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 Leadership and Executive Presence for Internal Auditors

Chapter Event
4/23/2020 8:00 AM
4/23/2020 10:00 AM
KPMG Conference Centre – Bay Adelaide Centre - 333 Bay Street, 46th Floor, Toronto | Canada - Ontario

Session Overview

Highly effective Internal Audit Functions display a number of common qualities that contribute to their success, including Strong Leadership and Executive Presence.  Success does not come by chance, but is in fact an outcome of a number of attributes.  These include being recognized in your organization for:

· Ability to appropriately challenge business leaders

· Having a sound understanding of business strategy and able to challenge the control environment that supports it

· Having an integral role in the governance structure

· Having the ability to anticipate and respond to emerging strategic risks

· Strong relationships at the highest levels within the organization

· Strong relationships with key external stakeholders

· Having a regular presence in major governance and controlling forums throughout the organization.

Your ability to position the function properly in the organization and build effective relationships with executives, directors and external stakeholders are highly dependent on Strong Leadership and Executive Presence.

Please join us as our speakers share their experiences and provide examples of what creates an Internal Audit function with Strong Leadership an Executive Presence.

Speaker  – Tony Malfara & Mark Smith

Tony Malfara is the Canadian Practice Leader for KPMG’s Internal Audit Services and leader of the Risk Consulting practice in the Toronto.  In addition to this role, his responsibilities continue to include raising awareness of governance, risk management, and the internal audit profession with Audit Committees and Board Members for the various organizations. 

In the role of Canadian practice leader for internal audit services, Tony’s responsibilities include leading internal audit out-source and co-source engagements with a number of organizations across various industries.  He is responsibilities include assisting with risk identification, audit plan preparation, and overseeing the delivery or multiple financial, operational, compliance, regulatory, and IT audits.  Tony is also an active presenter and contributor on a number of client boards. 

Prior to joining KPMG in September of 1997, Tony spent 17 years working for a number of organizations, including St. Lawrence Cement, Maple Leaf Foods, and The Gillette Company.  During this period, he successfully fulfilled various internal audit management roles at Maple Leaf Foods and St. Lawrence Cement.  His final five years in industry were served as Director of Internal Audit for St. Lawrence Cement.

Tony is also a member of two not for profit boards, Humber River Hospital Foundation Board and the Institute of Internal Auditors Toronto Chapter Board.  As Chair of Advocacy for the IIA, Tony leads a group of professionals who are working to create a more consistent understanding of internal audit within organizations and the role of internal audit in providing assurance to management and the board.  With the board of Humber River Hospital Foundation, Tony serves as Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee and works closely with the Chair of the Foundation, the Foundation CEO, and the CEO and Chair of the hospital board.

Tony is a CPA and graduate of Ryerson University’s business administration program, with a major in Accounting Studies and a minor in Information Technology.

An experienced and astute Board executive, Mark Smith is skilled at being on Boards dealing with issues such as financial performance, global expansion, leadership, strategy, organization, culture, engaging top-teams and colleagues, and diversity. He understands and effectively navigates the dynamics involved in being on Boards of both public and private entities, with particular skill in board governance, corporate and business strategy, strategy execution, and risk management.  In addition, he is strongly skilled in managing HR and Compensation Committee issues such as large-scale organization and culture change, succession planning, executive compensation, employee engagement, senior talent management, top team and Board dynamics.


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


KPMG Conference Centre – Bay Adelaide Centre - 333 Bay Street, 46th Floor, Toronto | Canada – Ontario

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 February 29, 2020)

IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $64.99 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $76.99 (Plus HST)

Regular Pricing (Starting March 1, 2020)

IIA Toronto Chapter Members - $76.99 (Plus HST)

Non-Members - $84.99 (Plus HST)

Walk-In (space permitting) - $99.99 (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.