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Tim Leech, ROS CEO and founder first proposed objective centric management driven risk and control self-assessment with CAE Bruce McCuaig to the Keith McWalter, CEO at Gulf Canada Resources in 1985. 35+ years later he still believes that strong management driven risk and certainty management is key to success, particularly in high change environments. After setting up Control and Risk Management Services, a first of its kind practice at Coopers & Lybrand in 1987 focused on forensic accounting and CRSA global demand for CRSA training and advisory services continued to grow. In 1991 Tim founded MCS Control Training and Design which morphed in to CARDdecisions. CARD stood for Collaborative Assurance & Risk Design, the foundation and trademark for the CARDdecisions service and product lines.

In 1995 KPMG worldwide licensed CARDdecisions methodology and tools for global deployment. At the peak of that relationship 22 KPMG partnerships around the world were licensed to use CARDdecisions tools. Success implementing control and risk self-assessment with major clients including Mobil and BellSouth in the U.S, Telstra in Australia, RBC in Canada and Boots and BAA in the UK helped CARDdecisions built and successfully launch the world's first integrated risk and and assurance management software - CARDmap in 1997. In 2000, CARDdecisions took CARDmap to the cloud and began to offer software as a service to clients around the world. In 2004 Leech sold CARDdecisions to Paisley Consulting, a top three internal audit software vendor and became Paisley's first CHIEF METHODOLOGY OFFICER. He left Paisley, now Thomson Reuters in 2007. Since then he has been building and helping clients implement his second generation of disruptive thinking - RISK & CERTAINTY MANAGEMENT.

Risk Oversight Solutions

ROS Founder and CEO: Tim Leech

Tim is founder and Managing Director at Risk Oversight Solutions. His focus for the past 30 years has been promoting the business case for, and helping organizations implement, strong management driven objective centric risk and certainty management. He has received awards for outstanding contributions from CPA Ontario, IIA, ACFE and OCEG. His work in the field of strategy and risk governance has been recognized by articles published by Harvard and Columbia Universities, London School of Economics, the IIA, Conference Board, and many others. In December 2019 Richard Chambers named Tim to his list of the top 10 internal audit and risk thought leaders of the decade globally. https://iaonline.theiia.org/blogs/chambers/2019/Pages/10-Internal-Audit-Thought-Leaders-of-the-Decade.aspx

He has provided training and advice to major corporations around the world including Mobil, Shell, Telstra, NAB, KPMG, RBC, CIBC, MBNA, Manulife, Canadian federal government, BellSouth, Sonera, Rabobank, ABN Amro, Novartis, TMX, City of Burlington, public sector organizations at all levels, SVG Capital, and hundreds of others.

From 1991 to 2004 he was founder and CEO of CARDdecisions Inc. CARDdecisions worked with major companies around the world and licensed KPMG to use Tim`s objective centric risk assessment tools in 22 countries. Tim sold CARDdecisions to Paisley/Thomson Reuters in 2004 where he served as Chief Methodology Officer/Principal Consultant for three years. Since that time he has focused on building his second generation of disruptive innovation to help organizations transition from traditional strategy, risk and assurance methods to strong management driven risk and certainty management.

Specialties: Helping organizations implement strong management driven strategy and risk governance frameworks, advising and training boards and C-Suites to meet escalating risk oversight expectations, independent assessment of effectiveness of enterprise risk management frameworks, assessment of the effectiveness and alignment of strategy, risk and internal audit functions, and expert witness opinions on director/officer strategy and risk oversight due diligence.

In July 2016 Tim's April 2015 article, Reinventing Internal Audit, was recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Contributor Award from the IIA. His article Focusing ERM and Internal Audit on What Really Maters in the Spring 2017 issue of Ethical Boardroom has received global recognition. He regularly writes for ETHICAL BOARDROOM and Conference Board Governance blog.

Partial List of Clients By Country 1990-2020



  • Comptroller General
  • australia


  • Ansett
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • New South Wales Police
  • National Australia
  • Telstra
  • Western Mining
  • BHP
  • belgium


    •   Europay International



    • Banco do Brazil
    • BCP
    • Caixa Economica
    • Listel



    • Alcan
    • BV Lottery
    • BMO
    • CIBC
    • City of Burlington
    • Enmax Corporation
    • Environment Canada
    • Department of Indian Affairs & Northern Development
    • Foresters
    • Gulf Canada Resources
    • Health Canada
    • Imperial Oil
    • Imperial Tobacco
    • Inco Limited
    • Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
    • Kodak Canada
    • Livingston Group
    • Loblaws
    • ManuLife Financial
    • Natural Resources Canada
    • Office of Auditor General
    • Ontario Hydro
    • RBC
    • Sherritt International
    • Sun Life
    • TD Bank
    • Terasen Inc.
    • TMX Group
    • Transport Canada
    • Treasury Board
    • Veterans Affairs


  • BellSouth


  • BellSouth


  • Sonera Corporation


    • Eridania Beghin-Say


    • Antibioticos
    • Ausimont
    • Compart
    • Edison Spa
    • Tecnimont
    • Telecom Italia


    • Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Ltd.


    • Anglo American
    • MTN
    • Old Mutual
    • Sanlam
    • South African Reserve Bank
    • Standard Bank of South Africa


    • Corporació Sanitària Parc Taulí


    • BAA
    • Boots Plc
    • British American Tobacco
    • British Gas
    • ED&F Mann Group plc
    • Family Housing Association
    • Kingfisher Plc
    • National Westminster Bank
    • National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    • Mobil
    • Shell
    • SVG Capital
    • Wagon plc


    • AG America
    • ARCO
    • BellSouth
    • Cablevision
    • Cabot Corporation
    • Campus Crusade for Christ
    • Chiquita Brands International
    • City of Detroit
    • CMP Group
    • Danka
    • Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
    • Georgia Pacific
    • Huntington Bancshares
    • Itochu International Inc.
    • Jim Walter Homes, Inc.
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Los Alamos Laboratory
    • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • MBNA
    • Microsoft
    • North East Utilities
    • Pemstar
    • Sandia Labs
    • Standard Insurance
    • Telephone & Data Systems
    • Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
    • TransAmerica
    • Treasury Bank
    • Tucson Electric
    • Whirlpool Corporation


    • KPMG
    • Mobil