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 Employee Benefits Auditing in the Public Sector

Chapter Event
1/21/2020 8:00 AM
1/21/2020 10:00 AM
Albany Club – 91 King St E, Toronto, M5C 1G3 | Canada - Ontario
Session Overview

Employers spend millions on employee benefit plans to support their employees and provide them with access to medical providers otherwise not covered, or covered to a lesser degree, under their provincial benefits. There has been a surge in media attention in relation to employee benefit fraud. Public sector organizations in healthcare, transportation and municipal government under the spotlight and hundreds of people dismissed for the roles they played. The culture of organizations plays a huge part in staff understanding the rules around what can, and cannot, be claimed as benefits and ensure claims are appropriate. The costs of benefits being provided to staff is increasing as claims go up, so it is vital that claims are appropriate in order to ensure charges are appropriate.

Ensuring plans are structured well and operating effectively -- with a low-level of fraud and abuse, helps to ensure plan sustainability.  Internal auditors are a key line of defence but the ability of internal auditors to access the data and audit benefit claims can be difficult.  Included in this session will be a presentation by the City of Toronto’s Auditor General, reviewing how an effective three-pronged approach to auditing benefit plans resulted in millions of dollars in savings as well as a presentation from the VP of HR from the Hospital for Sick Children to give an operational perspective on benefits plans and auditing.


Beverly Romeo-Beehler, CPA, CMA, JD, CFF, ICD.D, BBA

As the City of Toronto's Auditor General, Beverly oversees the expenditures of the largest city in Canada, and the fourth-largest City in North America. Toronto's operating costs exceed that of many Canadian provinces. Her office started one of the first Fraud and Waste Hotlines in government, and police have used Beverly's work as a starting point for some of their own criminal investigations.

Beverly has worked with Auditor General Offices across the country and at all three levels of government. She has worked as a senior reviewer and investigator of complaints against Canada's national police force, the RCMP, and as a special investigator in the Canadian Forces Ombudsman's Office. Her 27-year public sector career includes specializing in data analytics, governance and oversight, integrity, ethics, transparency, accountability and fraud.

Susan O’Dowd

Susan O’Dowd was appointed Vice-President of Human Resources at the Hospital for Sick Children in April, 2012.

Susan’s career spans more than 30 years in increasingly responsible HR roles in seven industries –Transportation, Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Financial Services/Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Diagnostics Services and the Hospital sector.

Susan’s expertise includes designing performance appraisal systems, including technology and workflow solutions, pension and benefits design, and implementing innovative leadership development programs that yield results. Her accomplishments include the creation of high performance, engagement and accountability cultures which resulted in her current and previous employers winning such coveted employer awards as The Top 50 Employers to Work For in Canada, Top 100 Employers to Work for in Canada, Top GTA Employer, and Canada’s Ten Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Broader Public Sector).


As space is limited, please pre-register on-line at the website noted below. Late registrations may not be accommodated due to space limitations. Substitutions are welcome.   

To register online, please visit the event website:

Phone: (905) 508-5716​


Albany Club – 91 King St E, Toronto, ON, M5C 1G3

Registration, Light Breakfast and Networking: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation and Q&A:  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Early Bird Pricing (Until November 30, 2019)

IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $64.99 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $76.99 (Plus HST)

Regular Pricing (Starting December 1, 2019)

IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $76.99 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $84.99 (Plus HST)

Students – Free if a valid student ID card is presented at event

Groups of 5 or more from the same organization receive a 10% discount per registration​

CPE: 1.5 credits

Please Note:  There is a cancellation policy in effect.