An audit and risk-management professional with 19 years of experience leading risk-based financial, operational, fraud, IT, SOX, and compliance engagements for large organizations in the local government and the utility, retail, managed services, and gaming industries.
Working knowledge of COSO and COBIT control frameworks, audit and fraud investigation techniques, project management techniques and tools, ACL data analytics, and the Institution of Internal Auditors’ International Professional Practice Framework.
Recent Career Highlights
The City of Toronto – Prevented an aggregate loss of over $15 million.
Toronto Hydro - Identified an annual loss of revenue of approximately $1.8 million.
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario – Implemented the Integrated Audit approach, resulting in a 225% increase in the number of significant observations per audit.
Auditor General’s Office of the City of Toronto
Sr. Investigator (Sr. Manager Level) 01/2016-09/2018
Reported to the Assistant Auditor General; accountable for planning, executing and reporting investigations of significant allegations of fraud, misconduct, and waste.
Reviewed over 650 engagement files per year to ensure the achievement of investigation objectives, quality assurance, and staff development.
Independently identified over $8 million in loss of development charge revenue and formulated paradigm-shifting measures to mitigate the risk on a going-forward basis.
Completed a complex investigation in just one-third of the standard 9-month cycle time, secured evidence and prevented a potential loss estimated at $7 million.
Detected a material IT control gap that would have permitted refunds to non-original payers and a multimillion-dollar cost-saving opportunity.
Toronto Hydro – Sr. Internal Auditor 06/2013-01/2016
Reported to the Director of Internal Audit; contributed to the development of the risk-based audit plan and led financial, operational, Bill 198, and regulatory compliance engagements as well as consulting services related to governance and control processes.
Identified an annual loss of revenue in the amount of approximately $1.8 million during a utility lease contract engagement.
Detected over $0.3 million in overpayments during a cost-plus construction contract review and strengthened the associated invoice validation process to mitigate the risk effectively.
Spearheaded the Integrated Audit Approach by integrating IT into all audits with the aid of ACL data analytics and received positive feedback from stakeholders at all levels.
Mount Sinai Hospital –Sr. Internal Auditor 02/2013–06/ 2013
Provided advisory services related to risk management and completed the broader public sector accountability project two months ahead of schedule.
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
Audit Unit Manager 10/2008-12/ 2012
Reported to the Branch Director; accountable for leading a team of 11 audit professionals to provide regulatory assurance of OLG’s casino and lottery operations and consulting services such as the development of policies affecting the gaming industry.
Led the risk-assessment, developed the annual risk-based audit plan, managed multiple field executions concurrently and proactively promoted the best practices to operators.
Implemented the IIA’s IPPF, integrated IT into all audits to enable a holistic evaluation of highly automated gaming operations, increasing the number of deficiencies identified per review from 4 in 2008 to 13 in 2012, a key KPI.
Sears Canada – Sr. Internal Auditor (SOX) 07/2007-09/2008
Contributed to the reduction in the number of key controls by 30% by rationalizing SOX risk matrices, coached the SOX Analysts, and freed up 3 SOX Analysts.
Circuit City Canada – SOX Compliance Manager 04/2006-06/2007
Re-engineered the SOX compliance program, led a team of 2 SOX Auditors, decreased the number of key financial reporting controls by over 40%, detected an overstatement of approximately $5 million in fixed assets through testing, received higher reliance on ITGC testing from the external auditor, and trimmed the SOX program budget by $0.4 million.
ARAMARK Canada – Internal Audit Manager 06/2001-03/2006
Led the development of enterprise-wide risk assessment in collaboration with senior management and executed the audit plan with the assistance of 3 audit professionals, including consulting services such as accounting policy revision.
Managed the SOX management assessment process for three critical financial cycles and received a special bonus from the CFO in recognition of my contribution in 2005.
Partnered with the HR Director, investigated into hotline complaints, detected six material fraudulent financial reporting and embezzlement cases, and provided litigation support.
The Institution of Internal Auditors: CIA 02/2019
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association: CISA 04/2008
Athabasca University: MBA (IT) 12/2005
Ontario Chartered Professional Accountant : CPA, CGA 09/2000
University of New Brunswick: BBA 10/1999
Selected Audit-Specific Applications
ACL Data Analytics
TeamMate Audit Management System
Microsoft Office Suite