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Audit Leadership Event

Audit Leadership Event (ALE)

“New Beginning: A New Playbook”

Audit Leadership Event (ALE)

Monday, September 20, 2021

We are all in the same storm, but not the same boat.”

(IIA North American 2021 Pulse of the Profession Report)

No one can argue that the last 18 months has been a once in a lifetime experience for us all.  The first global pandemic in over 100 years forced societal lockdowns resulting in isolation, sadness and economic chaos. It encouraged innovation, automation and transformed workplaces in a timeframe most would not have thought was possible.  We witnessed an erosion of trust, political upheaval, protests against racism, resulting in demands for increased attention to social purpose, equity, diversity and environmental change.  The pandemic has not only impacted our communities, our businesses and our environment but continues to create uncertainty and opportunity into the near future.

The pandemic has tested us all, and while not over, we do have the opportunity to shape how we would like to emerge…and as you undoubtedly can attest to, so will the profession of internal auditing. Some audit leaders have said that this is the most significant turning point in the past 20 years for the internal audit profession, potentially a “new beginning”.

Join us for a day filled with keynote speakers, leading experts in today’s issues, Board members and audit leaders as they discuss the most significant topics of this “new beginning”.

This Audit Leadership Event may change the direction you take with your internal audit activities. Come prepared to learn and consider how you will design your new playbook. 


How the Day Unpacks

Kicking off with our first Keynote speaker!

David Horsager – CEO, Trust Edge Leadership

As a result of the pandemic-created isolation, indicators are showing that there has been an erosion of trust between individuals and between clients/customers, employees with organizations and governments. Correspondingly, it has become far more challenging to build trust in this environment. David Horsager is a prolific researcher, speaker and author in the subject of “trust” and he is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, Trust Expert in Residence at High Point University, and Wall Street Journal. His book titles include best sellers “The Trust Edge” and “Leading with Trust”. David has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota, MIT and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.  As a speaker, David is known as “the most relevant keynote of the decade”.

Next up, get ready for the panel of insightful leaders discussing “The Path Forward”!

“The Path Forward” Panelists:

  • Colleen Johnston– Board member of Shopify (Audit Committee Chair), McCain Foods, Q4, Private Debt Partners and Blue Shield of California. Colleen is Chair of Unity Health Toronto, which includes St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare and is also a member of the Shaw Festival board. She serves on the Finance Minister’s Advisory Committee on Open Banking.
  • Mohamed Irshad (DNI), Head of Global Internal Audit at Schneider Electric – a diversity and inclusion champion and speaker
  • Dailene Kells, Partner – Deloitte LLP, CAE – variety of private and public sector entities
  • TBD
  • Harold Silverman, IIA’s Managing Director – Professional Practices and former CAE (Moderator)

Engaging discussions on the following topics:

  • Evolving governance priorities;
  • Social purpose;
  • Stakeholder and public scrutiny of Board and Management;
  • Increasing reliance on technology;
  • The future of work; and
  • Increasing focus on diversity and inclusion.


Then, be inspired by our Closing Keynote!

Wes Hall – Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors and The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and The BlackNorth Initiative.

As 2020 unfolded, we witnessed high profile incidents and anti-racism protests beyond anything most of us had ever seen. In reality, systemic racism has always existed but has not been in the public eye to this extent. These events further highlighted the need for governments, corporations, and other organizations to greatly enhance their diversity and inclusion efforts. Wes Hall immigrated from Jamaica 30 years ago and worked his way up from the mailroom to the Boardroom. Along the way, he had to deal with challenges relating to his race and colour. In 2020, he established the BlackNorth Initiative gathering a large group of corporate leaders, with a goal to breakdown the systemic barriers that have kept leaders from underrepresented groups out of the Executive suite.