Report Writing for Investigators

Mountain Time (MT) Online January 14, 2022 $595.00 + tax
Eastern Time (ET) Online April 08, 2022 $595.00 + tax

The program is accredited or pre-approved by HRPA, CPHRAB, CCPHRBC & Yukon and CPHR Manitoba for 6.5 CPD recertification hours.


This course has been accredited by the LS of Ontario

10 minutes Professionalism,

30 minutes Equality and Inclusion Professionalism

and LSBC for 6.50 hours of continuing professional development.

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

So you have completed the investigation. You spent hours interviewing, researching, reading, observing, thinking and making notes.

Now what?

You need to communicate the results of your investigation to the client, public, tribunal and your organization. You might have conducted an excellent investigation and might have done a brilliant job uncovering evidence. However, if the report you write does not reflect it, nobody will know.

Report writing is a critical skill required of any investigator. Report must communicate the key points of the investigation, must be concise but not to leave important details out, comprehensive, but not too long, logical, but not too technical.

How do you reconcile these seemingly conflicting priorities in the report writing?

This course provides an easy to follow guide on how to approach report writing: using court cases and real life examples, group exercise and case study, the course will demonstrate best practices, tips and tricks of effective communication through report.

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.

This course is created based on author’s over 15 years of reviewing and relying on investigation reports, working with police officers, investigators and regulatory agencies while prosecuting provincial offences in Ontario.

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



Great course! Thanks for sharing your real-life experiences to illustrate key points.
Manager, Employers’ Advisers Office

Case study exercise and review of pertinent case law were very helpful.
Manager, Employers’ Advisers Office

Law Society of BC

Instructor was really amazing. Spent the time ensuring we understood it all.
Compliance Coordinator, College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia

Good emphasis of important pieces.
HR Business Partner, Tolko Industries Ltd.

Soussana S Karas

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.