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Certain provisions of the act to facilitate oversight of public bodies’ contracts and to establish the autorité des marchés publics to take effect

Following an inquiry into the contracting process in Quebec, the provincial government introduced Bill 108, the Act to facilitate oversight of public bodies’ contracts and to establish the Autorité des marchés publics based on the Commission’s recommendation.

 

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Mixed results in British Columbia white collar enforcement proceedings

Two high-profile cases in late 2018 demonstrate both the potentially grave consequences of securities law violations and the difficulties prosecutors face in securing convictions for white collar crime.

 

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Individual defendant receives three-year sentence for Canadian corruption conviction

On December 17th, 2018, Quebec’s Superior Court of Justice sentenced Yanaï Elbaz, a former senior manager of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), to a three-year prison term for his involvement in a bribery scheme in which SNC-Lavalin secured a $1.3 billion contract to build MUHC.

 

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Stop managing and start taking risk

Success in business is taking the right level of the right risks. It all comes down to helping leaders make informed and intelligent decisions.

 

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Standing Committee on Finance releases recommendations on Canada’s anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regime

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Recently, the House of Common’s Standing Committee on Finance released its report titled, “Confronting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: Moving Canada Forward” (the “Report”). The Report was released pursuant to the Standing Committee’s mandate under Standing Order 108(2), which directed the Committee to study the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act1 (“PCMLTFA”) and was […]

 

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Blowing the whistle is just the beginning of the whistleblower journey

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I’ve been studying fraud and white collar-crime for over 20 years. Never would I think that I’d be accused of making a fraudulent claim against a company that had wronged me. And yet, I’ve recently been accused of exactly that.

 

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The basics of risk management

I want to congratulate David Hillson (a.k.a. the Risk Doctor) for his video explaining his view of risk management basics. In Risk management basics: What exactly is it?, he takes less than five minutes to sum up risk management with six questions:

 

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UK government guidance on risk and cyber: the very good and the very bad

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) is a part of the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). If you are like me, you may have only heard about GCHQ in an unflattering context, that of working with US intelligence agencies to spy on foreign heads of state and hack foreign agencies.

 

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AMF not successful in convincing Court of Appeal in a market manipulation case

Very recently, the Québec Court of Appeal rendered a judgment addressing the elements constituting an offence for market manipulation as set forth in section 195.2 of the Québec Securities Act.

 

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Compliance training makes the slope a little less slippery

That recent academic research finding that strong internal reporting correlates to better business outcomes is welcome news for corporate compliance professionals, with all sorts of implications for how to run a compliance program smartly.

 

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SEC investigates cyber-related frauds

On October 16th, the US Securities and Exchange Commission published Report of Investigation Pursuant to Section 21(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 Regarding Certain Cyber-Related Frauds Perpetrated Against Public Companies and Related Internal Accounting Controls Requirements.

 

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency litigation

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are gaining more attention as days pass. Aside from the advantages that cryptocurrencies have like anonymity and easy international transactions, people are enticed by the fact that it can become a good investment.

 

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Use payroll reports to improve internal controls

Payroll reports, if properly designed, prepared, distributed and reviewed, assist with more than just cost control—they can help to significantly improve several internal controls. Very simply put, internal controls include the activities, processes, policies and procedures which an organization implements to ensure that it meets its objectives.

 

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We’re at a tipping point for third-party risk management

If indeed creating a culture of ethics, integrity and respect is the top objective of more than two-thirds of organizations, we could start seeing the results very soon when it comes to a new wave of investing in third-party systems.

 

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Canada moves forward with a remediation agreement regime

It is likely that many organizations will choose to enter into a remediation agreement with the hope of obtaining a stay of the charges and avoiding the risk of a lengthy prosecution and subsequent criminal conviction.

 

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