Allan Bachman, CFE
ACFE Education Manager
In an article published Wednesday in Canadian Business, it was reported that fraud costs Canadians almost $10 billion annually, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Hopefully Canadians can sleep a little easier this holiday season, and add save a little more money, when the Canadian Fraud Conference heads back to Toronto in November. The ACFE is known for holding a number of international events and conferences. Brussels hosted our European Conference for the first time this past April. Singapore is on the schedule for our Asia-Pacific Conference, Oct. 23-25, and we will head back to Toronto this year to host the 17th Annual Canadian Fraud Conference, Nov. 27-30. I have attended every conference in Toronto since becoming education manager and I always have a good time. Over the years I have met and become friends with many members, volunteers, attendees and speakers who make this conference the unique and valuable event that it is.
This year’s conference will be a special event. ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE, will return to Canada after a several year absence and will speak on “The Future of Fraud: Canada, the USA and the World.” Jim gave a variation of this keynote in Brussels and was very well received there with his view of what is on the horizon for anti-fraud professionals.
Closing the conference will be the noted, prolific and very entertaining Jeffrey Robinson, author of the best-selling book, The Laundrymen - Inside Money Laundering, The World's Third Largest Business and the upcoming, The Takedown: A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son, and The Unlikely Demise of Colombia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel. Jeffrey is a lively speaker and knowledgeable on all aspects of fraud. His address, “The New Fraud,” will certainly have everyone talking.
We will also host four additional keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions featuring popular speakers from previous conferences with new topics, as well as many new speakers. Included among the breakout session topics scheduled are, “Taking Electronic Evidence to the Next Level” and “Understanding Generation Y: Their Behaviour, Their Attitude, Their Fraud.”
As we have every year, we will host a Pre-Conference session on Sunday, Nov. 27. This year’s Baker Award winner Don Rabon, CFE, will teach his highly-acclaimed interviewing course which is always popular, informative and entertaining.
What makes each international conference so interesting to me is the idea that while we have much in common as fraud fighters, we are all each facing fraud issues particular to our country and region. I look forward to seeing many friends and colleagues again this November. Stay tuned for more announcements.