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Canadian taxation of cryptocurrency … so far

Cryptocurrency is digital “money” that utilizes encryption techniques to regulate the issuance of units and verify their transfer. Cryptocurrency operates without the participation of a central bank or other government agency.

 

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COSO ERM explains the flaw in risk appetite statements

Devotion to remaining within risk appetite (if you can even express one that will proactively guide decision-makers) is likely to make you risk averse – and focusing on avoiding harm is the path to avoiding success.

 

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Mitigate the risks associated with IT systems acquisition

Any organization which acquires IT systems must do so carefully. Among other reasons, systems may be costly, they may be critical to business operations, and they may create significant risks (for example a risk of security breaches). The following suggestions will help to mitigate some of the risks associated with IT systems acquisition:

 

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Facilitation payments now illegal under Canada’s foreign corruption law

On October 31, 2017, the federal government brought into force a pending amendment to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act likely to have a significant impact on many Canadian firms operating abroad. Starting on October 31, so-called “facilitation payments” – payments to low-level government officials to expedite or secure the performance of an act of a routine nature – will be illegal.

 

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Internal controls for gift giving this holiday season

Many companies effectively minimize the risk of inappropriate gifts through stringent pre-approval requirements because a sufficiently robust and enforced pre-approval policy can reduce the number of gifts simply because of the headache of getting the pre-approval. This has the added benefit of ensuring enforcement of internal controls, largely because of the reduced volume of gifts being included in expense reports.

 

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Is it about managing risk?

Managing risk absent the context of your objectives leads you to manage what may be irrelevant and miss what may be crucial.

 

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Canada publishes a somewhat consolidated economic sanctions list

On October 13, 2017, Global Affairs Canada published the country’s first consolidated list of blacklisted individuals and entities under the Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”), known as the “Consolidated SEMA Sanctions List”. The Consolidated SEMA Sanctions List is intended to provide a single accessible website for members of the public to search for individuals and entities listed under SEMA sanctions regulations.

 

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What a CEO needs to hear to invest more in compliance – strategy

Investment decisions are strategic. They are based on a business case and cost/benefit analysis. Expense decisions are more tactical, and are often associated with things an organization must do to keep running – like meet a regulatory requirement so they can check the box.

 

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Bill 141 – Proposed amendments to the Act respecting the Autorité des marchés financiers with regard to whistleblowing

Following the example of the Ontario Securities Commission, the Authority implemented a whistleblower program in June 2016. Contrary to Ontario, Quebec’s program does not give financial awards to whistleblowers, but it does guarantee a framework that ensures confidentiality and protects whistleblowers against reprisals. However, no legislative amendment guaranteeing these protections has been introduced until now.

 

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Should you adopt the updated COSO ERM Framework? My assessment

It has been 13 years since the original COSO ERM Framework and eight years since ISO 31000:2009 was published. The updated COSO ERM Framework was an opportunity for COSO to “leap forward”. But did it?

 

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How well did COSO address comments on the ERM draft?

My impression is that COSO only tinkered with the draft. But, have they done enough to move practices forward, in the right direction? Will this update change the percentage of executives answering the piercing question by Deloitte, “Does risk management support, at a high level, the ability to develop and execute business strategies”, up from 13% close to 80%?

 

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Which are the best principles for effective risk management?

I will let you decide which is the best set of principles: which is clearer in setting expectations for the effective management of risk and which is better as a basis for assessing the maturity of risk management.

 

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Conducting an internal investigation? Here are 4 things to consider

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Many internal investigations (such as harassment claims, fraud, misuse of company assets, etc) often involve the use of digital devices and may require a forensic analysis of those devices to find evidence of an employee’s actions.

 

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Three cybersecurity trends driving the Bank of Canada’s call for cybersecurity to be treated as a ‘public good’

As the level and sophistication of cyber-attacks continue to grow, there will be a mounting pressure on regulators to continue to develop coordinated, meaningful, mandatory minimum standards that are enforceable against all financial institutions and FMIs as well as their service providers.

 

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Is the COSO ERM update a success or failure?

Recently, COSO published an update to their 2004 ERM Framework. The product, retitled Enterprise Risk Management: Integrating with Strategy and Performance, is available from the AICPA or IIA.

 

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