About Us
About Us

PRA Canada is an assurance and risk advisory firm comprising 25-plus Internal Audit, Risk Management and Business Intelligence specialists, serving more than 100 financial services clients nationally. PRA Canada was born from a disruptive idea arising from challenges to Credit Unions that Internal Audit could be outsourced and began operations in 1985 as the first provider of outsourced Internal Audit services to Canadian Credit Unions. Since then we have successfully grown to be the largest national Professional Services firm providing outsourced and co-sourced services to Credit Unions. Privately held, PRA Canada currently has four partners: Jeremy Picco (Managing Partner), Fred Zdan (Incorporated Partner), Aaron Bastien (Partner) and Peter Reimer (Partner/ Founder). PRA Canada has virtual offices and employees in Kelowna, Vancouver, Surrey, Nanaimo, Edmonton and Toronto.

Our goal is to develop the most appropriate Internal Audit function for each client at a competitive price. Our team leverages leading practices from all engagements, and tailors our services to deliver an unequaled Internal Audit proposition.

We believe we are uniquely qualified to serve as your Internal Audit service provider and advisor because of our:

• Extensive industry experience with over 100 financial institution clients throughout Canada
• Extensive experience working in financial institution regulatory environments as well as applying their supervisory frameworks across Canada at the provincial and federals levels
• Ability to continuously reinvent ourselves as Industry Leaders and Specialists as evidenced by our development of the Risk Management Alliance and co-operative solution to Cyber Security.
• Mission to serve the community of Credit Unions as they serve their community of members and keep them whole

Our professional services spectrum and expertise is continually expanding, and includes Internal Audit, board governance, regulatory support, enterprise risk management, forensic audit and investigation, information technology audit and consulting services.

Leadership Team
Fred Zdan - Leader of Risk Advisory Services

Fred leads the Risk Advisory Services practice at PRA Group. With more than 25 years of financial institutions experience in audit, finance, governance and risk management, Fred works with clients across Canada to find workable, relevant solutions to risk management issues. Fred delivers ERM Services to a number of financial institution clients as well as provides advisory services in board governance, finance and regulatory matters. Fred holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Jeremy Picco - Managing Partner

Jeremy Picco is PRA Group’s Internal Audit practice leader and works with numerous clients on a multitude of internal audit related engagements across Canada. With over a decade of service at the firm, Jeremy ensures that PRA Group maintains a high standard of professionalism abiding by the Institute of Internal Audit Standards. Jeremy is highly engaged in the leadership of the Institute of Internal Auditors in Canada and has held numerous board and committee roles. In addition to his CA, Jeremy also holds both a CIA and CFA designation.

Peter Reimer - Founding Partner

Almost 30 years ago, Peter Reimer formed P. Reimer & Associates and pioneered the creation of PRA Group. With his extensive experience in financial services, IT, governance and internal audit, Peter leads the team at PRA Group to ensure that client satisfaction is our first priority. Through Peter’s leadership, PRA Group has become the leading Internal Audit and Risk Advisory Services firm in Western Canada. Known for his innate ability to understand complex problems and bring meaningful, valuable and effective solutions to the table, Peter is highly regarded in the Canadian financial institutions industry.

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Aaron Bastien – Partner

Aaron Bastien recently joined PRA Canada after more than 20 years of internal audit, risk management, and compliance experience in the financial institution, retail, gaming and hospitality industries. Aaron has led Internal Audit and Risk Management functions at Coast Capital Savings, the London Drugs Group of Companies, and Parq Vancouver. In addition, he also has prior experience as a Gaming Regulator with the Province of BC’s Gaming Policy Enforcement Branch (GPEB) and as a Tax Auditor with both Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and the BC Provincial Government. Aaron also previously served on the BCIT School of Business Program Advisory Committee (PAC) from June 2008 to December 2016.

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Jason Athwal, CPA, CA – Practice Lead Internal Audit Services (Interior)

Jason has over 5 years of experience within Risk Management and Internal Audit, most recently as Practice of PRA Canada’s Interior client base. Jason has completed extensive Internal Audit, Risk Management and control and design evaluations within Retail Lending including Credit Management and Oversight, Portfolio Administration, Risk Evaluation, Portfolio Analysis including Stress Testing reviews and reviews of Loans Origination Systems. Jason has also completed numerous Operational, Governance, Informational Technology and Regulatory-focused Internal Audits at Credit Unions across Canada as well as consulting with two large BC based Credit Unions in evaluating design of controls and operational effectiveness of banking systems prior to conversion. Jason has completed fraud investigations at multiple Canadian Credit Unions including reviews of potential employee dishonesty and account review of employees deemed to be high risk via evaluation of personal and loan accounts though extract testing. Jason holds a bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration Degree as well as his CPA, CA designation.

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César Ponce, CISA, CISSP, C|EH – Manager IT Audit

At PRA Canada, César conducts IT audits for several financial institutions across Canada, namely credit unions and banks. César brings more than 16 years of experience in IT Audits to PRA. Audit engagements performed in PRA by Cesar range from IT Security, Business Continuity Management and IT Governance, to Internal & External Network Vulnerability assessments using the Nessus Network Vulnerability Scanner. César has experience in auditing Windows, UNIX and Linux systems, as well as ERP and banking systems. He analyzes audit results, prepares findings reports and discusses them with Senior Management of each client. Cesar is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA,) Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH)