August 9, 2015
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
Moderator: Jim Powers, Crowe Horwath LLP
Panelists: Brendan 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
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.