Etiquette and Ethics: Public Inquiries and Investigations in the Public Sector(Archived Video Stream) 

Mar. 7, 2012
Toronto Online

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A probing examination of the workings of public inquiries and investigations of public sector entities. Experienced and knowledgeable speakers will provide insight into the diverse roles of participants inquiries and commissions on the one hand, and look into the do's and don'ts of public sector investigations, from the inside and out. The proceedings will culminate in an evaluative assessment of ethical and professionalism considerations of the two kinds of proceedings.

Program Chairs:

David J. Demirkan, General Counsel & Director of Legal Services, Canada Industrial Relations Board - Ottawa
Voy T. Stelmaszynski, Ontario Labour Relations Board

9:00 am

Introductory Remarks

9:05 am

Part I: Public Inquiries

  • the players: role of different counsel (for the inquiry, for government and for parties)
  • the process: terms of reference, parameters, practical challenges, distinctions among trials, tribunals and inquiries, conclusions
  • the ethics: confidentiality, privacy and procedural fairness issues

The Honourable Justice Stephen Goudge, Court of Appeal for Ontario
John A. Terry, Torys LLP
Peter C. Wardle, Wardle Daley Bernstein LLP

10:30 am


10:45 am

Part II: Investigating in Public Bodies

  • the players: role of the investigator; role of various parties
  • the process: best practices, pitfalls for the investigator and the subject of the investigation, legal issues that arise in investigations
  • the ethics: rights, obligations, privacy and confidentiality

Carmelina Di Mondo, Director- Forensic Unit, Auditor General's Office, City of Toronto
Gareth Jones, Director, Special Ombudsman Response Team, Ombudsman Ontario
E. Joy Noonan, Mediator and Investigator, Aptus Conflict Solutions - Ottawa

12:00 pm

Trevor C. W. Farrow, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

12:55 pm

Questions and Closing Remarks

1:00 pm

Program Concludes


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