Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia Commissioner Austin Cullen Opening Remarks Public Meetings – October and November 2019

October and November 2019

I would like to begin by welcoming you to this meeting and thanking you for attending.  Your presence signals an interest in and a concern about the subject matter of this Inquiry.  This event is part of a larger process, which will enable us to hear from various communities about the issues we are inquiring into.

As you are aware, the Government of the Province of British Columbia established this Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia on May 15, 2019.  I have been appointed Commissioner.  Present with me at this meeting—as I am sure you have noticed—are several members of the Commission team.

Our Inquiry’s Terms of Reference are quite broad.  Speaking generally, they require the Commission to study the prevalence of money laundering in, and its impact on, various economic sectors including gaming, horse racing, real estate, financial institutions and money service businesses, the corporate sector, luxury goods and professional services—including lawyers and accountants.

The Commission is also mandated to review the acts and/or omissions of individuals and agencies responsible for combatting money laundering in order to determine whether those acts or omissions have contributed to the spread of money laundering and if so, whether they amount to corruption.

It is important to understand that the Commission is confined by law to its Terms of Reference. In a previous meeting, we heard some presenters speak about issues of legitimate concern to them, but which did not fall within our mandate.  I encourage those of you presenting this evening to ensure that your remarks align with our mandate which is money laundering in the province of British Columbia.  It is also important to be aware that the powers of the Commission are set out in the Public Inquiry Act which does not permit me to make findings of criminal guilt or civil liability or to impose punishment or award any kind of remedy. The Commission’s Terms of Reference specifically require me to forward any information obtained during the inquiry that may be useful in the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offence to the appropriate authorities.  Having said that, I look forward to and welcome what you have to say about your concerns about money laundering in the community or in the province.

In recent years, there has been extensive media investigation and coverage of money laundering. There have also been studies and reports prepared by academics and other experts that shed light on the prevalence of money laundering in the province and on its noticeable effects.

As a result, the public has become aware of, and concerned about, this problem.  One recent poll reported that approximately 90% of British Columbians are concerned about money laundering.

It is part of this Inquiry’s role to add to the public’s understanding of the nature and scale of money laundering in the province and to address its concerns, to the extent possible, through recommendations for action.

There is an incidental benefit from simply bringing additional concentrated attention to the crime of money laundering.  The more awareness there is of its presence and of the profound social harms it propagates, the less complacency there can be for facilitating or tolerating it.

Money laundering is a particularly insidious crime.  Its roots are in offences that victimize others—often people who are vulnerable.  In its actual commission, however, money laundering is akin to the transmission of a serious contagious disease.  Both events may be inconspicuous, yet each invariably leads to an erosion of well-being.

We will examine how money laundering is taking place in British Columbia.  We will examine whether such transactions could be prevented with a better approach, better training, or a different legal or regulatory regime.  We will look at whether lapses in judgment or honesty have compromised the prevention of money laundering and contributed to its growth.  We will listen to proposed solutions to these problems and issues, and we will assess their effectiveness and compatibility with our constitutional imperatives.  We will make recommendations to the government for their use.

At this stage, the Commission is in the process of gathering information through the study of and follow-up on media reports; the review and analysis of other studies and reports; research into various legal and factual issues; the acquisition and review of documents held by agencies, individuals or corporate sources; and interviews of potential witnesses and experts.  We are in a phase where much of the Commission’s work is happening out of the public spotlight, with lawyers, investigators and analysts drilling into the issues.  All of this hard work will lead us to the evidence hearings, which will take place in 2020.  We will make a point of providing detailed notice about all of this on our website as we carry on.

Today’s public meeting and those we are holding around the province are part of that exploration and discovery process.  We are not yet in a position to provide answers to questions.  To attempt to do so would be premature and might amount to prejudging issues that have not been fully canvassed.  We come to these meetings not to provide information, but to obtain it.  Our responses to everything that we hear, see and read will be made at a later stage in the process:  through an interim report to be issued in November of 2020 and a final report to be issued in May of 2021.

It is our hope that these meetings will help raise awareness of the issues we are mandated to investigate, provide us with the nature and scale of public concern in different communities in the province, and help us to shape our approach and ultimate response to what has consistently been characterized as a serious problem requiring attention and action.

