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  • 09 October 2020 8:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPIO is committed to ensuring that its Board of Directors reflect the diversity of our community and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. CPIO is seeking candidates to sit as a member of the CPIO Board of Directors who can demonstrate proven experience in one or more of the following areas. Other expertise and experience are welcomed:

    • Finance, accounting and audit
    • IT and social media  
    • Business development

    In addition, all candidates will be expected to attend bi-monthly board and committee meetings and demonstrate the following:

    • ·       Strong communication and critical thinking skills
    • ·       Strong consensus building skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment
    • ·       Pertinent education and experience of at least three years in one or more of the above-noted areas
    • ·       Experience and/or awareness of not-for-profit management
    • ·       CPIO member in good standing

    Previous Board / governance experience would be considered an asset. Candidates are invited to provide a letter of intent and resume to info@cpiontario.ca no later than Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

    Applications will be reviewed by the CPIO Board of Directors. Qualified candidate(s) will be notified no later than November 2, 2020. Reference checks will be conducted.


  • 30 April 2020 11:20 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CPIO Members:

    To our valued members, the effects COVID-19 has had on the economy, society and industry has been crippling and unparalleled. We understand that the last six weeks have been met with confusion, financial stress, personal stress and uncertainty; please know that you are not alone in this fight. The CPIO is here to ensure that our members are informed and educated with respect to the government assistance programs that have been made available to us. With that being said, the CPIO would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed with how we are working to bring awareness and education to you in the coming weeks.

    On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, the CPIO will host a webinar to ensure that our members are informed on government relief and the necessary steps to apply for both agency members and individual members. As all of you know, it will take time before we are able to gather again to meet and provide education for you through our seminars and conferences. Therefore, we will be offering free online webinars covering a variety of topics that pertain to our industry, commencing on May 20, 2020 with a new webinar every 2 weeks thereafter. Information concerning these webinars will be posted on our website soon!

    To ensure the concerns of our members are addressed we have provided five questions that we would like you to answer to assist us with this. Please send us your feedback to (email address) and these topics will be part of the May 6 discussion.

    1- During COVID 19, what has been the biggest issue facing you individually or as a business.

    2 - Have you applied for and been able to access Government grants successfully? If not successful, what were the reasons?

    3 - Are you experiencing labour or contract issues?

    4 - What can the CPIO do to assist you at this time?

    5 - Would you be interested in on-line learning seminars hosted by CPIO, if so, what topics would be of most interest to you?

    Please know that your support has been unmatched and valued and we thank you. As we orchestrate through this unprecedented time in our history, our 'new-normal' will take time to adjust to but we will endure.

    We wish you and your families all the best.

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    CPIO COVID-19 WEBINAR

    Time: May 6, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


    Click here to register for the webinar.


    Click here to find your local dial-in number. 


    Click here to see the meeting password (NOTE: this webinar is for CPIO members only). 

  • 08 April 2020 10:09 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CPIO Members and Industry Stakeholders:

    Today, Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford announced a significantly pared-down list of essential services allowed to remain open as we all continue to fight the COVID-19 virus. Those that did not make the cut must suspend operations by Saturday night at 11:59 p.m. This list can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.

    Specific to CPIO members and the industry, please note on this list the reference made under the Community services, section 34. - “Businesses that deliver or support the delivery of services which includes: vii. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system".

    The Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario (CPIO) urges its members and industry to be aware and cautious, practice social distancing while keeping the COVID-19 situation in perspective. Please practice the community-based measures to mitigate the spread of the virus. Find out more on the Government of Canada's website

    The CPIO is committed to ensuring its members are up to date on the latest information that effects the industry. As such, the CPIO obtained a legal opinion from counsel which clearly sets out the opinion that private investigative services are deemed to be “essential workplaces”. For those businesses who choose to remain open during this time, the Government has urged business owners to ensure measures are put in place to safeguard the well-being of its employees.

    The CPIO is very concerned about the impact this shutdown will have on our industry and understand that this will be a difficult time for employees, and employers within the private investigation sector. We encourage you to reach out to us should you have any additional questions or concerns.

    Yours truly,

    Brian M Sartorelli

    President, Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario

  • 04 April 2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 has deeply affected the Canadian economy in many ways. In response to the changing employment landscape, the federal government has introduced NEW PROGRAMS to assist businesses and workers in these trying times.

    Please CLICK HERE for a general overview of both new and existing programs current as of April 3, 2020. The government has yet to release full details for many of the new programs. As such, the following information is subject to change and may become outdated as more information is released.

    Stay informed, and call us with your questions.

  • 26 March 2020 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CPIO Members and Industry Stakeholders:

    On March 23, 2019, the Ontario Government ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces as of Tuesday March 24, 2020, at 11:59 PM. The closure is to remain in effect for 14 days with the possibility of an extension.

    The CPIO is committed to ensuring its members are up to date on the latest information that effects the industry. As such, the CPIO obtained a legal opinion from counsel which clearly sets out the opinion that private investigative services are deemed to be “essential workplaces”. We ask that you please review the enclosed opinion in its entirety. For those businesses who choose to remain open during this time, the Government has urged business owners to ensure measures are put in place to safeguard the well-being of its employees.

    The CPIO is undoubtedly concerned about the impact this shutdown will have on our industry and understand that this will be a difficult time for employees, and employers within the private sector. We encourage you to reach out to us should you have any additional questions or concerns.

    Yours truly,

    Brian M Sartorelli

    President, Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario

  • 23 January 2020 7:57 PM | Kelly Tobin (Administrator)


    On January 22, 2020, the Council Of Professional Investigators of Ontario attended the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association Conference. 



    Board of Directors from left to right include: Brian Zeng, Shelley Collins, Kelly Tobin, Lloyd Vaughan

  • 07 November 2019 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    Dear CPIO Members and Industry Stakeholders:

    It is with great pride that I accept the position of President of CPIO. This provincial organization has become and will continue to be of great value to our members and the professional investigation industry.

    As CPIO President I would like to introduce you to some of our areas of focus over the next few years. I look forward to having more discussions with our membership about these and other ideas to make us a stronger voice for Ontario’s professional investigation sector. These focus areas include enhanced professional development, member promotion and communication; partnership collaboration; and special events and networking opportunities. All of these areas will be of great benefit as we enter this new decade.

    New initiatives over the last year such as the production of the print and online CPIO Member Directory and the enhanced website have helped us to promote not only CPIO members but the profession at large. In continuing to explore new marketing initiatives for 2020, we will be looking at several social media platforms to allow our members to publish information and make relevant contributions on our website. This will keep industry professionals connected and informed.

    Networking events like F.I.T and The Anatomy of an Investigation will continue to be focal points for 2020. We are proactively promoting the CPIO and its membership through sponsorship and participation in industry events hosted by the OIAA, CASIU, and various legal/law associations. Our successful collaboration with the ACFE-GTA on the delivery of excellent programming and networking will continue in 2020. A special thanks to Peter Grace, past president along with past board members, Domenic Sturino; Wayne Sullivan and Martin Jaeckel, for their tireless efforts and contributions to CPIO last year.

    The upcoming year will be fantastic for CPIO and I look forward to working with our members and stakeholders. Please send me your suggestions and comments as your input is an integral part of the common goal to grow our organization in 2020 and beyond.

    Yours truly,

    Brian Sartorelli
    President, Council of Professional Investigators of Ontario

    Please click here to view the CPIO Board of Directors 2020.

    Please click here to view the original announcement.


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