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Seventh Annual CAQ Symposium

Sunday, August 9, 2015

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August 9, 2015
Chicago, IL 
Hosted by Deloitte & Touche LLP

Top practitioners from the public company auditing profession gathered with leading academics at the CAQ’s Seventh Annual Symposium, held on August 9, 2015 in Chicago. The event is a key part of the CAQ’s ongoing dialogue with the academic community on how research can inform audit practice.

As in past years, the 2015 Symposium included panel discussions on critical issues. Given the event’s broader theme—”The Audit and Engagement Team of the Future”—this year’s panels covered emerging technologies and data analytics, as well as the role of the auditor in light of growing interest in assurance around corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting.

Panel 1: Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting and the Role of the Auditor

ModeratorJim Powers, Crowe Horwath LLP 

PanelistsBrendan LeBlanc, EY ; Beth Schneider, Deloitte & Touche LLP ;
Roger Simnett, University of New South Wales

Panel 2: The Impact of Data Analytics on the Financial Statement Audit of the Future

Moderator: Joe Ucuzoglu, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Panelists: Jeff Burgess, Grant Thornton LLP; Walt Conn, KPMG LLP;
Mike Leonardson, EY

Breakout Session

Symposium attendees participated in breakout sessions to delve deeper into many of the issues raised during the panel discussion. The breakouts provided an opportunity for academics and practitioners to engage in a lively dialogue on these topics. Read the highlights of the key points raised in these small-group discussions.