OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - Fraud prevention experts from across Canada and around the world will be gathering in Ottawa on March 7 and 8 for the fraud prevention conference Preventing Fraud in a Digital Age. Hosted by the Fraud Prevention Forum, the conference will bring together representatives from law enforcement agencies, government, consumer and student groups, and the private sector to discuss new trends in fraud and scams, and in fraud prevention.

Keynote speakers:

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of State (Seniors) - Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. Fantino served almost 40 years in law enforcement as chief of the York Regional Police and of the Toronto Police Service. He served as Ontario's commissioner of emergency preparedness and as commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. Speaking at 1 p.m. on March 7.

Detective Inspector Steve Strickland, City of London (UK) Police, Technical Advisor for the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau will speak about the state of fraud in the United Kingdom and initiatives to address the problem. In particular, Mr. Strickland will focus on demonstrating 21st century analytical tools being used. Speaking at 1:20 p.m. on March 7.

John Andrew Singer, International Counsel, Office of International Affairs, U.S. Federal Trade Commission will discuss the types of fraud seen by the Federal Trade Commission and predict future fraud trends. He will also highlight cross-border fraud prevention initiatives and how recent legislative changes in Canada compare to those being made in the United States. Speaking at 12:30 p.m. on March 8.

Conference Agenda

The full conference agenda can be found at this link:

Preventing Fraud in a Digital Age
Monday, March 7 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8 – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fairmont Château Laurier
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Media Pre-Registration

Members of the media are invited to attend all sessions of the conference and are required to register in advance with Maura Drew-Lytle (contact information below). Bilateral interviews are also available upon request.

About the Fraud Prevention Forum

The Fraud Prevention Forum is a concerned group of private sector firms, consumer and volunteer groups, government agencies and law enforcement organizations, who are committed to fighting fraud aimed at consumers and businesses. Through its partners, the Forum, which is chaired by the Competition Bureau, works to prevent Canadians from becoming victims of fraud by educating them on how to "Recognize it. Report it. Stop it." 

FRAUD: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It.

Contact Information: Canadian Bankers Association
Maura Drew-Lytle
416-362-6093, ext. 338 or C: 416-918-2777