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Ram Balakrishnan
Professional Background
Ram is the Director and Internal Audit Practice Lead with Protiviti in Canada. Ram has both industry and public practice experience. His recent industry experiences include positions with Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as Vice President, Internal Audit and as the Technology & Operations Audit leader at BlackBerry. He has also extensive consulting and audit experience working with the Big 4 public accounting firms.
Major Projects
  1. Chief Audit Executive (CAE) for the WSIB reporting to Audit & Finance Committee and Board. Responsibilities included providing advice and assurance on matters of Governance, Risk management, process and control. Led the IT & Operations audit team prior to CAE role. Reviewed compliance and controls such as the Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) program
  2. At WSIB, worked with the CFO and CIO teams to coordinate audit related activities to a “single point of contact”, working with both IA and external audit (E&Y). This was during a period of significant transformation and new systems implementation, to rationalize and align processes and key controls for ongoing compliance
  3. As the Director IT Audit at Bell Canada and subsequently at BlackBerry planned, executed and reported on IT, SOX related and third party audits which included access management and IT Security areas
  4. At Bell Canada and BlackBerry, coordinated IT Audit and controls coverage requirements with external auditors as well as, with external and internal auditors at our customers (including large Canadian & International banks)
  5. At Deloitte, led and performed multiple IT Audits and reviews of risk and controls including, Access Management and IT Security at large Canadian banks and other Financial Institutions
  6. Worked with large Canadian banks to rationalize and implement the “right” controls for both compliance and third party reporting requirements including participating in the SOX steering committee of a large bank in the first year of Sarbanes-Oxley implementation
  1. B.Com (Honors)
  2. Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA)
  3. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  4. Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  5. Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA)
Professional Memberships & Certifications
  1. Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
  2. Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
  3. The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)


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