Current Board of Directors
David Debenham, LL.B, LL.M, MBA, CFI, CMA, DIFA
McMillan LLP, Ottawa, Ontario
David Debenham is a partner with the law firm of McMillan. He is a trial lawyer whose practice explores all areas of commercial litigation, including fraud and breach of trust/fiduciary duty claims. As part of his practice David uses his training as an accountant to trace funds and assert personal claims against directors and senior managers of corporate debtors. He is the author of "the Law of Fraud and the Forensic Investigator" (3rd edition, 2012, Carswell) and "Executive Liability and the Law" (2nd edition, 2010, Carswell).
Larry Levasseur, CFI
Pollard Banknote Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Larry Levasseur joined Pollard Banknote Limited in March 2014 as the Director of Corporate Security. Pollard Banknote is World’s 2nd largest manufacturer of instant scratch lottery tickets and related gaming services. Larry is a 22 year veteran of the Winnipeg Police Service. At the time of retiring he was the Sergeant in charge of the Commercial Crime Unit, where he had spent the majority of his career. Larry worked in areas including; general patrol, human resources, child abuse, commercial crime and the professional standards unit and on several occasions was called upon to lead task force investigations. In 2002 he received the Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from the Attorney General of Manitoba and in 2007 he received the Canadian Banks' Law Enforcement Award for the arrest of Gerald Blanchard.
As an ACFI member, Larry sits on the ACFI Board of Directors for the past several years and was the chair of the Winnipeg chapter and holds the designation of Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI). Larry is also very involved with ASIS International and was the vice-chair of the Winnipeg Chapter and holds the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP).
Secretary & Treasurer
Erin Egeland, MBA, CPA, CGA, CFI
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Erin Egeland is an Accounting Professor in the Faculty of Management at Vancouver Island University. She also serves as the Coordinator for Vancouver Island University's Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation (FAFI) Online Advanced Diploma Program and the Fraud & Ethics Research and Education Centre. Erin developed the curriculum for 3 of the 7 FAFI courses and currently teaches in and explores research opportunities to enhance the program . Erin has over 9 years of teaching experience and specializes in Income Tax and Fraud Investigation. Prior to teaching, she worked for 8 years as a Tax Compliance Auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency. She is the current President of her local Minor Hockey Association where she enjoys giving back to her community and the families that reside there.
Directors at Large
Paula Delano, CFI
Forensic Investigation Team, St. Catharines, Ontario
Paula is a forensic investigator with the Forensic Investigation Team (FIT). She conducts fraud and employee conduct investigations for all Ministries of the Ontario Public Service. Paula has conducted investigations ranging from breach of trust, destruction or disappearance of records or assets, personal benefits being obtained from proprietary knowledge, disappearance of records or assets and other fraudulent and dishonest acts.
Mark Flewwelling, CFI
Sussex Corner, New Brunswick
Mark currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Risk Management Agency, the regulator of the New Brunswick Credit Union System. Mark has been involved in the Credit Union System for the past 15 years. Prior to that he held progressive management positions in the Bank of Nova Scotia for 24 years, and held the position of Senior Manager Audit, Special Investigations and Projects where his area of concentration was fraud prevention and investigations. As a result of several investigations, Mark was involved in recommending changes to the Banks mortgage lending program to strengthen the due diligence process. Mark strongly believes in continuing education in particular in the fight for fraud prevention, detection and prosecution, and has completed 267 hours of fraud related training since 2007. Mark achieved his CFI designation in January 2013, CBA designation in Aug 2014, CICA designation in July 2010 and his CFE designation in September 2007. Mark is a member of several professional organizations and currently sits as Chair of the Atlantic Credit Union Prudential Supervisory Association as well as being a member of the Selection Committee for the ACFI. During his working career Mark has conducted 49 institutional fraud investigations ranging in size up to $14MM.
Norman Groot, LL.B, CFE, CFI
Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation, Toronto, Ontario
Norman's practice is devoted to assisting counsel in investigations and dealing with police, defending police and private sector investigators in criminal, civil, and regulatory actions, assisting insurers defend suspected fraudulent claims, and to recovering the proceeds of fraud on behalf of financial institutions and corporations.
Additionally, Norman is counsel to the Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units, the Canadian Independent Adjusters Association and the Canadian Association of Private Investigators on privacy and investigation matters.
In 2001, Norman authored the first text on "Canadian Law and Private Investigations".
H. Ray Haywood, CFI
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto, Ontario
Ray is a Director and Practise Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Investigations and Forensic Services group in Toronto. He focuses mainly on managing and directing forensic financial investigations and acts as a security resource for evaluating and recommending security best practices for a wide range of private, public and government organizations.
Ray has over thirty five years of experience in a wide range of investigations with extensive experience in criminal and business investigations. Ray was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for twenty four years where he was involved in a diverse range of criminal and fraud investigations. After several years of investigating major criminal occurrences, Ray was an investigator and supervisor in the Commercial Crime Section for eight years.
Kimberly Omelian, CMA, CFI
Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Edmonton, AB
Kimberly Omelian is the Accountability Manager for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch - Alberta Region. Working in the healthcare, electrical and education industries, she has a varied background in compliance and internal auditing. Her work has focused on conducting investigations relating to contract compliance and subsequent financial remedies for contraventions.
Sheree Mann, CFI, CBV, CA
Froese Forensic Partners, Toronto, Ontario