I really appreciate that you have each taken the time to come here today to share your views about this problem or simply to listen to the presentations of others. An engaged community is at the foundation of a well-functioning society. Your perspective and feedback about money laundering and how you feel that it is affecting your community is important to the work that we are doing at the Commission.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

 


Speaking Notes – Commissioner Austin Cullen
Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia

October 18, 2019

Before I formally open this hearing, I would like to say a few words since this is the first time that I am speaking publicly in my role as Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia.

This hearing has been convened in accordance with a direction I made following the receipt of 20 applications from various individuals and entities seeking leave to participate in the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. On September 24, 2019, I granted participant status to 16 of the applicants with a direction that the remaining four applicants—Messrs. Alderson, Desmarais, Lightbody and Pinnock—attend an oral hearing of the Inquiry to enable a further review and determination of their individual circumstances in light of the relevant considerations governing those applications.

In the meantime, the British Columbia Real Estate Association sought—and was granted—an extension of time to apply for participant status. I granted the extension of time and their application for participant status on October 16, 2019. My reasons for doing so are posted on the commission’s website.

As I understand it, Mr. Alderson, after discussions with Senior Commission Counsel, has elected to withdraw his application for participant status, being satisfied that if he is called as a witness, he will be able to contribute to the work of the Commission to the extent he wishes.

Before considering the remaining three applications, it seems appropriate to provide a brief overview of the nature and scope of our mandate and to say something about the Commission itself, which will help to give some context to these applications.

As I noted in the Introductory Statement posted on the Commission’s website, there appears to be a consensus among law enforcement officials, academics and subject matter experts that British Columbia is a jurisdiction in which money laundering is flourishing.

The mandate of the Commission—which was established by the Provincial Government—is very broad.  It encompasses various economic sectors where money laundering is said to have taken root, grown and evolved, and it requires the Commission to make findings of fact in relation to:

  • The extent, growth, evolution and methods of money laundering in British Columbia, with regard to specific economic sectors;
  • The acts or omissions of responsible regulatory agencies and individuals, and whether those have contributed to money laundering in the province or amount to corruption;
  • The scope and effectiveness of the anti-money laundering powers, duties and functions of these regulatory agencies and individuals; and
  • The barriers to effective law enforcement in relation to money laundering.

In addition, the Commission has a responsibility to make recommendations to address the conditions that have enabled money laundering to grow and evolve in the province.

In recent years, there has been extensive media investigation and coverage of money laundering. There have also been studies and reports prepared by academics and other experts that shed light on the prevalence of money laundering in the province and on its noticeable effects.

As a result, the public has become aware of, and concerned about, this problem.  One recent poll reported that approximately 90% of British Columbians are concerned about money laundering.

It is part of this Inquiry’s role to add to the public’s understanding of the nature and scale of money laundering in the province and to address its concerns, to the extent possible, through recommendations for action.

There is also an incidental benefit from simply bringing additional concentrated attention to the crime of money laundering. The more awareness there is of its presence, and of the profound social harms it springs from and propagates, the less complacency there can be for facilitating or tolerating it.

Brock Martland, Q.C. and Patrick McGowan, who are present at this hearing, are the two Senior Commission Counsel. They have undertaken the significant responsibility of assembling and organizing the evidence that will be placed before the Commission at the hearing stage. The evidence will come from many sources and will cover a broad array of topics. To assist in this task, they have put together a very capable team of lawyers and consultants. Biographies of all of the Commission Counsel are posted on our website.

This Commission, like all commissions appointed under the Public Inquiry Act, S.B.C. 2007, c. 9, is independent of government. We serve the people of British Columbia.

This means that the Commission must live up to certain standards in conducting its public hearings. One of the integral standards is that of fairness to those whose privacy interests, legal interests, or reputational interests may be affected by the proceedings. Another important standard for the Commission is thoroughness. The Commission must do its utmost to ensure that its subject matter is comprehensively and meaningfully covered. That entails hearing from a range of voices and points of view.

One of the mechanisms of ensuring fairness and thoroughness is permitting certain parties to act as participants in the proceedings—if their interests may be affected by the findings of the Commission, if their participation would further the conduct of the Inquiry, and/or if their participation would contribute to the fairness of the Inquiry.

