President of Chapter
Claudine Hebert​

As the President of IIA Ottawa, Claudine is responsible for leading all aspects of the chapter including setting strategy and direction.
Claudine holds an LL.B. in Civil Law from the Université de Sherbrooke, a B.Admin from the University of Ottawa, and a Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) designation from the Institute of Internal Auditors. Claudine first joined the federal public service in 2010 as a Senior Auditor at the Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board Secretariat. In this capacity, she led internal audits in federal departments and provided recommendations to senior management, namely through the conduct of Core Control audits, which had for objective to assess the design and operations of the governance, risk management, and control processes. Since 2013, she has performed a variety of internal audits for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and the Public Service Commission, including audits in the area of grants and contributions, procurement, and regulatory compliance. In 2016, she became Manager, Internal Audit Directorate, at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, and is currently the acting Director of the directorate.  
In addition to her involvement with the Ottawa Chapter, Claudine has served on IIA North America’s Learning Solutions Committee. Claudine is passionate about internal audit because of the value it brings to the federal government through areas of improvements identified, in support of stewardship and excellence in the design and delivery of public sector policy, programs and services.
Vice President of strategy
Jacqueline  Stesco
As Vice President Strategy, Jacquie is responsible for leading the Chapter’s strategic planning efforts and liaison with audit leaders and stakeholders to better understand the community’s needs while advocating on behalf of the internal audit profession and the IIA Ottawa Chapter.
Jacqueline works in the Enterprise Risk Management Centre of Expertise at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). In this role, she performs Internal Fraud Risk Assessments, assesses the rigor of risk management for all Agency projects valued above $1M, and leads a variety of risk advisories on behalf of clients across the Agency.
Prior to joining the CRA, Jacqueline was a Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLa. There, Jacqueline worked with both public and private sector clients providing Advisory Services in the areas of program evaluation, performance measurement, value-for-money audit, risk management, internal controls, and internal audit.
Jacqueline’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and a Master’s degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She also holds Certified Internal Auditor, Project Management Professional, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt designations.  
Vice President of Operations
Julie Bouchard

As Vice President Operations, Julie is responsible for overseeing operational plans, supporting key initiatives and the President in overseeing the Chapter delivers on its commitments and planned deliverables. As an active volunteer with the IIA, Julie has served on the IIA Ottawa Board since 2017. 

