The 2016 ACFE Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse showed fraud incidents in Canada were most commonly detected through tips from whistleblowers. This comes as no surprise to Heidi Franken, Chief of the OSC’s Office of the Whistleblower and Deputy Director of Enforcement. “Whistleblowers are a key ally in the fight against wrongdoing, and companies should take measures to encourage individuals to come forward without fear of reprisal,” said Franken. “The sooner misconduct is detected, the sooner we can take action to protect investors and our capital markets.”
Franken will discuss this topic further at the 2017 ACFE Fraud Conference Canada in Toronto October 29- November 1. She will be joined by other keynote speakers including TV and radio host Amber Mac, who will explore the intersection of technology and fraud. Mac said, “When we’re starting to talk about the future of business and how they’re using technology to make themselves more secure, I think we see more and more risks because all of this technology is all so new.”
Hundreds of anti-fraud professionals will also hear from a number of other leaders in their field including president of J.R. Filliter Investigative Services Jeff Filliter, CFE, and vice president and program director of the ACFE Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA, CVA.
Attendees at Canada’s largest fraud conference will have access to a variety of breakout sessions that will cover topics ranging from white collar crime, securities fraud and tax evasion, to the Internet of Things (IoT), Bitcoin and ransomware. The conference will provide an opportunity for anti-fraud professionals to come together to share best practices and network with their peers.