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Workplace Investigation Training

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Most Canadian jurisdictions have now enacted legislation that requires employers to implement anti-harassment and anti-violence policies. Employers must also cause investigations to be conducted into allegations of workplace harassment and violence. While some complex investigations may require third party investigators, many complaints can be investigated internally. However, Canadian courts have made it clear that internal processes must meet a reasonable standard of a fair and thorough investigation.

Employers have a legal obligation to ensure that staff investigators have both skills and training in the investigation field. In response to concerns expressed by Human Resources professionals, Infopowered Solutions Inc. has constructed an engaging, hands-on training program for internal investigators.

This 2-day seminar does more than simply review standard investigation procedures and case studies; it examines the legal pitfalls of workplace investigations and deconstructs investigation processes and techniques from both the legal and behavioural sciences perspectives to equip participants with useable investigation skills and tactics.

Learning objectives

  • A clear understanding of workplace incivility, harassment, illegal discrimination and violence behaviours and their impacts on employees, employers and whole workplaces
  • Recognition of legal requirements related to workplace investigations
  • Ability to construct an effective investigation plan with identification of appropriate scope and purpose
  • Development of interview skills and practice in interview tactics
  • Comprehension of evidence assessment and weighting principles, including credibility assessment
  • Decision-making competency
  • Writing skills for preparation of comprehensive reports

Program details

Fall 2023

Dates: Nov. 20-21, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Atlantic)
Location: Virtual
Fee: $795 (+HST)
Instructor: Dr. Kelly VanBuskirk & Dr. William A. Howatt

Group Discount: Send 3 or more participants from your company and receive a 10% discount. Contact an account manager for more information.

Register for Nov. 2023

Winter 2024

Dates: March 25-26, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Atlantic)
Location: Virtual
Fee: $795 (+HST)
Instructor: Dr. Kelly VanBuskirk & Dr. William A. Howatt

Group Discount: Send 3 or more participants from your company and receive a 10% discount. Contact an account manager for more information.

Registration for March 2024 opening soon!

How this seminar works

This course assumes that participants are interested and motivated, and follows a comprehensive learning approach comprised of:

  • Pre-course reading assignments
  • An intensive 2-day training program that includes lectures, participant discussions, and hands-on investigation skill development and refinement with interviews of actors
  • Post-course Investigation Report writing assignment

Who should attend?

This program is designed for business owners, managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals who want to develop strong investigation skills and processes. 


Dr. Kelly VanBuskirk is a Partner at Lawson Creamer in Saint John. He teaches labour relations, human resource management, and upper-level courses in particular areas of business law at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He also teaches Trial Practice at UNB's Faculty of Law and Labour & Employment Law in the Law Society of New Brunswick's Bar Admission Course.

Dr. VanBuskirk holds a Bachelor of Arts ’89 (UPEI), Bachelor of Law ’92 (UNB), Master of Laws ’03, Employment Law (University of Huddersfield), Ph.D., Employment Law ’14 (Nottingham Trent University), and is a Chartered Arbitrator ’14 (ADR Canada).

Dr. William A. Howatt (Dr. Bill) has worked with some of the largest companies in Canada, federal, provincial, and municipal leaders, and Fortune 500 companies on Wall Street. Bringing together over two decades of applied behavioural science and leadership, and a wide range of client experiences, Dr. Bill provides executive coaching and leadership development to organizations around the world, including executives in the federal and provincial government, the finance sector, health care, and manufacturing.

He has facilitated courses and authored programs for multiple organizations including the University of New Brunswick, Mount Saint Vincent University, University of California, Nova Scotia Community College, Acadia University, and the Governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Phone: 506 453-4694
Toll-free: 1-888-259-4222

Customized training solutions

Let us create a program that is custom-designed for your organization. Or you can choose from one of our popular seminars, programs, or series of courses to be delivered either on the UNB campus, your workplace, or another location of your choice. We can turn your organization's training plans into action.