ACL 15th Annual Impact Awards
We have our Winners!

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The 15th annual Impact Awards closed January 31, 2013 and judging is now complete. The Impact Award is the premier award for audit, finance, risk and compliance professionals and celebrates the outstanding achievements of customers making an impact with ACL technology and improving the value they provide to their organizations. Again this year, there were five unique award categories including a new category for the “Best Use of Audit Management Technology” AND 10 prizes valued at over US $30,000 (our highest in its history!)

Congratulations to all who entered – we know it takes time to put together your submissions and all your stories are inspiring. Our winners will be onsite for Connections in Atlanta in April as we celebrate them during an extended luncheon on Tuesday April 30th.

Grand Prize Winner - Richard Twilley, Phillips66 (NA)

Best Use of Audit Management Technology - Lisa Traina, Traina and Associates (NA)

Best Application of Continuous Auditing or Monitoring - Enrique Vazquez Escobar, Nacional Monte de Piedad IAP (LAC)

Best Use of Analytics – Desolyn Foy and Christina Ervin, Harris Health Systems (NA)

Most Promising New User - Eduardo Staino, Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA (LAC)

Most Innovative Use - Michel Picinin, Suzano Papel e Celulose SA (LAC)

Regional Winners:

ASIA - Glen Laslett, Metcash Trading Limited

EMEA - Siame Mathews, Public Services Management Department of Zambia

LAC - Francisco Ortiz, Office of the Comptroller of Puerto Rico

NA - Sean Pinto, The Coca Cola Company

 

 

Judging Criteria and Award Categories

This is an opportunity to tell your story and be heard around the globe. Select one of the five award categories from the list below and complete the Entry Form today! And take a read through the Winners Showcase tab for inspiration! Their stories are just like yours.

Read the full Rules and Regulations on the Rules tab.

Best Use of Audit Management Technology
This award is all about increasing team productivity, improving collaboration and organizing audit work for a more effective and efficient team. Describe how your department uses ACL Workpapers to reduce manual effort and become more efficient in field work and project reporting. Explain how ACL Workpapers provides tangible benefits such as being more visible and increasing value in the assurance, compliance and communication provided across the organization. Merit awarded for those who have integrated the use of ACL analytics technology into their audit plan.

Best Application of Continuous Auditing or Monitoring
From traditional periodic or point-in-time to continuous analysis across one or more business process areas, this award is all about your transformation of the audit, compliance or risk process. Through your use of ACL AuditExchange, tell us how you have increased automation with recurring and scheduled analytics, or explain how you expanded your audit scope covering more areas more frequently while visually reporting and monitoring the results and trends. Demonstrate how you strengthened controls and reduced audit or compliance costs while increasing organizational visibility and performance.

Best Use of Analytics
This award is all about using analytics and integrating them into your controls processes. Through the use of analytics, which can be applied to a range of audit, compliance, risk and control objectives, tell us how you have created and used testing procedures in support of a business area. Describe the improvement in the quality and reliability of the tests, the increased effectiveness, the reduction in manual work and how these applied analytics are now core to your overall processes. Merit awarded to those who describe how their use of analytics is used for FCPA/anti-bribery or risk compliance.

Most Promising New User
This award is for those users who have only been using ACL technology for less than two years. Describe how using ACL technology has increased your ability to detect fraud, waste and abuse, has strengthened controls, or increased the quality of your audits. Tell us how you have improved productivity, achieved insight into data, establish standards for reports and documentation or increase the organizational visibility of risk and control issues within a specific business area.

Most Innovative Use
This award is your chance to shine. Designed for users at all levels we want to hear the stories of how you are uniquely and creatively using ACL technology. Describe how your innovative use of ACL technology has profoundly impacted your business.

Grand Prize
The Winner is selected from all the entries to the main award categories. The story will articulate how, through the use of ACL technologies, you are resolving challenges and risk to illustrate business impact. With a focus on people, process and technology the grand prize winner has increased the effectiveness of audits and analytics.

Regional Awards
Based on those applicants who are short-listed for the award categories as the runner up in their region (NA, EMEA, LAC, ASIA). Entries must show business impact with quantifiable results.

Entries will be short-listed by a panel of ACL judges.

ACL will only publish the winners’ names and their stories with the consent of the participant and their organization.

Phase 1: Call for Entries
Deadline: January 14, 2013

Phase 2: Short-listed Candidates
January 15-30, 2013

Phase 3: Winner Selection
January 31, 2013

Entry Form

Get the recognition you have earned while being part of the most prestigious awards for ACL technology! We know that many of you have impressive stories to tell and we want to hear them. Select from five award categories and enter today! Don’t forget to view the Winners Showcase for inspiration!

Download the Entry Form now!

