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Meet the team of professionals at Investigative Risk Management (IRM). Full team of professionals for all your investigative needs. Click to find out who is on our team.
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The IRM Solution Team

Our Team

While small in numbers, The IRM Solution provides an abundance of expertise and resources to solve any problem which the client encounters.   The Investigative Risk Management Special Investigations Unit is comprised of senior former and retired law enforcement senior executives, Superior Court recognized experts in various fields and insurance industry SUI experts. There is not another private investigative firm which utilizes the breadth of experts employed by IRM and The IRM Solution.

President & CEO Biography

 

BRIAN M. SARTORELLI Risk Management & Investigative Professional

Brian has enjoyed an extensive and full career providing consultative and advisory risk management and investigative services to Fortune 500 companies nationally and internationally.  He has expertise related to: insurance claims; corporate intelligence; corporate risk management; human resource strategies; WSIB claims; criminal and civil litigation; environmental investigations; undercover operations; counter measures; and other investigative services designed to protect the corporate environment.   Brian developed his expertise through a career in law enforcement with the Department of National Defence, where he specialized in drug enforcement, undercover operations and criminal Investigations. His career involved major crime and joint forces operations with municipal, provincial and federal law enforcement agencies.   Brian’s investigative and risk management experience is vast. In fact, he is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services and is frequently called upon for advice. He has managed major investigations including billion dollar matters and many multi-million dollar civil litigations for both the legal and insurance industries. Brian’s analytical expertise ensures the completeness and professionalism of complex investigations and he utilizes major case management principles during the management of large investigations.   Brian’s involvement and standing in the investigative and risk management community is prestigious. He is the currently the President of the Council of Private Investigators of Ontario (CIPO), Former Director of Membership of the Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units (CASIU), Chair of the Vendors Committee CAISU, Chair of the Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies Degree program at Georgian College,  former Chair of the Insurance Institute of Ontario, Georgian Bay Chapter, former Director of the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (OIAA) – Georgian Bay Chapter, former Director of the London Claims Association and is also a member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association.   Brian is a recognized and prolific public speaking professional and has been the keynote presenter at many national and international industry events. He designs and delivers seminars to a wide range of industry sectors providing tactical and strategic advice to businesses within his area of investigative specialization. Brian is a well published author of white papers, articles and publications related to corporate risk management and investigative services.

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Brian Sartorelli, President & CEO

Ms. Sarah Bunder, OSINT Specialist

Ms. Sarah is an OSINT specialist who has been involved in the investigation industry for 3 years. Sarah has worked within multiple roles of the investigation industry, including report writing, video editing, and scheduling before turning her attention to open source intelligence investigations (OSINT). Trained at Toddington International with a certificate in Internet for Investigators from the Ontario Police College, Sarah went on to continue her training with the York Region Police and Michael Bazzell who worked in the FBIs Cyber Crimes Task Force.  Sarah is continuing her education in this field, and has most recently completed various courses in Criminology, Forensics, and Python Script. During OSINT searches Sarah conducts investigations online to obtain information relating to claimant’s activities for pre-employment checks, due diligence or insurance claims and archiving the information using the company’s best practices for client’s future use.                

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Ms. Sarah Bunder, OSINT Specialist

Mr. David Black, SIU Investigator

Mr. Black has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, workplace investigations, threat risk assessment, workplace violence and theft/ fraud investigations. Mr. Black is very experienced and an expert in statement taking and interview techniques.  He has developed a specific expertise in section 32 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act.   As a former member of the Canadian Military Police, Mr. Black received his advanced investigative training from the Canadian Armed Forces Military Police, Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.Mr. Black was a member of the Advisory Board, Investigation and Protection Studies at the Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario for 25 years, a member of the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, Council of International Investigators, the Kingston Chapter of the HRPA and the American Society for Industrial Security.

  In addition to his proven investigative skills, Mr. Black is a Board Certified expert in Risk Assessments and Physical Security, through the American Society for Industrial Security, having been designated a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), certified in 1996, providing comprehensive Threat/Risk Assessments and physical security audits, which are both frequently requested services by Human Resources professionals interested in being compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

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Mr. David Black, SIU Investigator

Ms. Alicia Hughes, Strategic Account Manager, Claims Specialist, Paralegal

Alicia Hughes has over 20 years in the insurance industry working as a multi-line adjuster for various large Ontario insurers.   Her specific forte is in the area of Accident Benefits and SIU work; including complex signed statements, investigation of staged accidents, injury fraud, clinic fraud, scene investigations and bodily injury claims.   As a licensed paralegal, she spent 7 years working with plaintiff council at a prestigious law practice in the Durham Region.  Alicia is a Commissioner of Oaths for Ontario, and is experienced in Small Claims Court work, all forms of Civil Litigation, Discovery, Arbitration and Mediation processes, and conducting Examinations under Oath (EUO’s).   Alicia’s focus as Strategic Account Manager will be to offer superior customer service to all of our clients.  She will be happy to take assignments directly by email, phone or a personal visit to your office location.                

