Introduction to Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Management

About this Webinar

The first e-session of the certificate training program discusses the risks of corruption and the importance of anti-corruption compliance programs.

This e-session also introduces some of the program’s instructors and delves into further details on their upcoming training e-sessions. The e-session also welcomes some important players in the industry, such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to cover key themes related to anti-corruption compliance.


Jonathan Drimmer
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold Corporation

Jonathan Drimmer is a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Barrick Gold Corporation.  He is a former partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where his practice focused on representing and advising clients on anti-corruption, human rights, and other international legal matters.  He is a former Deputy Director in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, where he led investigations, first chaired numerous prosecutions, and argued appeals in cases involving suspected war criminals.

For more than a decade he has taught international law courses at Georgetown University Law Center, he is a Lexis/Nexis Contributing Expert on International Law, he has testified twice before the U.S. Congress, and he received numerous awards from the Department of Justice – including the first Assistant Attorney General Award for Human Rights Law Enforcement.  He is a former Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and a judicial clerk on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

He graduated from Stanford University and UCLA Law School, and is on the Board of Directors of Trace International, a non-profit dedicated to transparency and anti-corruption compliance, a member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labour Working Group, on the UN Global Compact’s Business for Peace Steering Committee, on the American Conference Institute’s anti-corruption advisory board, and a member of the ANSI US working group to create an ISO Anti-bribery Management System Standard.  In 2013, he was named by The Law 500 one of the 100 most influential in-house counsel.

Yolanda Banks
Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility, Export Development Canada (EDC)

Yolanda Banks is Senior Advisor (Corporate Social Responsibility) at Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s export credit agency. She is responsible for CSR reporting, reviewing transactions for CSR risks, and management of relations with EDC’s non-governmental stakeholders.

She serves on the board of the Trade Facilitation Office Canada, the primary Canadian provider of information, advice and contact for exporters in developing and emerging economies. She was previously a member of the Management Advisory Board of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), and part of Canada’s delegation to the International Standards Organization Working Group on Social Responsibility (ISO 26000).

Before EDC, Ms. Banks was with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada with postings in London, Dhaka, Addis Ababa, with cross-accreditations to Myanmar and Sudan.  She holds an MA (International Affairs, Carleton University), and a MBA (University of British Columbia).

Sgt. Patrice Poitevin
Senior Investigator – Outreach Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sensitive and International Investigations, National Division

Sgt. Patrice Poitevin is a 33 year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who has worked on proceeds of crime and fraud investigations and is sought for his knowledge on drugs, organized crime and international corruption issues.

Sgt. Poitevin has extensive experience in program development and community capacity building. He has developed and/or managed a number of outreach programs and projects at the local, provincial, and national levels. He has also provided training at the national and international levels on a range of issues that impact businesses and communities.

In his role as senior investigator and outreach coordinator for the Sensitive and International Investigations unit of National Division, Sgt. Poitevin’s mandate is to connect with Canadian businesses and stakeholders in order to provide them information on the RCMP’s global efforts to combat corruption. In addition to sharing information on the costs and impact of corruption on businesses and communities, Sgt. Poitevin advises on tools, strategies and good practices that will minimize risks, help individuals and companies to recognize red flags, and enhance the role of businesses in preventing and fighting corruption.

Sgt Poitevin has completed studies in business administration as well as the Canadian Securities Course. He is a frequent guest speaker at anti-corruption conferences and events. He also lectures on Anti-corruption at the MBA and EMBA level and was involved in the development of the Global Anti-Corruption University project as well as the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption. He sits on the Canadian committee for the upcoming ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery management system standard and the UN Global Compact Network Canada Working Group.

Nina Gross
BDO Consulting Managing Director, Washington, D.C., Global Forensics Practice Leader


Nina Gross leads BDO’s Washington, D.C. Global Forensics practice having 30 years of forensic accounting, investigation and consulting experience working with multinational organizations and their counsel.

Ms. Gross has significant experience assisting clients in responding to sensitive investigative matters, as well as advising organizations on compliance, due diligence and anti-corruption programs designed to deter and prevent the recurrence of fraud.

Ms. Gross has developed internal anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance programs, including model audit guidelines, risk assessment protocols and internal audit training and educational programs. She has led numerous international investigations related to alleged violations of the FCPA and conducted third-party due diligence. In addition, Ms. Gross advises clients on asset management and securities enforcement matters.

Prior to joining BDO, she held leadership roles at Deloitte LLP, leading the Financial Advisory Services FCPA consulting group and establishing its Global Anti-Corruption Training Academy. She also served as Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs under Chairmen David Ruder and Richard Breeden at the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Ms. Gross is an attorney and has extensive involvement in the legal industry, including with the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, D.C. Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, SEC Enforcement Group and Women’s White Collar Defense Group.

About the Anti-Corruption Certificate Program

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