Ziad Akkaoui

Ziad Akkaoui

National Lead, RAS


BDO Canada LLP - National



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Executive Summary

Ziad is the National Lead of BDO’s Risk Advisory Services Practice in BDO’s Toronto office, with over 13 years of experience providing advisory services coast-to-coast. He has successfully assisted a number of clients with corporate governance, risk management and compliance monitoring. He participated in several consulting mandates working with publicly listed companies, as well as large private companies and the public sector covering industries including financial services, energy and natural resources, and real estate over his past 13 years with the firm.

Ziad has in-depth knowledge of several reference frameworks such as COSO 2013 (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations), internal control certification (SOX and 52-109), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) standards, IIA’s International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) standards, as well as the COSO Enterprise Risk Management Integrated Framework. Ziad also specializes in evaluating and assessing Information Technology internal controls and compliance requirements applying frameworks such as COBIT, ITIL, and BS25999. Additionally, Ziad manages the service delivery of Service Organization Controls reports (SOC) under the following standards: CSAE 3416, SSAE18 and ISAE 3402.

Professional Affiliations

Certified Professional Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Accountant (CA)
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Professional Designations & Education

Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting – Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec (2005)

Community Involvement

Teaching Assistant - Accounting and Information Systems Audit – University of Toronto
Hockey instructor for local neighborhood team