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Special Investigations Unit

The Investigative Research Group’s (IRG) Special Investigations Unit is a highly skilled and experienced group of former law enforcement senior executives and experts which can be deployed proactively to protect corporate assets, market share and public reputations through the discreet and effective investigation of the most serious or exceptionally sensitive corporate situations at the executive level.

The Special Investigations Unit members have in excess of 150 years of combined managerial, executive and senior executive law enforcement experience at the municipal, provincial, national and international levels. The members of the team have a wealth of experience conducting high level interviews and interrogations for the most serious of crimes and at senior executive levels of government and in corporate Canada. Additionally, the Special Investigations Unit's analytical, financial, documentary research capabilities and strategic investigative skills are extensive. In many cases, members of the Special Investigations Unit have been declared experts at the provincial and superior court levels of jurisdiction. The team’s expertise includes: organized crime; white collar frauds; corporate espionage; multi-million dollar internal thefts; insider banking frauds; narcotics; major undercover operations; sexual assault and/or workplace harassment; staged accidents and mortgage fraud. The Special Investigations Unit is totally supported by IRG’s existing expansive investigative capabilities such as video, audio, undercover and physical surveillance.

The Special Investigations Unit also enjoys considerable experience and expertise at the corporate governance board level and with government managerial audits and reviews. Further, policy development designed to protect corporate assets, reputations, efficient practices and code of conduct standards is a strong suit of the Special Investigations Unit.

The investigative integrity of the Special Investigations Unit is foremost and is unique in the field of private investigations. The client will be professionally supported throughout the entire investigative process, including expert testimony during any arbitration or civil litigation processes that ensues as a result of a subsequent human resource decision. 

The members of the Special Investigations Unit are all accomplished and professional individuals who have the ability to work seamlessly at any level of a corporation’s executive, management or employee workforce. Whether there is a requirement to conduct an investigation to detect unknown persons affecting corporate assets, or the strategic development of situational profiles designed to support human resource decisions, IRG’s Special Investigations Unit is worthy of consideration to conduct an investigation which is discreetly designed specifically for the senior corporate client. 

For more information about our Special Investigations Unit, please contact Clifford Strachan, Vice President, Business Development.

SIU Investigative Specialists 


Mr. Clifford Strachan
Vice President, Business Development

Cliff Strachan joined IRG from Kroll Advisory Solutions where he served as Senior Director in the Disputes and Investigations practice.  He was responsible for managing and investigating a wide variety of files including; internal and external frauds, procurement fraud, internal harassment and sexual harassment complaints, asset searches and recovery, regulatory compliance, litigation support and misuse of intellectual property.  He was called upon on a regular basis to offer investigative strategies on a variety of cases. Cliff also has additional experience as a Senior Inspector at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), where he investigated payment card crime and employee misconduct.

Prior to this, Cliff spent 30 years as a police officer with the Ontario Provincial Police and retired as a Commissioned Officer - Superintendent, having served in the Anti-Rackets Section (Fraud), the Criminal Investigation Bureau (homicide and other major crime) and also served as a Chief of Police for a municipal police service.  His investigative experience and skill is highly sought after.

Cliff has testified in all levels of court and has prepared affidavits in support of Anton Piller Orders, Mareva Injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal Orders as well as other warrants. He has lectured on issues related to procurement fraud, employee misconduct and criminal and civil investigations; including fraud.

Cliff has led diverse teams in his career and held direct and indirect reporting responsibilities for large numbers of staff.  Cliff will be responsible for all operational matters for IRG; including SIU Insurance, SIU Corporate, Risk Management, Financial and Corruption Investigations, Forensics, Covert and Undercover, Bill 168 and Workplace Investigations, Seniors Strategy, Surveillance and Special Projects.


Larry Masci, Investigative Specialist 
Larry Masci joined IRG in 2014 after completing a career as an investigator with several government agencies.  In his last position Larry was a senior investigator with the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).

Larry has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from York University and Certificates in Criminology and Management in Law Enforcement from the University of Toronto. He completed the CSI Branch Managers Course, the Canadian Securities Course, Futures Examination Course, and received the Anti-money Laundering Certificate from The Canadian Securities Institute. He also earned a Certificate in Fraud Investigation, Level 1 and 2, awarded by the Ontario Police College.

Larry is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-money Laundering Specialists.

During his career Larry has served as an investigator with Revenue Canada, Customs, where he directed and was involved in investigating currency smuggling and fraud. After leaving Revenue Canada he was employed with Industry Canada (The Government of Canada) as a consumer fraud investigator. He was instrumental in creating and developing the fraud unit within the Department.   He was promoted to the Bureau of Competition Policy as an investigator and in this role he investigated consumer frauds and was appointed Acting Investigation Manager to assist junior investigators in developing investigations.

He joined the OSC as an investigator in 1988 where he investigated frauds and money laundering within the capital markets. He was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit) in June 2001 to investigate frauds and money laundering in the markets by organized crime.

Larry has conducted numerous fraud investigations which involve international jurisdictions. He has become an expert in investigating Prime Bank Instrument Schemes and Ponzis.

He has given presentations to consumer groups and law enforcement agencies about fraud in the capital markets and how funds flow.  He has given numerous presentations to organizations including Rotary Clubs, High Schools, Probus Clubs and other consumer groups on how fraudsters use deception and other means to defraud victims.


Doug Ward, Investigative Specialist  
Doug Ward is a retired Major Sex Crimes Detective with the Toronto Police Services. Doug specializes in major sexual assaults, criminal harassment, interviews, analytical and major case management. With over thirty years of law enforcement experience, Doug has also lectured at major conferences regarding investigative techniques for sexual assaults and criminal harassment. 


Ian Grant, Investigative Specialist 
Ian Grant has 33 years policing experience with the Ontario Provincial Police and has been a senior police manager, Detective Inspector, since 1999.  Ian has extensive experience in police management, financial accountability, investigative oversight and quality assurance. He progressed throughout my career to areas of increased responsibility, planning and management.  In has been involved in many high profile investigations in the areas of fraud, drugs and homicide.  In his last assignment with the OPP Ian held the position of Commander of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau for Eastern Ontario.  Ian became known throughout his career for his ability to develop new and innovative techniques to assist in establishing best practices and protocols for investigative excellence. 

Kate Lines, Investigative Specialist (Criminal Profiler)
Kate Lines completed a 30 year career with the OPP as a Senior Officer in the area of Investigations and Investigations Support and is a recognized Criminal Profiler.  She has expertise in criminal and private investigations, including the application of behavioural sciences concepts and principles. Kate is called upon to provide support, advice and guidance to law enforcement, criminal justice and private investigation service providers and has been formally recognized for expertise in criminal investigations and investigation support services and public safety efforts, creativity, innovation and leadership and team achievements.  Kate conducts internal investigations on behalf of IRG clients.
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree / Sociology Major in Crime and Deviance Program, Erindale College, University of Toronto, Ontario, 1977, 1993.
  • General and Advanced Certificates in Police Studies and Diploma in Police  Management Studies, University of Western Ontario, 1984, 1995
  • Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship Program, FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, 1990-91
  • Leadership in Counter-Terrorism, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada - 2004

SIU Support Services and Resources

Brian Moffatt, SIU Resource  
Brian Moffat is a retired member of the Toronto Police Service with over thirty years law enforcement experience. Brian has a wealth of knowledge and experience in fraud, computer forensics, data base management, organized crime, criminal analysis, profiling, intelligence led policing, mapping, telephone analysis, and surveillance. He has lectured to various police services in Ontario, nationally and at the Canadian Police College. Brian is an expert in Link Analysis i2 software.