Prospective Students for
Class 2015
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The Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting (DIFA) program is designed to provide a graduate professional accountant, or equivalent, with the skills, knowledge, insights and professional characteristics necessary to successfully respond effectively to: (1) the challenges of investigating fraud, other aspects of white-collar crime, and other financial disputes, and (2) the provision of reports, advice and evidence to clients, lawyers and courts for the resolution of situations relating to possible or pending civil or criminal legal proceedings.

The demands for and of forensic accountants have been growing as the field expands and as business and related schemes become more complex. To meet the challenges involved, the University of Toronto offers the DIFA Program.

Consisting of 10 courses, the Diploma will be delivered over a period of slightly more than two years, primarily on a distance-education, problem-based learning basis. Two one-week residency periods are required, one each at the beginning and end of the Diploma.

A series of webinars have been scheduled to help inform potential applicants about the DIFA program. The dates and times are available at the following link: Class 2016 Webinars
Why Did the Nortel Executive Prosecutions Fail?
DIFA Forum – Analyzing the Nortel Decision

The acquittal of three former executives of telecommunications giant Nortel Networks is the latest
in a series of high-profile fraud cases that have failed to secure a conviction.

  • What lessons does Nortel hold for forensic accountants and auditors who may become embroiled in the prosecution and defence of an accounting fraud case?
  • Will this case finally result in a chilling effect on future efforts to pursue white-collar crime, or will it result in a fundamentally different approach by Canadian prosecutors?
  • Should accounting standards be changed to make prosecutions of these
    cases easier, or should prosecution of white collar crime be handled differently?
  • Why has our Integrated Market Enforcement Team failed, where the FBI, and the US and state attorney’s office has a track record of success?

Held at the

CMA Offices, 25 York St – Suite 1100, Toronto
4:00 pm Thursday April 25

Special Guests included David Debenham, Charles Smedmor and Nick Hodson.

Forensic Hotshot
Jennifer Fiddian-Green, an instructor in our program, was highlighted in a November 2012 article in CAmagazine.