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ABOUT

Forward thinking strategic investigators.

We empower employers, regulators and insurers to make informed decisions.

We have provided factual, reliable intelligence for more than 40 years.

Our experienced investigators draw upon decades of collective experience to bring clarity to often complex circumstances.

We produce thorough, timely, transparent investigations.

EXPERTISE

Barker Hutchinson & Associates, corporate private investigation services Toronto

Workplace
Investigations

We conduct methodical, objective and balanced investigations for public and private organizations.  We deliver clear and substantiated findings, complete with thorough analyses and explanations that support them and withstand scrutiny.  Our workplace investigators are respectful and fair, yet thorough with all participants in the investigation process and create a non-judgmental environment where participants feel comfortable sharing their experience.

We assist organizations with allegations of:

  • Harassment and sexual harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Racial harassment
  • Bullying
  • Policy breaches
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Abuse of authority
  • Whistleblower reports
  • Financial impropriety
  • Theft
  • Failure to accommodate
  • Incivility
Barker Hutchinson & Associates, regulatory private investigation services Toronto

Regulatory
Investigations

Barker Hutchinson is a leader in professional regulation investigations. We conduct methodical, objective and balanced investigations for a broad landscape of regulators and empower regulators to make reasonable and informed decisions.  We also provide investigative training and workshops to regulators, and work closely with regulators to ensure their employees have the training, skill and support needed to bring meaningful conclusions to investigations handled internally. We also assist regulators to develop investigation policy, process and procedure.

We assist 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

We provide investigation to Property, Casualty and Life & Health insurers throughout Canada.  Our investigators’ diverse experience in insurance law, personal injury law, law enforcement and healthcare, combined with decades of collective investigative experience provide unique expertise to insurers.  At the same time, our formalized investigative process, expertise and experience enable us to handle complex investigations in a timely, strategic, cost-effective manner.

We assist 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

Our Investigative Approach

Experienced

Our knowledgeable investigators have conducted 1000s of investigations for employers, institutions, professional regulators and insurers, and draw upon decades of collective experience to bring clarity to often complex circumstances.

Impartial

We are neutral fact-gatherers relied upon for our unbiased approach.   Impartiality is at our core, and the foundation of every investigation we conduct.

Fact-based

We rely on careful assessment of evidence and facts.  We do not rely on assumptions or speculation

Timely

Organizations often require our services on an urgent basis.  Our size and formalized investigation processes afford us the ability to handle complex investigations in a timely, efficient manner.

Cost-Effective

Our reasonable rates, combined with our experience, expertise and ongoing training enable our investigators to complete thorough investigations in an efficient, cost-effective manner.

Trauma-informed

Our investigators are trained to use a trauma-informed approach and understand how trauma affects an individual’s psychological and physiological states.  We work diligently to avoid retraumatization during the investigation process.

TEAM

Who You Choose As Your Investigator Matters.

Our experienced team of investigators is comprised of lawyers, healthcare practitioners, and former insurance and law enforcement professionals who draw upon decades of collective experience to bring clarity to often complex circumstances.

Management and Investigators

Ashley investigates allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing, boundary violations, and other practice related concerns for our regulatory clients. Ashley is an experienced interviewer with an ability to create an environment where individuals feel comfortable speaking about their experience. Ashley’s impartiality, practical experience, and careful assessment of evidence results in efficient and focused investigations.

Ashley practised in the Health Law and Sexual Assault/Abuse practice groups at a prominent Toronto law firm prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  Ashley litigated on behalf of victims of sexual assault while also advocating for physicians before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the courts.   Ashley also previously practised in the Arbitration and Investigations group at another international law firm.

Ashley earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa where she graduated Cum Laude.  She completed a Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, graduating with Honours, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Global Culture Studies from Brescia University College at Western University.

Apart from her investigative practice, Ashley has a passion for advocating for those without a voice.  She sits on the Board of Directors of Courage for Freedom, an organization devoted to ending human trafficking within Canada. She has previously worked, trained or partnered with a variety of organizations, including Just Governance Group, the NATO Association of Canada, International Justice Mission and Global Shapers Toronto.

Email: ashley@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 236

Alison is an empathetic regulatory and workplace investigator devoted to the pursuit of truth, integrity, and justice. Alison investigates a wide range of complex allegations in an analytical, methodical manner.

