Alumni Spotlight: David Debenham, Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics ’13

Alison D'Addieco - November 27, 2013

“I compared all of the programs and concluded that Carlow's program was, by far, the most relevant for practitioners.”

Canadian attorney David Debenham BA, MBA, JD, LLM, MSc, DIFA, CFE, CFI, CFS, has been a trial lawyer for 25 years. He never planned to get into fraud prevention and investigation. It just happened. “This is not just another job,” he says. “It's a calling.”

Early in his career, Debenham received a joint MBA/law degree that introduced him to “numbers cases” and the fields of accounting and then forensic accounting. Then, as he puts it, “away I went.”

Alumni Spotlight: David Debenham, MFF ’13

Currently a partner at McMillan LLP in Ottawa, where he is both a certified fraud specialist and a construction law specialist, Debenham calls his career “completely unpredictable and unbelievably enjoyable.”

“Now I get a chance to write books, speak at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' global conference in Orlando and Las Vegas, and teach in places all across North America,” he says.

In 2013, Debenham added a Master of Science in Fraud and Forensics to his list of impressive degrees. “In a world of constant change,” he says, “I had to get my MSc to stay current with all of the innovations in fraud and forensics.” Once he saw what Carlow had to offer, he looked no further.

“I compared all of the programs,” says Debenham, “and concluded that Carlow's program was, by far, the most relevant for practitioners.” He also liked the location. “The United States is cutting edge in so many fields,” he says, “but none more than fraud prevention and detection.”

Debenham advises those intrigued by fraud and forensics to get involved in a fraud investigation and see if they get the bug. It’s a broad field, he says, but those involved share a common goal: They are people who “live and breathe integrity, have a passion for justice, and have a dogged determination to ascertain the truth.” And Carlow has all the training they need to get started, he adds.

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