Investigations Training Suite

January 14, 15, 16, 21, March 26, 27, 2019
February 26, 27, 28, March 1, 5, 6, April 23, 2019
April 5, June 11, 12, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2019
April 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 2019
April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 2019
May 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 2019
September 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 2019

Just interested in interviewing? Then sign up for the Investigative Interviewing course. Want to cover the Fundamentals of Investigation and also learn how to use the Internet as an investigative tool through social media? Register just for those courses. Want to take the Report Writing for Investigators? Sign up only for that course. You choose the combination you want.

Check out our brand new investigating allegations of harassment and sexual harassment in the workplace courses, coming in 2019

Take all courses and save!    Contact us about discounts for groups

Who should attend?

The courses are designed to give anyone responsible for conducting, supervising or reviewing investigations or fact-finding of any kind, the tools required to ensure that they are done objectively, ethically and thoroughly. The thousands of participants who have attended our courses have come from virtually every investigative background, including:

  • Workplace / Human Resources
  • Regulatory / Compliance
  • Professional Conduct
  • Healthcare
  • Child / Vulnerable person protection
  • Audits
  • Law enforcement
  • Inspections
  • Insurance
  • Labour relations
  • Health and Safety
  • Security/Loss Prevention
  • Human Rights/Ethics/Integrity
  • Administrative Fairness / Ombudsman

Participants in previous courses have come from the private sector, government at all levels, academia, healthcare, regulators and compliance folks of all kinds and many other areas. Check out the testimonials on our website to see the variety of people who have attended – and found the courses useful, relevant, practical and fun.

The program is accredited by HRPA, CPHRAB, CPHRBC and Yukon  for 6.5 CPD recertification hours.

A number of the courses have been accredited by the LS of Ontario and LSBC for 6.50 hours of continuing professional development.

The program is accredited by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) for 6 hours.

January 14, 2019
February 26, 2019
April 09, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 14, 2019
June 24, 2019
September 17, 2019

Price: $495 + TAX

This course sets out the building blocks of good investigative practice for any kind of investigation.  It covers fundamental investigative principles, how to plan an investigation, an introduction to investigative interviewing, dealing with digitally stored, documentary and physical evidence, assessing evidence, report writing and the challenges of workplace related investigations

January 15, 2019
February 27, 2019
April 10, 2019
May 01, 2019
May 15, 2019
June 25, 2019
September 18, 2019

Price: $495 + TAX

This course is dedicated to investigative interviewing. The course expands on the principles of interviewing covered in day one, with much more in-depth material, including scenarios based on real life cases. Lots of participation and exercises – but no role-plays – guaranteed!

January 21, 2019
February 28, 2019
April 11, 2019
May 01, 2019
May 02, 2019
May 16, 2019
June 26, 2019
September 19, 2019

Price: $595 + TAX

Designed for anyone involved in workplace investigations, this course focuses exclusively on the challenges of harassment and sexual harassment investigations. It covers dealing with he said/she said cases, trauma-informed interviewing techniques, confidentiality issues and many other aspects of this kind of investigation.

January 16, 2019
March 01, 2019
April 12, 2019
May 03, 2019
May 17, 2019
June 27, 2019
September 20, 2019

Price: $595 + TAX

This course covers report writing. Most of us have to write reports of some kind, be it as the result of an investigation or a similar process. Report writing can be a bit of a challenge sometimes. Worry not. This course is designed for investigators, inspectors, auditors, analysts, complaint handlers, lawyers, human resources professionals and anyone else who has to put pen to paper. It focussed on writing clear and concise reports – and making entire report writing process as simple and as painless as possible.

April 05, 2019
April 15, 2019
April 23, 2019
May 06, 2019
May 23, 2019
September 26, 2019

Price: $595 + TAX

This course is an introduction to P.E.A.C.E. P.E.A.C.E. is an investigative interviewing framework that is ethical, efficient and effective. It has been adopted by investigators across the globe. The focus is on conducting a Cognitive Interview that underpins the UK’s P.E.A.C.E Model and the RCMP Phased Witness Model. The course is designed for anyone who wishes to obtain information from another person and wants that information to be complete and reliable.

