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Fighting Fraud in the 21st Century (formerly FIT Forum)

  • Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • 8:40 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Virtual by Zoom (10.0 CPEs)


  • 13% HST will be added at Checkout.
  • 13% HST will be added at Checkout. Any member of the community Fighting Financial Crime worldwide is welcome to attend, including all CFEs who are not members of the ACFE-GTA Chapter.
  • Each registrant receives a $25 discount from Chapter Member or Non-Chapter Member price. Send an email with complete contact information for all attendees to We will contact you.
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Topic (and Speaker)

8:40 am – 9:00 am

Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping
(Kyle Kanstein)

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Fraud Basics: The Triangle, Indicators & Red Flags and Risk Factors
(Melanie Russell)

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Fraud Risk Management and Controls
(Sandy Boucher)

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Fraud Trends and Statistics
(Jennifer Lynch)

11:00 am – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 11:45 pm

Planning an Investigation & Interviewing Basics
(Melanie Russell)

11:45 am – 12:05 pm

Cash-based Forensic Mandates
(Greg Silas)

12:05 pm – 1:05 pm

Digital Forensics
(Ryan Duquette)

1:05 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Cybersecurity, Emails & Fraud
(Sandy Boucher)

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Workplace Misconduct Investigations
(Jennifer Lynch)

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Understanding Whistleblower Protection
(Sandy Boucher)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm


3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Advanced Financial Crime in Canada
(Sandy Boucher)

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Legal Tools & Remedies in Fraud Matters
(Tudor Carsten)

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing comments and Learner Feedback Poll
(Kyle Kanstein)

About the Keynote Speaker:

Melanie E. Russell is the founder of Kalex Valuations Inc. and began professional practice in 1985 at a large international accounting firm. After moving from the audit group into the financial advisory service groups at the large international accounting firms, she developed expertise in various areas including valuation, dispute analysis and resolution, forensic accounting, succession planning and transaction support.  Her clients include a variety of private and public companies of various sizes and across many industries. Melanie placed second in Canada on the CBV Institute/CICBV membership qualification examination. She founded Kalex Valuations Inc. in 1996.

Ms. Russell has been active in teaching business valuations and related topics since 1987 at various universities and professional organizations, and through the preparatory course, she prepares CBV students in Canada taking their national MQE. She has authored various publications including authoring the Business Valuation content of CPA Canada’s Practice Management, Advisory, Compilations and Tax Guide (“PACT”) and co-authoring “Understanding Business Valuation Reports” with Dr. Howard Johnson and “Financial Crimes in Canada: An Overview of Money Laundering and Fraud”, taught professional courses and is a frequent speaker and author on topics in her area of expertise.

Melanie has qualified as an expert in the areas of business/asset valuation, quantification of damages, income determination and forensic accounting. She has testified as an expert in these areas in the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court, the Federal Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Investment Dealers’ Association, the Law Society of Alberta, and the Discipline Committee of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, as well as in alternative dispute forums.

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