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  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    Toronto, Ontario

    Bill Vasiliou, President, of the ACFE-GTA Chapter is pleased to announce that Ross Dunsmore, of Dunsmore Law, CP, has agreed to be appointed Counsel to the ACFE-GTA Chapter.

    Ross obtained his Honours B.A. from McGill University in 1970 and his LL.B. from Queen's University in 1973. He joined Hicks Morley as their first law student in 1973 and was admitted to the bar in 1975.

    Throughout his distinguished career, Ross has practiced exclusively management labour relations law and is well-known in that field. He developed specialties in change management, reorganization, amalgamations and contracting out issues. 

    In 2006, Ross Dunsmore opened his own law practice, Dunsmore Law.  He continues to be a sought after lecturer across Ontario on Human Resource subjects. Ross is also Counsel to the Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario.

    In announcing the appointment, Bill said, "We are thrilled to be able to welcome such an experienced and distinguished lawyer to the Chapter team."

  • Monday, September 30, 2019 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    Toronto, Ontario

    William (Bill) Vasiliou, President of the ACFE-GTA Chapter is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved his recommendation that Mr. Julian Wong, BAFM, MAcc, CPA, CA, CFE join the Chapter Board of Directors. The appointment is effective immediately.

    Mr. Wong, who recently begun volunteering for the Chapter, is currently with President's Choice Financial in the Investigations & Operational Risk Management area. Julian graduated from the University of Waterloo Honours Bachelors of Accounting and Finance (BAFM) Co-op Program and went on to complete his Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree at Waterloo. He has also earned his CPA, CA, and CFE designations.

    Julian has workplace experience with the United Way of Greater Toronto, as well as PwC Canada. He was a Teaching Assistant for 3 years while at the University of Waterloo, and met the academic achievement required to be placed on the Dean's Honour List. Also, Julian has earned all three levels of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold).

    In commenting on the Board's ratification of the recommendation, Bill said, "I am thrilled to welcome Julian to the Board. His appointment will help to ensure an effective and efficient operation of the Chapter going forward, by ensuring we have an odd number of directors, and given the departure of our Treasurer some time ago, Julian is well-placed to fulfill that role when a new president is elected and the incoming board of directors assumes responsibility for the Chapter later this week."

    The Chapter will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on October 2, 2019, at the BMO Conference Centre, 3550 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, Ontario. The incoming board of directors will elect a new president at their first meeting following the AGM, and Bill Vasiliou will transition to the role of Immediate Past President.

    The Chapter is hosting an Ethics Training Day following the AGM, which is now completely sold-out!

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    Toronto, ON:
    The Eyeopener, one of Ryerson University's student newspapers approached the ACFE-GTA Chapter for clarification on MLM schemes and Pyramid schemes, and the Chapter was able to provide some information on what anyone should do when they are approached to invest money or participate in such schemes. You can read The Eyeopener article by clicking on the link below:

    It is important for anyone being approached to invest money in or participate in any such program or scheme – the students at local universities in this case -  to do their research before signing up for any such MLM schemes.

    It is important to learn more about the company, their track record, and the products they are selling. One tool is to do an internet search with the name of individual who is approaching you, and another search on the company itself, and include words like “review,” “scam,” or “complaint.” Also, look through several pages of the search results – don’t just look at the first page. It is also helpful to look for articles about the company in newspapers or magazines that report on or are supported by the specific market segment. Things to learn include:

    • How long the company has been in business
    • Whether the company has a positive reputation for customer satisfaction
    • What the buzz is about the company and its products on blogs or websites
    • Whether the company has been sued for deceptive business practices
    • Whether the respective provincial ministry has any complaints about the company; however, a lack of complaints does NOT guarantee that a company is legitimate.

    NEVER sign a contract and NEVER pay any money during their first or second meeting with these people. AND…NEVER rush into making a decision, no matter how lucrative or time-limiting the offer may be. Remember…if it sounds too good to be true, it will NOT end well for you!

    • Obtain a copy of any agreement or contract in writing, and up-front.
    • Understand what you are being asked to join…get the compensation structure, what your costs are going to be, reliable support for the marketing claims about how much money you can make; how to get out of the contract or obligations and what it will cost to leave.
    • Avoid anything where the commission or reward for recruiting new “distributors” is more than the price of the products you are going to sell. This is a sure sign of a pyramid scheme!
    • And finally… and get some legal advice BEFORE signing or agreeing to anything.

      In the case of the local university students, perhaps a Business Law professor or Marketing professor would share their thoughts over a cup of coffee.

    Also, it is important to remember that you will most probably end up targeting your family and friends with these products or schemes.

    And, with all the levels of promoters up-the-chain, the cost to the end-user could be significantly higher than if they purchased a similar product in a retail store or online, say at Amazon…Don’t alienate your family or friends…These things also tend not to end well.

  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    The annual Canadian Association of Special investigation Units (CASIU) held their annual conference at the BMO Institute for Learning Conference Centre on Tuesday September 17, 2019...and the ACFE-GTA Chapter was there as a sponsor, along side the Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario (CPIO).

