• Professional Standards Investigations Specialist
  • Position: Senior Investigator
  • Job/Opportunity Number: 1276
  • Unit/Department:
  • Organization: CPA Ontario
  • Website: www.cpaontario.ca
  • Location: Toronto
  • Term: Permanent; full-time
  • Posting Date:
    July 10, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until a suitable candidate is found
  • Compensation:

    At CPA Ontario, we are a regulator, educator, provider, advocate and thought leader. We ensure that our more than 94,000 members and 22,000 students meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. We provide certifications, continued training and learning for the profession. We serve our members and students with a commitment to quality and efficient delivery. We champion the interests of our profession with the business community. And we develop cutting-edge ideas and thinking that evolve the profession. CPAs represent a globally recognized, premium designation. Our Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations in all industries for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, management skills, global perspectives and leadership.

    CPA Ontario’s strategic priorities include attracting a pipeline of new entrants to the profession, building member connectivity, maintaining high standards and creating a strong brand. As an organization, we are guided by a set of core values and behaviors that are reflected in the work we do, how we treat each other, and how we represent ourselves.

    We protect the public. We advance our profession. We guide our CPAs. We are CPA Ontario. For more information, visit us at cpaontario.ca

    Position Description

    CPA Ontario is currently in search of a Senior Investigator who will be responsible for carrying out and playing a lead role in many of the investigations required by the Professional Conduct Committee (“PCC”) and appointed by Counsel of the PCC. Reporting to the VP, Investigations and Prosecutions, the successful candidate will also participate in and lead various team projects as well as Standards Enforcement group initiatives.

    Major Responsibilities
    • Take the lead role and execute investigations of complaints against members of the profession. Specific tasks include:
      • Reviewing materials and developing investigative plans and budgets;
      • Conducting interviews with witnesses and members in accordance with the powers afforded to the investigator under the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Act, 2017 and the Bylaws/Regulations of CPA Ontario;
      • Gathering and managing evidence in a forensic context with an understanding that such information may be subject to disclosure and tendered as evidence before the Discipline Committee;
      • Preparing reports and related evidentiary document briefs that will be relied upon by the PCC in carrying out the Committee’s mandate;
      • Appearing before the PCC to speak to the investigation report and answer the PCC’s queries, as required;
      • Providing assistance to Counsel in drafting charges and preparing for Hearings.
      • Appearing as a witness before the Discipline Committee;
    • Work in tandem with subject matter experts on larger or specialized matters (i.e. tax, audit, bankruptcy) and lead the investigation from a forensic perspective;
    • Mentor/Supervise (or work in tandem as required) Investigators with respect to all aspects of the investigative function, namely: planning, issue identification and resolution, interviewing and report writing.
    Qualification Requirements
    • Successful completion of the CPA designation and a member in good standing is required.
      CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics) designation, Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc), DIFA
    • (Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting Program) or equivalent is highly preferred.
    • A minimum of 10 years’ experience as a forensic accountant is required with a strong preference for experience in executing investigative files independently from the planning stage through completion of a report. Experience providing expert testimony in a legal environment is an asset.
    • An understanding of, and professional experience in, public accounting is required. Proven ability to multi-task and lead multiple investigations simultaneously.
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), public speaking and presentation skills.
    • Strong proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Experience with litigation support software is an asset.
    • Excellent attention to accuracy and detail.
    • Experience working collaboratively within a team and/or project.

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those being considered will be contacted.

    CPA Ontario is an inclusive employer. Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in
    the recruitment process, please email accessibility@cpaontario.ca with “Accommodation Required”
    in the subject line to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours.

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