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Whistleblowing Canada invites you to join Presenters Mary Inman, Shaifali Joshi-Clark, Moderator David Yazbeck and Host Paloma Raggo for the next in our series of presentations and discussions on one of the vital topics in the whistleblowing field - Whistleblower Reward Programs.
These discussions are aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of how encouraging whistleblowers or truth-tellers can help our organizations and governments prevent harm and work better to the benefit of everyone – organizations and citizens alike.
In this webinar you will learn more about Whistleblower Reward Programs around the world and how the Ontario Securities Commission’s Whistleblower Program is proving to be a game changer for securities enforcement in Canada and is fast becoming a model for not only other jurisdictions in Canada, but also other countries.
MARCH 17, 2021
Time: 12Noon to 1:00 pm EST
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The Expansion of Whistleblower Reward Programs in the U.S., Canada and Globally: How Whistleblowers Assist Government Prosecutors & Enforcement Attorneys in Rooting Out Fraud
Mary Inman Shaifali Joshi-Clark Moderator: David Yazbeck Host: Paloma Raggo
Mary Inman is a partner in Constantine Cannon’s San Francisco and London offices and the Head of the firm’s International Whistleblower practice. After 20+ years representing whistleblowers in the U.S., she moved to London in July 2017 to launch the firm’s international whistleblower practice. She specializes in representing whistleblowers from the U.K., Europe and worldwide under the various American whistleblower reward programs, including the Federal and various state False Claims Acts and the SEC, CFTC, IRS, DOT and Department of Treasury whistleblower programs.
Shaifali Joshi-Clark is a Senior Forensic Accountant in the Office of the Whistleblower of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). She was a key member in the development of the OSC’s Whistleblower Program. Since the program’s launch in 2016, Shaifali deals directly with whistleblowers and reviews their tips, corresponds with OSC Staff assigned to investigate whistleblower tips and responds to public enquiries about the Whistleblower Program.
David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has particular expertise in employee free speech, whistleblowing, and anti-reprisal complaints.
Paloma Raggo, PhD., School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. She is also a founding Director of Whistleblowing Canada.
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APRIL 14, 2021 - Time: 12 Noon to 1pm EST
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Why Canada’s Whistleblower Protection Legislation is Tied For Last Place: an analysis of countries with “best practices” in their relationships with whistleblowers as enshrined in legislation
Presenter: Tom Devine, Legal Director for the Government Accountability Project (GAP), Washington, D.C. and Advisory Board member, Whistleblowing Canada.
There is a global legal revolution in whistleblower rights, which have expanded from the United States as the first nation in 1978, to 62 countries after the 2020 European Union Whistleblower Directive. But are these laws written to provide genuine protection, and are they working in practice? Whistleblower laws that provide false advertising for rights can be a trap that threatens freedom of speech by identifying dissenters and then rubber-stamping whatever retaliation is sought. The Government Accountability Project and the International Bar Association has just -completed a study assessing global whistleblower laws for their legitimacy – comparing the rights on paper to global best practices, and their rights in reality based on track records. Canada finished tied for last, with Lebanon. GAP legal director Tom Devine will explain and unravel " the fraud" of Canada’s whistleblower law, and outline the steps necessary for it to provide genuine protection.
Moderator: Paloma Raggo, PhD., School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. Founding Director, Whistleblowing Canada.
MAY 12, 2021
Time: 12Noon to 1pm EST
Cost: No fee. Donations gratefully accepted.
Whistleblowing: Necessary For Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law
Presenter: Edgar Schmidt, Board Member of Whistleblowing Canada, former General Counsel at the Department of Justice Canada.
In the democratic state (and in any other democratically governed organization), whistleblowing is neither extraneous nor optional, but is feedback necessary to implement and preserve democratic governance — the integrity of the organization’s decision-making process — and to ensure observance of its resulting hierarchy of decisions/norms.
Moderator: Paloma Raggo, PhD.,School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. She is also Founding Director of Whistleblowing Canada.
UPCOMING CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT. Good news for Whistleblowing Canada and all those interested in improving the practice of whistleblowing in our country! In collaboration with Professor Paloma Raggo at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University, we have been awarded a grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to help fund a public conference on whistleblowing.
The conference will bring together for the first time since the implementation of the Federal Public Servant Disclosure Protection Act in 2007, Canadian and international researchers, legal practitioners, whistleblowers, civil society groups, and policymakers to tackle the many issues in the whistleblowing field in Canada today. The goal of the conference is to promote the dissemination of ideas and engage with society at large. The conference will be open to members of the general public.
We are assessing whether the event will be face-to-face or virtual possibly in the early Fall 2021 or Winter 2022. Check this page for further announcements.