Prior to joining Barker Hutchinson, Alison gained experience investigating allegations of harassment and analyzing complex legal issues while practising as a litigation associate at a prominent Toronto law firm. Alison’s practice focused on employment and contractual disputes, consumer product regulations, pharmaceutical class actions, and Indigenous matters.

Alison earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary. She completed a Master of Biotechnology at the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Science in Bio-Medical Science, graduating with distinction. Alison is a member of both the Law Society of Ontario and Law Society of Alberta.

Email: alison@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 248

Katie is an impartial and analytical investigator whose attention to detail and careful consideration of evidence results in fair, efficient investigations.  Katie blends both her legal experience and health care knowledge while conducting investigations for a wide variety of professional regulators.

Katie was a case manager and paralegal at Findlay Law prior to joining Barker Hutchinson where she independently managed and represented clients involved in motor vehicle accidents with respect to their Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule claims from initial intake to resolution.  She also worked closely with lawyers on the management and resolution of tort claims, including trial preparation and interviewing expert and lay witnesses.  Katie previously also practiced kinesiology in an outpatient health clinic.

Katie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.  Katie has been a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario since 2008 and is an active member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and Hamilton Law Association.

Email: katie@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 240

Stephanie is an experienced and diligent investigator who investigates allegations of professional misconduct for a wide variety of professional regulatory bodies.  She combines her years of experience as a clinical investigator with her extensive clinical experience as a registered nurse to conduct methodical, objective and balanced investigations.

Stephanie was a clinical investigator with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  In this role, Stephanie relied on her extensive clinical experience and critical-thinking skills to identify and assess risk, and obtain and analyze relevant data while investigating concerns related to physicians’ clinical practice and conduct.  Stephanie worked closely with College and outside counsel, health care organizations, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and regulatory bodies from other jurisdictions.

Stephanie has over 10 years of diverse clinical experience as a registered nurse in urban and remote settings, and as a medical case manager.  Stephanie has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Victim Services of Durham Region.

Stephanie obtained a Master of Health Administration from the University of Regina and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ontario Tech University.

Email: sgrenke@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 239

Katie is an impartial and analytical investigator whose attention to detail and careful consideration of evidence results in fair, efficient investigations.  Katie blends both her legal experience and health care knowledge while conducting investigations for a wide variety of professional regulators.

Katie was a case manager and paralegal at Findlay Law prior to joining Barker Hutchinson where she independently managed and represented clients involved in motor vehicle accidents with respect to their Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule claims from initial intake to resolution.  She also worked closely with lawyers on the management and resolution of tort claims, including trial preparation and interviewing expert and lay witnesses.  Katie previously also practiced kinesiology in an outpatient health clinic.

Katie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph.  Katie has been a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario since 2008 and is an active member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and Hamilton Law Association.

Email: katie@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 240

Laura Hutchinson

As the Vice-President of Barker Hutchinson, Laura is passionate about all things investigation and deeply focused on training and mentoring our sophisticated team of investigators. Laura manages the development of policy and process that supports our investigators and aligns with the needs of our clientele.  Laura also works closely with management to ensure policy and process is consistently applied.

Laura brings a wealth of experience to our regulatory clients.  She blends extensive health care knowledge and practical experience with years of experience as an investigator to bring clarity to complex investigations.  Laura has extensive experience investigating allegations of sexual abuse, patient injury, inappropriate billing practices, incompetence, unauthorized practice, and other practice related concerns.

Laura previously practised physiotherapy for nearly a decade.  She worked in both private practice and as a team physiotherapist with the Canadian National Track Cycling Team, and was rostered to perform spinal manipulations and acupuncture.

Email: laura@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 222

Chantelle is a detailed and analytical workplace and regulatory investigator who is committed to conducting trauma-informed, balanced, unbiased investigations. Her passion for investigation stems from the pursuit of solving complex problems; she takes satisfaction in carefully examining and analyzing evidence to uncover the objective truth.

Chantelle maintained a diverse criminal law practice for nearly ten years prior to joining Barker Hutchinson. She represented clients charged with a wide range of offences, from minor theft to first degree murder. Chantelle has also had the privilege of representing some of society’s most vulnerable groups through past volunteer experience at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program.

Chantelle earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Dalhousie University where she received the Schulich Scholarship in Law. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology from Memorial University.

