Anti-Corruption Certificate & Training Program

Obtaining a certificate in anti-corruption will show your clients, board, employees, and stakeholders that you are well-equipped to combat corruption to prevent both financial and reputational damages for your company.

Corruption is prevalent in Canada and around the world, your company must be ready to incorporate measures to combat this pressing international issue. As businesses and professionals that aim to succeed, it is crucial to understand anti-corruption laws and measures to mitigate reputational risks, and protect the interests of your stakeholders.

The Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact is offering a certificate training program that includes 13 online training sessions, all instructed by industry experts to provide key learnings and practical tips to teach you how to develop an anti-corruption program from start to finish.

The Certificate in Anti-Corruption Compliance Program proposed by the Global Compact Network Canada is a well-structured and comprehensive program that goes deep into the elements required to set a new or review an existing Anti-Corruption Compliance program. It examines in particular the Canadian CFPOA but covers as well many aspects of other important laws like US’ FCPA, UK’s Bribery Act and others. It is valuable not only for people from Canadian organizations but as well from any non-Canadian or multinational organization. By the end of the program, all what is required to set and manage a robust Anti-Corruption Compliance Program is at hand.

The 2014 Ernst & Young global fraud survey found that “twenty percent of Canadian executives believe bribery and corruption are widespread in this country”.

How Can Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs Help Your Organization?

  • Without a compliance program, organizations are vulnerable to corruption due to other organizational cultures or players in the value chain that accept or ignore signs of bribery, corruption, and fraud.
  • An effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program will significantly reduce the chances of your company violating the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (COFPA).
  • Even when an organization violates the COFPA, by taking the steps to implement an effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program, the organization might receive more favourable treatment when penalties are ultimately assessed.
  • Corruption directly affects your company’s bottom-line, as having a compliance program in place shows clients, investors, procurement managers that your organization is less prone to corruption-related risks.


Jonathan Drimmer Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold CorporationSgt. Patrice Poitevin Senior Investigator – Outreach Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sensitive & International Investigations, National DivisionNina Gross BDO Consulting Managing Director, Washington, D.C., Global Forensics Practice LeaderYolanda Banks Senior Advisor, Corporate Social Responsibility, Export Development Canada (EDC)

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 CorporationSgt. Patrice Poitevin Senior Investigator – Outreach Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Sensitive & International Investigations, National DivisionSusan Côté-Freeman Senior Network Manager and Senior Researcher Governance, Compliance and Risk, The Conference Board of CanadaFelix Caveda Trade Commissioner at the Responsible Business Practices Unit of Global Affairs Canada

As our world becomes more globalized and interconnected, corruption and unethical practices around the world continue to rise, followed by an increase in regulation and enforcement. Since all companies are vulnerable to such corruption, it is important that businesses understand these issues and their impacts, and recognize their role in overcoming these global challenges.

During this webinar, speakers from Barrick Gold, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Conference Board of Canada, and Global Affairs Canada, will discuss the importance of anti-corruption management, and share personal experiences, relevant tools and partnerships for creating effective compliance programs.

This webinar will kick off the second installment of GCNC’s anti-corruption interactive e-series. The second series will have a regional focus and present concepts from e-chapters on the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Please click on the images below to download these e-chapters. You can also download the entire e-book »



The Former Chair of the Board of Directors of Transparency International urges companies to enact Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs.

I urge companies of all sizes, wherever they operate, to do their part, enact meaningful anti-corruption programs and join the fight against global corruption.

Former Chair of the Board of Directors, Transparency International
Curriculum and e-Sessions: What You Will Learn


In this e-session, instructors Mark Morrison and Michael Dixon teach you all the necessary considerations when managing and conducting internal investigations in the wake of corruption issues.

With years of experience advising Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-corruption legislation and undertaking internal investigations, Morrison and Dixon are well-equipped to discuss considerations ranging from whether or not there is a need for outside counsel, how to address employees, reporting, discipline to best practices.

Jonathan Drimmer


This e-session simplifies and helps you understand the jurisdiction in Canadian courts with regards to corruption law and Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (the “CFPOA”).

