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How to Handle High Stakes Investigations: An Interactive Case Study and Discussion

White Collar Defence and Investigations Group (Fasken Martineau Institute)
Where Fasken Martineau
333 Bay Street, Suite 2400
Bay Adelaide Centre
Toronto, ON
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Guest Speakers: René Hamel, Director, Forensics and E-Discovery, TELUS Security Solutions
Roddy Allan, Partner, Deloitte Forensic

Dealing with an important investigation of potential fraud, or other serious misconduct, requires good judgment and an understanding of the legal options, investigative techniques and forensic tools that can be used to obtain evidence and pursue remedies. Most people faced with a complex investigation have little or no knowledge of, or experience with, the process, the options and the judgement calls that must be made very quickly.

A high-stakes investigation is usually complex, urgent, and requires a multi-disciplinary response from experienced lawyers, accountants and computer security experts. Our panelists will explore how their respective areas of expertise are called upon during an investigation and they will do so by using as a framework for analysis and discussion a case study based on a host of their real life cases. Lessons learned from their personal experiences with high-profile investigations will also be discussed.

Leveraging live audience polling technology, this interactive session will allow attendees to participate in setting the investigative strategy and making key decisions as the evidence unfolds, as they would in a real investigation.

Our Panelists:

Berkley D. Sells, Partner, Fasken Martineau, Toronto

  • Berkley has extensive experience acting as litigation counsel in matters involving urgent and extraordinary relief, in particular injunctions, civil search orders (Anton Piller), asset freezing orders (Mareva) and compelling the production of information from financial institutions and Internet Service Providers (including via Norwich orders).

Rene Hamel, Director, Forensics and E-Discovery, TELUS Security Solutions

  • Rene's career extends over 25 years of civil and criminal investigations including white-collar crimes and computer forensic examinations with the RCMP. His advanced skills and experience in collecting electronic evidence and understanding information flow in a complex digital environment significantly assists in workplace investigations and various digital investigations where the preservation, collection, review and presentation of forensic data is critical. Rene also plays a significant role in the development of eDiscovery Services, assisting law firms and general counsel with their cases and providing an efficient hosting and review environment.

Roddy Allan, Partner, Deloitte Forensic

  • Roddy has spent more than 25 years directing, managing and investigating complex fraud, corruption, money laundering and regulatory cases in Canada and internationally involving reputational, financial, regulatory or political risk to his clients. He is one of Canada’s most experienced forensic accountants and regularly acts as an advisor and investigator for financial institutions, public companies and counsel seeking advice on case strategy, investigative techniques, funds tracing and asset recovery.


  • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30 am - 10:30 am Presentation and Q&A

For more information:

Nick Fan
Event Coordinator
+1 416 868 3511