Julie has more than a decade of experience in auditing.  She’s an Audit Manager at the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada since June 2017. Julie began her career at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Ottawa and has also worked at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada where she got exposed to internal auditing. Julie is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Ottawa.
Julie enjoys the dynamic work of Internal Audit considering there’s always something new, a new process to learn, a new issue to uncover and solve. Auditing is a chance to not only see all aspects of the organization, but to build relationships with a large network of people and make real positive changes to not only the organization, but to staff and the customer journey.
Robert  Rae
As the Treasurer, Rob is responsible for fiscal management and reporting.  He was the Chair of Member Services in 2017-2018 where he ran the IIA Ottawa Member Survey as well as followed up the day-to-day concerns of Members.
Outside of the IIA, Rob leads the Compliance Audit and Investigations Team at MD Financial Management where he also worked for a number of years under the Chief Audit Executive.  He currently leads consulting and regulatory compliance reviews to ensure the business is meeting the many complex regulatory requirements found in the financial services industry. Prior to joining MD Financial Management, Rob worked in the food distribution and retail industry for a decade in various finance and internal audit roles at Sobeys/Empire Company and Kraft Foods in Toronto.
He is passionate about internal audit and change management, believing that processes and procedures can always be improved to ensure people are provided the right environment and tools to bring success to both themselves and their organizations.  He also believes in people leadership and mentoring to develop the talents and skills of young employees.
Rob earned his Chartered Accountant designation at Lemoine Hyland LLP in Mississauga and completed his undergraduate degree in finance at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He spends his personal time as a family man and hockey dad to his 6 year old in Stittsville.
Chair of Certifications
Christina Yee
As the Chair of Certifications, Christina Yee is responsible for promoting IIA certifications and assisting members through the examination and certification process.
Christina is a Senior Consultant with RCGT Consulting. She is a certified internal auditor (CIA) and is a University of Ottawa graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She serves her public sector clients with their internal audit and consulting needs. Her work experience also includes internal audit practice inspections, control self-assessments, change management services, process improvement, and other risk advisory services.
Her ability to provide internal audit services to federal clients was enhanced by her experience in the Internal Audit Sector within the Office of the Comptroller General Branch at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. She worked on government-wide audits (“horizontal audits”) and audits of the core controls over financial management for small departments (“core control audits”).
During her time in the public sector, Christina co-led the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Young Professional Network and established an executive committee that oversaw 30 different initiatives and projects by participating members. She also led charity initiatives for the Government of Canada-Wide Charity Campaign in her sector raising both money and clothing for the Ottawa Mission, St. Joe’s Women Shelter, and the Canadian Diabetes Association. At RCGT Consulting, Christina co-led the RCGT Case Competition for university students in the Ottawa area.
Christina enjoys working collaboratively with her clients on understanding their needs and those of their stakeholders. She believes that internal audit is a valuable senior management tool that helps promote vertical communication and continuous improvement.
Chair of Memberships
Raghav Bhatia
A​​s the Chair of Memberships, Raghav works closely with the Chapter's other Committees to provide support to members while increasing awareness of the benefits of membership.
Raghav is a Senior Audit Manager with MD Financial Management, reporting functionally to the Bank of Nova Scotia’s (Scotiabank) Global Wealth and Insurance Audit Department.
Prior to joining Scotiabank, he has worked with British Telecom Plc, Deloitte Risk Advisory and Genpact Enterprise Risk Services. He is a Governance, Risk and Compliance professional with 12+ years of experience across the three lines of defense (internal audit, internal control/risk consulting & finance) in complex sectors. He is versatile in reviews of financial, operational and information technology processes, audit analytics, as well as third-party risk assurance.
He is a CA, CISA, CFE and earned his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi, India. He is an active member of IIA, ISACA, ACFE and ICAI.
He is an automotive enthusiastic, loves photography, enjoys traveling and connecting with industry professionals. You can connect with him on LinkedIn:
Chair of Communications
Roxi  Izquierdo Yanez
As the Chair of Communications, Roxi is in charge of promoting strategic communication and planning, while also supporting the board in their communication requirements.
Roxi is a Senior Consultant in the Internal Audit Risk and Compliance Group (IARCS) at KPMG Ottawa. She's worked on various Internal Audits and engagements in IT General Controls, Internal Controls over Financial Reporting/ SOX, Special Examinations, Governance Reviews, and External Audits. Roxi's other professional experience consisted of working as a Staff Accountant, Tax-Preparer, and AP/AR Clerk. She also has 10 years of experience in the service industry. Roxi is pursuing her CIA certification and her CPA designation and successfully completed her CFE examinations in 2017. She also completed a Master of Accounting (MAcc) From Carleton University and a Bachelor in International Accounting and Finance from Seneca College.
Roxi is a very energetic and positive individual. She is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys practicing yoga, boxing, and hiking. She loves to cook and is very interested in nutrition. She also loves to read and always welcomes new book suggestions.
Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs and business owners, Roxi was exposed, first hand, to various challenges that organizations experience. she became very curious about the particular processes that drove organizations and how these were adapted to overcome barriers and thrive. Working in Internal Audit has allowed her to continue solving complex problems, improve businesses' operations, and build meaningful relationships with others.
Chair of Communications 
Jessa-Rae Villena
As the Communications, Jessa is responsible for supporting the current Chair of Communications in promoting strategic communication and planning, while also supporting the board in their communication requirements.
Jessa is Senior Risk Consultant at KPMG. She completed her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Ottawa, December of 2018. Working as a Junior Auditor in the Office of the Comptroller General since May of 2018 and witnessing first hand innovation and creativity in the workplace, Jessa thrives on the ability to promote and positively change the lens on Internal Audit.
In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, trying new food and traveling.
Through her work in the department, Jessa has seen the importance of Internal Audit to bolster success within the broader organization. She enjoys Internal Audit as it offers the opportunity to be involved in various facets of an organization, while allowing the networking with senior management and a variety of subject-matter experts along the way. At the OCG, she has also had the opportunity to be a lead innovator in student recruitment strategies within the Internal Audit Community, giving herself and her fellow student colleagues the opportunity to develop a strategy and to meet with senior Chief Audit Executives.
Co-Treasury Board
Tricia  Goulbourne

As the Co-Treasurer, Tricia is responsible to support the Treasurer in fiscal management and reporting.

Tricia works for the Government of Canada, as Acting Director of Internal Audit Policy and Professional Practices. Tricia started her public service career as a student in the Human Resources Division at Canada Revenue Agency. In June 2010, she joined Treasury Board Secretariat in Ottawa Ontario, and has held various positions in the department over the last 8 years.  

