Update: February 2020
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22nd Annual Fraud Conference
Registration Opens 17 Feb
Main Conference - 25-26 May
Post Conference Workshop - 27 May
The brochure includes the speaker list, session schedule and conference pricing.

There is a truly impressive line up of speakers this year, with topics for everyone. More panels than ever, which will surely enrich the learning opportunities.

There are great discounts available for early birds, members, affiliates and groups of five or more. These discounts are cumulative and also apply to applicants for the CFI/CFT and affiliation. You do not want to miss out on these deep discounts.
Conference Sneak Peaks
“Scams, Frauds and Other Good Stories---Latest Financial Crimes We Are Seeing at the Law Society”

Stephen McClyment - Senior Investigation Counsel - Law Society of Ontario
In my presentation I will emphasize the degree to which lawyer trust accounts and lawyers themselves are being more than ever before targeted by fraud and organized crime in the areas of mortgage and real estate fraud; possession of and laundering the proceeds of crime; syndicated mortgages; elder fraud and other commercial frauds. I will also discuss the many ways that the Law Society is able to assist law enforcement and other regulatory stakeholders and vice versa. I will also touch on Law Office searches and some means that could be used to avoid such full searches while working with the Law Society
“Collision Course: Forensic Issues in Personal Injury Claims

Matt Mulholland - Partner/Senior VP - MDD Forensic Accountants
In this presentation, we will dive into investigating allegations of income loss as a result of personal injury. Focusing on self-employed business owners, this presentation will go through various area of consideration that must be given when reviewing business records to assess potential damages, areas that are often overlooked and other lessons learned through many years as an expert witness practicing in this field. We will also walk through tips and tricks for counsel for effective witness preparation for first time witnesses (or even the experienced ones!).
“Cyber Sleuthing - Investigation Resources & Best Practices

Keith Elliot - President & CEO - Reed Research Investigations
The world has changed and so have your investigative resources. Social Media platforms, cell phones, meta-data, and computers are a leading source of information in any modern investigation. Veteran Investigator, Keith Elliott of Reed Research Investigations will explore the current emerging trends and recent changes in social media and online platforms. He will provide investigative resources available through web services, explore Geotagging & mapping while identifying the cyber risks which our investigation is exposed to when using our phone and these platforms. He will identify and establish best practices for digital media collection and preservation to enhance your investigations and this evidence.  
Why Canada’s Weak Regulatory Regime for Its Capital Markets Creates a Necessity for Fraud Investigators”

Bruce Livesey - Managing Director - i20 Research Inc
This talk will examine Canada’s regulatory regime for the capital markets and why fraud investigators are more essential than ever.

Canada has arguably the weakest regulatory system for its capital markets in the Western world. It is one of only two members (the other being Bosnia-Herzegovina) of the 100-member International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) that does not have a national securities regulator – a situation long seen as an international embarrassment. 

Instead, Canada has a collection of provincial securities commissions and self-regulatory agencies that are widely viewed as being ineffectual – and usually captured by the local financial, business and legal establishments. Moreover, after the RCMP established its Integrated Market Enforcement Teams (IMET) in the early 2000s, the Mounties proved they were rarely up to the task of investigating complex crimes in the capital markets, despite expending vast resources on these teams.

As a result, all studies show that rates of investigation, fines and conviction for securities fraud in Canada are far below reasonable levels, especially when compared to the US. In turn, this has led some to believe Canada is a haven for white-collar crime – where few who commit fraud are punished.

As the author of the bestselling book “Thieves of Bay Street” (published by Random House), and veteran investigative reporter and now corporate investigator, Livesey has unique insights into the regulatory problems facing Canada’s capital markets. 

He has firsthand knowledge and experience of dealing with the weaknesses of the regulatory regime – and its consequences.

His talk will highlight that because regulators are not doing their jobs, private fraud investigators are more necessary in Canada than ever before. And that corporate investigation firms have an important role to play in helping clients avoid making poor investment decisions, going into business with the wrong people, while also uncovering issues with individual companies and its management. 
Current Career Opportunities
Investigator (Permanent) – Office of the Integrity Commissioner – Toronto, ON
Apply by February 24, 2020

The Office of the Integrity Commissioner strives to encourage a culture of integrity and accountability. The Office is seeking an experienced Investigator to conduct investigations into non-compliance with the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998, and the Members’ Integrity Act, 1994, as well as wrongdoing in the Ontario public service …   More
Current Articles
Why The Criminal Process is Secondary in Fraud Recovery – Part III
Lenient Sentencing Where No Restitution or Cooperation

Norman Groot, LLB, Investigation Counsel PC

….. the criminal justice system declined to impose incarceration in the case of a “serious fraud” involving a breach of trust where no restitution was made and where the rogue never disclosed who she conspired with nor who received the benefit of the stolen funds. It is our view that if a recovery is not made from the rogue before sentencing, or if the rogue does not at least cooperate to assist in their victim’s recovery, there should be no claim to mercy on sentencing. This is yet another case where house arrest, with the usual trappings of television and internet use, visitors, and access to the community are somehow equated in the eyes of the Courts to the punishment of incarceration  ...   More
Call for Articles - Have you been involved in an interesting case? Are you aware of issues in the field for which broader exposure would be useful to your colleagues and others within our wider network of individuals involved in forensic investigation? We would appreciate receiving your articles for inclusion here and on our website. We invite you to review past articles that have appeared in our newsletter - Articles of Interest