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Francis Liska / Marc-André Audette

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fraud in the Public Sector

According to the 2012 Global Fraud Study completed by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, government and public administration is one of the industry groups most commonly victimized by fraud. The financial and reputational impact can be severe and frauds can run for quite some time before they are detected.  As such it is important to be aware of the risk of fraud and to take measures to proactively manage the risk.

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • What is fraud, why does it occur and who commits fraud.
  • Red flags that you should be aware of relevant to fraud.
  • Examples of controls that should be in place to mitigate the risk of fraud.
  • Key steps in fraud risk assessment.

FrancisFrancis Liska, CGA, CISA, CICA, CMC & CEO, OTUS Group

Francis Liska is the CEO of OTUS Group, a business advisory firm that helps organizations to make their business stronger by reducing costs, reducing risks and increasing profits.  He has over 25 years of experience in the provision of audit and advisory services to government, not-for-profit and private sector organizations to assist them to enhance internal control and reduce the risk of fraud and error.  He has provided advisory services to organizations that have experienced fraud to help them to address the resulting impacts.
Francis is a Certified General Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internal Control Auditor and a Certified Management Consultant. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Cape Breton University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Information Technology. He has also completed graduate studies in decision analysis at Carleton University.

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Marc-André Audette, Director, Continuous Auditing and Special Examination, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Since September 2010, Marc-André Audette is the Director, Continuous Auditing and Special Examination, in the Chief Audit Executive Office at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. His current responsibilities are to direct a department-wide continuous auditing strategy to support assurance on fundamental controls around governance, risk management and control. He also directs the special examinations and forensics audits.

Before this position, Marc-André Audette was the Director of Audit Readiness in the Chief Financial Officer Branch at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Also, he was the Director of the Internal Control Division, Chief Financial Officer Branch in the Health Canada. His responsibilities were to implement the Policy on Internal Control and the Readiness initiative in Health Canada that are in line with the Financial Administration Act and Policy Renewal initiative of the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada.

Previously, Mr. Audette was in Social Development Canada where he worked in the Financial Comptroller Office, Internal Audit Directorate and Accounting Operations Directorate. He also, worked in Natural Resources Canada, as Financial Portfolio Manager. Mr. Audette started is career in federal government at Public Works Governmental Services Canada during the Financial Information Strategy implementation initiative.  Before his federal career, Mr. Audette worked in a Chartered Accountant firm and in the private sector.

He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a certified fraud Examiner (CFE). He attended the University du Québec en Outaouais where he received his Bachelor of Administration (Accounting). After graduation, he earned a diploma in management accounting and a Master's Degree in Project Management. He is also a graduate of the DIREXION program of the Canada School of Public Service.


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