Read the full Rules and Regulations on the Rules tab.

Deadline for all entry submissions is January 14, 2013. All entries received by the deadline will be considered for the award categories and prizes. ACL values your privacy. Any information you provide will be kept confidential and is protected by our privacy policy.

Prizes

There are a total of 10 prizes with a value of over USD $30,000! And your odds of winning are pretty good as only global ACL customers are eligible to enter.

Simply submit the three-page Entry Form and you become eligible. It’s that easy! See the Winners Showcase to learn what others have accomplished. Isn’t it time to tell your story and get exposure?

Grand Prize Winner (1) Receives:

  • Professional Development – Up to USD 2500 for use towards professional development
  • Connections Conference – Free conference registration and paid travel expenses to attend ACL Connections 2013 user conference in Atlanta Georgia, USA (USD 2000 value)
  • ACL Technology – An ACL Workpapers audit management system for 12 months (USD 1200 value) OR an ACL Importer license (USD 895 value)
  • ACDA Certification – ACL Certification (ACDA) based on the skills and experience demonstrated through your entry (USD 250 value)
  • Publicity – Raise your profile and have your winning story featured in a global press release
  • Visibility – Present your success story through a written/videoed case study, webinar, podcast or at an ACL event
  • Recognition – Throughout the ACL community and your organization

Audit Management, Continuous Auditing/Monitoring, Analytics, New and Innovation Winners (5) Each Receive:

  • Professional Development – Up to USD 1000 for use towards ACL training or consulting services
  • Connections Conference – Free conference registration and paid travel expenses to attend Connections 2013 user conference in Atlanta Georgia, USA (USD 2000 value)
  • ACL Technology – An ACL Workpapers audit management system for 12 months (USD 1200 value) OR an ACL Importer license (USD 895 value)
  • ACDA Certification – Eligible for ACL Certification (ACDA) based on the skills and experience demonstrated through your entry (USD 250 value)
  • Publicity – Raise your profile and have your success story featured in a global press release
  • Visibility – Present your success story through a written/videoed case study, webinar, podcast or at an ACL event
  • Recognition – Throughout the ACL community and your organization

Regional Winners (4) Each Receive:

  • Professional Development – Up to USD 500 for use towards ACL certified training services
  • Connections Conference – Free conference registration to attend Connections 2013 user conference in Atlanta Georgia, USA (USD 1000 value)
  • ACDA Certification – Eligible for ACL Certification (ACDA) based on the skills and experience demonstrated through your entry (USD 250 value)
  • Publicity – Raise your profile and have your success story featured in a global press release
  • Visibility – Present your success story through a written/videoed case study, webinar, podcast or at an ACL event
  • Recognition – Throughout the ACL community and your organization 

 

Rules

2012 ACL IMPACT AWARD
Rules and Regulations

Entry. To enter, you must complete the ACL IMPACT AWARD 2012 ENTRY FORM (“Entry”). The Entry must contain a description as to how you used ACL software to make a positive impact on your organization or to a particular business need. You are not required to submit technical information with your Entry, but if you are selected as a finalist, you may be asked for further technical information, which may include written descriptions and explanations of the ACL project, or script that you developed and any supporting documentation for this project. Entries may be submitted in English, French, German, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Deadline. All entries must be submitted to, and received by, ACL Services Ltd. (“ACL”) at 1550 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6G 1A5 before 5:00 pm Pacific Time on January 14, 2013. Entries may be submitted by email (impact_award@acl.com), or mail. The entry form may be downloaded from the ACL web site at http://www.acl.com/impact.

Prizes. There are a total of ten (10) prizes (“Prizes”) comprising of: one (1) Grand Prize, one (1) New User prize, one (1) Analytics prize, one (1) Audit Management prize, one (1) Continuous Auditing/Monitoring prize, one (1) Innovation prize and four (4) Regional Prizes (NA, EMEA, LAC, and ASIA), available in this contest:

Grand Prize Winner (1) Receives:

  • Return airfare, accommodation and related reasonable expenses (such as meals, transportation, and gratuities) for one person up to USD $2,500 (including registration fees and travel expenses) to attend a professional development course, seminar or conference chosen by the winner. The seminar or course chosen must be associated with the development of the winner’s particular business. The winner is required to check and meet all registration requirements of the chosen option. The course must be pre-approved by ACL in writing, and where applicable, by the winner’s employer. If the actual cost exceeds this amount, the winner is required to pay for any such additional amount. All airfare and accommodation will be booked by ACL. Original receipts for allowable expenses for the first component of the Prize will be required.

