The Southern Courier | An internal audit professional from Longueuil wins an international award


Aliya Ismayilova, internal audit expert, as she was about to receive the CRMA Highest Achievement Award 2021, via videoconference. (Photo courtesy)


Aliya Ismayilova has won the 2021 CRMA Highest Achievement Award, presented to her from Chicago on July 19 by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). This award was given to her because she obtained the best result in the world on the Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) examination.

“I had successfully passed my certification in April 2021, then I forgot, she says. We don’t get our grades. I then received an email on March 26, with the subject line: CRMA Award winner, inviting me to Chicago to present myself with an award. Still a little sleepy, I had to read it five times before believing it!

In just seven months, in 2021, she will have validated her certifications.

“I first passed the 3 exams and the CIA certification [Certificat en audit interne], she says. I was then able to go through and get the CRAM quickly. I received many congratulatory messages at Investissement Québec or at meetings. I am very proud of this award. But beyond that, preparing for this challenge brought me a lot professionally.”

But the story is not over, because the laureate will also go from October 16 to 19 in Calgary to the national conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors of Canada where she has been invited and will be honored.

Inspiring journey

Originally from Eastern Europe, the internal auditor arrived in Montreal in 2011 after receiving her permanent residency. She was initially housed in a residence for immigrant women, before moving to Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Aliya Ismayilova lives in the arr. du Vieux-Longueuil since 2018 with his mother.

In her professional career, in 2016 she joined the Integrated University Center for Health and Social Services (CIUSSS) de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal where she climbed all the levels, before joining in 2021 Investissement Québec as senior advisor in governance, financial and technological risk management.

Chain training and certifications

Ms. Ismayilova obtained a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree in business administration from Laval University.

Having since become a Canadian citizen, she continued with a DESS in accounting practice in 2020 and the title of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in 2021.

“The new CPA was announced part-time,” she says. Finally the exam asked me a lot of preparatory work like simulations over three full days.

The forty-year-old is currently studying at UQAM for a master’s degree in Information Technology, with a research project on artificial intelligence in corporate governance. At the same time, she follows a remote microprogram in information security, provided by Laval University.

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The Southern Courier | An internal audit professional from Longueuil wins an international award


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