Financial Fraud, Waste and Abuse – Reducing Costs Through Proactive Analytics

Date: November 7, 2019 | Time: 2:00 pm

When finance based business processes go wrong, the outcomes and investigations are costly. Examples range from poor business processes, errors, waste, abuse, all the way to miss use of funds, corruption, and fraud. These risks occur widely across government including in benefits delivery, tax collection, funding mechanisms such as loans and grants, as well as the broader government financial practices.

Forensic investigations look at business process and data; they look backward to help identify what went wrong and how to resolve the particular issue. Unfortunately, less time is spent looking forward, to improve the end to end business process to prevent similar issues. Data, analytics and new approaches to artificial intelligence allow forward looking business processes to understand their risk ahead of time, proactively deal with risk or potential incidents, and reduce waste/abuse/fraud before a financial loss.

This webinar will look at examples of financial incidents that have been uncovered through forensic investigations. We’ll discuss the lessons learned and how they can be applied in a new proactive approach. Presenters will discuss preventative practices and how to empower risk managers and investigators with analytics to anticipate problems and/or investigate more effectively.


Sponsored by:


Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

National Executive Fraud & Security Intelligence, SAS Canada

Amanda is a technology, fraud and operations leader with 25+ years of experience in financial services and a focus on data, analytics and

operational excellence. Amanda is a proven leader and facilitator of business-technology strategies and partnerships. 

In her current role as a National Executive for Fraud & Security Intelligence for SAS, Amanda is responsible for driving business development and go-to-market strategies for SAS Fraud and AML products and services. As a leader and evangelist, Amanda is focused on finding solutions to customers’ financial crimes, loss and AML problems. She is passionate about data & analytics and the role they play in reducing financial crimes in Canada.

 Amanda is the Executive Sponsor for the SAS Women in Analytics Network and a longtime supporter of empowering girls and women in STEM programs. She is a mother of one son and is proud to call herself a “geek” – rarely far from the many tools, technologies and gadgets that she enjoys in life and in business.


Jack Martin

Jack Martin

Partner, Forensic Data Analytics, KPMG

Jack is a Partner and the National Director of Forensic Data Analytics at KPMG in Canada. Jack has also performed extensive work in other forensic and audit areas such as litigation support, investigations, and continuous monitoring and continuous auditing.

Jack joined the KPMG Forensic practice in January 2008, from another national firm where he was the practice leader in Data Analytics for Eastern Canada.

Jack has designed complex procedures that were used as expert testimony for litigation support, as well as for fraud investigation and dispute services engagements. Jack is proficient at using a wide variety of analytics, data mining, statistical and visualization tools.

Jack is a part-time lecturer at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, where he teaches Auditing and IT Auditing courses in the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs.