President's Message

Dear Members,

Stay Engaged; Stay Connected.  While shamelessly plagiarizing the sign-off of outbound President, Margaret Pacheco, it still fits with the unprecedented global circumstances impacting our societies and economies.  Also, Stay Safe; both physically (washing hands and socially distancing) and psychologically (in safe environments where you can check on your mental and emotional health). 

As the 2nd-3rd largest Chapter globally, we hope to pivot to the new virtual world and continue to support you, our members, by ensuring you have the tools, training and networking opportunities needed to adapt to the changing landscape and emerging risks posed by COVID, while delivering on the internal audit value proposition.  Some key virtual later this year include the National Conference (hosted by the IIA Calgary Chapter) on September 14-16 and Inclusive Leadership - Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace on September 29. 

Strategic planning is well underway on our areas of focus for the next 1-2 years.  Under the leadership of Executive Director, Paul Forgues, our partnership with IIA Canada could not be in a better place and we look forward to investing further in this relationship and benchmarking ourselves against and collaborating with other chapters coast-to-cost; Stronger Together.  It would be remiss of me not to callout that we have requested, and will share with you upon receipt, further details of the IIA Call To Action (Standing in Solidarity – We Are One); “Black Lives DO Matter”. 

On a personal level, I would like to offer a huge thank you to Margaret and her Executive Team, and in-turn their teams, who have moved the dial on so many levels: Alan Tsang (SVP); Marina Quereshi (Secretary); Troy Purvis (VP - Administration); and, Neil Power (VP - Programs).  As a big believer in the power of a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More), I am also excited to welcome and introduce you to the new Executive Team: Sharon Mohip (SVP); Musheer Alambath (Secretary); Claire Chong (VP – Administration); and, Jennifer Chew (VP – Programs).  Cheng Cheng enters his second year as Treasurer. 

Last, but by no means least, a special thank you to our volunteers, Governors, past Presidents; and, our ongoing sponsors - KPMG, MNP, Protiviti, Wolters Kluwer and CaseWare IDEA.  Our success has and will continue to be built on their continued support. Without their dedication to the Chapter and the profession, the service of our members would not be possible.

Leadership is not a title; rather, a responsibility and a privilege, which respects diversity and inclusion.  The new Executive Team and I are humbled by the opportunity to serve you, our members, and excited to face with you the challenges that lay ahead.  Please let us know what you or your teams need; we are listening and look forward to a successful year together.

Colin Shaw

President, IIA Toronto Chapter​