Investigation Reports

The Registrar of Lobbyists has the legal authority to investigate individuals and organizations in B.C. who meet certain criteria to ensure they properly register their lobbying activities in the online public registry. 

Where there is a compelling public interest, or where a systemic investigation has taken place, the Registrar may publish a detailed investigation report that sets out the particulars of that investigation, including any findings of law and recommendations.

How to use this table: Orders can be sorted by date, number and title. Use the drop-down menus to filter Orders by legislation type (FIPPA or PIPA) and year. 
Year
Reconsideration Report
Report Date Organization/Filer Lobbyist/Client Summary
IR 16-06 May 02, 2016 Dana Hayden/Oka Holdings A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $800 was imposed.
IR 16-03 Mar 30, 2016 Gordon Quaiattini/Woodside Energy Ltd. A consultant lobbyist filed a return after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3( 1) of the LRA for failing to file a return within 1 0 days after entering into an undertaking. An administrative penalty of $500 was imposed.
IR 16-04 Mar 30, 2016 Dimitri Pantazopoulos/NBC Universal Media LLC and Comcast Corporation A consultant lobbyist filed a return after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA for failing to file a return within 10 days after entering into an undertaking. An administrative penalty of $500 was imposed.
IR 16-05 Mar 30, 2016 Dimitri Pantazopoulos/Pacific Newspaper Group, Glacier Newspaper Group and Black Press A consultant lobbyist filed a return after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA for failing to file a return within 10 days after entering into an undertaking. An administrative penalty of $500 was imposed.
IR 16-01 Mar 03, 2016 Hal Danchilla/Canadian Strategy Group A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $700 was imposed. The lobbyist also entered an inaccurate undertaking start date into his return, contrary to s. 4(1) of the LRA, and certified under s. 5(1) of the LRA that the information was true. An administrative penalty was not imposed for this contravention.
IR 16-02 Mar 03, 2016 Courtney Mosentine/Canadian Strategy Group A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $700 was imposed.
IR 15-13 Dec 23, 2015 Dave Kennedy/TransCanada Pipelines A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $700 was imposed. The lobbyist also entered an inaccurate undertaking start date into his return, contrary to s. 4(1) of the LRA and certified under s. 5(1) of the LRA that the information was true. An administrative penalty was not imposed for this contravention.
IR 15-12 Dec 17, 2015 Peter Walters/Oka Holdings A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $700 was imposed.
IR 15-10 Oct 20, 2015 Robert Lindstrom/Teal Jones Group A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $600 was imposed.
IR 15-11 Oct 14, 2015 Sarah Beuhler/Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC A consultant lobbyist entered into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of her client. The lobbyist filed her return more than 1 0 days after entering into the undertaking contrary to s. 3(1) of the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). Furthermore, the lobbyist entered inaccurate information, the undertaking start date, into her return contrary to s. 4(1 )(b)(ii) of the LRA and certified under s. 5( 1) of the LRA that the information was true. An administrative penalty of $1,700 was imposed.
IR 15-08 Oct 06, 2015 Gordon Hunter/Akamai Technologies Incorporated On January 22, 2014, a consultant lobbyist filed a return, registration ID 18815955, with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists ("ORL") after entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of his client. On January 21, 2015, the lobbyist changed the undertaking end date of the registration from January 22, 2015 to August 14, 2014. The lobbyist failed to inform the ORL of the termination of his undertaking within 30 days of its end date, contrary to s. 4(3) of the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). An administrative penalty of $500 was imposed. Statutes Considered:
IR 15-04 Oct 02, 2015 Leslie Hrushowy/Construction Labour Relations Association A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of section 3(1) of the LRA and an administrative penalty of $750 was imposed.
Reconsideration Report
IR 15-05
Sep 24, 2015 Blair Lekstrom/City of Dawson Creek, District of Chetwynd, District of Tumbler Ridge and Village of Pouce Coupe During an environmental scan, Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (“ORL”) staff discovered a consultant lobbyist who appeared to be lobbying but had not filed a return on the Lobbyists Registry. ORL staff contacted the lobbyist, verified his lobbying activities and discussed the requirements for registration. The consultant lobbyist filed four returns with the Lobbyists Registry. He failed to meet his obligations under s. 3(1) when he did not file his returns within 10 days of entering into undertakings to lobby on behalf of the clients. An administrative penalty of $3,000 was imposed.
Reconsideration Report
IR 15-06
Sep 24, 2015 Blair Lekstrom/Duz Cho Construction During an environmental scan, Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (“ORL”) staff discovered a consultant lobbyist who appeared to be lobbying but had not filed a return on the Lobbyists Registry. ORL staff contacted the lobbyist, verified his lobbying activities and discussed the requirements for registration. The consultant lobbyist filed a return with the ORL on May 7, 2015. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of his undertaking was June 17, 2013. He failed to meet his obligations under s. 3(1) when he did not file a return after entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. An administrative penalty of $3,000 was imposed.
