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ABOUT

Forward thinking investigators empowering regulators, insurers and corporate clients to make informed decisions.

We have provided factual, reliable intelligence
for more than 35 years.

Our team of investigators has  decades of collective experience conducting investigations
for many of Ontario’s professional regulatory bodies and nearly all of Canada’s major insurers.

We have developed a reputation for thorough, timely, transparent investigations.

Every investigation is approached with an uncompromising dedication to establish the facts.

EXPERTISE

Barker Hutchinson & Associates, regulatory private investigation services Toronto

Regulatory
Investigations

Barker Hutchinson provides a comprehensive array of investigative services to many professional regulatory bodies.  Our investigators have specialized knowledge of the legislation and standards of practice that are required for relevant and thorough fact gathering.  We conduct timely, unbiased investigations and provide regulators with all of the facts to make reasonable and fair decisions.

Barker Hutchinson assists professional regulators with issues such as:

  • Allegations of sexual and physical abuse
  • Allegations of fraud and improper billing practices
  • Undercover investigations
  • Substance abuse
  • Practice related issues
  • Unauthorized practice
  • Incapacity
Barker Hutchinson & Associates, insurance private investigation services Toronto

Insurance
Investigations

Barker Hutchinson & Associates Ltd provides investigative services to Property, Casualty and Life & Health insurers throughout Canada.

Barker Hutchinson assists insurers with issues such as:

  • Accident Investigations
  • Staged Accidents
  • Witness Interviews and Statements
  • Fatalities and Catastrophic Loss
  • Fraudulent Asset Claims
  • Locating Individuals
  • Neighbourhood Inquiries
  • Priority Disputes
Barker Hutchinson & Associates, corporate private investigation services Toronto

Corporate & Criminal
Investigations

Barker Hutchinson provides investigation for select corporate and criminal clients.  We work closely with each of our clients to provide timely information enabling them to make informed decisions.

Barker Hutchinson assists our clients with matters such as:

  • Criminal defense investigations
  • Fraud and theft investigations
  • Copyright / Trademark infringement
  • Due diligence
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Background Research
  • Employment screening
  • Undercover investigations
  • Sexual harassment and bullying

TEAM

Who You Choose As Your Investigator Matters.

Barker Hutchinson’s investigators have diverse backgrounds tailored to meet the needs of our clients.  Our team includes career investigators, lawyers, regulated health professionals, former law enforcement officers and insurance analysts.

Greg is the president of Barker Hutchinson.

Greg is a sought after investigator by professional regulators for his expertise in fraud/false billing practices, sexual abuse, unauthorized practice and undercover matters, amongst other professional misconduct and practice related issues.   Greg also provides investigation training and workshops for professional regulators and speaks at conferences and continuing professional education events.

Greg’s expertise is utilized by insurers as well as select corporate and criminal clients. He investigates fraud, personal injury, staged accidents, vehicular theft, priority disputes, amongst other matters.

Greg provides oversight to Barker Hutchinson’s investigators and oversees daily operations of the company in addition to maintaining his own practice.  He actively mentors each investigator and ensures every investigation meets our strict requirements for thoroughness and transparency.

Greg was an analyst in the reinsurance industry prior to joining Barker Hutchinson in 2008.  He obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph.

Email: greg@barkerhutchinson.com Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 1

Wilf is the past president of Barker Hutchinson.

Wilf’s client base includes professional regulators, law firms, insurers and corporations.

Wilf has extensive experience investigating allegations of improper billing, professional misconduct and practice related issues, complaints of sexual abuse and unauthorized practice on behalf of professional regulators.  He also has comprehensive experience investigating fraud, staged accidents and personal injury, amongst many other issues, on behalf of insurers.

Wilf founded W.H. Barker & Associates Ltd. in 1982 after working for more than twenty years as an officer with Metropolitan Toronto Police and as an in-house investigator with a large litigation law firm in Toronto.

Email: wilf@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 2

Ruth has practised as an investigator for nearly twenty years.  Her current practice is focused primarily on assisting our health regulatory clients, with an emphasis on investigating allegations of sexual abuse.  She also has extensive experience investigating allegations of incapacity, substance abuse, improper billing practices, amongst other professional misconduct and practice related issues.

Prior to joining Barker Hutchinson, Ruth was an investigator with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for twelve years and with Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario for two years. Ruth has also practised as a psychotherapist.

