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Artificial intelligence: The year in review

The regulatory landscape impacting AI continues to evolve both domestically and abroad. As we begin the new year, we pause to reflect on some of 2017’s most notable developments in AI and prepare for new trends to watch out for in 2018.

 

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Whistleblower protection: Employers need to create a speak-up environment

It is incumbent on Canadian employers to take whatever steps they can to implement systems that would allow whistleblowers to step forward without fear, and speak-up without punishment.

 

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The worst audit report I have seen

I have seen a few candidates for this title, but one stands out. This is how I described it in my best-selling book, World-Class Internal Audit: Tales from my Journey:

 

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New initiatives to hold companies accountable for human rights violations abroad

On January 17, 2018, the federal government announced two new initiatives to hold Canadian companies doing business and operating abroad accountable for human rights violations abroad.

 

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An example of game theory in risk management

One of the risks identified by many organizations as significant and included in the risk disclosures required in corporate filings, such as the annual and quarterly filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is the loss of key personnel.

 

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Measuring ethical culture

This presents a discussion on how to measure ethical culture. I just read an interesting article by Scott Moritz of Protiviti. Measuring Ethical Culture – Tapping into Open Secrets is an easy read and covers the main points. He suggests that employees are more likely than in previous years to answer a survey honestly, assuming […]

 

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Keeping an eye on employees – Guidance from BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

If you decide that you need to keep an eye on your employees, you’ll want to take into consideration this guidance from BC’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. As technology becomes more inexpensive, accessible and ubiquitous, we are seeing an increase in employers’ use of surveillance tools. While workplace monitoring has its benefits, […]

 

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Identifying, assessing, and evaluating risk is the easy part

COSO ERM 2017 talks about strategy selection, which is a very important decision, and how you need to assess each option. The selection process includes understanding what might happen under each option (risks and opportunities in their language), weighing all the pros and cons, and then choosing the one that makes the most business sense.

 

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Is it ever wise for a franchisor to become a shareholder of its franchisees?

Is it a good idea for a franchisor to become a joint shareholder in the franchised businesses of its network? Sometimes yes, and often not. It depends… mostly on the franchisor!

 

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Key developments in Canada’s economic sanctions and export controls during 2017 & what to expect in 2018

This article begins with a summary of parliamentary recommendations to improve Canada’s sanctions regime, and then launches into reforms that have already taken shape, such as the creation of a publicly-accessible sanctions database and the adoption of a new Magnitsky Law. Second, it discusses recent updates to Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws. Third, we explore Canada’s preparations to join the Arms Trade Treaty with Bill C-47, including expected developments in 2018.

 

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The state of information or cyber security today

Senior management must understand the state of information or cyber security today and how it affects enterprise objectives and the delivery of value to customers and other stakeholders. A number of recent publications talk to this topic.

 

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Key principles of successful risk management

Somehow, we need to move the practice away from a periodic review of a list of risks (which Jim refers to as enterprise list management) and to increasing the likelihood and extent of success.

 

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You can’t delegate ethics on the issue of sexual harassment

There is no denying the alarming scope and prevalence of workplace sexual harassment. For the past several months, it seems not a day goes by without news of another troubling example of egregious workplace behavior. Victims of sexual harassment have moved beyond simply speaking up; they are now standing up, speaking out and making sure their voices are heard.

 

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Is asking about risk culture the right question?

If you don’t have a consistent attitude towards taking risk among the few members of the executive team, how can you expect to have a consistent attitude among the population of employees and decision-makers?

 

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Risk and game theory

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The Cuban Missile Crisis is frequently cited as an example of the use of Game Theory. I am talking about the situation confronting the Kennedy government when they found that the USSR had installed missiles in Cuba that were capable of hitting American cities with nuclear weapons. Here is a link to a summary of […]

 

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