Reconsideration Report
IR 15-07
Sep 24, 2015 Blair Lekstrom/HD Mining International Ltd. During an environmental scan, Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists ("ORL") staff discovered a consultant lobbyist who appeared to be lobbying but had not filed a return on the Lobbyists Registry. ORL staff contacted the lobbyist, verified his lobbying activities and discussed the requirements for registration. The consultant lobbyist filed a return with the Lobbyists Registry on May 10, 2015. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of his undertaking was June 1, 2013. He failed to meet his obligations under s. 3(1) when he did not file a return within 1 0 days of entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. An administrative penalty of $2,000 was imposed.
IR 15-02 Aug 19, 2015 Ian Todd/Black Diamond Group Limited A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of s. 3(1) of the LRA and was fined $1,200.
IR 15-03 Aug 19, 2015 British Columbia Teachers' Federation/Moira Mackenzie The British Columbia Teachers' Federation ("BCTF") employs an in-house lobbyist. The organization's designated filer failed to file a return within 30 days of the end date of its previous return contrary to s. 3(3)(b) of the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). The designated filer was fined $1,000.
Reconsideration Report
IR 15-01
Jun 15, 2015 Brad Zubyk/Urban Impact A consultant lobbyist (the "lobbyist") filed a return with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists ("ORL") on August 13, 2013. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of his undertaking was July 1, 2013. An investigation by the ORL found that the lobbyist failed to meet his obligations under s. 3( 1) of the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA '? when he did not file a return within 1 0 days of entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. The lobbyist asked the Registrar of Lobbyists (the "Registrar") to reconsider the investigator's findings. Based on new evidence submitted by the lobbyist, the Registrar rescinded the investigator's findings. However, the new evidence prompted the Registrar to initiate an investigation to determine whether the lobbyist had possibly contravened s. 4(1) of the LRA. The Investigator concluded that the lobbyist had contravened s. 3(1) not s. 4(1) of the LRA. The Investigator also discovered additional evidence which showed that the lobbyist had also contravened ss. 4(1 )(b)(iii), 4(1 )(d) and 4(2)(a) of the LRA. The lobbyist was fined $3,500.
IR 14-12 Nov 03, 2014 Patrick Kinsella/Al Watt Consulting Group Inc. A consultant lobbyist filed a return with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists ("ORL") on October 29, 2013. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of the undertaking was September 23, 2013. The contract indicated a start date of September 1, 2013. The return was filed in excess of 1 0 days after the lobbyist entered into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of his client, contrary to s. 3( 1) of the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). Furthermore, the lobbyist entered inaccurate information, the undertaking start date, into his return, contrary to s. 4( 1) of the LRA and certified under s. 5( 1) of the LRA that the information was true. The consultant lobbyist was fined $1,500.
IR 14-14 Oct 30, 2014 Laura Fitzgerald/Lundbeck Canada Inc. A consultant lobbyist (the lobbyist) filed a return with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL) on May 1, 2014. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of her undertaking was January 1, 2014. She failed to meet her obligations under s. 3(1) when she did not file a return within 1 0 days of entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. The lobbyist was fined $500.
IR 14-13 Sep 19, 2014 Brenda Swick/Mark Anthony Brands A consultant lobbyist, Brenda Swick, (the lobbyist) filed a return, registration ID 18815957, with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL) on January 22, 2014. The lobbyist entered a colleague as another consultant lobbyist engaged by her to work on the undertaking. ORL staff asked the lobbyist to clarify whether her colleague would be submitting a new registration or if this was entered in error. The lobbyist informed the ORL that her colleague was not working on the undertaking and the file was no longer active. ORL staff advised the lobbyist to remove her colleague from the return and terminate the registration. The lobbyist did not comply with s. 4(2)(a) of the Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) when she failed to remove her colleague from the return prior to the legislated deadline. The lobbyist also failed to terminate the registration within the timelines set out in s. 4(3) of the LRA. The lobbyist was fined $700.
IR 14-11 Sep 18, 2014 Benjamin Chin/LoyaltyOne/Air Miles for Social Change A consultant lobbyist filed a registration to undertake lobbying on behalf of a client organization. Shortly after registration, the lobbyist resigned from his contract with the client organization and accepted other employment. The lobbyist did not update his registration until more than seven months after the time required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. He was found to be in contravention of s. 4(3) of the Lobbyists Registration Act and fined $500.
IR 14-10 Jun 18, 2014 Kinder Morgan Canada Inc./Ian Anderson The designated filer for an organization had filed a first-time return with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL). Under section 3(3)(b) of the Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) the designated filer must file further returns within 30 days of the end of each 6 month period after the date of the previous filing. Despite several inquiries from ORL staff, the designated filer did not file a return until approximately five months after the due date, after receiving notice that the ORL had begun a compliance investigation.
Reconsideration Report
IR 14-07
Jun 05, 2014 Brad Zubyk/Scientific Games Int. A consultant lobbyist filed a return with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL) on August 8, 2013. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of his undertaking was June 18, 2013. He failed to meet his obligations under s. 3(1) when he did not file a return within 10 days of entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. The consultant lobbyist was fined $600.
