Criminal Defence Investigations

“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 believe that criminal defence is the most important task a legal professional can undertake. At […]

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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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Success Stories

While each case is different, our sound investigative methodology combined with creative problem solving has allowed us to bring positive results to our clients. Here are a few of our favourite cases. Finding Facts The client was engaged in a custody dispute with his ex-partner. The client was concerned about the welfare of his two […]

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Busting PI Myths: Industry Edition

We’ve discussed this before, but sadly, we still see people doing it. In Alberta, a private investigator must posses an individual license under the Security Services And Investigators Act. This requires approved training, passing a written exam with a score not less than 80%, and a criminal record and vulnerable sector check. So once those […]

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Commissioner For Oaths

We are pleased to offer Commissioner for Oaths services to our clients. This allows us to take sworn affidavits from witnesses or other persons involved in your case. Rather than providing just a statement from a witness or summary of an interview (a “will-say”), Gilliam Burke Investigations can also provide you with legally admissible testimony […]

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