The course on How to Use the Internet as an Investigative Tool Part 1 The World Beyond Social Media introduces you to the proper techniques to navigate and recover information from the World Wide Web.

March 05, 2019
March 26, 2019
April 16, 2019
May 07, 2019
May 09, 2019
May 21, 2019
June 11, 2019
September 24, 2019

Price: $595 + TAX

The course on How to Use the Internet as an Investigative and Research Tool Part 2 Social Media focuses on using social media such as LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook and other social websites to find information.

The course on How to Use the Internet as an Investigative and Research Tool Part 2 Social Media focuses on using social media such as LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook and other social websites to find information.

March 06, 2019
March 27, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 08, 2019
May 10, 2019
May 22, 2019
June 12, 2019
September 25, 2019

Price: $595 + TAX

This course covers the principles of excellent investigation; how to identify issues and then plan an investigation; how to conduct thorough witness interviews – even if the witness is hostile or difficult; how to deal with whistleblowers, how to gather, organize and review physical, digital and documentary evidence; using the Internet as an investigative tool, how to assess evidence and how to write clear and convincing reports.The course uses real life examples, with targeted case studies and recent court / tribunal cases. A great refresher for those already involved in investigations, as well as a comprehensive introduction into the world of investigations to those with little or no prior experience.

The course will give anyone the confidence and capabilities necessary to conduct, monitor or supervise an investigation.The course includes discussions on the importance of ethics in planning and conducting investigations throughout the course of the day. Section 1: The Fundamentals of Investigation

  • The eight principles that apply to any kind of investigation
  • An assessment tool for determining the quality of your own – or someone else’s – investigation
  • Procedural fairness

Section 2: How To Plan An Investigation

  • Road-mapping the investigation
  • Identifying the issues
  • Pinpointing what and where the evidence is
  • Setting timelines

Participants are provided with an investigation-planning template that can be easily adapted to whatever type of investigation they do.  Section 3: Investigative InterviewingThis segment covers the basic building blocks of good interviewing practice.

  • The six fundamentals of interviewing
  • The twelve stages of an interview
  • Common problems that arise with witnesses and how to deal with them
  • Assessing credibility
  • Dealing with difficult witnesses
  • How to record interviews

Section 4: Documents and Digital Evidence

  • How to identify, organize and review documents
  • Documenting your investigation
  • Dealing with digital evidence

Section 5: Evidence Assessment and Effective Report Writing

  • Admissibility, sufficiency, credibility, relevance
  • Narrative reports
  • How to set out your analysis clearly and comprehensively
  • A structured approach to making report writing as painless as possible
  • Formulating conclusions and recommendations

Section 6: Workplace Investigations

  • The challenges of workplace investigations
  • Dealing with querulants – the investigator’s nightmare
  • Update on recent Court and tribunal cases
  • A case study that brings the whole day together
  • Lessons learned

Investigative Interviewing

Good investigators are usually good interviewers. Speaking to people who have evidence relevant to whatever it is you are investigating is a very important part of most investigations. You have to know how to ask the right person the right questions, in the right way, at the right time and in the right place. This course offers a structured approach to getting information from an interviewee as effectively and efficiently as possible, with a focus on interviewing in any investigative context – both formal and informal. We cover methodologies for ensuring that you obtain all the information that any party has that may be relevant to your investigation, including from reluctant and evasive witnesses.

We discuss how to identify who you need to speak to, decide whether or not an interview is necessary, the general principles that underpin every good interview, how to put the interviewee at ease, dealing with vulnerable witnesses, cultural and ethical issues, how to structure the interview itself and best practices in recording the interview.

The course is hands-on and interactive as possible. It includes several group exercises and video footage of interviews done well – and not so well.

We use a scenario throughout the day.  It is based on a real life incident, with video footage of the incident being investigated. Participants are divided into small groups to brainstorm their ideas for preparing and conducting interviews of people involved in the incident, and to develop solutions to the challenges that the scenario presents.  We then go through what actually happened. It’s a very effective learning tool. No role-plays – other than by the instructor.

Ethics and professionalism are discussed throughout the day.