Reconsideration Report
IR 14-09
Jun 04, 2014 William Belsey/Gitxaala Nation A consultant lobbyist filed a registration to undertake lobbying on behalf of a client. The investigation revealed that the lobbyist failed to meet his obligations under ss. 3(1) and 4(3) of the Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) when he did not file a return within 10 days of entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of his client and did not update his registration's end-date within 30 days. The lobbyist was assessed a combined administrative monetary penalty of $1,200.
Reconsideration Report
IR 14-01
Mar 14, 2014 Michael Klassen/BC Care Providers Association A consultant lobbyist filed a registration to undertake lobbying on behalf of a client organization. Three months before the end date the lobbyist specified for that undertaking, an organization hired him as an in-house lobbyist and he ceased to lobby on behalf of the client organization. The lobbyist did not update his registration until four months after the actual termination of his undertaking. He was found to be in contravention of s. 4(3) of the Lobbyists Registration Act and fined $500.
IR 14-02 Mar 14, 2014 Muneesh Sharma/BC Lung Association A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client two months after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of s. 3(1) of the Lobbyists Registration Act and fined $700.
IR 14-04 Mar 14, 2014 Colin Griffin/Northern Rockies Regional Municipality A consultant lobbyist filed a return to register as a lobbyist on behalf of a client one year after the deadline required by the Lobbyists Registration Act. The lobbyist was found to be in contravention of the Lobbyists Registration Act and fined $700.
Reconsideration Report
IR 14-03
Mar 14, 2014 BC Federation of Labour/James Sinclair An organization employing an in-house lobbyist was required to file a return. The organization's designated filer filed a return within the legislated time frame. There were several outdated target contacts listed in the registration. The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists ("ORL") registry manager identified the errors, brought the errors to the designated filer's attention and asked him to correct them. The designated filer failed to make the corrections within the time lines set out in the Lobbyists Registration Act ("LRA"). When he did not make the required corrections, the organization's registration was deemed not to have been received by the Registrar. The organization's designated filer thereby failed to file a return as required by s. 3(3)(b) of the LRA within 30 days of its previous return and was fined $1,000.
Reconsideration Report
IR 14-05
Mar 14, 2014 Cynthia (Burton) Shore/MWH Business Solutions Cynthia (Burton) Shore, a consultant lobbyist, filed a return with the ORL on June 25, 2013. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of the undertaking was May 1, 2013. The lobbyist failed to meet her obligations under s. 3(1) when she did not file a return within 10 days after entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. The consultant lobbyist was fined $700.
IR 13-02 Jun 06, 2013 British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police and British Columbia Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists conducted an investigation to determine whether the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police and the British Columbia Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police were required to register under the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found that the police associations are not required to register as lobbyists under the LRA, because their members communicate with public office holders in their official capacity as employees of a local government authority or the government of Canada and are exempt from the requirement to register.
Reconsideration Report
IR 13-01
May 02, 2013 Joe Fieder/3M Canada A consultant lobbyist filed a registration, which was allowed to lapse when it expired. Nearly six months later, the same consultant lobbyist filed a new registration, which comprised the same undertaking to lobby for the same client as the registration that had been allowed to lapse. The consultant lobbyist admits that he had lobbied during the period during which his registration had lapsed, and was found to have contravened section 4(2)(a) of the LRA. He was fined $506.
IR 12-01 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Alzheimer Society of BC The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-02 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Baptist Housing Ministry Society The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-03 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Schizophrenia Society The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-04 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-05 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Craigdarroch Care Home The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-06 Feb 27, 2012 MIchael Bailey/Equifax The Lobbyist was retained by Equifax as a consultant lobbyist and the information he supplied to the Registrar of Lobbyists in registering this lobbying activity was not inaccurate.
IR 12-07 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Hollburn Properties Ltd. The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-08 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Surgical Weight Loss Centre The Lobbyist admitted to registering lobbying activity on behalf of a client that was not taking place. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention of supplying inaccurate information to the Registrar of Lobbyists to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-09 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/BC Biomedical Laboratories Ltd. The Lobbyist admitted to terminating the registration for the lobbying activity after the 30-day requirement of s. 4(3) of the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-10 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/BC Care Providers The Lobbyist admitted to terminating the registration for the lobbying activity after the 30-day requirement of s. 4(3) of the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-11 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Centerplate The Lobbyist admitted to terminating the registration for the lobbying activity after the 30-day requirement of s. 4(3) of the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-12 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Gannett Fleming The Lobbyist admitted to terminating the registration for the lobbying activity after the 30-day requirement of s. 4(3) of the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-13 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/MMM Group The Lobbyist admitted to terminating the registration for the lobbying activity after the 30-day requirement of s. 4(3) of the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.
IR 12-14 Feb 27, 2012 Michael Bailey/Port Metro Vancouver The Lobbyist admitted to terminating the registration for the lobbying activity after the 30-day requirement of s. 4(3) of the LRA. The Acting Deputy Registrar found the alleged contravention to be substantiated and issued a monetary penalty of $25.