Question-asker, status-quo pusher, client-focused and a dynamic leader, Tricia eagerly seeks opportunities to support community endeavors with her skills and expertise. She recently joined the Board of Directors at the Institute of Internal Auditors – Ottawa Chapter as their Office of the Comptroller General Liaison and is looking forward to promoting the value of Internal Audit across the Government of Canada.  Through critically looking at risk, governance and control, Internal Audit supports organizations by providing better information for decision-making. It is this value-added lens that makes Internal Audit a dynamic and attractive environment to work in.
Tricia is a CPA, CMA and has a Master’s degree in International Trade and International Finance from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University.
Tricia is currently Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC). DSYTC is a non-profit, residential, and community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance abuse and related issues and to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Tricia is also a proud team member of Kind Village, a social enterprise that puts profit and purpose on equal footing, changing the way the world does business for the better.
Chair of events 
Lorne Powell
As Chair of Events, is responsible for planning and hosting the Chapter’s banner events. Namely, the holiday party and Annual General Meeting. Lorne is inspired by internal audit’s capacity to help organizations achieve their strategic objectives. At its best, Internal Audits bring people together from across organizations to identify opportunities for improvement and report against meaningful recommendations. .
Lorne has worked in internal audit since 2014 and currently works at Employment and Social Development Canada. Being introduced to the internal audit profession through IIA events aimed at students, Lorne knows first-hand the power a strong IIA Ottawa chapter has on promoting, advocating and growing the profession.
Working as a young auditor Lorne is particularly interested in seeing the profession become more innovative in order to meet the challenges of an increasingly more complex word, where organizations must adapt to rapidly changing environments. In his work and research, he has been investigating the topic of algorithmic governance and hopes to provide useful insights on internal audits role in artificial intelligence. 
In his free time, Lorne enjoys playing sports such as basketball and tennis and remaining active. He also enjoys traveling, trying new food and learning about history, architecture and music.
CO-Chair of Programs
Hugues-Albert Sully

As the Chair of Programs, H-A is responsible for delivering an educational program that supports Chapter member development, training needs and continuous learning.

Hugues-Albert currently works as a Manager with BDO Risk Advisory Services, where he performs internal audit and risk assessment engagements for various clients in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Prior to joining BDO, Hugues-Albert worked in a number of public sector organizations, including the Office of the Auditor General, Public Safety Canada, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Through his experience in the public sector, he has gained an excellent knowledge of challenges faced by organizations, and developed an appreciation for how internal audit can bring valuable solutions.
Hugues-Albert is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Project Management Professional (PMP). He also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from l'École Nationale d'Administration Publique (ÉNAP) as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Laval University.
In his free time, Hugues-Albert enjoys Latin dancing, golfing and travelling in warm destinations.
CO-Chair of Programs
Clinton Griffiths

As Co-Chair of Programs, Clinton is responsible for delivering an educational program that supports Chapter member development, training needs and continuous learning.
Clinton is a Director with Orbis Risk Consulting in Ottawa. His previous experience includes holding senior roles within both the public and private sector including serving as the Chief Audit Executive for the Ministry of Justice in Saskatchewan, as well as a risk advisory leader within a national business consulting firm. In addition, Clinton’s experience includes time with the Office of the Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, where he led the office’s program evaluation portfolio and research activities.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Clinton has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA designation), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA). He also holds a number of specialist designations including Certified Internal Auditor (CIA),  Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP), and Canadian Risk Manager (CRM).
Clinton has been an active member within the Canadian risk management and internal audit community having sat previously on provincial boards of the Saskatchewan Institute of Internal Auditors and Financial Management Institute.
Areeba Tariq
As Chapter Secretary, Areeba is responsible for coordination of the Board’s publications and mailing lists, maintaining communication with members, and maintaining records of Board and chapter meetings.
Originally from Toronto, where she obtained her Masters in Accounting, Areeba is a designated CIA, as well as working towards her CPA. Currently. Areeba is an auditor at Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada, where she started her audit career over two years ago. Along with performing traditional audit engagements, she also leads the data analytics function for her team, and is interested in finding new and innovative ways to deliver important audit insights.
 Past President of Chapter
Clarissa Crane

As the Past President of the Chapter, Clarissa is in charge of Supporting the current President and the Board nomination process.

Clarissa Crane, CPA, CA, CIA, CRMA | Clarissa has over seventeen years of experience providing professional advisory experience, with KPMG in a number of different industries from public to private sector, and currently as the Head of Internal Audit at Shopify. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant, is a Certified Internal Auditor, and has her Certification in Risk Management Assurance. Clarissa oversees teams in the provision of internal audit, assurance, and consulting services.  Over the years she has worked with organizations to establish, support and lead internal audit functions.  Clarissa believes in the strategic value of internal audit and has been volunteering her time to the profession since 2013.  
Clarissa along with her amazing husband, is a proud parent of two wonderful young boys that keep them constantly entertained.   In addition, she enjoys numerous extracurricular activities and has a love for pilates, soccer, and snowboarding.
Clarissa has a strong joie de vivre and you can find her at our events.  If you do see her, come and say hi – she would love to meet you.  Be warned, you may fall deeper in love with this profession.  She loves internal audit!
I have seen firsthand the value that internal audit can bring to an organization, when done right.  As the third line of defense internal audit is a function that can protect an organization from failing publically.  Internal audit supports management by assessing how effective functions, areas, practices, etc. are at addressing risks, including identifying items that may be in management’s blind spots.  This requires the right resources to be able to perform credible assessments of different practices and procedures across organizations and also requires an independent function to support this.  I am very passionate, with the right resources and structure, internal audit is a fantastic function that every organization should have.