If you are not familiar with the jurisdiction in Canada or the CFPOA, then attend this training e-session for an informative overview as Stéphane delineates the outer limits of the jurisdiction of Canadian authorities in an apprehensive and straightforward presentation.

Stéphane also provides insights and tips during this e-session that he has gained from his background with the Federal Department of Justice, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Legal Services, the Department of Justice, and over 20 years of experience advising clients in complex criminal matters relating to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, the Special Economic Measures Act, and more.

Stephane Eljarrat


An effective anti-corruption compliance program is not complete without a strong tone at the top.

In this e-session, Peter Dent, Partner at Deloitte LLP, will explain how you can establish strong leadership and an ethical tone at the top that is the backbone in creating, maintaining, and reinforcing a strong anti-corruption compliance program for your company.

Dent will also delve deeper into the concept of “tone at the top” and show you how to use it as a mechanism to impose actions and expected behaviours in a meaningful way upon your company’s employees.

Peter Dent


Doing business in global markets is fraught with many risks, but few are more compelling (and sometimes less obvious) than using third parties to engage with foreign government officials. Do you know what risks are related to your business that can be amplified or reduced with third parties?

With the enactment of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) in 1998, Canada joined a long list of countries and international organizations in the global fight against public corruption. Therefore, for Canadian businesses, understanding your stakeholders and having a robust anti-corruption compliance management program in place are crucial to your business’ reputation and long-term success.

A third party compliance program is a necessary component of a sound anti-corruption compliance program. Hence, in this session, BDO Managing Director and Global Forensics Practice Leader, Nina Gross, discusses with you and shows you best practices for developing and implementing third party compliance programs for your business in-house.

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


Once you have determined that your company and its leadership are fully committed to anti-corruption compliance and to establishing and maintaining a truly ethical culture, both in word and deed, the next step is to build a compliance structure that satisfies that commitment, while effectively addressing the risks identified. There is no single ‘right’ way to structure this compliance program, although there are some basic rules that could be followed.

In this webinar you will hear from subject matter experts, Brady and Boscariol of McCarthy Tetrault, who will be discussing a number of structural options for setting up an effective anti-corruption compliance program, as well as challenges to be aware of and pitfalls to avoid.

The instructors will also discuss why the chosen structure will go to great lengths to establish overall due diligence, as well as cultivating the desired relationship with various global regulators.

Peter Brady Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLPJohn W. Boscariol Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


In this training e-session, you will learn about the importance of training in the planning and implementation of an anti-bribery and corruption program.

Training is a key and essential component of an anti-bribery and corruption program. During this session we will discuss why training is a core element of an effective program and what is considered when designing, implementing, delivering and monitoring ant-bribery and corruption training.

During the session, instructor Ray Haywood, Director and Practice Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, will share real life experiences to illustrate how companies have addressed the various components of training to assist participants with their own training programs.

H. Ray Haywood: Director and Practice Leader at Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP


This e-session will teach you how to draft clear and well-articulated policy documents for your business.

A clearly articulated policy document for your business not only provides reference and security for your employees, but it also provides the basis for individual accountability for everyone working in the organization.

Creating an appropriate set of policies and procedures, therefore, can help you deliver ethical messages, instruct employees and intermediaries of expected conduct, and drive efficiency.

Participate in this training e-session to learn the key components of such document that can ultimately protect your business from risks.

Stefan Hoffman-Kuhnt: President and Managing Director of Pohlmann & Company Canada


This e-session will show you the key pieces for implementing and maintaining a robust internal control system.

Practices for internal control are critical facets of an anti-corruption program and this e-session will teach you how practices for books, records, and internal controls will affect your company’s anti-corruption program. During the e-session, Zain Raheel, National Leader of the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services at EY and Nadia Ahmed, a Senior Manager within the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services group, will also engage in a discussion with attendees on “transaction testing”.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to handling bribery and corruption, therefore, the instructors aim to introduce inherently risky areas and will also provide you with actionable recommendations that you can apply within your company.

