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 Improving Governance - The Music, The Orchestra and Its Players

11/10/2020 12:00 PM
11/10/2020 1:30 PM
  | Canada - Ontario

Registration Open until November 6

​Session Overview

Risk Management originated as a defensive control mechanism to provide tactical and operational oversight of compliance to functional policy.  Over the years Risk Management has matured and evolved.  Although policy oversight is important, and typically still applied within a function – a broader risk function encompassing a scope across the organization has developed.  Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a proactive approach to identify and manage risk and opportunity through the lens of achievement of the organization’s strategic priorities.  This perspective is typically of interest to senior management and it’s governing board.  Furthermore, one of Internal Audit’s important roles is to provide assurance, opinions and insight on the adequacy and effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal controll.

Alignment of the needs of the governing board and of the efforts of those that contribute important roles and information to its functioning is complicated yet imperative.  It’s a system that thrives on clear communication of expectations, and depends upon initiative and engagement of all involved.

Join IIA Toronto and IIA Maritime Chapters for an engaging session where our panel of highly qualified and experienced professionals from across Canada will explore:

       How a well functioning Enterprise Risk Management Team contributes to governance and strategic value;

       How an innovative Internal Audit Team contributes to the organizational strategy;

       How an engaged Audit Committee or Board of Directors establishes the conditions for appropriate oversight, management control and achievement of the organizational goals and objectives; and

       The IIA’s Three Lines Model as an enabler to improving governance around strategy.


John Delaney, IIA Maritime Chapter

John Delaney is the ERM Lead at DA Consulting and the current VP of Programs, IIA Maritime Chapter.  Over the past 30 years within the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), John exercised leadership in Internal Audit, and in the implementation of an independent Enterprise Risk Management function.  As the Enterprise Risk Manager from 2011 - 18, he enlisted and supported senior leadership to develop their team’s risk management skills as a means to achieve the Navy’s strategic objectives.  This effort set the foundation for senior leaders to provide practical status reports, encouraged board member discussion and impacted resource priorities of the RCN Strategic Management Board.

John is a Chartered Director, and a Certified Internal Auditor.  An Accounting graduate of Saint Mary’s University, he has also achieved certification in Canadian Risk Management, and Risk Management Assurance.  He has served on and provided leadership to IIA committees at the national (District Rep) and international (Government Relations) levels, and also been a conference presenter (Canada, United States, and Australia) within this realm.

He currently volunteers on a Nova Scotia Government Advisory Committee, which shapes the province’s agencies, boards, and committees.  On a weekly basis he joins other community ‘Feed the Need’ volunteers to prepare and serve food to the needy in South-end Halifax.


Richard Arthurs, MNP

Richard Arthurs, CPA, CMA, MBA, CIA, CRMA, CFE, QIAL, is a Partner, Enterprise Risk Services and MNP’s National Internal Audit Leader, based in the Calgary office. Richard has more than 25 years of experience assisting complex global organizations with their internal audit, governance, risk management, IT audit, data analytics, ethics and compliance needs. He has deep industry experience in the utilities / energy, consumer goods, retail, technology, telecommunications, not-for-profit and public sectors.

Leveraging his experience leading internal audit and risk projects in more than 50 countries, Richard has a global perspective on the issues that businesses face. He has worked with renowned organizations and has a proven track record of achieving cost-effective value-added solutions to manage priority risks and improve business processes and controls.

Prior to joining MNP, Richard served as a Global Internal Audit and Risk Management Director for General Mills Inc. with oversight of over 100 country operations. In this role, he helped develop a global data analytics strategy for the Internal Audit function. Most recently, he was Chief Audit Executive and Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance for a Canadian subsidiary of one of the largest utilities and renewable energy operators in the U.S., Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada. In this role, Richard utilized data analytics to drive material cost savings with complex construction projects.

Richard is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 2003, and holds the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations. He was the first Canadian to receive the Qualification in Internal Audit Leadership (QIAL) designation from the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Richard is currently the Chair of the IIA Canada Board of Directors. He is on the Governance Certificate steering team and Audit Committee Conference Board for CPA Canada. He facilitates the ERM course for the ICD Directors Education Program. Richard in also on the Industry Technology and Innovation Advisory Council at the University of Calgary.

Tim Leech, Risk Oversight Solutions Inc.

Tim J. Leech FCPA CIA CCSA CRMA is Managing Director at Risk Oversight Solutions Inc. ROS focuses on helping companies implement objective centric risk and certainty management to meet escalating board risk oversight expectations and add real value.  He has over 35 years of global experience in the board risk oversight, objective centric ERM, internal audit, and forensic accounting fields, including expert witness testimony in civil and criminal proceedings. Leech has provided training for hundreds of thousands of public and private sector board members, senior executives, professional accountants, auditors and risk management specialists in Canada, the U.S., the UK and EU, Australia, South America, Africa and the Middle and Far East. He has received worldwide recognition as a pioneer, thought leader and trainer.  He has been published in the Harvard Governance blog, London School of Economics Center for Risk and Regulation, IIA global and many others. He is a regular contributor to Ethical Boardroom and Conference Board Director Notes.

Beili Wong, Province of Ontario

Beili Wong is the Chief Internal Auditor of the Province of Ontario, Canada where she is responsible for modernizing and shaping the independent internal audit service across the Ontario Public Sector that supports the delivery of excellence to Ontarians.  Prior to her appointment as Ontario’s Chief Internal Auditor in 2019, Beili was an executive at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, providing strategic advice to its Board of Directors and President & CEO in the area of finance, risk management and audit.  Beili brings a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the design and effectiveness of governance, risk management and controls.  Her global working experience includes consulting and audit projects in 18 countries and four continents, with experience in retail, wholesale, logistics, manufacturing operations, and government. 

 Beili is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)’s North American and Global Board, severing as Canada’s representative.  In 2019, Beili received her CPA Fellowship (FCPA) designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario), recognizing her achievements and leadership at work and community engagement. 

 Beili is an immigrant to this great nation and a proud champion for inclusion and diversity.

Jo Mark Zurel,  Stonebridge Capital


Jo Mark Zurel is President of Stonebridge Capital, a private (family) investment company, and a Corporate Director. From 1998 to 2006, Jo Mark was Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of CHC Helicopter Corporation, helping to build it into the world's largest helicopter operating company. He is on several corporate boards, including Fortis Inc. (HR Committee Chair), Major Drilling (HR Committee Chair), the CPP Investment Board (Risk Committee Chair and past Audit Committee Chair), and Highland Copper (Audit Committee Chair). 

Jo Mark is active in his community. His current and recent not-for-profit activities include Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of JA of Newfoundland and Labrador, Chair of a Canadian Red Cross capital campaign, the boards of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Propel ICT. 

Jo Mark was named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40, has been granted the ICD.D from the ICD, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador and was named Newfoundland’s 2015 Outstanding Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


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IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $40.00 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $50.00 (Plus HST)

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.​​​