Since my research is about continuing professional development, I had better not miss opportunities to blog about sessions I attend! Most of mine, beyond that pertaining to my PhD research studies, relate to insurance or to my designation as a Certified Fraud Examiner. This Fraud Seminar was presented by the Edmonton Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. As far as achieving credit goes, this type of seminar suits many. It was one full day, providing 8 or the 10 fraud related credits required each year. It was inexpensive, there were interesting sessions, lunch was included, and we always attract a great group of attendees. I understand there were 69 attendees (it looked like more), but I will suggest that the majority were not there needing credit. They were members of the fraud investigation/prevention community and were there to enjoy the learning. I should also point out that March is Fraud Awareness Month.

Della Lewis of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) National Centre for Forensic Services-Alberta, a forensic document examiner, gave a presentation on evidence management. While she presented similar material at one of our meetings last year, Della is an excellent presenter and there is always something new or something to reinforce.

March Trudel of the Bank of Canada provided what was probably the best presentation on Canadian currency that I have seen. The new polymer bank note series provided new points to learn in relation to ensuring money is not counterfeit.

Peter Dent, a partner and national practice leader with Deloitte, was on our executive at the same time as me, some time ago, and is no longer in Edmonton. His session was on foreign corruption investigations and increasing enforcement trends.

Julie Matthews is known as “Edmonton’s Trouble Shooter” and is from Global TV Edmonton (television). Presenting on what she does, she included information about romance scams and showed a couple of her stories where she scammed the scammers. You can see the episodes here.

Ken Donaldson, “The Lie Detective,” is a Certified Forensic Psychophysiologist. He discussed how he uses the polygraph to seek the truth, and he showed one of his television documentary episodes.

The sessions ended with Darren Hodson of the Special Investigations Unit, Service Alberta, speaking on facial recognition and document examination. It was followed by a social and networking.

I need to continually think about how sessions I attend may relate to my actual research area that will focus on learning environments for continuing professional development. Ideas are bound to emerge, For example, as personal learning networks form part of one’s learning environment, there is always potential to examine how relationships form and are continued after such events.

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