CPA Ontario's Ethics Conference: Mitigating Corporate Fraud

Jul 14, 2022



JUL 14



8:30 AM - 2:00 PM




4 Hours


4 Hours


Registration open until

Jul 13, 2022


Register early to receive EARLY BIRD PRICING

Why do people commit fraud? How do the pressures of ethical dilemmas lead to poor choices?

While fraud may be impossible to prevent, it is imperative that you are prepared with the right tools to mitigate the impact on your business. Using real-life Canadian case studies, sessions will explore ethical practices for small and medium enterprises. Learn how you can protect your business by creating your own anti-fraud program and ensure you are adhering to ethical supply chain compliance.

Our interactive virtual conferences are a great way to learn from industry experts, engage with peers and complete your CPD hours.

Can't attend the conference on July 14? Registrants will have access to the recordings two weeks following the conference date.


Sessions and speakers subject to change.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.Networking
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Opening Remarks

Host: Abdul-Aziz Garuba Jr., CPA, CA

CPA Ontario: Craig Smith

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.Opening Keynote

Topic: Building Anti-Fraud Programs for SMEs

Speaker: Steve Dawson, CPA, CFE. President, Dawson Forensic Group

Description: No company is exempt from the increasing occurrences of internal fraud. This session focuses on recent, recurring frauds and why the same types of fraud are happening repeatedly. We will cover what can be done now to address this trend – the six-step process of developing and implementing an efficient, effective company anti-fraud program.

9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.Short Break
9:55 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.Main Session

Topic: How to Assess Your Supply Chain Compliance (SMEs)

Speaker: Marc Y. Tassé, CPA, CA, CFF. Global Anti-Corruption and Financial Crime Compliance Expert

Description: Supporting an ethical supply chain means that companies will incorporate social and human rights and environmental considerations into how they do business across the world. SMEs don't have the tools and abilities of large corporations when it comes to fighting Supply Chain Fraud. What can they do to prevent it?

10:55 a.m. – 11:05 p.m.Break & Networking Opportunity
11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.Main Session

Topic: Building a Culture of Security Awareness

Speaker: Kathy Macdonald, Cyber Security, Online Safety and Fraud Prevention Expert

Description: The proliferation of technology has created a greater opportunity for cyber criminals to target their victims at work and at home. In this presentation, Kathy offers a real-world glimpse into criminality on the Internet and the importance of cyber security.

By sharing practical tips and resources to help reduce online risk, Kathy talks about common tactics, techniques and procedures used in social engineering attacks, and shares ideas that help Internet users prevent the accidental or inadvertent oversharing of valuable personally identifiable information. In this presentation she talks about the high impact threat of ransomware and spear phishing, the recent exponential increase in online fraud, and the devastating consequences of coercion and online sexual exploitation. She offers a glimpse into emerging security threats of IoT devices and explains how open source intelligence gathering provides Internet users an opportunity to build their own investigative mindset.

12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.Break & Networking Opportunity

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Closing Keynote

Topic: Extraordinary Circumstances: Unravelling the Largest Corporate Fraud in History

Speaker: Cynthia Cooper, Former VP of Internal Audit at WorldCom

Description: Attendees will be introduced to the executives responsible for transforming WorldCom from a small insignificant long-distance reseller into a telecom powerhouse. Cynthia will offer insight into why mid-level managers and senior executives chose to commit fraud, and audience members will feel the pressure that these executives felt to meet Wall Street earnings guidance and stand with them at the crossroads of their ethical dilemma.

1:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Networking


This event will be hosted on the Hopin platform. For a better conference experience, watch this short video prior to the event.


CPAs who are looking to stay informed on ways to address ethical challenges during uncertain times.


Early-bird pricing until Jul 07, 2022

$139.00 Personal Passport

$139.00 Organization Passport

$149.00 Member

$149.00 Student

$149.00 Public

Status: Registration open until Jul 13, 2022





Abdul-Aziz Garuba Jr., CPA, CMA, is a seasoned finance professional and inspirational leader. He has a passion for community and is the host and creator of the podcast Made to Lead, which tells the personal and professional stories of amazing leaders of African descent. Aziz is a dynamic finance and management consulting professional with experience driving change and delivering improvements to business performance, management reporting, financial forecasting, planning and analysis (FP&A), and strategy.


Portrait of Steve DawsonSteve Dawson, CPA, CFE, has performed forensic investigations to a wide variety of public and private businesses and corporations for 30 years, from small family-owned businesses to non-profits, as well as federal and state government agencies. His company is dedicated to "Educating and training small businesses in how to set up and implement anti-fraud programs designed to prevent and/or detect internal occupational fraud."

Portrait of Marc Y. TasséMarc Y. Tassé, CPA, CA, CFF, is an investigative and forensic accountant, a seasoned, award-winning lecturer at the Telfer School of Management and the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, and delivers presentations at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. His is a frequent media commentator and conference speaker, and is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada. He is one of Canada's leading experts in ethics and governance.

Portrait of Kathy MacDonaldKathy Macdonald began her career as a police officer in 1988 working the streets as a beat cop in Calgary, Alberta. With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, Kathy recognized early on that crime and policing would be changed forever, and she set out to learn everything she could about cyber security. She Calgary Police Service cyber awareness coordinator and media spokesperson for over 12 years. Kathy has conducted hundreds of interviews, offered safety advice and commentary on technology and cybercrime.

As a keynote speaker Kathy Macdonald shares her deep industry knowledge and experience to dramatically increase cyber awareness and cyber security with corporations and associations. In 2009, Kathy was honoured when the Governor General of Canada Invested her with the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (M.O.M.), an award recognizing service and commitment to the community. Kathy strongly supports Stop. Think. Connect., a global messaging convention that unifies the response to cybercrime to millions of people worldwide.

Portrait of Cynthia CooperCynthia Cooper is an American accountant who formerly served as the Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom where her team exposed the largest accounting fraud in U.S. history of $3.8 billion. Cooper was named one of three "People of the Year" by Time magazine in 2002.


This CPA Ontario PD event is live webinar hosted on the innovative Hopin platform. A link to join the event on the Hopin platform will be sent closer to the date. We recommend you join five minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

For a better conference experience, watch this short video prior to the event.