Upcoming events

    • 21 June 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Zoom

    The Ontario Review Board- What and Why?

    This webinar will consist of an outline of the Criminal Code framework that creates the Board, and others like it across Canada. Jean will give some historical and legal context for the concept of "not criminally responsible" (NCR), explain the consequences of being found NCR or unfit, and drill down to how hearings work and the evidence usually tendered to them. 

    Jean Polak is a member and alternate chair of the Ontario Review Board but speaks today on her own behalf and not as a spokesman for the Board. 

    She is also an experienced litigator whose practice as a barrister includes municipal prosecutions, estate litigation and commercial litigation (such as construction liens, employment law and property disputes).  Earlier in her career she also did criminal defense work.  Jean practices as a solicitor in the area of wills and estates. 

    Jean was called to the bar in 1989, and began her legal career as a civil litigator in Toronto at what was then Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington.  In 1993, Jean chose to relocate to Muskoka, where she initially worked for a small firm, then opened her own practice in 2000.  She successfully ran that sole practice for over twenty years before joining Barriston LLP as Counsel in 2021.

    Jean has always been active in her community.  Since moving to Muskoka, Jean has volunteered as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge, an assistant governor with Rotary International District 7010, as a committee chair with Community Living South Muskoka and as a board member of the local hospital, the Muskoka Heritage Foundation, and its successor the Muskoka Conservancy.  At a provincial level she has also served as a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and as a director of The Advocates' Society.  She is currently a provincially-appointed grant review team volunteer for the Trillium Foundation.  She is a Rotary Citizen of the Year, recipient of the Town of Bracebridge Good Citizenship Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship by the Province of Ontario.

    • 26 June 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • 27 June 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Zoom

    • 19 July 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • Zoom

    The Role of Digital Forensics in Modern Private Investigations

    The Role of Digital Forensics in Modern Private Investigations" is a presentation that explores the growing importance of digital forensics in the field of private investigations. The presentation examines the changing landscape of private investigations in the digital age, where much of our lives and activities take place online or using digital devices.  This presentation will discuss the basic principles of digital forensics, how digital forensics can be used to trace a suspect, and how private investigators and digital forensic practitioners can work together effectively on investigations. The presentation also explores how digital forensics can be used in a variety of private investigation cases, such as divorce, fraud, intellectual property theft, and even criminal investigations, while discussing the importance of keeping up with the latest trends and best practices in digital forensics in order to stay ahead of the game in the ever-changing digital landscape. It emphasizes the critical role that digital forensics plays in modern private investigations, and how private investigative firms can benefit from incorporating digital forensics into their investigative toolkit.

    Ryan Duquette, Partner, National Digital Forensic Leader 

    Ryan is MNP’s National Leader of Digital Forensics, with the firm’s Forensics and Litigation Support Service Group in Toronto. With more than two decades of digital forensics, investigations and cybersecurity experience, Ryan provides clients with litigation support, as well as helping with cyber incident responses, fraud matters and technology risks. A former police officer focusing on cybercrime and fraud matters, he works closely with his clients to investigate workplace incidents and civil litigation concerns, including property theft, human resources investigations, and data breaches.

    Ryan is frequently consulted as a subject matter specialist. A licensed private investigator and a regular presenter at fraud, digital forensics, cybersecurity and investigative conferences worldwide, he has been qualified as an expert witness on many occasions.

    Ryan earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) in sociology at the University of Toronto and a Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Forensic Management at Champlain College. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), and Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS). He is a member of the International High Technology Crime Investigation Association and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.

