ACFE 25th Annual Fraud Professional's Conference (Hybrid)

  • 18 Jan 2023
  • 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Delta Hotels Ottawa | Online
  • 38


  • Administrator and Speakers
  • Members who register before December 31, 2022.
  • Members who register after December 31, 2023.
  • Non-members who registered before December 31, 2022
  • Non-members who register after December 31, 2023.
  • Special rate available for a full-time student
    Must register before January 18, 2023

Hybrid Event

CPE Credit: 7

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Registration, Welcome and Opening Remarks
Cullen Commission 


Peter German QC, PhD is President of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute (VACI).

A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, he was previously a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, serving as its Director General of Financial Crime and as Deputy Commissioner for Western and Northern Canada. He was also Regional Deputy Commissioner (Pacific) for Correctional Service Canada and served as the initial team commander in the 2008 search for kidnapped Canadian diplomats in West Africa. He holds various degrees including a Doctorate in Law from the University of London, focused on asset recovery. Dr. German is the author of “Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering”, published by Thomson Reuters (updated bi- monthly). He is also the author of “Dirty Money” and “Dirty Money - Part 2”, reports commissioned by the Attorney General of B.C., relating to allegations of money laundering in the casino, real estate, luxury vehicle & horse racing sectors. His medals and awards include King’s Counsel and Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Health Break

An Update on the Open Source Intelligence Landscape and How It Affects Fraud Examiners


Chris Pierre, CFE, CISSP who is the Managing Director of the KeyNorth Group. His experience includes 20 years of OSINT research, complex commercial investigations, fraud investigations and risk management engagements in both the public and private sectors. Chris has worked with multiple agencies in the provision of training, drafting investigation policies and procedures, resourcing requirements and negotiating with internal stakeholders, particularly in their use of OSINT.

Lorena Rivera, MSc. is the Knowledge Management, Training and Community Manager at the KeyNorth Group. She has nearly 15 years of experience as a mixed data researcher. Over the last decade, she has focused on using data for monitoring, knowledge management and capacity building for different types of organizations. Since joining the KeyNorth Group two years ago, she has managed the learning experience of over 900 OSINT learners, as well as 300 OSINT community members for the KeyNorth Group, the majority of whom were from the public sector. She was also one of the designers of the various OSINT assessment tools utilized by the firm.

10:50  Health Break
 11:00 The Financial Crime Coordination Centre (FC3) and the future of financial crime in Canada


Kristin Solvason took on the role of Acting Executive Director of the Financial Crimes Coordination Centre in May 2022. Kristin has worked in the federal public service for nearly 25 years, of which the last decade has been with Public Safety Canada. Best known as a strong collaborator and communicator she has a strong track record of tackling large, complex and high priority policy initiatives. She is pleased to be in this position at a time of transformation on the horizon. In previous roles, Kristin was Director of Indigenous Policing Policy and lead the team responsible for both reforms and investments of almost $900M in new funding for policing and community safety. Previous to this, she held advisor positions in various government departments including Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of Finance, RCMP and the Public Service Commission.

 11:50  Lunch
 12:30  Networking Session

Ethical Dilemmas in the time of Turbulence 


Marc Tassé is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked at Deloitte. He is recognized as one of the world’s most prominent and respected forensic and investigative accountants. Mr. Tassé possesses extensive expertise in the prevention and the detection of fraud, corruption, money laundering, and terrorist financing. Over the last 35 years, he has been actively involved with different prestigious international organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank Group (WBG), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

1:50 Health Break

The Psychology of Fraud


Jeffrey Gilbert has been teaching auditing at the University of Manitoba since 2011. Upon the advice of his colleague, Bradley Keefe, he became a facilitator for the School. He enjoys meeting students at the School with diverse interests and backgrounds who shine a new lens on accounting. He particularly enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs who come to the table wanting to acquire the financial knowledge to start their own businesses. He also works for the office of the Auditor General of Manitoba. Jeff continues to follow his grandfather’s advice about lifelong learning, having read approximately one book a week for over a decade, meaning his total is at least 520! Two of his favorite books are: Empire of Deception by Dean Jobb and Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger
2:50 Health Break

Crypto currency 


Craig Hicks is an experienced Forensic Accountant with expertise in financial analysis, money laundering indicators and cryptocurrency tracing. Craig has a broad base of education and experience spanning his 20-year career including earning an MBA, CPA, CFE and Certified Bitcoin professional (CBP) designations. He started out on the front lines of business in sales and customer service roles in the retail, small business and banking sectors. After successfully completing his Canadian Securities Course, and Options and Derivatives licences, he advanced to a corporate communications role in the Canadian Banking sector as a subject matter expert. This education and experience would set the stage for Craig’s eventual leap to the world of Forensic Accounting and, more specifically, cryptocurrencies. For the past 6 years, Craig has been working as a Senior Forensic Accountant with the Canadian Federal Government delivering expert reports and training to government clients as well as teaching at the Canadian Police College.

3:50 Closing remarks + Networking Session

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