    In the picture, ACFE-GTA Chapter President, Bill Vasiliou, is staffing our joint table with Peter Grace, the CPIO President. By all accounts, it was a great conference!

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    Toronto, Ontario: The ACFE-GTA Chapter announced today that all attendees to their Ethics Training Day on October 2, 2019 at the BMO Conference Centre (3550 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, Ontario) will have their name placed in a draw to win one free registration to the 2019 ACFE Canadian Fraud Conference being held in Montreal, Quebec from October 20 to 23, 2019. The one lucky winner will be drawn at the Ethics Day event. The value of the prize is $1,425.00!

    The 2019 Conference Agenda has now been finalized. Learn more here.

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:34 PM | Anonymous

    Updated September 20, 2019
    Toronto, ON:

    New Board of Directors
    Effective October 2, 2019, following the Chapter's Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors, whose term runs from October 2, 2019 to September 30, 2023, will consist of the following volunteer members:

    Colleen Basden
    Dorian Dwyer
    Penny Hill
    Andrew Kautz
    Jordan McManus
    Mark McManus
    Kathleen Watson
    Ryan Duquette
    Elodie Goncalves
    Kyle Kanstein
    Christine Stevens-Gopsill
    Timothy Zimmerman
    William Vasiliou (Immediate Past President)

    Board Size
    The Chapter Bylaws state that the Board can set the number of directors on the board; however, the requirement is for no less than three members. In early September, 2019, the current Board of Directors passed a resolution to define the size of the Board to be "no more than thirteen members."

    The rationale of setting an upper limit for the board is the Chapter's need to benefit from a diversity of expertise, a depth of experience, and a breadth of organizational connections, so that we can continue to achieve our Core Purpose and Vision. Should the number of directors decrease from time-to-time, no further board resolutions will be required. The Board felt that going forward, a maximum of thirteen members would be the upper-limit for a manageable and effective board.

    Nominee Vetting Process
    As an established practice, the Chapter has a process whereby all potential nominees for the ACFE-GTA Chapter board of directors are interviewed by an executive officer of the Chapter before their nomination is finalized.

    Usually, it is expected that a nominee will have been a volunteer with the Chapter for at least a year, either as a (non-board member) committee member or in another such role, before they are considered for a position on the board. This requirement, which is common practice among similar non-profit, professional organizations, allows the Chapter member to become familiar with the operations of the Chapter and the expectations of board members, as well as allows the Chapter executive to get to know the volunteer and their ability to contribute to the core purpose and vision of the Chapter. Where a potential nominee has not met that requirement, then they are first offered a non-board member role in the Chapter, say as a committee member.

    Chapter Governance
    Over the past few months, the current Board of Directors has been busy refreshing the governance structure of the Chapter. The Chapter Bylaws have been updated and approved by both the Board of Directors and the ACFE World Headquarters in Austin, Texas. Some of the important changes to the Bylaws include the updating of our name from the Toronto Chapter to the GTA Chapter (Greater Toronto Area); the clarification of election processes; the transitioning of the role of Director of Training to Senior Vice-President, Professional Development and the inclusion of that role as an officer of the Chapter; and the appointment of the Executive Vice-President (formerly the Chapter Vice-President) as the Chapter Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Technology Officer. The Board has also updated the Chapter's Core Purpose and Vision statements.

    A number of new Chapter policies were approved, including an Anti-Corruption & Anti-Bribery Policy, a Privacy Policy, and a Technology & Administration Policy. The Board has developed and approved a Chapter Board Member Agreement, a Chapter Committee Member Agreement (for non-board committee members), and updated the Personal information Protection Agreement, as required by Canadian law. The Board has also approved position descriptions for board members, committee members (who are not board members), as well as all five officer roles.

    You may read these documents on our website at:

    Election of the President and Officers

    As per the Chapter Bylaws, at their first board meeting following the AGM on October 2, 2019, the new Board of Directors will elect a new president, who will be one of the thirteen board members. This secret ballot election process will be conducted by Bill Vasiliou, current Chapter President with the assistance of the new Chapter Administrator, Deborah Thompson. Bill will be transitioning to the role of Immediate Past President following the AGM. Bill will introduce the new President to those attending the Ethics Day Training seminar being held on October 2nd (starting at 9 am), following the AGM, at the BMO Conference Centre in Toronto.

    Then, over the following week or so, the new President will compile a list of board members who have either self-identified or agreed to be appointed to officer roles (i.e., Executive Vice-President, Senior Vice-President, Professional Development, Secretary and Treasurer).

    Also, the President may approach some directors to take on some non-officer roles, such as membership, professional association liaison, community outreach, or website support, mentorship & certification, etc.  The President will then present the list to the board for ratification at the next board meeting. Appropriate announcements will be made in due course, so make sure you watch this space for more news!!

    Bill Vasiliou, the present ACFE-GTA Chapter President expressed his great pleasure with the response from Chapter members to serve on the board, when he recently said "We've been very lucky to have a strong set of candidates come forward to join the existing board members who have stood for re-election. We also have received interest from a couple of members to volunteer for the Chapter in non-board roles! I am excited about the Chapter's future as I transition to the role of Immediate Past President of the Chapter!"

