On November 9, 2017, the Law Society of Upper Canada is holding a full day seminar on fraud recovery law. This seminar forms part of our firm’s ongoing victim advocacy efforts. This seminar is not restricted to lawyers. Anyone from our fraud recovery networks, including police and private sector professionals, may attend either in person at the Law Society conference centre, or by webcast.  For further information, see https://store.lsuc.on.ca/bankruptcy-and-fraud-recovery-law.
The agenda for the conference is set out below:


 Chairs:   Frank Bennett, Bennett Bankruptcy Law

Norman J. Groot, Investigation Counsel PC – Fraud Recovery Lawyers


November 9, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Total CPD Hours = 5 h + 30 m Substantive + 30 m Professionalism


Donald Lamont Learning Centre

The Law Society of Upper Canada

130 Queen St. W.

Toronto, ON




9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Frank Bennett, Bennett & Company
Norman Groot, Investigation Counsel PC
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. The Regulator’s Role:  Protecting the Public
Roula Eatrides, Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Mervyn Abramowitz, Blaney McMurtry LLP
9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. The Trustee’s Role:  Investigating with Assets to Fund and Without Funds  
Uwe Manski, Forensic Accountant, BDO Canada Limited
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Raymond G. Leclair, Lawyers Professional Indemnity Company
10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.Question and Answer Session
10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.Coffee and Networking Break
10:55 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Indictable Offences under the Criminal Code
Grace Hession David, Ministry of the Attorney General
11:15 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Summary Offences under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and Criminal Code
Stephane Marinier, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Robert Morin, Public Prosecution Service of Canada
11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interim Relief and Preventing Dissipation of Assets in Civil Proceedings
Sanjeev Mitra, Aird & Berlis LLP
12:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Question and Answer Session
12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.Lunch Will Be Provided
1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Update on Enforcement Remedies for Fraud in Bankruptcy and Receiverships
Catherine Weiler, Ontario Securities Commission
1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.Restitution Orders, Compensation Orders, Fines and Penalties

Philip J. Gertler, Gertler & Koven
 1:50 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.  Top Five Cases in Bankruptcy and Fraud Recovery Law of the Year
Steven Weisz, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP   OR
Vern DaRe, Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pitfalls, Conundrums and Challenges in Civil Fraud
Frank Bennett, Bennett Bankruptcy Law
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Enforcing Fraud Judgments through Accounting Orders and Contempt Motions
Norman Groot,  Investigation Counsel PC
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Question and Answer Session
3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Pitfalls and the Expense of Prosecuting Civil Contempt in the Fraud Recovery Context:  A Cost-Benefit of Contempt Proceedings versus Bankruptcy Assignments  
Norman Groot, Moderator
The Hon. Justice Todd L. Archibald, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Brian Greenspan, Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein
Frank Bennett, Bennett Bankruptcy Law
3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Question and Answer Session
4:00 p.m.        Program Ends


At Investigation Counsel, we investigate and litigate fraud recovery cases. If you discover you are a victim of fraud, contact us to have your case assessed and a strategy for recovery mapped out before contacting police or alerting the fraudster. We also promote victim advocacy and academic discussion through various private and public professional associations and organizations. If you have an interest in the topics discussed herein, we welcome your inquiries.