• 01 October 2019
  • 7:45 AM - 6:30 PM
  • BMO Institute for Learning (IFL), 3550 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3
  • 12


  • i.e. CASIU, OIAA, and ACFE Members
  • CPIO Members
  • You MUST be enrolled in a post secondary program at a recognized college.

There are only a few spots remaining. Registration for this event will close on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at midnight. 

This event will feature forensic experts presenting on the collection, preservation and reporting of OSINT. Additionally, legal experts will be on-hand to discuss ethical concerns, evidential weight and legal admissibility concerning the use of OSINT.

Admission will include a continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch.

The CPIO Annual General Meeting & Board elections will be held after the seminar.

Click here to view the seminar agenda and speakers' biographies.

Seminar Agenda

 7:45 - 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
 8:35 - 8:50 AM Peter Grace - President of CPIO - Welcome
 8:50 - 9:00 AM

Sarah Bunder - Investigative Risk Management (IRM) - Introduce Peigi Ross

 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Peigi Ross - OSINT – Privacy and Ethical Concerns

What are the privacy issues related to OSINT? What is the expectation of privacy if the information is on the internet? Do privacy issues limit the collection and use of OSINT in an investigation? What are the ethical dilemmas inherent in collecting and using OSINT in an investigation? Understanding the law and the legal framework of privacy and ethical concerns about OSINT is necessary to ensure that the data is usable in a future legal proceeding, and to ensure the integrity of the investigation.

 10:30 - 10:50 AM

Network Break
 10:50 - 11:50 AM

Nick Ibbott - OSINT - “The Magnet to Data – The Challenge of Attribution in Online Investigations”

Exploring the digital landscape of online activity by subjects engaged in criminal offences, the digital breadcrumbs left behind and how attribution is the challenge to law enforcement and professional investigators.

 12:00 - 1:00 PM


 1:00 - 1:40 PM

Jason Kleinberg - X1 Social Discovery - Demonstration

X1 Social Discovery aggregates comprehensive social media content and internet-based data into a single user interface. Other competitive solutions are narrowly focused upon a single social network – often having a separate application for each – and have no ability to aggregate all collected data into a single interface. X1 Social Discovery allows all collected data to be analyzed in one place and supports filtering across both metadata and content from social networks, websites and web mail.

 1:50 - 2:10 PM Network Break 
 2:10 - 3:10 PM

Chris Pierre - OSINT - Civil, Corporate, Public, and Intelligence Applications

OSINT plays a pivotal role in both risk management and in investigations. This talk will educate attendees on current trends and solutions for OSINT in civil and administrative investigations, how to manage client expectations, and how to link OSINT research with other forms of investigative techniques.

 3:10 - 3:50 PM

Dr. Steven Epstein – VP of Technology Services - Polonious Case Management Systems - Demonstration

Polonious is a world-class IT solution that enables investigation units, SIUs and investigation companies to maximize the effectiveness of their case management. Polonious is a secure, extremely flexible and highly configurable solution, with a quick implementation cycle and a quick ROI. Numerous clients have experienced large improvements in turnaround times, personnel and resource management, evidence and document management, lead tracking and reporting. A true passion for improving investigation organizations shows in their results.

 3:50 - 4:00 PM Peter Grace – CPIO President - Closing Remarks
 4:10 - 5:00 PM CPIO Annual General Meeting – AGM - CPIO members only
 5:00 - 6:30 PM Network Reception: Connect with Speakers & Peers- Reflect on Today’s Sessions

Speakers' Biographies

Peigi Ross attended Windsor Law School. Then, she practiced at a large boutique labour and employment firm until 2003, when she became Employment Law Counsel to the Scotiabank Group of Companies. This gave her special experience with executive and incentive-based contracts of employment. Peigi joined Dunsmore Law in 2006 and is senior counsel. She has extensive experience in human resources management, collective agreement negotiations, arbitration, adjudications, wrongful dismissal litigation, labour board proceedings, human rights, and workplace investigations. Peigi bargains on behalf of various clients, conducts municipal interest arbitration and has a significant practice involving plaintiff litigation. She trains employers on workplace investigations in the collective bargaining setting and with respect to employment standards and workplace compliance with Human Rights Code and Occupational Health and Safety matters. With her extensive Bank experience, her practice crosses federal and provincial jurisdictions, as required.

She is an engaging speaker with an imaginative and practical perspective. Among her colleagues, she is well-known for her determination to cut-to-the-chase. When not consumed in the law, Peigi is either renovating her home, planning a voyage to a far flung, often obscure, destination or awaiting the delivery of her next Bernese puppy.

Nick Ibbott spear heads L.E.A.D. Solutions Inc. (Law Enforcement Advanced Development Solutions), a provider of quality learning opportunities that fill the ever-increasing gap in quality training for law enforcement and investigative agencies. 30 years of police experience in the criminal investigative theatre of operations, Nick has vast amounts of expertise in planning, coordinating and executing complex investigative techniques to achieve the core functions of an investigator and police officer.

Nick completed his duties as one of the officers in charge of the Cybercrime and Technical Data Recovery Unit. Nick assisted in forging that service’s policies, procedures and practices in many fields including online investigations, data recovery, undercover operations, search warrant drafting and execution, surveillance, and other investigative techniques.          

Over his career in policing, Nick had become a subject matter expert in many areas of law enforcement that dealt with both virtual and real-world operational settings. Nick had testified in all levels of criminal and civil court and had been qualified as an expert witness on many occasions assisting the court in understanding alleged criminal offences. Nick was trained by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (R.C.M.P.), the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (C.I.S.O.) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) to prevent and investigate cybercrimes, and to conduct open source intelligence techniques (OSINT) investigations.Nick has educated hundreds of law enforcement members over his police career. He continues to empower them to solve today’s events and understand tomorrow's problems as the use of emerging technologies by subjects becomes more prevalent.

Chris Pierre BA, CFE, CISSP is Managing Director of KeyNorth Professional Services Group Inc. an Ottawa based investigations and intelligence solutions firm that was incorporated in 2008. Chris is an experienced Open Source Intelligence professional, corporate investigator, consultant and trainer.

He has assisted numerous public and private sector organizations in identifying risks through intelligence gathering, investigating incidents after the fact, and training their people to be better investigators.

Chris is also a seasoned instructor in the area of the use of the Internet as an Investigative Tool, fraud investigation training and general private investigator training.

Chris holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University and designations as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

He is an active member of the community in Toronto and Ottawa having previously served as Co-Chair of the McGee-Clark Fundraiser for St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto which raised over $275,000 for St. Mikes, the Board of the Ottawa Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Past-President of the Ottawa Chapter of the High Tech Crime Investigators and he is a Carleton University Alumni Mentor.


Dr. Stephen Epstein has worked in the technology side of the Insurance industry for over 20 years. 14 of those years have been a part of the fraud investigation industry. He was the IT Director of a large nationwide US-based Private Investigation Firm specializing in Insurance Fraud for 12 plus years.

Steve is the VP of Technology Services for Polonious Case Management Systems and his responsibilities are the technical lead for North America as well as the liaison for all private investigation firms.

 Jason Kleinberg is the Account Manager for the X1 Social Discovery product.  Jason has been selling this product for over 7 years and has helped to guide the vision and features of the product since its inception.  Jason has over 15 years of eDiscovery background, including Dataflight software, LexisNexis, ACEDS, and NUIX.
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