And

  • Return airfare, accommodation and full conference registration for one person up to USD $2000, to attend Connections 2013, the ACL User Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

And

  • An ACL Workpapers audit management system for company use for 12 months (USD 1200 value) OR an ACL Importer license for company use (USD 895 value)

And

  • ACL Data Analyst Certification (ACDA) based on the skills and experience demonstrated through your entry (USD 250 value)

Audit Management, Continuous Auditing/Monitoring, Analytics, New and Innovation Winners (5) each receive:

  • Return airfare, accommodation and full conference registration for one person up to USD 2000, to attend Connections 2013, the ACL User Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

And

  • USD 1000 credit for use towards ACL certified training or ACL consulting services offered by ACL certified staff or authorized Channel Partners.

And

  • An ACL Workpapers audit management system for company use for 12 months (USD 1200 value) OR an ACL Importer license for company use (USD 895 value)

And

  • ACL Data Analyst Certification (ACDA) based on the skills and experience demonstrated through your entry (USD 250 value) 

Regional (4) Winners receive:

  • USD 500 credit for use towards ACL certified training offered by ACL certified staff or authorized Channel Partners

And

  • Full conference registration for one person to attend Connections 2013 (USD 1000 value), the ACL User Conference in Atlanta Georgia, United States.

And

  • ACL Data Analyst Certification (ACDA) based on the skills and experience demonstrated through your entry (USD 250 value) 

All Prizes must be used on or before January 15, 2014.

Prizes must be accepted as offered with no substitutions, are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash. Any software prizes will be subject to the clickwrap license agreement accompanying the software. ACL reserves the right to substitute a prize which, in ACL’s sole opinion, is of equal or greater value if the Prizes, or any part thereof, becomes unavailable for any reason; or to cancel this promotion without notice.

Eligibility. This contest is open to all persons who have reached 19 years of age and who are resident in a province and/or country that do not prohibit such contests.  This contest is not open to authorized representatives of ACL (including distributors, agents, trainers and consultants) and employees or officers of ACL, its subsidiaries, affiliates or authorized representatives.

Entries. All entries become the property of ACL. ACL assumes no responsibility for lost, delayed, destroyed or misdirected entries. You warrant and/or agree as follows:

  • you are the original author of the Entry and you have full right and authority to submit the Entry;
    1. that by submitting the Entry, you do not breach any confidentiality or other contractual obligation and, where necessary, you have obtained appropriate consent to disclose and license to ACL all information contained in the Entry;

    2. you grant ACL a perpetual, royalty-free, world-wide license to copy, reproduce, modify, alter, publish, distribute or otherwise use your Entry in any manner, including, but not limited to the development of marketing materials, such as success stories, press releases, articles and marketing campaigns; and

    3. You permit ACL to publish your name and full details of your Entry with your organization’s prior approval.

ACL will not be obliged to return any materials submitted by you, which materials may be returned or destroyed at ACL’s sole discretion.

Determination of Winner. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by ACL, which may include academics, independent consultants or other members of the software industry. Entries will be judged based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the Entry’s demonstrated business value, measurable benefits to the user, innovation and efficiency. If one or more Entries contain substantially similar or identical contents and/or functions, preference will be given to the entry which is determined by ACL to have been received first. The decision of the judges in this contest is final and neither the judges nor ACL will be responsible for any errors or negligence that may arise or occur in connection with this contest.

The selected winners must sign a standard release prior to being awarded their prize, which release will include confirmation of compliance with the contest Rules and Guidelines and acknowledgement that the contest sponsors, judges and ACL are not responsible for any claims or liabilities arising out of any matter related to the contest and the prizes awarded.

The selected winner will be notified by January 31, 2013 by telephone, and will be announced in the User Forum of the ACL Support Center and a press release.

Chances of Winning.  Chances of winning are dependent upon the relative merits of the Entries submitted by entrants, and on the number of Entries received.

Law. The ACL IMPACT AWARD 2012 Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and is void where prohibited by law. These contest Rules and Guidelines may appear in languages other than English, but in the event of a conflict between those other versions and the English version, the English version will prevail.


FAQs

What are the important dates for the 2011 ACL Impact Award?
Deadline for entries is January 14, 2013. Winners will be announced by January 31, 2013.

How many entries can I submit?
Each person can submit one application; however, multiple entries from one organization is acceptable.

How will the winners be selected?
Each application is judged by a judging panel of ACL representatives. The judging panel will shortlist the candidates and may request additional information about their ACL application. A winner will be contacted and announced by January 31, 2013.

Can I delete or change my entry after I have submitted?
Changes to your entry are allowed before the January 14, 2013 deadline.

What is the maximum number of words for each question?
Word counts range between 100 to 2500 words, depending on the nature of the question. Word limits are indicated on the entry form.

