Investigations Team

Jessica Forman (she/her) leads Forte Workplace Law’s investigations practice group. An experienced investigator, Jessica has conducted, advised on and reviewed complex investigations involving allegations of sexual assault, discrimination based on race and bullying and harassment. Trained as a trauma-informed investigator, Jessica has also led several workplace assessments and environmental scans for clients in a variety of industries, including Indigenous organizations. Jessica’s background advising employers and employees on matters arising from workplace conflict gives her an important perspective on the role of an investigator’s work and report. As a leader in workplace investigations, Jessica regularly speaks about and trains others on how to conduct effective and fair workplace investigations.

Languages: English

Catalina Rodriguez (she/her) is an employment lawyer and CPHR who has practiced both in law firms and as in-house counsel. She is a trauma informed investigator. Catalina’s experience as a workplace investigator includes sectors such as construction, municipal government, post secondary education, aviation, indigenous governance and the non-profit sectors. She has investigated complaints of sexual harassment, racism, and bullying. Catalina is a mediator and a trainer of best practices on prevention of bullying and harassment and conflict resolution in the workplace.

Languages: English and Spanish

Jess Hadley (she/her) is an experienced and trauma-informed investigator specializing in cases that are complex, high-stakes, and culturally or politically sensitive. With 20+ years experience representing all kinds of clients, including in a unionized context, she prioritizes the use of a fair and transparent investigative process that will earn the parties’ confidence in her work and support their ongoing workplace relationships after the investigation is complete. Jess has a particular interest in, and experience with, issues of race, gender, disability, and Indigenous identity as they arise in the workplace. As an experienced mediator, she can also provide skilful conflict coaching and mediation services to her investigation clients. Jess welcomes joint retainers from unions and employers.

Languages: English

Katelynn Denny (she/her) is an employment lawyer and workplace investigator, with experience conducting complex investigations into allegations of sexual violence and misconduct, discrimination based on race and gender, breach of privacy, and bullying and harassment. As a trauma-informed lawyer and investigator, Katelynn is dedicated to ensuring a fair, accessible, and transparent process for everyone involved. She has led investigations in both unionized and non-unionized environments, including post-secondary and K-12 education sectors, and has mentored others on how to conduct workplace investigations. She has also been appointed to the roster of investigators for the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner. As a lawyer, Katelynn advises both employers and employees on workplace conflict and issues related to investigations, and this perspective informs her work as an independent investigator.

Languages: English

Christie Gilmour (she/her) is an experienced workplace investigator who has considered issues of bullying and harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination in her work. As an employment and workplace human rights lawyer, Christie regularly advises employers and employees on workplace investigations and the issues that lead to them. Christie is particularly skilled at connecting with people and understanding their point of view, which allows her to get to the bottom of the issues underlying workplace conflict. As a trauma informed investigator, Christie brings a practical and compassionate approach to her work.

Languages: English

Jim Boyle (he/him) is a labour, employment, and human rights lawyer with extensive experience advising employers and trade unions on workplace issues, including investigations into allegations of bullying & harassment and disrespectful conduct. Jim takes a practical and trauma-informed approach to advice and investigations, focusing on identifying solutions that correct problems and promote happy, productive workplaces. Jim’s experience as a workplace investigator includes industrial worksites and post-secondary institutions.

Languages: English

Sarah Ewart (she/her) is a labour, employment and human rights lawyer, workplace investigator and StandUP TeamsTM facilitator. As an investigator, she has experience investigating complex workplace issues including allegations of bullying and harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination, using a trauma-informed approach. As a lawyer, she has experience advising employee, employer and union clients on similar issues. Sarah is a creative thinker who has a talent for finding answers in the grey area, and a compassionate listener and speaker. Also, she presents and shares her knowledge on neurodivergence in the workplace to lawyer and non-lawyer audiences.

Languages: English

Harmit Sarai (she/her) is an employment lawyer and workplace investigator with experience investigating complex issues such as discrimination based on race and sex and bullying and harassment. She has conducted investigations in both unionized and non-unionized environments, including secondary and post-secondary institutions. As an employment lawyer, Harmit regularly advises employers and employees about workplace conflict and takes pride in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Through her lived experience with diversity, volunteerism with various legal clinic serving groups, and Board work, Harmit brings experience in equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Harmit is a trauma informed investigator and takes a compassionate approach to her work.

Languages: English and Punjabi

Jadine Lannon (they/them) is a labour, employment, and human rights lawyer with extensive experience advising parties in unionized contexts. Jadine takes an empathetic and strategic approach to resolving workplace disputes that prioritizes meaningful outcomes for all parties while preserving relationships where possible. Jadine regularly advises on complex issues that frequently become the subject of workplace investigations, including intersectional and systemic discrimination, mental health and substance use, and sexual harassment and gender-based violence. They have particular expertise working with queer, trans, and non-binary folks and individuals with complex medical disabilities.

Languages: English

Amy Frankel (she/her) has practiced employment and human rights law for over 20 years. She is a seasoned workplace investigator who has conducted dozens of investigations for a broad range of employers including municipalities, school districts, post-secondary institutions, indigenous organizations, health care employers, and private companies in numerous industries. As an appointed member of the BC Public Service Agency’s roster of workplace investigators, she has also conducted investigations for provincial ministries throughout BC. She is often retained for complex, multi-party investigations, and investigations involving C-suite executives and significant public relations risks. She has extensive experience investigating claims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, bullying and harassment, and breaches of organizational policy. Her formal investigation training includes investigation best practices, assessing credibility, unconscious bias, and conducting trauma-informed investigations. She also conducts workplace assessments and provides training on conducting workplace investigations. As in-house counsel, Amy saw first-hand how investigations can disrupt the workplace and strives to minimize negative impacts through a compassionate, transparent approach that allows participants to feel heard and supported throughout the process.    

Languages: English

Sania Chaudhry (she/her) is an award-winning human rights and employment lawyer who brings extensive experience in equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, reconciliation, anti-racism issues, and administrative law. Sania has experience conducting trauma-informed investigations with cultural humility in both unionized and non-unionized environments. She has developed training webinars for lawyers on anti-racism, bystander intervention, allyship, reconciliation, gendered racism and microaggressions, and barriers faced on the basis of disability and mental health. Recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council, she is currently completing her Master of Law with a focus on decolonial critical race feminist theory and bias in administrative law. She also teaches critical race theory at a Canadian law school.

Languages: English, Urdu and Hindi

Sara Forte (she/her) is the founder of Forte Workplace Law and an experienced mediator and investigator. Sara has conducted workplace investigations in the healthcare, post-secondary, K-12 education, and manufacturing industries. All of Sara’s work is centered in a trauma-informed approach and she engages in ongoing learning to increase her cultural competency. With an extensive background in labour law on both the union and management side, Sara has been retained jointly for investigations by unions and employers and is a rostered investigator in a provincial collective agreement.

Languages: English