Introduction To Interviewing Interviewing And Interrogations – Similarities And Differences The 3 Stages Of The Interviewing Process

  • Identify
  • Decide
  • Interview

The 6 Principles Of Effective Interviewing A detailed discussion that covers preparation, building a rapport, thoroughness, objectivity, keeping control of the process and actively listening. Preparing For The Interview

  • Knowing the issues and the interviewee
  • To Google or not to Google? What is out there on the Internet.
  • Questions or question areas?

Setting Up The Interview

  • Making contact
  • Choosing a location
  • Confidentiality concerns

Whistleblowers Ethical Considerations

  • Integrity and fairness
  • Dealing with vulnerable witnesses
  • How far do you go?
  • Tricks of the trade
  • How to avoid getting duped

Types Of Interview

  • Face to face
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Written Interrogatories
  • Skype

How To Structure An Interview

  • The twelve stages of the actual interview
  • Do’s and don’ts, as the interview progresses
  • Dealing with evasive witnesses

Recording Interviews

  • Best practices
  • How and why

Participants will be provided with a draft digital voice recording policy that they can adapt as they see fit.Interviewing Techniques

  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Reid Technique

Assessing Credibility

  • Body language
  • Behavioural analysis
  • SCAN

Common Roadblocks And How To Deal With Them Mistakes Interviewers Make Assessing The Success Of An Interview

  • A checklist to assess the quality of an interview

Wrap-up and Evaluation

Investigating Allegations of Harassment and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

This course is focused exclusively on conducting workplace harassment and sexual harassment investigations. It has brand new material that builds on the principles set out in the fundamentals of investigation and investigative interviewing courses, covering:

  • Dealing with the challenges of sexual harassment, harassment, workplace violence and misconduct investigations
  • Ensuring a procedurally fair process
  • Interviewing complainants (including an introduction to evidence-based and trauma-informed interviewing techniques)
  • Providing information and support during an investigation
  • Identifying and obtaining digitally stored evidence
  • Assessing credibility
  • Working with unions, associations and counsel
  • Addressing confidentiality issues

The course focuses on the practical – using real life examples that deal with the nitty-gritty of investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination of all types in the workplace, along with the lessons learned from recent court and tribunal decisions from across Canada. It includes a scenario that is used for group exercises throughout the course. No role-play – guaranteed!

It is crucial that workplace investigators get it right – and that can be tricky, given the challenges that many workplace investigations involve. Corroboration, credibility, disruption and workplace culture are just a few of the factor into the investigative mix. This course provides participants with tools and techniques to maximize the chances an investigation will withstand scrutiny.

The course is also great for those who supervise, review or otherwise have an interest in investigations done by others. Previous participants have included managers, in-house counsel, association and union reps, – indeed anyone with an interest in finding out how an investigation should be done.

Report Writing for Investigators

This report writing course is designed for investigators, human resources professionals, inspectors, regulators, auditors, complaint- handlers and anyone else who has to put pen to paper at the end of – or during – any kind of fact-finding process, including an investigation.

If you find writing reports somewhat challenging – and are looking for ways to make them less so – you are not alone.  For some of us, writing a report can be a real chore.  How do I structure my report? How long should it be? What should I include? What should I leave out?  What format should I use?  How do I ensure that the report is objective, accurate and thorough?

Worry not. This course is focused on making the entire report writing process as simple and as painless as possible.

The course will cover:

  • a strategic approach to report writing
  • how to write effectively and convincingly
  • presenting information logically and coherently
  • an effective and easy to use report writing framework
  • style and formatting tips
  • making the writing process less scary

There are exercises and examples throughout the day.

The P.E.A.C.E. Interview Framework

This course is an introduction to P.E.A.C.E. P.E.A.C.E. is an investigative interviewing framework that is ethical, efficient and effective. It has been adopted by investigators across the globe. The focus is on conducting a Cognitive Interview that underpins the UK’s P.E.A.C.E Model and the RCMP Phased Witness Model. The course is designed for anyone who wishes to obtain information from another person and wants that information to be complete and reliable.

