E-SESSION #1: INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS, REPORTING, AND AUDITING
In this e-session, instructors Mark Morrison and Michael Dixon teach you all the necessary considerations when managing and conducting internal investigations in the wake of corruption issues.
With years of experience advising Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-corruption legislation and undertaking internal investigations, Morrison and Dixon are well-equipped to discuss considerations ranging from whether or not there is a need for outside counsel, how to address employees, reporting, discipline to best practices.
E-SESSION #2: JURISDICTION
This e-session simplifies and helps you understand the jurisdiction in Canadian courts with regards to corruption law and Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (the “CFPOA”).
If you are not familiar with the jurisdiction in Canada or the CFPOA, then attend this training e-session for an informative overview as Stéphane delineates the outer limits of the jurisdiction of Canadian authorities in an apprehensive and straightforward presentation.
Stéphane also provides insights and tips during this e-session that he has gained from his background with the Federal Department of Justice, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Legal Services, the Department of Justice, and over 20 years of experience advising clients in complex criminal matters relating to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, the Special Economic Measures Act, and more.
E-SESSION #3: TONE FROM THE TOP
An effective anti-corruption compliance program is not complete without a strong tone at the top.
In this e-session, Peter Dent, Partner at Deloitte LLP, will explain how you can establish strong leadership and an ethical tone at the top that is the backbone in creating, maintaining, and reinforcing a strong anti-corruption compliance program for your company.
Dent will also delve deeper into the concept of “tone at the top” and show you how to use it as a mechanism to impose actions and expected behaviours in a meaningful way upon your company’s employees.
E-SESSION #4: MANAGING THIRD PARTIES
Doing business in global markets is fraught with many risks, but few are more compelling (and sometimes less obvious) than using third parties to engage with foreign government officials. Do you know what risks are related to your business that can be amplified or reduced with third parties?
With the enactment of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) in 1998, Canada joined a long list of countries and international organizations in the global fight against public corruption. Therefore, for Canadian businesses, understanding your stakeholders and having a robust anti-corruption compliance management program in place are crucial to your business’ reputation and long-term success.
A third party compliance program is a necessary component of a sound anti-corruption compliance program. Hence, in this session, BDO Managing Director and Global Forensics Practice Leader, Nina Gross, discusses with you and shows you best practices for developing and implementing third party compliance programs for your business in-house.
E-SESSION #5: PROGRAM DESIGN
Once you have determined that your company and its leadership are fully committed to anti-corruption compliance and to establishing and maintaining a truly ethical culture, both in word and deed, the next step is to build a compliance structure that satisfies that commitment, while effectively addressing the risks identified. There is no single ‘right’ way to structure this compliance program, although there are some basic rules that could be followed.
In this webinar you will hear from subject matter experts, Brady and Boscariol of McCarthy Tetrault, who will be discussing a number of structural options for setting up an effective anti-corruption compliance program, as well as challenges to be aware of and pitfalls to avoid.
The instructors will also discuss why the chosen structure will go to great lengths to establish overall due diligence, as well as cultivating the desired relationship with various global regulators.
E-SESSION #6: TRAINING AND EDUCATION
In this training e-session, you will learn about the importance of training in the planning and implementation of an anti-bribery and corruption program.
Training is a key and essential component of an anti-bribery and corruption program. During this session we will discuss why training is a core element of an effective program and what is considered when designing, implementing, delivering and monitoring ant-bribery and corruption training.
During the session, instructor Ray Haywood, Director and Practice Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, will share real life experiences to illustrate how companies have addressed the various components of training to assist participants with their own training programs.
E-SESSION #7: POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
This e-session will teach you how to draft clear and well-articulated policy documents for your business.
A clearly articulated policy document for your business not only provides reference and security for your employees, but it also provides the basis for individual accountability for everyone working in the organization.
Creating an appropriate set of policies and procedures, therefore, can help you deliver ethical messages, instruct employees and intermediaries of expected conduct, and drive efficiency.
Participate in this training e-session to learn the key components of such document that can ultimately protect your business from risks.