Not all persons or organization representatives, who may be called as witnesses, are entitled to participant status. If a person believes that he or she has relevant evidence to give, they may be entitled to testify and they may be represented by counsel. It does not follow that having relevant evidence to give justifies a granting of participant status. The other conditions I have mentioned must be in play.

This hearing is not adversarial. It is an attempt by all present to get at the root of the question of whether Messrs. Desmarais, Lightbody and Pinnock meet the criteria for status as participants, or whether their involvement is appropriately confined to be a witness or potential witness. I do not anticipate any need for extensive evidence or any cross-examination at this hearing. A simple exploration of the factual and statutory conditions at issue will lead to an appropriate resolution.

As I understand it, Mr. Martland and Mr. McGowan have spoken with counsel for Messrs. Desmarais, Lightbody and Pinnock and have agreed upon a format for proceeding this morning. I will now ask one of them to set forth what format these proceedings will follow.

 


Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia
Media Advisory/Visual and Interview Opportunity

October 17, 2019

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia is set to hold an oral hearing for four applicants for participant status: Ross Alderson, Brad Desmarais, James Lightbody and Fred Pinnock. The hearing is open to the public.

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019

Time: The oral hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Federal Court of Canada at 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, in courtroom 701.

Visual/Audio Opportunity: Commissioner Cullen will make introductory remarks at the outset of the hearing. There will be the opportunity to videotape and take photos during Commissioner Cullen’s opening remarks in the courtroom. At the conclusion of the Commissioner’s opening remarks, there will be a two-minute break and media will be asked to end videotaping and photography. The hearing will then begin.

Interview Opportunity: The Commission’s Director of Communications, Ruth Atherley, will be at the hearing. If you would like to interview Senior Commission Counsel, please let Ruth know and she will set this up either prior to or after the hearing.

The oral hearing is being undertaken to offer the applicants an opportunity to provide the Commissioner with additional information to support their participant applications. It will allow the Commissioner an opportunity to seek any further information that he feels would assist him in assessing whether the applicants satisfy the criteria for being granted status as participants.

While the applicants may be present at the oral hearing, it is not required; their legal counsel may represent their interests at the hearing. The participants or their legal counsel will be given the opportunity to make an oral submission supplementing and supporting their applications. It is not anticipated that any of the applicants will be cross-examined at this hearing.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. It is independent of government. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions, and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021. For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca.

 


For Immediate Release

October 16, 2019

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia
Grants Standing to British Columbia Real Estate Association

Vancouver, B.C. – The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia has released an additional Participants Application Ruling. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has been granted standing.

In total, 21 applications were submitted. With the addition of the BCREA, Commissioner Austin Cullen has now granted standing to 17 applicants:

  • British Columbia Real Estate Association;
  • British Columbia Ministry of Finance;
  • Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General;
  • Government of Canada;
  • The Society of Notaries Public of BC;
  • The Law Society of British Columbia;
  • The British Columbia Lottery Corporation;
  • Great Canadian Gaming Corporation;
  • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited;
  • Canadian Gaming Association;
  • British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union;
  • Robert Kroeker;
  • BMW Canada Inc. and BMW Financial Services, a division of BMW Canada Inc.;
  • British Columbia Civil Liberties Association;
  • The Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch;
  • Criminal Defence Advocacy Society; and
  • A coalition comprising of Transparency International Canada, Canadians for Tax Fairness, and Publish What You Pay Canada (the “Coalition”).

Details of the grant of standing given to the BCREA are set out in the Ruling, which is available on the Commission’s website at: https://cullencommission.ca/participants/ (Participant Application Ruling #2).

The Commissioner has concluded that an oral hearing is required to further consider the applications of four individuals who sought standing. They are Ross Alderson, Brad Desmarais, James Lightbody and Fred Pinnock. The oral hearing is set for Friday, October 18, 2019, at Canada Federal Court at 701 West Georgia Street in Vancouver.

Members of the public who did not apply for participants standing but who are interested in providing information to the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia or who want to testify at the Inquiry hearings are encouraged to contact Commission Counsel at: info@cullencommission.ca.