The P.E.A.C.E. Framework is divided into the following phases:

  • Preparation & Planning
  • Engage & Explain
  • Account, clarify & challenge
  • Close
  • Evaluation

The course includes:

  • Introduction & Objectives
  • Brief Historical Perspective
  • Human Memory
  • Requisite Objectivity
  • Detecting Deception
  • Questioning
  • Breakdown of the framework using video examples and scenarios

Various Interview aids and checklists are used throughout the day.

Using the Internet as an Investigative and Research Tool: Part 1  – The World Beyond Social Media

This course introduces you to the proper techniques to navigate and recover information from the World Wide Web, beyond those discussed the previous day. Search Techniques and Methodology Content includes how to search the web smartly and strategically. We cover the most effective and fruitful approaches and set out a proven methodology, using search strategies with web-based tools. Search Engines and Directories This session teaches you how to use the most popular web searching tools to your advantage. We discuss the world beyond Google – those more obscure tools that may be the key to finding information relevant to your investigation – from reverse search engines to public databasesthat contain a cornucopia of information – if you know where and how to look. Recovering Lost Sites This session deals with the recovery of sites no longer operating, from the numerous major online archives and various tools that cache data. We cover how to think strategically when leveraging data, with online exercises to reinforce the lessons learned. Web Names (Domains) This session explains the structure of site names, how they are registered and what information on the registrations is in the public realm. Additional material focuses on how to identify other sites on the same host computer IP number, finding additional related sites to targets through thought process and online tools that allow person and entity name searches for web site registrations. Invisible Web This session covers how to access and recover data from online data bases located across the world. Included is a list of links to gateways of high-quality databases. We address privacy concerns and ethics. We also provide an overview of business, corporate and property registrations systems. Using the Internet as an Investigative and Research Tool: The World Beyond Social Media Outcomes You will know how to:

  • Search the web smartly and strategically
  • Use the most popular web search tools to your advantage
  • Recover sites no longer operating

These are truly great courses – and a lot of fun, too.

There is a lot of information on the Internet that potentially may be relevant to your investigation  – whatever kind of investigation you do. The Internet has vastly increased the quantity and breadth of information available to investigators. It has made research much faster and easier. It can help identify possible witnesses. It can provide background information about those involved in an investigation. It may provide video or photographic evidence of what happened. Tweets, blogs and posted comments may shed light on something under investigation.

These courses teach how to access that information – efficiently and ethically using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). The courses are very much hands-on, full of practical exercises and lots of take away information sheets. We provide the computers and a very highly regarded and experienced instructor.  If the experience of participants on previous courses is anything to go by, you will be amazed by what you learn.  Spaces are limited. The day on Beyond Social Media covers the broader Internet, including how to find information smartly and strategically. The other day focuses on social media. Register separately for each course. You can mix and match – pick one day from How to Use the Internet as an Investigative Tool and combine with the Fundamentals of Investigation course and/or the Investigative Interviewing course that we are putting on   – or take them all!

Here’s what we will cover:

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube– and many more. Social media contain a wealth of information that might be of use to you – if you know how and where to look for it. This full-day course will cover how to use Internet social networks to further your investigation. We will cover:

  • how to use search tools associated with social media
  • strategic search tools for finding people,
  • how to find information on social media, including specialized searches on tracking postings and photo searching
  • A session on searching to identify individuals associated with an e-mail address.

This is an exercise-based course – with practical examples and techniques that will have you digging deeper into the Internet as the day goes on. The course will give you the skills to mine social media networks for information relevant to your investigation – effectively, legally and ethically. Using the Internet as an Investigative and Research Tool: Social Media Outcomes You will know how to:

  • use search tools associated with social media
  • use strategic search tools for finding people,
  • find information on social media, including specialized searches on tracking postings and photo searching.
  • identify individuals associated with a given e-mail address.

You will be on-line throughout the day on both Internet days, learning the techniques by actually doing them. It’s proactive, practical and fun. 

Gareth Jones is a former Director of major investigations at the Department of National Defense and Canadian Forces (DND/CF) Ombudsman’s Office. Prior to that he was an investigator with the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario, Special Investigations Unit (SIU). He conducted many workplace investigations as a senior manager.