    Ryan is a board member with the Mississauga Food Bank, a mentor for the University of Toronto and for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a member of Humber College’s Protection, Security and Investigations Program Advisory Committee

Past events

10 May 2023 The Changing Landscape of Investigative Interviewing - A Canadian Perspective
20 April 2023 FIT 2023 - Fraud Investigation Techniques
03 April 2023 Advanced Internet Intelligence & Online Investigators Training - April 3-4, 2023 Monday Tuesday
22 March 2023 Forensic Video Analysis & Audio Forensics – What’s possible through the analysis of recorded evidence
06 March 2023 Critical Thinking for Investigators
22 February 2023 What a Private Investigator Should Know About Insurance Claims Investigations in Ontario - Part 2
13 February 2023 Social Media Intelligence and Investigations
25 January 2023 What a Private Investigator Should Know About Insurance Claims Investigations in Ontario
28 December 2022 Body Language Cues & Lie Spotting
17 November 2022 CPIO Annual General Meeting
17 November 2022 CPIO Professional Development Day
05 October 2022 Online Image Investigation: Metadata, Reverse Searches, Facial Recognition and Deep Fakes
28 September 2022 Issues to Address on Fraud Intake Meetings
17 August 2022 Down The Rabbit Hole: A tour into the dark web
20 July 2022 The Casino Experience - Part 1 A Review of Security Features on Identification
29 June 2022 Investigative Journalism with Martin Himel
18 May 2022 Do's and Don't For Private Investigators and Lawyers
21 April 2022 F.I.T. 2022 - April 21, 2022 - save the date
30 March 2022 Intellectual Property Part 1 and 2
16 February 2022 February Webinar - "Reconstruction", presented by Pario Engineering & Environmental Sciences
19 January 2022 "Detecting Deception" Presented by Desmond Taljaard
10 January 2022 Training Course: Advanced Internet Intelligence - January 10 & 11, 2022
18 November 2021 Professional Development Day
03 November 2021 Slavery & Human Trafficking Investigations presented by Dr. Richard Schoeberl
13 October 2021 Detecting Art Fraud by Graham Ospreay
08 September 2021 Trauma Informed Investigations
11 August 2021 A Lawyers View .... presented by Daniel Strigberger
07 July 2021 Environmental Crime Investigation
02 June 2021 Stress Management for the Private Investigator, presented by Amit Rajput
05 May 2021 Critical Thinking - presented by David Toddington
22 April 2021 F.I.T. 2021 Fraud Investigation Techniques
07 April 2021 Employment Contracts and Independent Contractors - presented by Brian Wasyliw & Samia Hussein
10 March 2021 Body Language Cues & Lie Spotting - part 2 (with Vanessa Greenblatt)
16 February 2021 CPIO Virtual Town Hall Meeting
10 February 2021 Webinar: Investigative Note Taking (with Dave Quigley)
27 January 2021 Webinar: Elements of a Civil Action: From Claim to Trial (with Theresa Hartley & Maeve O'Malley)
09 December 2020 Report Writing
25 November 2020 Document Analysis Part 2
25 November 2020 Body Language
16 November 2020 CPIO 50th Anniversary Professional Development Day & Annual General Meeting
11 November 2020 Image Analysis for Identifying Locations
28 October 2020 OSINT Investigations replaces Electronic Signatures and their Identification: A forensic Look at Digital Signatures)
14 October 2020 An Introduction to Forensic Document Examination and Forgery Analysis
30 September 2020 An Introduction to Intellectual Property - Part 2
16 September 2020 A Lawyer's Perspective on Insurance Investigation
02 September 2020 An Introduction to Intellectual Property
19 August 2020 Cyber Security
05 August 2020 Online Investigation Interviewing
22 July 2020 An Introduction to Surveillance Equipment
08 July 2020 Body Language Cues
17 June 2020 OSINT
10 June 2020 Basic Interview Techniques II
04 June 2020 Basic Interview Techniques Part 2
03 June 2020 Basic Interview Techniques II
20 May 2020 Basic Interview Techniques I
06 May 2020 COVID-19 WEBINAR
02 April 2020 ** FIT 2020 CONFERENCE CANCELLED **
22 January 2020 2020 OIAA Professional Development & Claims Conference
01 October 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario (CPIO)
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