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Posted on September 4, 2011 by Dean Benard
Following an extensive procurement process in response to a request for proposals by the Ontario government, Benard + Associates was selected as a qualified vendor for the provision of workplace discrimination and harassment investigations. We are proud to be among the few successful candidates and look forward to working with the program.    Read More...
Posted on August 30, 2011 by Dean Benard
I just posted another video to our home page. It is a presentation I provided in Chicago last May to a group of lawyers and investigators from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. It was my great privilege to speak to this group. A video doesn't replace the real thing but I decided to add it to our website to give people the opportunity to see some of our educational work.    Read More...
Posted on August 26, 2011 by Dean Benard
Have you ever wondered how some of the advances in forensic technology have come about? When fingerprints were used for the first time to convict a person of a crime or who invented the polygraph machine (lie detectors)? Check out this article titled The Forensics hall of Fame: 10 Forensic Scientists Who Made History. This is an interesting read and contains some links and other information that may be of interest. Click here for the article. Read More...
Posted on August 3, 2011 by Dean Benard
There has been a lot of press lately about private investigators in relation to the downfall of the tabloid News of The World. This event has shed light on many unscrupulous and criminal acts alleged to have been perpetrated by senior officials of the News of The World, members of various police organizations and private investigators. The news of this case has led to calls for more stringent regulation of private investigators as well as greater accountability to privacy laws. Read More...
Posted on August 1, 2011 by Dean Benard
Recently I was asked to comment for an article being written for the Law Times. The subject is important to me so I agreed to participate. I was pleased with the fact that my comments were considered appropriate for a larger article and the quote of the week. However there were a few things that require clarification. The conference I spoke at in Chicago was an attorney / investigator conference for a regulatory council in the United States. Read More...
Posted on June 24, 2011 by Dean Benard
Check out the latest issue of FactFinders. In this edition we offer some internet tips and tricks for investigators and provide news about Benard + Associates new Ottawa office and our educational offerings. Our goal in publishing our newsletter is to to offer some ideas and thoughts to our clients and colleagues that will promote thought and discussion about the work we do.....and of course self promotion! Read More...
Posted on June 1, 2011 by Dean Benard
I'm a little late with this one but I wanted to send out a thank you to the Ontario Centre for Forensic Science (CFS). On May 3, 2011 Benard + Associates sponsored an educational event for our regulatory clients. CFS very kindly provided two excellent educational seminars on document analysis and DNA. The feedback on the presentations and the event on the whole was excellent. There are many ways in which forensic science can aid in regulatory investigations and Benard + Associates has been a leader in introducing and encouraging its use where appropriate. Read More...
Posted on May 31, 2011 by Dean Benard
I had the pleasure of speaking at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) - Attorney Investigator Conference last week in Chicago. The NCSBN has sixty member boards covering all of the United States. Their collaborative mandate is to ensure public safety through the regulation of the nursing profession. I was very impressed with the attendees of the conference and their keen interest in their own professional development and trends in nursing regulation. Read More...
Posted on April 1, 2011 by Dean Benard
When conducting investigations in a regulatory or workplace context we find more frequently that access to computers and laptops is required to gather information relevant to the issues being investigated. Often investigators and employers have assumed the computers are the property of the employer, are to be used for work related matters and therefore the employer should have unfettered access and be able to consent to access by third parties. A recent ruling of the Ontario Court of Appeal changes these assumptions dramatically. Read More...
Posted on March 21, 2011 by Dean Benard
On May 25, 2011 Dean will be speaking at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Attorney / Investigator Conference on the topic of Protecting Investigations from Allegations of Impropriety and Incompetence. For more information on the conference click here Read More...

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