Gareth has delivered investigative training courses for organizations across Canada and the world. He has created customized investigations courses for many public and private sector organizations, including Department of Justice War Crimes, Vancouver Coastal Health and the CBSA, as well as specialist workplace and harassment investigations courses, including for Exxon Mobil and the Public Service Commission of Canada.

He has provided training to many regulatory and oversight bodies, including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada, the Ontario College of Teachers, IIROC, the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the BC Ministry of Health.

Gareth is the author of Conducting Administrative, Oversight and Ombudsman Investigations, published by Carswell in 2009, and Undertaking Effective Investigations: A Guide for National Human Rights Institutions, published by the Asia Pacific Forum in 2013. He is a former police sergeant with the Metropolitan Police, London, UK.

Andy Phillips was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for twenty-five years, over 20 years of which was spent investigating financial crimes He retired from the RCMP in 1997 and spent two years working within the banking and insurance industry,

Andy’s focus since 1999 has been the Internet and its use for investigations. In September 2008 he set up his own consulting business and now works and consults for various Federal and Provincial government agencies in Canada. He has testified in court in respect of evidence from the Internet, and in 2009 was qualified as an expert on Internet Open Source Collection in General Division Court in Montreal in a national security matter.

Andy has created and delivered courses on using the Internet as an investigative tool to administrative investigative agencies, regulators and law enforcement in Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and Latin America.

Ian Scott is a graduate of the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario Law School, and was called to the bar in 1983.  After conducting research for Judges of the former High Court of Justice, he worked briefly at a downtown law firm, and joined the Criminal Law Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General in 1985.  He has held numerous positions in that Division, including Chief Counsel – Justice Prosecutions, General Counsel, appellate counsel and head of the office’s criminal trials unit. He has also spent time in private practice, where he represented police management in police disciplinary hearings, and appeals to the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services and Divisional Court. In October 2008, he began a five year term as Director of Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, a position which ended in October 2013. He is currently in private practice.

He is the editor of Issues in Civilian Oversight of Policing in Canada,published by Canada Law Book in 2014. As well, he is the author of the Police Services Act of Ontario:  an Annotated Guide (3 ed), and the co-author ofSalhany’s Police Manual of Arrest, Seizure & Interrogation (10th ed).  An eleventh edition will be published later this year.

Ian is adjunct professor at Western Law School teaching criminal procedure and a new course called ‘Police Accountability and the Law’. He is investigative counsel for the Justice of the Peace Review Council and the Ontario Judicial Council.

He is also a member of the Ontario Review Board.

When Ian was director of the SIU he reviewed over one thousand investigations of police officers involved in death, sexual assault and serious injury incidents.

Soussanna Karas is a Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). ESA is an administrative authority mandated by the Government of Ontario to enhance public electrical safety in the province.

Soussanna leads ESA’s prosecution and administrative appeals programs and provides advice with respect to ESA’s enforcement and administrative litigation, including case management, investigation, tribunal hearings and prosecution.

Soussanna’s litigation practice covers a broad range of administrative, civil and quasi-criminal matters, with the particular focus on administrative tribunal litigation and prosecutions before the Ontario Court of Justice, under the Ontario Provincial Offences Act. Soussanna has extensive trial experience and have conducted over 100 trials of various length. Soussanna appeared before all levels of the court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Soussanna strongly believes in public service and as such is a member of the Appeals Committee of the Certified Public Accountants of Ontario (CPA). She regularly conducts appeal hearings against CPAs who are prosecuted for professional misconduct under the Chartered Accountants Act, 2010.  In her professional life, Soussanna spends a significant amount of her time writing. Some examples are:  reports or legal opinions, memoranda or contracts, closing or opening submissions and appellate submissions for all levels of Courts and Tribunals in Ontario. In addition, as part of her work as an adjudicator, Soussanna collaborates on writing decisions on behalf of the Appeals Committee either granting or denying the appeal.

Soussanna has presented on the subject of effective writing on a number of occasions, the latest example – Presenter and Workshop facilitator at the Osgoode Certificate for Provincial Offences Court Practice course.