In addition to being a Chartered Professional Accountant, André Lepage also holds the designations of specialist in Investigative and Forensic Accounting (CA • IFA) from the Quebec Order of Chartered Professional Accounts, Certified in Financial Forensics from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CFF) and Certified Fraud Examiner from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE). He has over 35 years of experience, including 30 in forensic accounting and investigations. During that time, he worked for nine years as Director, Special Investigations, Internal Audit and Policing at one of Canada's National Railways. He is one of the few professionals in his field to have expertise in both police investigation and accounting.
In 2011, André was awarded the prestigious title of Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) of the Ordre des comptables agreés du Québec (FCPA since May 2012) in recognition of his exceptional dedication to the profession and his social involvement with the community. In 2007, he was also awarded the CA Émérite Award from the Ordre des comptables agreés du Québec.
André has conducted a considerable number of investigations into cases of suspicion or allegation of fraud, secret commissions (bribery), non-compliance with corporate policies and other irregularities of this nature. He has conducted police investigations that involved obtaining and executing search warrants, interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects, establishing facts and circumstances, and preparing reports and court records.
André has conducted and directed a large number of engagements involving the assessment of economic losses, whether as a result of business interruption, breach of contracts or other causes. He has extensive experience with forensic investigations and the review of internal controls and procedures. He has also been involved in obtaining and executing Anton Piller orders. André has provided a wide range of services to legal counsel, working for both plaintiffs and defendants, and has testified on several occasions in civil and criminal courts.
André has conducted several engagements outside Canada, including the United States, Europe, Asia and Central America. He has conducted forensic accounting investigations for several public and private companies, as well as for governmental and para-governmental organizations.
André has been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines and has been interviewed many times on various radio stations. He has also lectured and participated in many conferences and seminars for large corporations and organizations.
André teaches forensic accounting and fraud investigation as part of the continuing education program of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec. He is also accredited to teach for the continuing education program of the Barreau du Québec. He has also taught in-house fraud prevention, detection and investigation as part of the McGill University Professional Development Program and the Collège des administrateurs de l'Université Laval. His services are also retained by the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Permit and security clearance
Permit as an Investigator issued by the Bureau de la sécurité privée du Québec
Security Clearance - Level Secret II - Issued by the Government of Canada