E-SESSION #8: BOOKS, RECORDS, AND TRANSACTION TESTING
This e-session will show you the key pieces for implementing and maintaining a robust internal control system.
Practices for internal control are critical facets of an anti-corruption program and this e-session will teach you how practices for books, records, and internal controls will affect your company’s anti-corruption program. During the e-session, Zain Raheel, National Leader of the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services at EY and Nadia Ahmed, a Senior Manager within the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services group, will also engage in a discussion with attendees on “transaction testing”.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to handling bribery and corruption, therefore, the instructors aim to introduce inherently risky areas and will also provide you with actionable recommendations that you can apply within your company.
E-SESSION #9: ANTI-CORRUPTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Corruption remains a concern for companies operating or planning to operate in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”). In this e-session, JLL Canada’s Chief Counsel, Paul Greven will touch on the most common forms of corruption in MENA – bribery, and nepotism.
Paul will introduce local terms and concepts, such as wasta (which roughly translates from Arabic as “connections, influence or favouritism”) and show you how to deal with such local practices in two Middle Eastern nations – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Following a thorough outline of the current corruption landscape, Paul will also provide advice on how businesses can address risks proactively rather than reactively to mitigate reputational and legal risks in MENA.
E-SESSION #10: ANTI-CORRUPTION IN LATIN AMERICA
Is it shocking to hear that the cost of corruption globally is on par with the economic cost of the natural disasters we’ve had this summer in Latin America? The World Economic Forum estimates that global bribe payments amount to over $1 trillion annually, with Latin American countries being among the most corrupt. Furthermore, there have been massive scandals recently which has brought attention to corruption and fraud in the region. Many foreign leaders are now asking for a focus on increased governmental transparency over the next few years.
If you have businesses or will engage in business practices in Latin America, it is wise to prepare your organization and learn how to navigate corruption in this region. BDO Consulting Managing Director, Nina Gross will provide you insights on the most common forms of corruption in Latin American countries, as well as provide advice on critical considerations and due diligence.
Corruption in many parts of Latin American countries is often systemic, affecting citizens of all socio-economic statuses and severely impacting each country’s national economy. Nina will also discuss relationships between poor economic conditions and corruption as well as recent legislation and enforcement developments.
E-SESSION #11: ANTI-CORRUPTION IN AFRICA
Africa presents huge opportunities in virtually every sector of the economy.
Many African countries have been experiencing strong growth and are investing heavily in acutely needed social and physical infrastructure, yet, much of Africa continues to be plagued by high levels of corruption and are identified as high-risk jurisdictions.
Companies looking to pursue opportunities on the continent need to have a clear-sighted understanding of the diversity of the legal, cultural, social, political and risk environments that each region and country presents.
This session will explore the nature of the risks at play and lessons learned from companies that have successfully (and sometimes less successfully) invested in Africa.
E-SESSION #12: ANTI-CORRUPTION IN EASTERN EUROPE
Eastern Europe presents both a great opportunity for businesses and also a great challenge.
To help you overcome some of these great challenges, this e-session will cover the current state of the corruption landscape and present an approach on how to best manage corruption for businesses trading with, or considering an expansion into, Eastern Europe.
This training e-session will also introduce Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and will primarily focus on the critical economy of Russia.
Overall, this e-session will help businesses learn how to plan ahead, create effective and risk-free relationships, avoid unchecked growth, and understand Eastern European culture and policy.
E-SESSION #13: INTERNAL STRUCTURES AND DEALING WITH RED FLAGS
Identifying employee misconduct before it leads to a culture of “skirting the rules” is critical for the good reputation of any business. Employees and management need to have robust systems in place to deal with allegations of misconduct. This seminar will answer many questions, from who should lead an internal investigation to how allegations should be reported.
During this e-session, you will learn to:
- Appreciate the various ways in which corrupt behaviour may exhibit itself;
- Discuss the various remedies available to organizations faced with difficult situations;
- Identify clues that would raise red flags and require enhanced diligence;
- Understand and explain what types of allegations should be reported, and to whom;
- Design an internal investigative framework that promotes transparency and that is appropriate for their organization.