Email: chantelle@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 251

Maya is a skilled investigator whose attention to detail and practical experience result in fair and focused investigations. Her neutrality and empathetic demeanour create an environment where individuals feel comfortable sharing their experience.

Maya conducts workplace investigations into allegations such as discrimination, bullying, harassment and abuse of authority.  Maya also investigates allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing, boundary violations, incompetence, unauthorized practice, and other practice related concerns on behalf of professional regulators.

Maya practised at a law firm specialising in health law and professional regulation prior to joining Barker Hutchinson. Maya acted as a prosecutor for professional regulators and was involved in all aspects of hearings related to disciplinary, registration and fitness to practise matters. She regularly appeared before tribunals and various levels of court, and routinely reviewed and scrutinized investigation reports. Maya has also acted as legal counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission.

Maya earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Osgoode Hall and an Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) from Western University. Maya also currently sits on the Baycrest Research Ethics Board where she reviews research proposals.

Email: maya@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 227

Rob is an experienced and pragmatic investigator and interviewer who investigates fraud, staged accidents, personal injury, theft and priority disputes, amongst other concerns, for insurers, insurance defence law firms and personal injury lawyers and across Canada. Rob also investigates allegations of unauthorized practice on behalf of regulatory bodies.

Rob is the past president of the Halton Regional Police Association and retired from Halton Regional Police Service after a decorated career as a sergeant and detective. Rob supervised teams of investigators in both the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Bureau and the Domestic Violence Investigation Unit. He also supervised a team of officers and civilian employees in the Community Mobilization Bureau and provided criminal intelligence support in the Intelligence Bureau.

Rob is an active director of the Police Credit Union and volunteers his time with the City of Burlington’s Cycling Advisory Committee.

Rob obtained a Bachelor of Arts (History and Political Science) from Western University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (History) from McMaster University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Email: rob@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 245

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

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.

Angela is a seasoned, detail-oriented workplace investigator who investigates a wide range of complex workplace allegations and has particular expertise investigating allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Angela’s broad legal experience, trauma-informed approach and careful assessment of evidence results in fair, focused, efficient investigations.

Angela conducted workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, sexual harassment, bullying, racial discrimination and poisoned work environments and delivered workplace investigation training prior to joining Barker Hutchinson. Angela maintained a broad criminal and civil litigation practice, including representing accused persons and complainants in sexual assault and harassment matters, prior to conducting workplace investigations.

Angela obtained her LL.B. (cum laude) from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from McGill University. She is in the process of obtaining her LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Angela is a Member of the Board of Directors at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and also acts as Pro bono counsel for various organizations.

Email: angela@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 250

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.

Email: hailey@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 231

Courtney is an experienced workplace and regulatory investigator.  Courtney’s analytical approach and careful assessment of evidence, combined with her experience practising employment and labour law and working at several Ontario health regulatory bodies result in focused and efficient investigations.

As the Manager of Investigations, Courtney is responsible for the strategic oversight of workplace and regulatory investigations while also maintaining her own smaller caseload. Courtney works with investigators to ensure each investigation meets our standards for quality, thoroughness and timeliness.  Courtney also assists in the design and implementation of investigation policy and process.

Prior to joining Barker Hutchinson, Courtney practised employment and labour law at two prominent Toronto law firms and 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 Hearings Manager at the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

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. 223

Greg Hutchinson

As the President of Barker Hutchinson, Greg is responsible for strategic oversight and both maintaining and developing client relations.  Greg provides investigative training and workshops for professional regulators and employers and speaks at conferences and continuing professional education events.

Greg is also deeply focused on building a sophisticated, methodical, yet pragmatic team of investigators from a variety of backgrounds, and ensuring they have the training, skill and support necessary to produce fair, focused, efficient investigations.

Greg brings a wealth of investigative expertise to professional regulators, employers, and insurers. For nearly 15 years, Greg has worked closely with professional regulators across Canada while investigating allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing practice, incapacity, unauthorized practice, and other practice related concerns.

Greg investigates allegations of harassment, bullying, discrimination, abuse of authority and conflicts of interest on behalf of employers and institutions.  Greg also investigates fraud, staged accidents, personal injury, theft, and priority disputes, amongst other concerns, for insurers across Canada.

Greg holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph.

Email: greg@barkerhutchinson.com Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 221