President's Message, Spring 2018


Dear members,

Through my volunteering journey with the IIA I have found my experience very rewarding and have had the opportunity to meet and work with amazing people.  I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to be involved in a leadership role with the Toronto Chapter.

We live in interesting times as internal auditors …

Our success is dependent on stakeholders recognizing the value we bring to an organization.

With the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, technological innovations, geopolitical and macroeconomic pressures the profession’s needs are changing! This change will redefine how we deliver value, and will provide a lot of opportunity for us to guide the organizations we support as we provide our stakeholders a clear view on how the organization is managing its risks.

According to the 2018 North American pulse of Internal Audit survey, Accounting and Finance remain the most recruited academic degree for internal audit. However, IT related degrees such as data science and information systems are now a close second.  In the future, internal auditors will be from more and more non-traditional backgrounds as demands for our profession evolve.

I look forward to supporting and embracing this journey with our members!

Over the past year we had more, well received educational events than ever! This was on top of a very successful one-day Seminar in May, which helped kick off the celebration of May’s Internal Audit awareness month on the Future of Internal Audit.

We had two full day sessions for the South Western Ontario members and a very successful breakfast program for the Public Sector.  We look to continue to support bringing great sessions to South Western Ontario and the Public Sector.

Our CAE round tables hosted by PwC have provided an opportunity for benchmarking, development and networking.

We will be posting shortly the Education series for the upcoming year. 

Congratulations to Andrea Leon (Chair of the GTA Education Committee) for winning the volunteer of the year award. 

Thank you to the sponsors who supported our chapter throughout the year PwC, Deloitte, Protiviti, Wolters Kluwer , Economical Select, KPMG, Crowe Horwath, EY, MNP and Caseware.

Last but most important, I would like to thank all our volunteers for your continued support and dedication to our profession! We encourage that anyone interested in volunteering to please reach out to, Chair of the Volunteer Committee Sylvester Pih ( or the IIA chapter administrator Joan Rainville (

I would like to thank our executive team, Alan Tsang (Chapter Senior Vice President), Neil Power (Chapter Vice President -Programs), Troy Purvis (Chapter Vice President -Administration), Sohail Choksy (Chapter Treasurer), and Marina Khan (Chapter Secretary) for all your support and dedication to the Chapter.

Stay engaged. Stay connected.


Margaret Pacheco

President, IIA Toronto Chapter​