    Bill went on to say, "I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Astra Williamson and Ryan Watt for their long service on the board. Their passion, commitment, dedication, and contribution to the Chapter and the ACFE in general will be missed. However, we look forward to their continued support of the Chapter as members. Penny Hill is transitioning out of the Chapter Administrator role, a position she has held for a significant number of years, as she looks forward to a well-earned retirement. Penny has, in many ways, been the "bedrock" of our Chapter and we are grateful for her devotion to our work. Penny has decided to stay on as a director of the Chapter and we are thrilled to be retaining her expertise and knowledge as we move forward."

    As a final comment, Bill expressed his thanks to Mark McManus, a member of the board and the Director of Mentorship & Certification, for the significant work that has been done in updating the Chapter's governance structure. "Mark led the effort to refresh our governance structure and we now have a solid foundation going forward. He covered a lot of ground and on behalf of the Board, I extend my sincere thanks for a great job."

    About the ACFE
    The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. The mission of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist the Membership in fraud detection and deterrence. The ACFE-GTA Chapter is affiliated with the ACFE, and is registered as a Non-Share, Non-Profit entity under The Province of Ontario. The Chapter's primary purpose is to serve the Greater Toronto Area community in the promotion of improved fraud detection, education, prevention, and deterrence and through expansion of knowledge and the interaction of its members. You may contact the ACFE-GTA Chapter at

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  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    Toronto, Ontario: The ACFE-GTA Chapter has announced an Ethics Training Day for Wednesday October 2, 2019, following the Chapter's Annual General Meeting (which will be held from 8:15 am to 8:45 am).

    Attendees will be able to attend either the morning 2 sessions or the afternoon 2  sessions, and earn 2 CPEs.

    Or, you can attend the all-day event (it ends at 3 pm!!) and earn 4 CPEs, of which two can be carried for 2020! And...if you attend all four sessions, lunch is included!


    Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs) require TWO Ethics CPEs every year, which form part of the overall 20 CPE requirement. This ACFE-GTA Chapter Ethics Training Forum will help the CFEs, as well as other professional such as lawyers and accountants in the GTA to meet their professional development requirements. Ethics CPEs can be carried forward one year as well.

    Attend EITHER the MORNING 2 Sessions or the AFTERNOON 2 Sessions
    You will receives Certificates for 2 CPEs
    $99.00 + HST
    Attend the FULL DAY (Lunch included) and receive Certificates for 4 CPEs

    You can use 2 CPEs for your current year CPE requirements
    You can carry-forward 2 CPEs for 2020 CPE requirements
    $175 + HST

    While more details will be available shortly on the ACFE-GTA website, along with online registration information, mark October 2, 2019 on your calendar now!!

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:23 PM | Mark McManus (Administrator)

    The Chapter's Annual General Meeting ("AGM") has been set for Wednesday October 2, 2019 (8:15 am to 8:45 am) at the BMO Conference Centre, 3550 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto ON M1W 3Z3.

    All current (paid-up) members in good standing will be receiving an email notification by August 19, 2019, with information on the nomination and election process, as well as a Nomination Form for the Board of Directors. Completed Nomination Forms must be returned to the Chapter email address by September 4th, 2019 (11:59 pm).

    There are thirteen positions on the board, of which seven directors are standing to be re-elected. Thus, there are six open positions on the board for which members in good standing can provide nominations.

    Should an election be required, those members in good standing who are unable to attend the AGM in person will be able to cast their vote for directors through a ballot they will receive form the Chapter during the first week of September.

    Please add this date into your calendar now! We look forward to your participation!

    Thank you...Your Chapter Board of Directors

  • Monday, August 19, 2019 11:15 AM | Anonymous

    Toronto: The ACFE-GTA Chapter has announced that Nominations are now OPEN for the six open board of directors positions. Board members are elected for a four year term (with these positions running from 2019 to 2023). Seven of the existing board members are standing for re-election.

    Any paid-up member of the ACFE-GTA Chapter is able to nominate themselves, or any other paid-up member to the Board of Directors. The nomination period begins today, Monday August 19 and closes at 11:59 pm on September 4, 2019. All requisite information is found on the form.

    The Nomination Form can be found here.

    The Chapter encourages Certified Fraud Examiners in the GTA to join and participate in the life of the Chapter.

  • Thursday, August 08, 2019 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    The GTA Chapter has been asked to assist in spreading the news about the ACFE 2019 Global Fraud Survey!

    By participating in the 2019 Global Fraud Survey, and by encouraging other CFEs in the GTA to do so, you can help create the 2020 edition of the Report to the Nations, the most widely quoted source of information on occupational fraud in the world.

    When you complete the survey, you will be entered in a draw to win one of two $250 Visa gift cards, OR the grand prize, a $500 gift card !!

    *** You can also claim up to two hours of ACFE (non-NASBA) CPE. ***

    The deadline for submissions is September 8, 2019, but I urge you not to wait...  complete the survey now!

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