The Rules for Standing provided a due date for submissions of September 6, 2019, but the Commissioner has the discretion to extend that deadline. Anyone seeking to apply for participant status is encouraged to apply in accordance with the Rules for Standing and to seek an extension of time. Those applications will be carefully considered and determined on their merits. For individuals and organizations seeking formal standing as participants (similar to parties in a court case) at the hearings, the Commission’s Rules for Standing can be found at: www.cullencommission.ca/participants.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. It is independent of government. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions, and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021. For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca.

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For additional information, please contact Ruth Atherley, Director of Communications, Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, at: (604) 787-7379 or ruth@ahacreative.com.

 


For Immediate Release

October 15, 2019

Date Set for Oral Hearing for Participant Status Application for Four Applicants

Vancouver, B.C. – The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia is set to hold an oral hearing for four applicants for participant status — Ross Alderson, Brad Desmarais, James Lightbody and Fred Pinnock — on Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Federal Court of Canada at 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, in courtroom 701. The oral hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Commissioner Cullen will make introductory remarks at the outset of the hearing.

The oral hearing is being undertaken to offer the applicants an opportunity to provide the Commissioner with additional information to support their participant applications. It will allow the Commissioner an opportunity to seek any further information that he feels would assist him in assessing whether the applicants satisfy the criteria for being granted status as participants.

While the applicants may be present at the oral hearing, it is not required; their legal counsel may represent their interests at the hearing. The participants or their legal counsel will be given the opportunity to make an oral submission supplementing and supporting their applications. It is not anticipated that any of the applicants will be cross-examined at this hearing.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. It is independent of government. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions, and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021. For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca.

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For Immediate Release

October 2, 2019

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in
British Columbia Announces Public Meetings

Vancouver, B.C. – The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia has announced the dates and locations of its public meetings. These public events will provide British Columbians from different parts of the province with the ability to come forward and express what they feel are issues of concern, and to identify areas that they would like the Commission to focus on or to include in the process.

The public meetings are:

All meeting times are from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Vancouver: October 23, 2019
    Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
    900 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, B.C.
  • Kelowna: October 29, 2019
    Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
    2402 Hwy 97 North
    Kelowna, B.C.
  • Victoria: November 4, 2019
    Marriott Hotel Victoria Inner Harbour
    728 Humboldt Street
    Victoria, B.C.
  • Richmond: November 7, 2019
    Hilton Vancouver Airport
    5911 Minoru Boulevard
    Richmond, B.C.
  • Prince George: November 14, 2019
    Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Prince George
    444 George Street
    Prince George, B.C.

Those wishing to present at a public meeting are asked to pre-register. More information on the public meetings — and registration forms to present at a meeting — can be found at: https://cullencommission.ca/public-meetings-information/.

Members of the public who cannot attend one of the planned public meetings and who want to provide information to the Commission are asked to e-mail Senior Commission Counsel at: contact@cullencommission.ca.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. It is independent of government. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions, and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021. For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca.

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For additional information, please contact Ruth Atherley, Director of Communications, Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, at: (604) 787-7379 or ruth@ahacreative.com.

 


For Immediate Release

September 24, 2019

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in
British Columbia Releases Participants Application Ruling

Vancouver, B.C. – The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia has released the Participants Application Ruling. Twenty applications were submitted. The Commissioner has granted standing to 16 of the applicants:

  • British Columbia Ministry of Finance;
  • Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General;
  • Government of Canada;
  • The Society of Notaries Public of BC;
  • The Law Society of British Columbia;
  • The British Columbia Lottery Corporation;
  • Great Canadian Gaming Corporation;
  • Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited;
  • Canadian Gaming Association;
  • British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union;
  • Robert Kroeker;
  • BMW Canada Inc. and BMW Financial Services, a division of BMW Canada Inc.;
  • British Columbia Civil Liberties Association;
  • The Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch;
  • Criminal Defence Advocacy Society; and
  • A coalition comprising of Transparency International Canada, Canadians for Tax Fairness, and Publish What You Pay Canada (the “Coalition”).

Details of the grant of standing given to each applicant are set out in the Ruling which is available on the Commission’s website at: https://bit.ly/2mX0OLr.

