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Jack Martin
Jack Martin Partner & National Director of Forensic Data Analytics, KPMG Canada

Jack is a Partner and the National Director of Forensic Data Analytics at KPMG in Canada. Jack has also performed extensive work in other forensic and audit areas such as litigation support, investigations, and continuous monitoring and continuous auditing.

Jack joined the KPMG Forensic practice in January 2008, from another national firm where he was the practice leader in Data Analytics for Eastern Canada.

Jack has designed complex procedures that were used as expert testimony for litigation support, as well as for fraud investigation and dispute services engagements. Jack is proficient at using a wide variety of analytics, data mining, statistical and visualization tools. His specialties cover Audit, and IT Audit to Forensic and Data Analytics.

Jack is also a part-time lecturer at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, where he teaches Auditing and IT Auditing courses in the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs.

Jack received a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, a Diploma in Accountancy from the John Molson School of Business, and the Diploma of Investigative and Forensic Accounting (DIFA) from the University of Toronto.





What are some of the key skills and knowledge you acquired during the MFAcc program that are still important to you today?


The combination of interview skills, knowledge of IFA standard practices, and quantification of damages acquired during my time with the DIFA program remain highly relevant and crucial in the current professional landscape. 


What were some of the most valuable lessons and/or memorable experiences from your time at MFAcc?


I definitely found the time spent on campus at the beginning of the program, along with the Capstone experience to be the most memorable and valuable. One highlight was participating in a Mock Trial with real lawyers and judges. I loved the interactions with the instructors Vic Neufeld and Manfred Schneider - two remarkable personalities of the DIFA/MFAcc program.


What advice would you give to professionals who are looking to pursue a degree and career in Forensic Accounting?


It is important to remember that soft skills, communication prowess, and adept report writing are not secondary but equally pivotal alongside technical competencies. Excelling in these areas ensures that you can effectively analyze financial data, convey findings clearly, and navigate intricate legal landscapes, making them indispensable pillars of success in this field.


What trends or changes have you observed in your industry since graduating, and how have you adapted to them?


There has been a noticeable increase in attention and emphasis placed on Forensic Data Analytics, a field in which I specialize. Additionally, there is a growing interest in diverse subjects such as Cryptocurrency and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. These trends have prompted me to stay updated with the latest technologies and industry standards, continuously improving my skills to meet the evolving demands of the market and provide valuable insights to clients and stakeholders.


Are there any major accomplishments or achievements you would like to share with us?


Reflecting on my journey, becoming a partner at a Big 4 firm within five years of graduating from the DIFA program stands out as a testament to my dedication, expertise, and the opportunities I've seized to grow professionally.


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