Nadia Ahmed, CPA, CA: Senior Manager - Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EYZain Raheel, CPA, CA: National Leader - Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, EY


Corruption remains a concern for companies operating or planning to operate in the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”). In this e-session, JLL Canada’s Chief Counsel, Paul Greven will touch on the most common forms of corruption in MENA – bribery, and nepotism.

Paul will introduce local terms and concepts, such as wasta (which roughly translates from Arabic as “connections, influence or favouritism”) and show you how to deal with such local practices in two Middle Eastern nations – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Following a thorough outline of the current corruption landscape, Paul will also provide advice on how businesses can address risks proactively rather than reactively to mitigate reputational and legal risks in MENA.


Is it shocking to hear that the cost of corruption globally is on par with the economic cost of the natural disasters we’ve had this summer in Latin America? The World Economic Forum estimates that global bribe payments amount to over $1 trillion annually, with Latin American countries being among the most corrupt. Furthermore, there have been massive scandals recently which has brought attention to corruption and fraud in the region. Many foreign leaders are now asking for a focus on increased governmental transparency over the next few years.

If you have businesses or will engage in business practices in Latin America, it is wise to prepare your organization and learn how to navigate corruption in this region. BDO Consulting Managing Director, Nina Gross will provide you insights on the most common forms of corruption in Latin American countries, as well as provide advice on critical considerations and due diligence.

Corruption in many parts of Latin American countries is often systemic, affecting citizens of all socio-economic statuses and severely impacting each country’s national economy. Nina will also discuss relationships between poor economic conditions and corruption as well as recent legislation and enforcement developments.

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


Africa presents huge opportunities in virtually every sector of the economy.

Many African countries have been experiencing strong growth and are investing heavily in acutely needed social and physical infrastructure, yet, much of Africa continues to be plagued by high levels of corruption and are identified as high-risk jurisdictions.

Companies looking to pursue opportunities on the continent need to have a clear-sighted understanding of the diversity of the legal, cultural, social, political and risk environments that each region and country presents.

This session will explore the nature of the risks at play and lessons learned from companies that have successfully (and sometimes less successfully) invested in Africa.

Paul Lalonde: Partner, Dentons Canada LLP


Eastern Europe presents both a great opportunity for businesses and also a great challenge.

To help you overcome some of these great challenges, this e-session will cover the current state of the corruption landscape and present an approach on how to best manage corruption for businesses trading with, or considering an expansion into, Eastern Europe.

This training e-session will also introduce Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and will primarily focus on the critical economy of Russia.

Overall, this e-session will help businesses learn how to plan ahead, create effective and risk-free relationships, avoid unchecked growth, and understand Eastern European culture and policy.

Glen Jennings: Partner, Gowling WLGAdam Barbolet: Senior Commissioner & Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of Canada in Ukraine


Identifying employee misconduct before it leads to a culture of “skirting the rules” is critical for the good reputation of any business. Employees and management need to have robust systems in place to deal with allegations of misconduct. This seminar will answer many questions, from who should lead an internal investigation to how allegations should be reported.

During this e-session, you will learn to:

  • Appreciate the various ways in which corrupt behaviour may exhibit itself;
  • Discuss the various remedies available to organizations faced with difficult situations;
  • Identify clues that would raise red flags and require enhanced diligence;
  • Understand and explain what types of allegations should be reported, and to whom;
  • Design an internal investigative framework that promotes transparency and that is appropriate for their organization.

Marc Tassé: Anti-Corruption and Compliance Expert

Desjardins found the course to be extremely informative

The course has been extremely informative and provided me with a wealth of practical information. It is greatly appreciated.

Conseiller en conformité, Desjardins
$750 + FEES & HST

This package includes

  • A certificate of completion and excellence issued by the GCNC – The Canadian chapter of the United Nations Global Compact
  • Access to all 13 on-demand e-sessions instructed by 21 industry experts and leaders from renowned global firms and organizations
  • Learn how to construct and implement a robust anti-corruption compliance program from start to finish
  • Learn how to navigate the international anti-corruption landscape as a Canadian company and professional