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PSAC Virtual Symposium: Preparing Public Sector Auditors for Today’s Terrain

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and Thursday, November 7, 2019
1:00–3:00 p.m. ET

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​The Public Sector Audit Center is hosting its Fall Virtual Symposium, Preparing Public Sector Auditors for Today’s Terrain, on Tuesday, November 5 and Thursday, November 7 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. ET each day. This premier online training opportunity provides government auditors a chance to learn and engage through a convenient and flexible web-based console. Join us for a dynamic three-part symposium specifically designed for the public sector auditor. Attendees will learn how to audit at the speed of risk, respond to disruption, recruit and manage talent, support innovation and intelligent risk-taking, and learn the major barriers to sound ethical thinking.

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Topic 1: Do You Have Vision For 2020?
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)
Presented by: Richard Chambers

  • Learn techniques to assist in auditing at the speed of risk.
  • Enhance your skill sets to respond to disruption in your organization.
  • Understand how to successfully navigate the politics in “politics”.

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Time: 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Topic 2: Upping Our Game: Our Journey Towards Renewed Value for Internal Audit in the Canadian Federal Context
Field of Study: Business Management & Organization
Presented by: Mike Milito

  • Discover ways to re-brand internal audit.
  • Learn recruitment and talent management techniques.
  • Understand how data strategy is being implemented in the Federal Government.
  • Hear about experimentation with a broad suite of services.
  • Identify tangible approaches that support innovation and intelligent risk taking.
  • Ascertain lessons learned to date.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Topic 3: Acting Ethically—Not as Easy as it Sounds
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics
Presented by: David Cotton

  • Understand the IIA Code of Ethics and where to find related guidance.
  • Examine several ethical frameworks.
  • Learn the major barriers to sound ethical thinking.
  • Study several ethical dilemmas that illustrate the difficulties of remaining ethical.

Course Duration: 2–4 hours
CPEs Available: 4
Knowledge Level: Basic
Field of Study: Varies
Prerequisites: None
Advance Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based


Both Sessions

PSAC Member: $85
IIA member: $120
Public: $160

Individual Session

PSAC Member: $45
IIA member: $65
Public: $85


Richard F. ChambersRichard F. Chambers, CIA, QIAL, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA
President and CEO, The Institute of Internal Auditors

Richard F. Chambers has more than four decades of internal audit and association management experience, mostly in leadership positions. Prior to taking the helm of The IIA in 2009, he was national practice leader in Internal Audit Advisory Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers; inspector general of the Tennessee Valley Authority; deputy inspector general of the U.S. Postal Service; and director of the U.S. Army Worldwide Internal Review Organization at the Pentagon. He currently serves on the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Board of Directors and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Accounting Today has named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. Chambers has authored two award-winning books – Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors and Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail. Both are available in multiple languages. His latest book –The Speed of Risk: Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, 2ND EDITION, brings in examples and lessons learned amid a quickly evolving risk landscape since the first edition was released.

Mike MilitoMike Milito, MBA, CIA, CRMA
Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Mike Milito has been Assistant Comptroller General, Internal Audit Sector (IAS) since December 11, 2017. In this role, Mike is responsible for leading and championing the internal audit function in the Federal Public Service, which includes monitoring and assessing policy implementation; providing oversight and support; and developing policy advice and standards. He is also responsible for the recruitment, appointment, and tenure of qualified and diverse departmental audit committee members. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Comptroller General of IAS, Mike was the Director General of the Internal Audit and Evaluation Bureau at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). Since 2014, he has been TBS’ Champion for the Public Service Employee Survey, where he collaborates with others to develop new approaches to continually improve the wellness and workplace of employees. Prior to TBS, Mike occupied various roles in the fields of Audit and Evaluation in Public Works and Government Services Canada, Health Canada, Privy Council Office, and Finance Canada. Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University, and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor.

David L. CottonDavid L. Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM
Chairman, Cotton & Company

Dave Cotton served as Cotton & Company’s managing partner from the firm’s founding in 1981 until July 2006. In July 2006, with the election of two new managing partners, he became the firm’s first chairman. Dave received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (1971) and his Master’s in Business Administration in management science and labor relations (1972) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Dave served on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards (the Council advises the United States Comptroller General on promulgation of Government Auditing Standards—the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s Yellow Book) from 2006 to 2009. Dave was the recipient of the ACFE 2018 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Award (“presented to a CFE who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of fraud examination … based on their contributions to the ACFE, to the profession, and to the community”).