Ruth has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Carleton University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University.  She is trained in conducting trauma informed interviews. Ruth is an active member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Email: ruth@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 5

Shanna’s practice is primarily focused on assisting our regulatory clients.  Shanna has extensive experience conducting undercover investigations.  She has developed comprehensive strategies for investigating allegations of improper billing practices, unauthorized practice and other practice related issues in an undercover capacity, at times while utilizing her fluency in Cantonese.  Shanna also has significant experience investigating allegations of professional misconduct in a formal capacity.

Shanna was an investigator with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario prior to joining Barker Hutchinson. She previously also worked as a legal assistant at two prominent Toronto law firms for more than a decade.

Shanna is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.  She also has specialized training in Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy.  Shanna obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University and is fluent in Cantonese.

Email: shanna@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 7

Duncan’s practice is focused on assisting our regulatory and insurance clients in all areas of investigation.

Duncan practised insurance law prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  He gained extensive experience investigating insurance claims regarding personal injuries, fatal injuries, construction matters, property damage and commercial losses.  Duncan litigated various corporate commercial matters, which involved due diligence investigation and compliance with regulatory requirements.  Duncan worked as a laboratory analyst prior to practising law.

Duncan earned both his Juris Doctor (JD) and Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University.

Email: duncan@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 11

Leah has over 20 years experience in office administration and management.

Leah keeps Barker Hutchinson operating smoothly by handling all of our office management, human resources and administration.  Leah is also a licensed private investigator and assists with background investigation and open source intelligence research.

Leah was the office manager at a mid-sized law firm and the manager of administration at a software company prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.

Leah has a diploma in medical office administration and a human resources management certificate from Mohawk College.

Email: leah@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 6

Andrew brings seven years of legal experience to Barker Hutchinson.

Andrew investigates allegations of inappropriate billing, sexual abuse, boundary violations and other conduct and practice related concerns.  Andrew is a skilled interviewer and an engaged listener with an ability to put people at ease in difficult circumstances.  His practical, methodical nature assists him in bringing clarity to complex investigations.

Andrew practised personal injury law at a respected boutique firm prior to joining Barker Hutchison. Andrew independently handled complex cases from first client contact through to resolution. He collected, reviewed and analyzed large volumes of evidence and health records. Andrew also gained experience defending physicians involved in regulatory proceedings while articling at a leading litigation firm.

Andrew earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.  Andrew also holds an Honours degree in history from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with High Distinction.  Andrew was the Program Coordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada during law school and also provided legal advice to a diverse client base while volunteering at community legal clinics.

Michael is a fair, impartial and thorough investigator.  His investigations enable our clients to make reasonable and informed decisions.

Michael conducts a wide range of investigations for regulators, insurers as well as corporate and criminal clients.  Michael uses his extensive experience, meticulous attention to detail and calming approach to both uncover the relevant facts and create an environment where individuals feel comfortable speaking about their experience.

Michael most recently spent nearly a decade in a variety of investigative roles at the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”), including Acting Manager of the Joint Securities Intelligence Unit.  In his roles at the OSC, Michael managed the activities of OSC investigators and liaised with the RCMP and OPP.  He expanded partnerships with law enforcement and regulatory partners and facilitated referrals to and from law enforcement and regulatory agencies.  Michael also spent several years as a senior investigator where he led a multitude of complex investigations relating to alleged breaches of Ontario securities law.

Michael retired as a detective sergeant with Peel Regional Police prior to his employment at the OSC. Michael managed the Special Victims Unit in his role as a detective sergeant and oversaw a team of 12 sexual assault and child abuse investigators.   Michael previously spent time as a staff sergeant and managed the Commercial Auto Crime Bureau.

Michael graduated from Fanshawe College with a Diploma in Law and Security Administration.  Michael has completed several Leadership Studies programs at Dalhousie University as well as the Canadian Securities Course.

Email: michael@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 8

Laura joined Barker Hutchinson after practising physiotherapy for nearly a decade.   She investigates primarily on behalf of our health regulatory clients and has blended her extensive health care knowledge and practical experience to provide tailored investigative solutions to our clients.  Laura has a broad practice focused on investigating allegations of incompetence, sexual abuse, incapacity, improper billing practices and other practice related issue.

Laura was a team physiotherapist with the Canadian National Track Cycling Team prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  She was a member of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and was rostered to perform spinal manipulations and acupuncture.

Laura has a Masters of Science – Physiotherapy from McMaster University and an Honour Bachelor of Science – Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.  She also holds a Diploma of Advanced Manual Manipulative Therapy from the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Email: laura@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 4

Robin has conducted investigations almost exclusively on behalf of Ontario’s health regulatory bodies for the past thirty years.

