques) 7.0 CPEs
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 Emerging Trends Impacting Investigative Interviewing & COVID-Related Fraud Update (3 CPEs)
Monday, February 08, 2021 Advancing Your Career in Fraud & Financial Crime Prevention (for Seneca College)
Thursday, February 04, 2021 A Review of the 2020 Report to the Nations & A Primer on the CFE Credential (for Seneca College)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Non-Verbal Communication, Biases & Video Interviews with Vincent Denault...Chapter 2021 Kickoff (1 CPE)
Thursday, November 26, 2020 Planning Your Next Career Move (for Chapter Student Affiliates)
Monday, September 21, 2020 Annual Sep (Online) Workshop: "Current Topics for Fraud Examiners" (with Nejolla Korris)
Thursday, April 02, 2020 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2020) Forum
Thursday, March 26, 2020 Student Affiliate Networking Evening (Cancelled due to COVID)
Wednesday, October 02, 2019 Understanding & Living Ethics in a Fast-Paced World
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Understanding & Investigating Fraud Perpetrated by Management (with Janet McHard & Beth Mohr)
Monday, June 10, 2019 The Connection Between Fairness and Effectiveness in Investigations - Presented by: Gerry McGeachy
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2019) Forum
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 January 2019 - Monthly Event - Sponsored by SAS Canada
Monday, October 15, 2018 Ethics Matters (with Dr. Jim Read, Executive Director of Salvation Army Ethics Centre)
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 Anatomy of An Investigation (co-hosted with CPIO)
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Ethics & Trust in a Digital Age (with Narayanan Vaidyanathan, Head-Business Insights at ACCA)
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Health Care Fraud: A Prescription for a Solution (with Andrew Kautz)
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2018) Forum
Monday, February 26, 2018 AML & Financial Crime in Canada - A 2018 Update (with Mark McManus)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Assessing the Risk of Fraud (with Linda Lister)
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Cybercrime: Insurance Coverage Issues & Options (with Reid Lester)
Friday, September 22, 2017 How to Detect if Someone is Lying (with Nejolla Korris)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Employee Dishonesty and the Role of Ethics Training (with Andrew Kautz)
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2017) Forum
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Defending your Digital Data (with Ryan Duquette)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Cybercrime & Digital Forensics Workshop (with CPIO)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Where Have All the Fraudster Gone? (with Ross Dunsmore)
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Understanding the Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing Risks in Canada (with Mark McManus)
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Health Fraud - Recognize It, Report It, Stop It (with OPP Detective Staff Sergeant Dorian Dwyer)
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 Doing the Right Thing (Part II) with Dave Oswald
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2016) Forum
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Doing the Right Thing (Part 1) with Dave Oswald
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Digital Evidence & Data Security (with Alex Fishbein)
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Contemporary Fraudulent Schemes (with Alexander Fishbein)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Fraud & Money Laundering from a Legal Perspective (with Stephen McClyment)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Fraud: Not On My Watch...Think Again! (with Colleen Basden & Diane Del Monte)
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2015) Forum
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Skepticism: The Primary Weapon in the Fight Against Fraud (Daniel Edwards & Chantal Gabriele))
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 The Cybercrime Game: How Are You Playing? (with Peter Yien)
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Risk Management & Fraud (with Derek Rostant)
Thursday, February 26, 2015 Keeping the "F" Word off Construction Sites: Current Issues Related to Construction Fraud (with Denise Bambrough)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Understanding Fraud Through Real-Life Investigations (with Linda Lister)
Thursday, November 27, 2014 Five Fraud Issues for 2015 (with Toby Bishop)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 People's Tweets Can Sing a Different Tune (with Michael Thompson & Craig D'Souza)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2014) Forum
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 WSIB Fraud: The Do's and Don'ts (with Brian Sartorelli)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Procurement Fraud: Strategies for Prevention, Early Detection, & Response (with Denise Bambrough)
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Negiligent Fraudulent Investigation & Malicious Prosecution (with Reid Lester)
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 The Future of Fraud Fighting (with Jerrard Gaertner)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 A Comparison of Civil and Criminal Fraud Proceedings (with Elissa Sinha and Chris Devereux)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Spotting Deception in Written Statements (with David Oswald)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Funding Fraud Recovery Litigation (with Norm Groot)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Fraud Investigation Techniques (FIT 2013) Forum
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 A Four Million Dollar Fraud Case Study (with Karen Blau of Scout Intelligence)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Digital Forensics: An Investigator's View (with Sandy Boucher)
Thursday, March 28, 2013 Employee Fraud: Avoiding Backlash to the Investigation (with Andrew Kautz)
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 Employee Fraud: Detection, Investigation & Response (with Denise Bambrough & Elissa Sinha)
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Fraud & Corruption in the Construction Industry (with Edward Nagel)
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