THE TEAM & USE OF EXPERTS
The presenters discuss the considerations on assembling an investigative team, outlining factors related to characteristics of the individuals, as well as the type of investigation. It is discussed how a systemic or individual types of investigation have a bearing on team composition. Particular roles of core and additional team members are further detailed. Specifically, team structure for a complex fraud type of investigations is reviewed.
USE OF EXPERTS
The presenter talks about what qualifies an expert for an assignment. An expert's role is unique as they can provide expert opinion evidence to the court. Emphasizing that facts are distinct from opinions, the presentation discusses how an expert opinion is formed, the relationship between experts, clients and counsel as well as the responibilty of experts in court and ethics to be followed by experts.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
R. ROSS DUNSMORE has pretty much done everything a labour lawyer can do! Generally, he helps employers get it right the first time, with preparation and strategy. He strongly believes that The Best Defense is a Good Offence. Over his career, he has been a leading advocate for municipalities across Ontario in their bargaining, particularly with fire fighters.
Ross has worked with many employers on proper procedures to avoid third party intervention. His practice encompasses analysis and resolution of work place disputes; from grievances and human rights complaints to wrongful dismissals. His focus is economical strategies to avoid expensive disputes. Creative approaches to problems are a hallmark of his advice.
Ross obtained his Honours B.A. from McGill University in 1970 and his LL.B. from Queen's University in 1973. He joined Hicks Morley as their first law student in 1973 and was admitted to the bar in 1975. Throughout his distinguished career, Ross has practiced exclusively management labour relations law and is well-known in that field. He developed specialties in change management, reorganization, amalgamations and contracting out issues.
In 2006, Ross Dunsmore opened his own law practice, Dunsmore Law. He continues to be a sought after lecturer across Ontario on Human Resource subjects like:
In 2013, he joined Paul Wearing in a partnership that brings together almost 100 years of management experience among the 5 lawyers involved.
Ross Dunsmore is counsel to the ACFE-GTA (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - GTA) and
Ryan Duquette focuses on litigation support, cyber incident response, privacy and technology risks, digital forensics and cyber fraud matters. Ryan has been an investigator for over twenty years. He was previously a police officer focusing on cybercrime and fraud cases. Ryan is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto teaching digital forensics, and has been qualified as an expert witness. Ryan presents frequently at fraud, digital forensics, cybersecurity and investigative conferences worldwide.
Chief Investigator-Business Advisor at Gecko
Dorian Dwyer, a specialist with over 17 years in investigation, case management, and training in the area of economic crime, health fraud, corruption, insurance, internal, regulatory, and corporate investigations. A dedicated professional with over 34 years of investigative and managerial experience in law enforcement and public sector investigations. An energetic, competent, and reliable person known for integrity and sound ethical decision-making skills who fosters excellent stakeholder relations. A person who leads by example with integrity and is passionate about contributing to an employer or client’s goals and objectives.
KWAME ADDO, presently as Ryerson University as Ombudsperson, has spent the last years successfully conducting and managing administrative investigations, through his work at Ombudsman Toronto and before that, at Ombudsman Ontario.
One of the original members of the Ombudsman Toronto team, Kwame has held the position of Director, Investigations & Conflict Resolution since the office opened in April 2009. As Director, he managed a team of seven, responsible for receiving and resolving complaints about City administration, and for conducting Enquiries and Investigations.