Canadian content to specifically address fraud in Canada
President: Robert Forsyth, FCGA, CFI Porter Hetu, St. Catharines
Bob has been in public practice for 25 years. He is Chair of Porter Hetu International, one of the “Top 20” in Canadian accounting. Lately, he has been involved full-time in larger projects investigating fraud and providing court support for the findings. He has been qualified as an expert witness and has provided evidence related to such issues as misappropriation of funds and valuations of shares and businesses.
Vice President: Leslie A. Wittlin, LL.B., CFI Gowlings, Lafleur, Henderson LLP
Les is a partner with the law firm of Gowling, Lafleur, Henderson LLP. He has a diverse commercial and business law practice with emphasis on insolvency and bankruptcy, secured transactions, enforcement of creditors’ and debtors’ rights, corporate reorganizations and debt restructuring.
Treasurer: Nina V. Watson, CA, CFI Nina Watson & Associates
Nina has performed forensic and investigative engagements into alleged contractor, programme and procurement fraud, as well as employee impropriety. She has also lectured at Seneca College, as well as the Institute of Internal Auditors (Toronto Chapter) on fraud-related issues.
Secretary: Robert Fowlie, CA•IFA, CFI Deloitte & Touche LLP
Rob is a Senior Manager in the Dispute Consulting & Forensic Services group of Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto. His activities are directed towards forensic accounting and litigation support services provided to corporate, government and legal services clients. He has investigated a myriad of fraud schemes including financial reporting fraud, insider trading, management fraud, construction fraud, and secret commissions.
Executive Director: Alan M. Langley, CFI Alan M. Langley & Associates Inc.
Alan has performed audits and investigations in Canada, the United States and England and has held, over 26 years, numerous positions within the audit environment, including director. Since 1987 he has been providing fraud-related services to both the private and public sectors and has lectured to accounting bodies, government, educational facilities and businesses on fraud-related issues.
Director at Large: Corinne Berinstein, BPT, MBA, MHSc, CA, CFI Hospital for Sick Children
Corinne is the sole internal auditor at the Hospital for Sick Children, responsible for all forensic and fraud investigations of a non-medical nature. She has accounting experience in Canada and the United States. Her experience involves five years with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario where, as Assistant Director of Professional Development, she was involved in the design and delivery of programmes for CA’s.
Director at Large: George Bushell, CFI KPMG Forensic
George joined KPMG as a Senior Manager in the Investigation & Security area in 2001 after a 26-year career with the Calgary Police Service. He retired as a Staff Sergeant in charge of the General Investigation Unit of the second largest district, and his experience included 15 years in the Criminal Investigation Division where, for 4 of those years, he focused on commercial crime.
Director at Large: Jennifer Fiddian-Green, CA•IFA, CMA, CAMS, CFI Grant Thornton, LLP
Jennifer is an investigative forensic accountant and a certified anti-money laundering specialist with Grant Thornton LLP’s Forensic Accounting and Investigative Services practice. Her experience includes completion of a 2 year secondment with the RCMP in one of their Proceeds of Crime Units. She provides fraud investigation, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing deterrence consulting services for both government organizations and private companies.
Director at Large: Neil Papineau, CGA, CFI Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Neil is Audit Principal for the Forensic Audit Section of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. He has 25 years’ experience doing forensic audits and investigations and has extensive court experience. He began his career with Revenue Canada – Taxation, where he undertook investigations, forensic audits and criminal prosecutions into matters related to frauds under the Income Tax Act or the Criminal Code.
Director at Large: Allen Tait, CA, CFI Ministry of Transportation
Allen is currently Audit Manager, Investigations for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. Allen joined the MTO in 1998 following an 18-year public accounting career, the last five years of which he was a sole practitioner specializing in forensic investigations. In addition to investigative services, Allen’s MTO fraud unit also provides forensic audit, fraud risk assessment and fraud awareness training services.
Past President: Ken Froese, CA•IFA, CFI Grant Thornton, LLP
Ken is the partner in charge of the Forensic Accounting and Investigative Service Group of Grant Thornton, Chartered Accountants in Toronto. He has been involved with numerous fraud related cases, has provided expert testimony in both criminal and civil courts and has been a noted speaker for professional and commercial entities.