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Investigation Unit 

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The following members are currently appointed to the OSIC unit of independent investigators (the “Investigation Unit” (“IU”)) for purposes of performing Investigations that may be assigned to them by the OSIC under the Complaint Management Process, in accordance with the OSIC Policies and Procedures.

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IU Members

Name Location Official Languages Specific Experience Website
Gita Anand Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
N/A
Joanne Brodeur Montreal West, Quebec English & French Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://joannebrodeur.com/
Paula Butler North Vancouver, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.southernlaw.ca/paula-butler
Sarah Chamberlain North Vancouver, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.southernlaw.ca/sarah-chamberlain
Brenda Culbert Guelph, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination https://www.linkedin.com/in/brenda-culbert-239ab61a0
Katelynn Denny Surrey, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Sexual Violence
https://fortelaw.ca/team/katelynn-denny-profile/
Scott Doran Ottawa, Ontario English (French for interviews only) Involving Children / Minors
Sexual Violence
N/A
Nick Duley Peterborough, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickduley/
Mihad Fahmy London, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.fahmylaw.ca/
Marie Garel Montreal, Quebec English & French Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
https://www.equalis.ca/equipe
Robyn Gervais Vancouver, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
N/A
Laurent Godbout Montreal, Quebec English & French Human Rights / Discrimination
Sexual Violence
https://www.equalis.ca/equipe
William Goldbloom Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://wgresolutions.com/
Jennifer Hawkins Calgary, Alberta English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.southernlaw.ca/jennifer-hawkins
Marlene Hope Calgary, Alberta English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.committed2change.ca/
Kyra Hudson Vancouver, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://www.kyrahudson.com/
Jessica Kearsey Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jessica-kearsey-9bb99791
Sarah Lumsden Vancouver, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.southernlaw.ca/sarah-lumsden
Lise Maclean London, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://www.wiserworkplaces.ca/investigations-audits-and-assessmen
Kenneth McCarthy Ottawa, Ontario English & French Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
https://integritybymccarthy.ca/
Parisa Osborne Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination https://www.pwc.com/ca/en/contacts/p/parisa-osborne.html
Trisha Perry Saint John, New Brunswick English Human Rights / Discrimination
Sexual Violence
https://www.resonanceadvisors.ca/trisha-bio
Natasha Persaud Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
N/A
Magalie Poulin Montreal, Quebec English & French Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://humanilex.ca/en/team
Ashley Richards Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
www.richardsadvocacy.com
Maryse Séguin Vancouver, British Columbia English & French Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sport-Related Contexts
https://www.southernlaw.ca/maryse-seguin
Lisa Southern North Vancouver, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
https://www.southernlaw.ca/lisa-southern
Bob Stenhouse Edmonton, Alberta English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
http://veritassolutions.net/
Antonio Urdaneta Greater Toronto Area, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination https://www.workplacelegal.ca/
Grace Vaccarelli Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
http://gracevaccarelli.ca/
Sarah Vokey Toronto, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
http://www.heeneyvokey.com/lawyers_svokey/
Leanne Walsh Richmond, British Columbia English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
https://www.westcoastworkplacelaw.ca/
Sherri Walsh Winnipeg, Manitoba English Human Rights / Discrimination
Involving Children / Minors
Involving Equity-Deserving Groups
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://hillcounsel.com/
Jennifer White Ottawa, Ontario English Human Rights / Discrimination
Sexual Violence
Sport-Related Contexts
https://sportsafe.ca/our-team/
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Members of the IU:

  • Are service providers independent from the OSIC and SDRCC who have been appointed to the IU following a selection process completed in 2022 (see Call for Applications here).
  • Must comply with the UCCMS, SDRCC’s Conflict of Interest Policy, the Code of Conduct for members of the OSIC IU and SEAU, relevant policies, procedures and guidelines communicated by the OSIC for the IU, relevant professional standards and obligations and applicable laws.
  • Must successfully complete minimum training requirements communicated from time to time by the OSIC, which may relate, for example, to the UCCMS, applicable OSIC policies, procedures and guidelines, trauma-informed approaches, unconscious/implicit bias, intersectionality, etc., as well as criminal record verifications in accordance with applicable screening policies of the SDRCC/OSIC.

 

As per the OSIC Guidelines Regarding Investigations, the OSIC is responsible for assigning Independent Investigator(s) to perform Investigations, with consideration to, for example, availability,  geographical location, official languages, absence of conflict, area(s) of experience, expertise, and specific skills desired, considering the nature and/or circumstances of the Complaint. Parties to a Complaint can challenge with the OSIC the role of the Independent Investigator(s) on the grounds of conflict of interest or a reasonable apprehension of bias.

In accordance with the OSIC Policies and Procedures, the assigned Independent Investigator is responsible for investigating a Complaint on a fair and neutral basis and issuing an Investigation Report to the OSIC, which will include, without limitation, whether any alleged violation of the UCCMS and/or other applicable code/policy is substantiated or unsubstantiated.

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