CSI for Regulators: How Can Regulators Use Forensic Evidence?

  • 06 Apr 2100
  • Virtual - at your desktop


The issue of forensic evidence is one that regulators must begin to consider. Regulatory investigators are now faced with the need to obtain evidence from electronic media such as computers and we are learning about the potential value of physical evidence and scientific analysis of evidence.

This webinar will address these issues and identify sources of forensic evidence and methods for obtaining and utilizing this evidence. We will consider important issues like how we deal with this type of evidence, when we should be considering it, what expert assistance may be required and the implications of using this type of evidentiary material.

Dean Benard
founded Benard + Associates in 2004 with a vision to integrate his expertise in investigations and mediation and develop unique and effective approaches for all of his clients. This vision has been realized and Benard + Associates has grown providing high quality investigation and mediation services for over half of the health professional regulatory bodies in Ontario as well as several others across Canada. In addition Benard + Associates provide services for numerous clients in other regulatory fields, provincial governments and corporations in Ontario and across Canada. Dean is a Chartered Mediator with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada and a roster mediator with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program. As a registered nurse, former police officer, regulatory investigator and mediator Dean has blended his 18 years of experience to apply a balanced approach to all of his investigation and mediation work. In 2001, Dean was the recipient of the CLEAR Investigator of the Year Award. Dean received his Diploma in Nursing from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, graduated magna cum laude from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Ethics and holds a Master of Laws & Letters from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ernie Atkins is a thirty-seven year law enforcement veteran.  He began employment as a regulatory investigator with the Virginia Department of Commerce, now known as the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), in August of 1983.  Working through various reorganizations and promotions, he is now assigned to the CID, Field Investigations Section, Southeast Region, for DPOR. Investigator Atkins holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  He has attended over one hundred specialized courses relating to investigation, public administration, law enforcement, safety and business.  His law enforcement background traces to 1972 and includes sworn positions with the Hampton, Virginia, Police Department and the United States Department of Defense.  He holds certifications in the law enforcement, fraud, safety and security fields. Ernie has been recognized by local, state and federal government for his accomplishments and is the recipient of the Department of Defense Excellence Award, as well as having been named both an investigator of the quarter and investigator of the year while working with the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He was also honored by CLEAR as an Investigator of the Year.  Currently, he serves on CLEAR’s Board of Directors and is active with the NCIT Sub-committee, currently serving as a Co-chair.

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