The Commissioner has concluded that oral hearings are required to further consider the applications of four individuals who sought standing. They are Ross Alderson, Brad Desmarais, James Lightbody and Fred Pinnock. Details about the oral hearings – which will be open to the public – will be available at: www.cullencommission.ca, once a date and venue have been determined.

Members of the public who did not apply for Participant Standing but who are interested in providing information to the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia or who want to testify at the Inquiry hearings are encouraged to contact Commission Counsel at: info@cullencommission.ca.

The Rules for Standing provided a due date for submissions of September 6, 2019, but the Commissioner has the discretion to extend that deadline. Anyone seeking to apply for participant status is encouraged to apply in accordance with the Rules for Standing and to seek an extension of time. Those applications will be carefully considered and determined on their merits. For individuals and organizations seeking formal standing as participants (similar to parties in a court case) at the hearings, the Commission’s Rules for Standing can be found at: www.cullencommission.ca/participants.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions, and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021. For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca.

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For further information, please contact Ruth Atherley, Director of Communications, Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, at: ruth@ahacreative.com or

(604) 787-7379.

 


For Immediate Release

July 29 2019

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in
British Columbia releases Rules for Standing for participants

Vancouver, B.C. – The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia (the Cullen Commission) has released its Rules for Standing for participants. Individuals, groups, associations or others who wish to seek formal standing as participants in the Inquiry’s hearings can review the Rules for Standing via the Commission’s website at: www.cullencommission.ca/participants.

Applications for participant status must be submitted as set out in the Rules for Standing, on or before Friday, September 6, 2019.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021.

For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca

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For further information, please contact Ruth Atherley, Director, Communications, Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, at: (604) 787-7379 or at: ruth@ahacreative.com

 


For Immediate Release

July 29, 2019

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in
British Columbia Announces Senior Inquiry Team

Vancouver, B.C. – The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia (the Cullen Commission) has announced its senior team. Commissioner Austin Cullen will lead the following team:

Senior Commission Counsel

Brock Martland, QC, a partner at the firm of Martland & Saulnier in Vancouver, practises in the area of criminal law, handling trials and appeals, mainly for the defence and sometimes for the Crown. He has been involved in cases concerning police discipline, administrative and constitutional law, extradition and youth justice.

Mr. Martland comes to the role of Senior Commission Counsel with experience as Associate Commission Counsel for the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River and for the Frank Paul Inquiry (the Davies Commission) into the death of Frank Paul.

He is a graduate of the University of Victoria (Law) and Queen’s University (B.A. (Hon.)). Mr. Martland clerked for the Honourable Justice Major at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Patrick McGowan is a Vancouver-based trial and appellate lawyer who practises criminal, civil and administrative law. He has been involved in cases dealing with a wide variety of complex legal and constitutional issues in British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. McGowan served as Associate Commission Counsel in two earlier inquiries: the Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River, and the Braidwood Commissions of Inquiry into Conducted Energy Weapon Use and the Death of Robert Dziekanski.

Mr. McGowan obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia, following which he clerked with the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He currently practises with the law firm Ritchie Sandford McGowan.

Policy Counsel

Christine Judd holds the role of Policy Counsel, and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. She was called to the Bar in 1999 after clerking for the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She has been legal counsel to the BC Supreme Court for the past 18 years, where she assisted justices with complex criminal and constitutional law cases.

Senior Administration

Leo Perra has been named Executive Director for the Commission, Cathy Stooshnov serves as the Manager, Finance and Administration and Ruth Atherley (AHA Creative Strategies Inc.) has taken on the role of Director, Communications.

About the Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia was announced on May 15, 2019 by Premier John Horgan. Led by Commissioner Austin Cullen, the Commission will look at the full scope of money laundering in British Columbia, including real estate, gaming, financial institutions and the corporate and professional sectors. The Commission will also examine regulatory authorities and barriers to effective law enforcement of money laundering activities. Commissioner Cullen has the ability to compel witnesses and order the production of documents and records.

The Commission is required to deliver an interim report by November 15, 2020 and a final report by May 2021.

For more information, please visit: www.cullencommission.ca.

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For further information, please contact Ruth Atherley, Director, Communications, Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, at: (604) 787-7379 or at: ruth@ahacreative.com.

 


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