Can I supply additional information and/or supporting files with my entry?
As part of the initial screening process, it is not necessary to provide additional files or technical documentation. We only require your responses to the questions listed on the entry form.

If you are short-listed, you may be asked by the judging panel to provide additional information about your application.

When will the announcement of the winner be made?
Winner will be announced by January 31, 2013.

What if I have questions about my entry and the selection process?
You may email us at impact_award@acl.com.

Winners Showcase

Join prestigious winners from around the world who have made a significant difference within their organization through their use of ACL technology. View our online photo gallery for photos of past winners!

Grand Prize Winners

Regional Winners: North America

  • Byron Enamorado, Westfield (USA) (2011) arrowRead the case study
  • Pat Ferrell and Seth Davis, RLI Insurance Company (USA) (2010) arrowListen to the podcast
  • Manuel Coello, Stanley Works (USA) (2009)
  • Shane Shultz, Union Bank (USA) (2008)
  • Lynn Johnson, Healthcare Service Corp (USA) (2007)
  • Thomas Mackie, Accident Fund Insurance & Michael Willis,
    Metropolitan Airports Commission (USA) (2006) Read the case study
  • Danielle Kragnes, Delhaize Grp (Food Lion) (USA) (2004) Read the case study
  • Aaron Rylance, Dow Corning Corporation (USA) (2003) Read the case study
  • Bridget Kennelley, Erie Insurance (USA) (2002)

Regional Winners: EMEA

  • Glen Winn, UPC Ireland (Ireland) (2011)
  • Bennie Smit, Auditor General of SA (South Africa) (2010)
  • Davide Gava & Tobias Thibaut, Sara Lee International (Spain) (2009) Read the case study
  • Matty Pleumeekers, Essent Trading (Belgium) (2008)
  • Kojo Anyanful, UN World Food Program (Italy) (2007) Read the case study
  • Ludgero Pinto, Firstrand Banking Grp (South Africa) (2006) Read the case study
  • Bennie Smit, Firstrand Banking (South Africa) (2004)
  • Amit Agarwal Jason Bosco D’Gama, National Bank of Abu Dhabi (2003)
  • Alim Akhtar, Oman International Bank SAOG (Oman) (2002)

Regional Winners: LAC

  • Maria de los Angeles Novello and Augusto Escheguren, Cia de Alimentos Fargo SA (Argentina) (2011)
  • Cyntia Hernandez Rosas, ABA Seguros, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico) (2010)
  • Joao Vieira Filho, Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social (Brazil) (2009)
  • Reinaldo Cilurzo, BOVESPA (Brazil) (2008)
  • Emigdio Senties, Grupo Bimbo (Mexico) (2007)
  • Felipe Andres Cornejo, La Araucana CCAF (Chile) (2006)
  • Juan Ignacio Giulianelli, Bank Boston Argentina (2004)
  • Gabriel Grande, BankBoston Argentina (2003)
  • Sergio Daniel Laschera, Bank Boston Argentina (2002)

Regional Winners: Asia

  • Glen Laslett, Metcash Limited (Australia) (2011) arrowRead the case study
  • Shri A.K. Mahajan, Bank of India (India) (2010) arrowRead the case study
  • Nabankur Sen, Axis Bank Ltd. (India) (2009) Read the case study
  • Mario Nazareth, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (India) (2008)
  • Sandeep Bhatkhande, Siemens (Asia) (2007)
  • Larry Young, CLP Holdings Limited (Hong Kong) (2006) Read the case study
  • Li Kunming, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (China) (2004)
  • Wong Ming Hooi, John Hancock Life Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd (2003)
  • Kenneth Wong, John Hancock Life Insurance (Malaysia) (2002) Read the case study

Most Innovative Use:

  • Arnold Mendoza, GE Capital Australia and New Zealand (Australia) (2011) Read the case study
  • Christopher Nyamkondiwa, Mopani Copper Mines, Corporate Security (Zambia) (2010)
  • José Carlos Cruz Reséndiz & Francisco Labastida Teón, Grupo Bimbo (Argentina) (2009) Read the case study

Audit ProductivityTeam:

  • Goodluck Ogazi, Globacom Nigeria Limited (Nigeria) (2011)
  • Mark Burr and Renee Underhill, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co (USA) (2010)
  • Shelley Reimann & Jaki Gerard, City of Phoenix (USA) (2009)

Most Promising Novice:

  • David Crotts, Virginia Tech (USA) (2011)
  • Henriette Hamer, Eneco (Netherlands) (2010)
  • Reg Brehaut, Energy Resources Conservation Board (Canada) (2009)

Best Use of Analytics:

  • Sanjeev Mishra and Nalin Kumar Srivastava, Government of India (India) (2011)

Best Application of Continuous Auditing/ Monitoring: