Winnie Wiart

Winnie Wiart, BA, BCom, CIA

Consulting & Special Projects

780.424.3000

Current Status:

Winnie has specialized in the practice of Consulting & Internal Auditing for over 15 years, of which 11 of those years has been as the Senior Manager, Consulting & Special Projects at Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP.  She brings an array of experience to her role as a Senior Consulting & Special Projects Manager at KRP from her past roles as: the Consulting and Internal Audit Manager for two business lines of Weyerhaeuser which comprised approximately 70 locations across Canada and the United States; a senior consultant/auditor for Stantec Inc.; a senior auditor for the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta working with the Health and Advanced Education sectors; and as an auditor in an international accounting firm.  From these roles, she has brought to her consulting role at KRP extensive knowledge and experience in preparing and performing global risk assessments, preparing audit plans and procedures, training and supervising consulting and internal audit staff.  Winnie has authored Internal Control and Risk Management courses and taught for the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and of Manitoba, and served as a Director on the Board of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Education & Professional Development:
  • Designated Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Management Information Systems Institute
    • Information Analysis – Techniques and Uses Course
  • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (formerly CICA) and Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta (formerly ICAA)
    • Completion of courses in taxation, accounting, auditing, information technology, finance and managerial accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Alberta (Accounting Major)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta (Political Science Major; Economics Minor)

Selected Experience:
  • Course author and instructor for the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, and of Manitoba;
  • Chaired annual internal audit planning and risk assessment meetings with senior personnel ;
  • Developed internal audit methodology, approach and procedures;
  • Trained internal audit staff;
  • Internal Controls over Financial Reporting Assessments to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley Securities Regulations for publicly traded companies;
  • Internal audits and internal control reviews, applying the COSO control model, for public and private sector clients;
  • Financial audits of public and private sector clients;
  • Operational (system) audits;
  • Audit of key performance indicators at an Alberta Post Secondary Institution;
  • Compliance audits for organizations;
  • Risk management consulting work, e.g. performing qualitative and quantitative risk assessments for Alberta health sector capital projects;
  • Consulting services on capital projects primarily for public sector clients (including the Province of Alberta), including public-private partnerships;
  • Consulting services such as writing an Audit Committee Charter for clients and providing advice and training to their audit committees on corporate governance;
  • Consulting services to write legislation incorporating internal controls for energy providers for Alberta Energy;
  • Experienced consultant with over 11 years of experience analyzing amongst project alternatives, making and presenting recommendations to management and report writing;
  • Senior consultant on business case development teams responsible for preparing value for money assessments to compare project alternatives, including P3 alternatives; and,
  • Facilitated senior management teams from multi-disciplines to obtain project buy-in, prepare project plans, obtain project direction, give interim project progress reports, discuss issues and alternative solutions, bring consensus to move projects forward, and make recommendations for senior management to select from.
Professional & Community Activities (Past and Present Affiliations):
  • Member, Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Director, Institute of Internal Auditors, Edmonton Chapter (past)
  • Course author, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (past)
  • Sessional Instructor, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (past)
  • Sessional Instructor, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba (past)
  • Volunteer, Heart and Stroke Foundation (past)
  • Treasurer, Canadian Federation of University Women (past)