Robin’s experience is largely focused on investigating allegations of sexual and physical abuse.  She also has extensive experience investigating other areas of professional misconduct as well as conducting undercover investigations.

Robin graduated from the Diploma Nursing program at Loyalist College in 1984.  She was registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario from 1985 until 2009, when she retired from nursing. Robin worked with various nursing agencies in the Toronto area between 1985 and 1988 when she became licensed as a private investigator.

Email: robin@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 3

Courtney’s practice is primarily focused on conducting investigations for our regulatory clients.  Courtney blends her experience practising labour and employment law with her significant experience working in-house at several Ontario health regulatory bodies to provide investigative solutions tailored to the needs of our clients.

Prior to joining Barker Hutchinson, Courtney held several senior positions within health regulatory bodies.  She was the Director of Professional Conduct at the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, the Manager of Professional Conduct at the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario, and the Discipline and Fitness to Practice Lead at the College of Pharmacists of Ontario.   She has also acted as the Interim Hearing Manager at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Courtney has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2007.  She practised labour and employment law as an associate at two prominent Toronto law firms prior to working in professional regulation.

Courtney obtained her LL.M from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where she was awarded the faculty of law fellowship.  She obtained her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University where she graduated with high distinction and was awarded the alumni gold medal.

Email: courtney@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 9

Leane’s practice is focused on assisting our regulatory clients.  Leane is experienced in investigating allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing practices, unauthorized practice and incapacity, amongst other concerns.  She is also experienced with managing the oversight of regulators’ investigations, including instructing investigators, reviewing investigation reports and preparing Records of Investigation to support the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee.

Leane was an investigator with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  She has also worked as an interim specialist in professional conduct at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

Leane obtained her LL.B. from the University of Kent, England and her LL.M. from the University of Toronto where she was a Fellow of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Leane has also completed the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation’s Certified Investigator training.

Leane is a managing editor of the Health Law in Canada Journal and is responsible for overseeing the peer review process.

Email: leane@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 10

Alex is an experienced investigator whose practice is focused on assisting our regulatory clients. Alex has extensive experience investigating allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing practices and prescribing practices.

Alex was an investigator with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario prior to joining Barker Hutchinson. Alex was the lead investigator on a number of high profile cases. She worked closely with College counsel, insurers, law enforcement agencies, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and regulatory bodies from other jurisdictions. She was also responsible for mentoring investigators.

Alex practised as a registered nurse prior her employment with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Alex practised in the area of mental health and also served as a case manager who conducted and coordinated home health care services.

Alex obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science from Queens University where she graduated with distinction. Alex also obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Ontario Institute of Technology where she was awarded several scholarships, including a scholarship for the highest GPA in the Faculty of Health Science. Alex has completed the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulations Certified Investigator and Inspector training as well as training in investigations and interviewing from the Workplace Institute. Alex is also trained in conducting trauma informed interviews.

Email: alex@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 12

Hailey brings seven years of legal experience to Barker Hutchinson with a focus on criminal law. Hailey investigates allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing, off-duty conduct, and practice related concerns.  Hailey’s experience and her analytical and nuanced approach assists her in bringing clarity to complex investigations.

Hailey practised criminal defence at a respected boutique firm prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  Her expertise includes cases with large, complex volumes of evidence, reluctant witnesses, mental health concerns and strict timelines.

Hailey has conducted dozens of trials at both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice and was second-chair counsel for one of the largest financial fraud trials in Canadian history.  Hailey has analyzed numerous police investigations and understands the importance of a balanced, unbiased and thorough investigation.

Hailey earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Windsor and her Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Western Ontario.

Sheena brings seven years of legal experience to Barker Hutchinson.

Sheena is a bilingual investigator who investigates allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing, boundary violations and other conduct and practice related concerns.  Sheena’s attention to detail, thorough and nuanced approach assists regulators to make fair, informed decisions.

Sheena was a Senior Specialist, Compliance at the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority prior to joining Barker Hutchinson. Sheena managed the Authority’s complaints program, investigated inspection findings and conducted inquiries.  Sheena has also acted as a Decisions Administrator at the College of Nurses of Ontario and practised civil and estate litigation.

Sheena earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Social Service Worker diploma from George Brown College.

Contact

Barker Hutchinson & Associates Ltd.


450-111 Queen Street East
South Building
Toronto, ON  M5C 1S2

Telephone
(416) 363-6787