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Ms. Alicia Hughes, Strategic Account Manager, Claims Specialist and Licensed Paralegal

Mr. Russ Dow, Senior SIU Investigator (Central Region)

Mr. Russ Dow is a retired law enforcement professional with over 30 years’ experience with the Toronto Polices Service and over 7 years as a licensed private investigator. He has experience in a multitude of law enforcement disciplines including: Fraud; Divisional Investigation; Plainclothes Units, and Morality Bureau.   Prior to joining Investigative Risk Management, Mr. Dow worked as an insurance SIU Special Investigator for a major national insurance company. His area of expertise includes the investigation in all areas of insurance fraud, including Home & Auto, Fire Investigations, Accident Benefits and Casualty Claims.   Mr. Dow has received advanced investigative training from both the Ontario Police College and the Toronto Police College. He holds Certificates in General Criminal Investigation, Major Case Management, Fraud Level I & II, Proceeds of Crime, Sexual Assault & Child Abuse and the preparation of Criminal Code Search Warrants.   Russ is currently the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units (CASIU)                                

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Mr. Russ Dow, Senior SIU Investigator (Central Region)

Mr. Alexander Fishbein, Senior Investigator

Mr. Alexander (Alex) Fishbein is a law enforcement and private investigation expert with more than 40 years of serious and major crime experience.  Retiring from the Halton Regional Police Service in 2010 at the rank of Detective, Mr. Fishbein’s expertise includes frauds, crimes against persons, computer forensic, cybercrime and organized crime investigations.   His depth of experience, professionalism and analytical ability was recognized when on several occasions he was confirmed as an expert witness in criminal investigations at both the Ontario Court and Superior Court of Justice. Additionally, he has extensive expertise in major case management and complex investigative principles. During his career in law enforcement, Mr. Fishbein received more than 24 commendations for his outstanding performance and investigative successes.   Mr. Fishbein’s expertize was developed through extensive training at the Ontario Police College, Canadian Police College and provincial college levels where he successfully completed in excess of 24 advanced criminal investigative courses.   Recognized as an early adopter of computer technology within the law enforcement environment, he developed an intense interest in utilizing computers to optimize investigations, streamline procedures and increase accuracy. Since 2009, Mr. Fishbein has been developing future police officers and criminal investigative experts as an instructor of cybercrime and certified fraud examiners at the Durham, Centennial and Sheridan College Public Safety/Police Foundations Programs.   Since his retirement from law enforcement in 2010, Mr. Fishbein has become a provincially licensed private investigator. In 2011 Durham College working in conjunction with the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services appointed Mr. Fishbein as the Private Investigators Training Course subject matter expert. Mr. Fishbein developed the online Private Investigators Training curriculum and continues to instruct future Private Investigators. He has also worked as a consultant and course curriculum developer for identity theft and digital security seminars and courses.

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Mr. Alexander Fishbein, Senior Investigator

Mr. Claude Blake, Investigator

Mr. Claude Blake is a retired Military Police Officer with more than 28 years of law enforcement experience at both the national and international level. Retiring at the senior rank of Sergeant Major, Mr. Blake’s military career has been dedicated to working as a criminal and major case investigator. As the Sergeant Major in Charge of the Military Police Section, Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario, he gained invaluable experience investigating serious Criminal Code and Federal Statute offences. Mr. Blake was also responsible for sensitive internal investigations which required integrity and discretion.   In addition to his abundant investigative skill set and experience, Mr. Blake is a qualified in major case management, contingency planning, threat risk assessments, information systems security, physical and personnel security, and emergency evacuation planning. He is also a certified ethics facilitator and a public policy expert in security and law enforcement at both the national and provincial level in Ontario, including Section 32.   Since his retirement from the Military Police, Mr. Blake worked in the private sector as an investigator for the Office of the Independent Police Review Director of Ontario and was responsible for investigating public complaints involving polices forces throughout Ontario. He currently holds his military rank as an active member of the Canadian Forces Primary Reserves. Mr. Blake is completely bilingual (English/French) and an asset to the Special Investigations Unit of the Investigative Risk Management team of professionals.

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Mr. Claude Blake, Investigator

Mr. John Bellegham, Senior SIU Investigator (Western Region)

John Belleghem is a law enforcement professional with over 30 years’ experience working with Toronto Polices Services. Retiring at the senior rank of Detective Constable, John was involved in working within many units including The Toronto Police District Drug Squads, The Toronto Police Major Drug Unit, Pearson International Airport Drug Squad, Toronto Police Clandestine Lab Unit, and The Central Drug Information Unit.   Through these experiences, John has gained valuable skills in investigating drug dealers, conducting surveillances, preparing and presenting cases, investigating international importation of drugs, wiretap investigations, investigating and dissembling drug labs, and handling and registering drug informants. Since retirement, John has spent the past 12 years working as a private investigator. He spent 3 years as an Investigator with a major insurance company in the GTA investigating staged accidents, false insurance claims, false accident benefits and bodily injury claims. He was involved in conducting examinations under oath as well as conducting in depth interviews.   John has received formal training from the Canadian Police College and the Ontario Police College. He has also attended several training seminars and conferences throughout Canada the United States.

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Mr. John Belleghem, Senior SIU Investigator (Western Region)

Mr. Rob Hotston, Senior Investigator

Mr. Rob Hotston, is a retired Detective Sergeant from the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police. He has over thirty eight years of investigative experience, both nationally and internationally.   Following his retirement from policing, he served as Senior Criminal Investigator and Investigations Commander with the Office of the Prosecutor, Special Court for Sierra Leone, responsible for investigating and managing investigations of war crimes committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.   Most recently, he was employed by the Investigations Division, United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services, as one of five worldwide Chief Resident Investigators attached to an active UN peacekeeping mission. Assigned to the UN Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, he was responsible for the investigation of all allegations of serious misconduct, including human rights violations, sexual exploitation and abuse, corruption, procurement fraud, human/ drug/ weapons trafficking, cargo theft and other serious criminal activities among the Mission’s 12,000 military, police and civilian peacekeepers stationed in two countries. He is a volunteer in the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management Program and security advisor to a medical NGO.   Rob holds a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, as well as certificates from a number of national and international police and law enforcement training institutions, in major case management, advanced criminal and civil investigation, sexual assault investigation, investigations training and crime prevention.

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Mr. Rob Hotston, Senior Investigator

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