Fraud Detection and Resolution – What to do when it happens to you! (1-day workshop, Nov 30)

On November 30, VIU’s Fraud and Ethics Research and Education Centre will be presenting a 1-day workshop series featuring three presenters who are industry experts in fighting fraud and deception.

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Meet the Experts!

Your Fraud Response Plan

Presenter: Pat McParland, CMA, CFI, CFE
A step by step guide for managers and professionals. Case illustrations of best practices and what NOT to do. “

  • The Fraud Response Plan – a step by step guide for managers and professionals
  • Your fraud and ethics policy
  • When to take action … when to delegate
  • Best practices, and what NOT to do

Pat McParland, forensic accountant and a Principal of Grant Thornton LLP, was one of several advisors in the field who assisted in developing the curriculum for the VIU Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation Advanced Diploma program.  He was recently honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada (ACFI), and has worked on a number of high-profile cases, such as the Bre-X gold-mining scandal, as well as many much smaller cases.

He believes that fraud isn’t so much preventable as manageable, and that “… the more people understand the nature of fraud, the more they are able to put controls into effect to reduce their exposure. It’s typically more cost-effective to be proactive than reactive when it comes to fraud.” (VIU News interview)

Detecting Validity and Deception

Presenter: Dana Rodden, MetaCentre.
Your detecting skills may be far better than the experts are telling you. Detecting validity and deception is a complex process carried on intuitively while we seek to comprehend the content of verbal or written accounts. This workshop articulates factors leading to successful detection with tips on improving your detecting skills, and material and examples drawn for real cases.

  • Detecting validity and deception in interviews and statements
  • The two forms of deception and sincerity
  • Reading physiological signs of deception
  • Red flags of deception
  • The OPTICS principle for detecting deception.

Dana Rodden has more that three decades of experience as a practitioner and trainer in the criminal justice field, and is recognized for his dynamic presentations, in-depth knowledge of human behaviour, and commitment to update his programs with the most current research and practices. He has researched and applied the principles of neurolinguistics and statement analysis to investigative interviewing, and shared his insights in workshops and seminars for the past twenty two years. In 2011 Mr. Rodden presented his Detecting Validity and Deception seminar at the annual ACFI Fraud Conference in Toronto, Ontario.

The Role of the RCMP Commercial Crime division

Presenter: Sgt. Andrew Cowan. NCO i/c RCMP Commercial Crimes, “E” Division. Sergeant Cowan will discuss the RCMP’s role in fighting Commercial Crimes, and

A major issue in fraud investigations is that many times the system in general doesn’t view a fraud as a crime against society. Sgt Cowan looks as the realities of investigating commercial crimes and fraud, and the role of the RCMP in fighting fraud and commercial crime.

  • The role of the RCMP’s commercial crimes in fraud resolution
  • Recent high profile fraud investigations in North America
  • When to report a fraud situation
  • Preparing your information to facilitate investigation
  • The number one goal in investigations
  • Resources available for fraud victims

Sgt. Andrew Cowan, RCMP Commercial Crime Investigator and Unit Manager, was one of several advisors in the field who assisted in developing the curriculum for the VIU Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation Advanced Diploma program. Sgt. Cowan has twelve years experience investigating financial crimes, and seven years experience delivering RCMP economic crime courses for investigators. He has been a popular guest lecturer on white collar crime and investigations in VIU’s Fraud Awareness, Prevention and Detection course since 2008.

Don’t miss Fraud Detection and Resolution – What to do when it happens to you!

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  • Date: November 30, 2012
  • Time: 9 -4 (includes lunch)
  • Place: Building 355 Room 211
    Nanaimo Campus
    Vancouver Island University
  • Fee: $109 + HST
  • A letter of attendance will be provided 

Proceeds to VIU’s Fraud and Ethics Research and Education Centre

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Published by Vanessa Oltmann

Vanessa Oltmann, MBA, CGA, CFI Editor: The Fraud Chronicles VIU Faculty - Forensics and Accounting (Adjunct Faculty) Coordinator - Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation Advanced Diploma (Retired) Coordinator - Fraud & Ethics Research & Education Centre (Retired) Vancouver Island University Twitter: @fighting_fraud Pinterest: Facebook: Google+:

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