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).
Mark Flewwelling, CFI, CFE, CICA, CBA
Sussex Corner, New Brunswick
Mark is a Principal/Partner of Risk Mitigators MD. Risk Mitigators MD specializes in Fraud Assessment/Mitigation, Board Governance & Oversight, Operational Efficiencies, Regulatory Compliance, Internal Control, and Risk Assessment.
Prior to this, Mark held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Risk Management Agency, the regulator of the New Brunswick Credit Union System. Mark was involved in the Credit Union System for 16 years. Before joining the Credit Union System in NB, he held progressive management positions in the Bank of Nova Scotia for 24 years, inclusive of 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 Bank’s mortgage lending program to strengthen the due diligence process.
Mark strongly believes in continuing education in the fight for fraud prevention, detection and prosecution, and has completed almost 300 hours of fraud/ethics 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 has served on several Boards, 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.
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
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".
Chetan Sehgal, CPA, CA.IFA, CFF, CFI, CAMS
BDO Canada LLP
Kimberly Thoms (Omelian), CPA, CMA, CFI
Department of Indigenous Services Canada, Edmonton, AB
Kimberly Thoms is a Regional Program Development Advisor for 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. She recently completed the Information Access and Protection of Privacy (IAPP) certificate with distinction from the University of Alberta in June 2017.
Sheree Mann, CFI, CBV, CA
Froese Forensic Partners, Toronto, Ontario