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 Assurance, Advice and Audit Independence, Striking the Right Balance

Speaker Presentation
11/19/2013 11:30 AM
11/19/2013 1:30 PM
Norwood Hotel 112 Marion Street, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 0T1 | Canada - Manitoba
Two for the Price of One:


The International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards) describes two types of internal audit activities that are distinctly different: Assurance and Consulting. However, the roles internal auditors play in their organizations may not be so clear-cut. A technique commonly used by internal audit functions may be described as “Advisory Services”. Over his lengthy career, our speaker has found that Advisory Services can be a particularly effective and efficient method for supporting organizations while providing assurance results without entering into formal consulting engagements. There are risks, however.  In this presentation, Brian Brown will describe how his internal audit functions have utilized advisory services without compromising assurance expectations while minimizing the impact on independence and objectivity.


Many internal auditors struggle with the question: “What do you do?” To respond, internal auditors need a “30-second elevator speech” that informs and also excites and impresses the recipient. Based on his experience as an advocate for the profession, Brian has developed a model that he has shared with countless internal auditors (including on AuditTV). To wrap up this session, he will share this model that will inform and excite all of your relatives, friends, and neighbours!

About Our Speaker:
Brian Brown is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession with over 26 years of experience including 20 years leading Internal Audit departments. He is currently the Chief Audit Executive for the Canadian Grain Commission.

Brian is currently serving as Past-Chair of the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) Canadian Board. As Chair for the previous two years, Brian led the organization through the transition from a North American structure toward an independent Canadian Institute. He has also represented Canada on the IIA’s global Board of Directors and North American Board (NAB). He has represented the internal audit profession in numerous situations involving governments, regulators, stakeholders, and other professions. He has made many presentations at conferences and to professional organizations including The Directors College, where he is a faculty member, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is a Distinguished Faculty Member of The IIA’s volunteer instructor program.

Brian also serves the community in various roles. He is currently Treasurer and Chairman of the Audit/Finance Committee for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. He has been presented with a Civic Appreciation Award by the City of Winnipeg and the Arthur Child Distinguished Service in Canada Award from the IIA Canada.

Brian is a graduate with honours from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designations.

Registration by eChapter
Registration deadline: Friday, November 15, 2013

Norwood Hotel
112 Marion Street,
Winnipeg, MB, R2H 0T1

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Registration: 11:30 am to 12 pm
Lunch & Presentation: 12 pm to 1:30 pm

Cost (including GST):
Members: $45.00
Non-members: $50.00

For information:
Kerri Elyk
IIA – Winnipeg Chapter
(204) 983-8379