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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 35 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

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

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

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.

Email: sheena@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 225

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

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.

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

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. 224

Investigators

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.

Andrew is a skilled interviewer and an engaged listener with an ability to put people at ease in difficult circumstances.  Andrew’s practical, methodical nature combined with his careful assessment of evidence result in fair, focused and efficient investigations.

Andrew conducts workplace investigations into allegations such as harassment and sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.  He also routinely investigates allegations of physical and sexual abuse, fraud, improper billing practice and other practice related concerns for professional regulators.

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.

Email: andrew@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 232

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

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

Lisa is a skilled and adaptable investigator with a wealth of experience in professional regulation.  Lisa combines this experience with her more than 20 years of clinical experience as a registered massage therapist to provide methodical and effective investigations for a     wide range of professional regulators.

Lisa has been a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (“CMTO”) for more than twenty years and has amassed a breadth of experience by serving the CMTO in a variety of leadership roles.  Lisa was the President and Chair of the Board between 2015 and 2020.  In this role, Lisa was accountable to the Council, government, public and registrants for effective governance, in accordance with all applicable legislative requirements.  Lisa has also sat on multiple Statutory Committees, including the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, Discipline Committee, Fitness to Practice Committee, Registration Committee and Quality Assurance Committee.  Lisa also serves as a rostered member of the Discipline and Fitness to Practice Committee at the Ontario College of Teachers.

Lisa obtained her Massage Therapy Diploma from Centennial College.

Email: lisa@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 238

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. 226

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

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

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

Stephanie is a bilingual investigator who brings more than seven years legal experience to Barker Hutchinson.

Stephanie is a diligent interviewer who brings a fair, perceptive, unbiased approach to each investigation. She conducts investigations for a wide variety of regulators while investigating  allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing practice, scope of practice concerns, unauthorized practice, and various other forms of professional misconduct. Her investigations bring clarity to often complex circumstances.

Stephanie practised at a leading commercial litigation and insolvency firm in Toronto prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  Stephanie also practised regulatory and administrative law in India for four years prior to immigrating to Canada.  She has appeared before the Supreme Court of India and represented stakeholders adversely affected by government decisions and advocated for better governance, accountability and transparency.

Stephanie obtained both her LL.B (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from Guru Gobind Singh Indhraprastha University in New Delhi, India and graduated with First Class.  She was called to the Bar of Delhi, India in 2013 and the Bar of Ontario in 2020.   She is a member of The Advocates’ Society, Toronto Lawyers Association, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto and Young Women in Law.

Stephanie is fluent in both English and Hindi.

Email: stephanie@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 234

Nazia investigates allegations of sexual abuse, inappropriate billing, unauthorized practice, off-duty conduct, scope of practice, and other practice related concerns on behalf of regulatory bodies.  Nazia brings extensive regulatory experience and a detailed yet pragmatic approach to each investigation.

Nazia has 15 years experience working in health regulation and was a Compliance Case Manager at the College of Physicians and Surgeons prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  In this role, Nazia analyzed statutory committee decisions and carried out the appropriate monitoring requirements for complex and high risk matters.

Nazia obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto.  Nazia is a registered social worker and a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.  Nazia has completed both the basic and specialized National Certified Investigator and Inspector Training programs through the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation.  She has also completed training in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Email: nazia@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 235

Ilana is a diligent and empathetic investigator.  Ilana’s methodical, yet pragmatic approach as well as her ability to develop trust with those she interviews assist her in bringing clarity and transparency to complex investigations, and enable employers and regulators to make fair, informed decisions.

Ilana conducts workplace investigations into allegations such as harassment and sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.  She also routinely investigates allegations of physical and sexual abuse, fraud, improper billing practice and other practice related concerns for professional regulators.

Ilana practised regulatory, criminal, quasi-criminal and personal injury litigation prior to joining Barker Hutchinson.  Ilana represented various professional regulators and defended clients before tribunals on allegations of professional negligence and misconduct.  Ilana has also acted as a content lawyer at Lexis Nexis where she managed personal injury practice guidance for lawyers practising in Ontario and British Columbia.

Ilana earned her Juris Doctor (JD) from Bond University and her Bachelor of Arts from Western University.

Email: ilana@barkerhutchinson.com  Direct: 416-363-6787 Ext. 229

Cara uses her breadth of experience in professional regulation, combined with excellent analytical skills and tactful communication to bring clarity to often complex circumstances.  She has a deep commitment to the investigatory process as a means to achieve effective regulatory outcomes.

Cara conducts investigation on behalf of a wide range of professional regulators.  She investigates allegations of physical and sexual abuse, inappropriate billing, b