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What is AIA?

The Academy of Internal Auditors (AIA) is a student run organization, whose purpose is to introduce students from various disciplines to the internal audit profession. The AIA has two broad functions. The first is to organize networking events in which students can meet internal audit professionals. The second is to allow students to hone their skills by participating in various internal audit projects. The AIA is currently composed of three post-secondary institutions and a centralized alumni component that unites and oversees the various university chapters.


The AIA seeks to expose students studying in various disciplines to the internal audit profession. Members will have opportunities to network with professionals. Members will also have the opportunity to develop and hone valuable skills by participating in the organization of events and various AIA activities. Members will receive mentorship through interactions with the alumni members of AIA and members of professional organizations. In addition, the AIA’s flexible organizational structure allows members the benefit of being able to engage in club activities only when their study schedule affords them the time to do so.


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President Andres Leon

VP Strategy Andres Acero

Vice President Devlyn Lalonde

Vice President Sarah Wyckoff

VP Finance Hadia Walhad

Project Manager Synthia Sureshkum

President & Co-Founder James Go

Director Adrien Sauvé

Director An Chau

Director Karissa Tsevi

Director Toby Freeman-Ong

Director Peter Flint

Webmaster Kailong He

President Anne Chu 

Vice-President Andrew Williams 

Treasurer Jinping Wei 

Executive Sabeha Qureshi 

Executive Katie Andreasen 

Executive Lily Zhang 

Executive Lisa Luong 

Executive Chuming Zhao 

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The AIA is following the Institute of Internal Auditor's (IIA) effort to reach out to post-secondary students regarding the value and importance of working in the internal audit profession. The AIA understands that strong student relations are needed in order to create a promising future for the internal audit profession. By closely collaborating with the IIA and their regional chapters, we will be providing opportunities for students and new graduates with a better understanding of the internal audit profession and its inherent value.

In the Fall of 2012, the AIA began operations, headed by student volunteers at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) familiar with the organization and its mission. Beginning as an initiative to address the lack of awareness of the internal audit profession among students outside of the accounting discipline, the AIA has aided the IIA in creating an efficient and effective vehicle in which student relations can form with professionals in the internal audit field and with the IIA in general.

To this end, the AIA hosts events which can be found on the updates page. We are also in the process of expanding our team to Algonquin College. In the long term, we look forward to expanding to campuses across Canada and the US. If you have a hard-working motivated team that would like to expand the AIA to your campus, please contact us.


Internal Auditor Gala

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Prinzo Fine Catering
(85 O'Connor Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5M6)

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to attend the Academy of Internal Auditors' Annual Gala hosted in collaboration with the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Please join us for dinner and socializing with industry professionals and students. We welcome you to invite fellow friends and colleagues to register for this occasion to learn about the internal auditing profession. This is a unique opportunity to network closely with numerous professionals in the internal auditing field as we are currently aiming for a ratio of one professional for every two students. The professional attendees will be searching for candidates to fill potential internship positions, making the AIA Gala a must-attend event for any student who is considering a career in the field of internal auditing.

Tickets are limited so register now!


About Internal Auditing

Internal Auditing is a crucial activity for any successful organization. It can be used to detect fraud before major damage occurs as well as to discover new efficiencies that the organization can take advantage of. It involves understanding the organization, confirming whether current controls are being followed and developing new controls and procedures to strengthen the organization’s activities. Although auditing is generally seen as practised by accountants, auditors must rely on the expertise of professionals from a wide range of fields. Internal auditors especially must work with experts in the field relevant to that of their client. For example, an internal audit team at a hospital would include doctors. An internal audit team at a science laboratory would include engineers. The AIA is excited to introduce students from all disciplines to a promising and rewarding career in internal audit.

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Like any organization, the AIA needs leadership to form a cohesive internal culture. This leadership can flow from the IIA as a parent organization. This ensures that AIA members recruited by the IIA are already socialized to the expected standard of the IIA organizational culture. As an organization, the IIA should hover over the AIA clubs to ensure that objectives are properly synchronized. Synchronized objectives may include the following: coordination of events, education to be taught, and the type of marketing tools to use.