Background Checks and Investigations

A “background check” — or more properly a background investigation — is a powerful, but misunderstood tool in combating fraud, protecting rights and interests, and avoiding costly and difficult litigation. Though commonly called a “background check”, a Google search, calling a reference, and obtaining (with consent) a credit check or criminal record check is not […]

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Protective Orders, Restraining Orders, and High-Risk Service

In order to safely conduct high-risk service of process such as Queen’s Bench Protective Orders, Restraining Orders, or any other service of process where safety may be an issue *, we have specialized training and tools that process servers — and even many private investigators — do not. We have years of experience in high […]

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Surveillance Packages

Even in the age of digital investigations, nothing beats good old-fashioned surveillance. Be it static or mobile, vehicle-based, or on foot, surveillance is one of the best ways to gather information about a person’s activities. We have used surveillance in child custody and other types of  investigations, and gone undercover to gather information and verify […]

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Social Media Investigations: OSINT

What Is Open Source Intelligence? Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is a term that has been around for a long time and simply means intelligence derived from “open” or public information sources. This describes about 90% of traditional (government) intelligence gathering, and is also how private investigators operate. However, in the modern era it has become […]

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Criminal Defence Investigations

We believe that criminal defence is the most important task a legal professional can undertake. “It is fundamental that in furtherance of the right to make full answer and defence, an accused must be able to conduct full inquiry into potential sources of information that may prove valuable.” The Honourable Mr. Justice J. Williams We […]

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What Are Your Rates?

Sometimes, the very first question a client will ask is “What are your rates?”. It’s a fair question, it’s an important question, but it should not be the first question asked. When hiring a private investigator, it is important to know if they are the right choice for you. Not every situation needs a PI, […]

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The “Investigative Body Status” Myth

Private investigators in Alberta will sometimes advertise that they have “Investigative Body Status under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)”. PIPEDA is a federal privacy law which formerly defined an “Investigative Body” in part as: (w) a corporation or other body (i) that is licensed by a province to engage in the […]

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How A Background Check Can Save You $29K

Recently, a corporate client came to us requesting a background check. The client was about to enter in to a business arrangement and planned to invest about $30,000. However, the client had a few suspicions and (wisely) contacted us to investigate the principals and the corporation involved. We were able to uncover a history of […]

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