Thompson Rivers University, Fulton, and the Association of Workplace Investigators proudly present a two-day “Workplace Investigations in Canada: Current Issues and Future Directions” conference on current issues and future directions in workplace investigations in Canada.

Taking place over May 30-31, 2024, at Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law’s award-winning facility, this event brings together employers, practitioners, employment lawyers, government officials, academics, human resource professionals, and others who are interested in the practice and theory of workplace investigations, providing a unique opportunity to share and gather insights, while networking with other stakeholders.

Please note, this is a not-for-profit event. Any remaining funds will be used to support TRU Law Students. 

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  • Agenda - Thursday, May 30, 2024

    8:00AM – 8:45AM – REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST BUFFET

    8:45AM – 9:00AM – WELCOME REMARKS

    Monica Jeffrey (JMJ Workplace Investigation Law LLP and AWI President), Ayla Salyn (Fulton, Partner & Workplace Investigator), and Matt Malone (Thompson Rivers University)

    9:00AM – 9:30AM – WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS BY THE DATA

    Presenter: William Goldbloom (WG Resolutions)

    9:30AM – 10:30AM – PUTTING THE BRAKES ON WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS: FLEXIBLE AND HOLISTIC THRESHOLD ASSESSMENTS

    Presenters: Kristie Cronin (Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Nunavut); Michelle Jones (Partner, Lawson Lundell); Sandra MacKenzie (Partner, Lawson Lundell and Deputy Law Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, NWT)

    10:30AM – 11:00AM – COFFEE BREAK

    11:00AM – 11:45AM – DEFINING BOUNDARIES: NAVIGATING THE CONCEPT OF HARASSMENT “IN THE WORKPLACE”

    Presenters: Aryeh Green (Lawyer and Investigator, Mortimer Khoraych) and Rupa Karyampudi (Lawyer and Investigator, Mortimer Khoraych)

    11:45AM – 12:30PM – NAVIGATING EMERGING FRONTIERS IN WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

    Presenters: Inna Koldorf (Partner, Employment & Labour Law, Miller Thomson LLP) and Asha Rampersad (Partner, Turnpenney Milne)

    12:30PM – 2:00PM – LUNCH & KEYNOTE ON THE TRANSITION FROM WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS TO SPORTS INVESTIGATIONS

    Presenter: Jennifer White (SportSafe Investigations Group)

    2:00PM – 3:3OPM – PARTY PERSPECTIVES: FROM ANONYMOUS AND WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINANTS TO MOBBING TO THE RESPONDENT EXPERIENCE

    Presenters: Sandeep J. Joshi (Partner, Kushneryk Morgan LLP), Suhaib Ibrahim (Lawyer and Workplace Investigator, Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP), and Cory Boyd (Co-Managing Partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP)

    3:30PM – 4:00PM – COFFEE BREAK

    4:00PM – 5:00PM – CHALLENGING AN INVESTIGATOR’S DECISION – JUDICIAL REVIEW

    Presenter: Leanne Walsh (Founder, West Coast Workplace Law) 

    6:00PM – COCKTAILS AND DINNER

  • Agenda - Friday, May 31, 2024

    8:00AM – 8:45AM – BREAKFAST BUFFET

    8:45AM – 9:30AM – UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AND POWER IMBALANCES

    Presenters: Bonnie-Louise Lussier and Ale Henao (Associate Lawyers, Kane Shannon Weiler LLP)

    9:30AM – 10:15AM – COGNITIVE BIAS AND WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

    Presenter: Carla L. MacLean, Ph.D. (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

    10:15AM – 10:45AM – COFFEE BREAK

    10:45AM – 12:15PM – EQUITY IN FOCUS: THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, DISABILITY AND OTHER GROUNDS IN WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

    Presenters: Shannon Sproule (Lawyer and Workplace Investigator, Turnpenney Milne LLP); Cereise Ross (Lawyer and Workplace Investigator, Turnpenney Milne LLP); and Jessica Vliegenthart (Partner, Fulton)

    Moderator: Angela Tensici, Associate, Fulton

    12:15PM – 1:00PM – LUNCH

    1:00PM – 1:45PM – THE LIFECYCLE OF INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS & THEIR COMMON PITFALLS

    Presenter: Andre Goh and Jeanette MacLean (Ontario Power Generation) and Shannon Anthony (City of Toronto)

    Moderator: Charlene Cleary, Principal Lawyer, Westshore Law

    1:45PM – 2:30PM – INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS (THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, AND NEW ZEALAND)

    Presenters: Eli Makus (Van Dermyden Makus), Monica Jeffrey (JMJ Workplace Investigation Law LLP and AWI President), Paula Hoctor (Brisbane, Australia) and Andrew Scott-Howman (Wellington, New Zealand)

    2:30PM – 3:00PM – COFFEE BREAK

    3:00PM – 3:45PM – PRIVILEGED OR NOT?

    Presenters: Jessica Thomson and Leigh Stansfield (Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP)

    3:45PM – 4:45PM – ALTERNATIVES TO FORMAL WORKPLACE INVESTIGATIONS

    Presenters: Jacqueline Beltgens (Beltgens Law), Cherolyn Knapp (Knapp Resolutions), Marcia McNeil (Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP)

    4:45PM – 5:00PM – CONCLUDING REMARKS

    Monica Jeffrey (JMJ Workplace Investigation Law LLP and AWI President), Ayla Salyn (Fulton, Partner & Workplace Investigator), and Matt Malone (Thompson Rivers University)

    6:00PM – COCKTAILS AND DINNER

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  • Accommodations

    Room Block (closes May 1, 2024):

    Sandman Signature Kamloops | 225 Lorne Street, Kamloops, BC

      • Email: reservations@sandman.ca or res_signaturekamloops@sandman.ca
      • Phone: Central Reservation 1-800-726-3626 / 1-800-SANDMAN or Hotel Direct (250) 377-7263 Ext. 0 

    To receive the correct rates, reference: BLOCK ID: 364387 OR BLOCK CODE: 2405FULTON

    Includes shuttle to/from TRU before/after the conference each day – details to be provided at check in.


    Note per Sandman: individuals to reserve their preferred room type and provide a personal credit card to confirm reservation. Direct reservations must be made prior to cut off date of May 1, 2024. Unreserved rooms will automatically be released on the cut-off date of May 1, 2024. Reservations made after the release date will be subject to availability and best available rate. 

  • Sponsorships
    • Dinner & Signature Cocktail (2) – $5000
    • Lunch (2) – $3000
    • Shuttles (1) – $2500
    • Breakfast (2) – $1500
    • Coffee (4) – $500

    Please note, this is a not-for-profit event. Any remaining funds will be used to support TRU Law Students. 

    Interested in Sponsoring? Contact: jlaplaca@fultonco.com

  • Local Perks & Activities

    Saturday activity options to be released post-early bird registration close (based on expressions of interest). 

    We’re working on other local perks for you to enjoy during your Kamloops visit – check back soon!

  • Call for Speakers - Closed March 1, 2024

    Check back in mid-February 2025 for the next call for speakers!

  • Questions? Contact Us!

    Matt Malone (Thompson Rivers University) – mmalone@tru.ca

    Ayla Salyn (Fulton, Partner & Workplace Investigator) – asalyn@fultonco.com