The second round of hearings in B.C.’s public inquiry into money laundering resumed Monday, May 25, with the aim of providing an overview of the topic and quantify the extent of it in the province.
The public inquiry was called by Premier John Horgan last May after intense media pressure for accountability for the widespread money laundering in B.C.’s casinos, housing market and luxury car industry.
The current round of hearings will run from May 25 to June 26, and have moved to video conference because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first set of hearings, which set out the issues that participants wanted to be addressed, ran from Feb. 24 to 26 at Federal Court in Vancouver.
The main hearings are expected to run from Sept. 8 to Dec. 22.
Commissioner Austin Cullen has been asked to report back by May 2021.
Below are brief bio notes on the witnesses scheduled to give evidence at the May/June hearings:
- Professor Stephen Schneider from St. Mary’s University, Halifax. Professor Schneider is a criminologist whose research has focused on areas of organized crime, financial crimes and money laundering.
- Simon Lord, senior officer and money laundering expert, National Crime Agency (UK). Mr. Lord has 30 years of experience investigating serious and complex crime, with the last 15 years dedicated to understanding and addressing money laundering.
- Oliver Bullough, journalist and author of Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World.
- Emeritus Professor William Gilmore, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Professor Gilmore has an extensive background examining international anti-money laundering measures.
- Professor Michael Levi, Cardiff University, has a distinguished track record of research and advisory work on topics including money laundering and transnational organized crime.
- Professor Peter Reuter, University of Maryland School of Public Policy and Department of Criminology. Professor Reuter is an expert on illegal markets and organized crime policy.
- RCMP Chief Superintendent Robert Gilchrist, director general of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada.
- Inspector Leslie Stevens, Criminal Intelligence Service British Columbia/Yukon Territory Bureau.
- Ryland Wellwood, civilian member analyst, RCMP.
- Mark Sieben, deputy solicitor general, BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
- Chris Dawkins, executive lead, Finance Real Estate Data Analytics, BC Ministry of Finance.
- Megan Harris, executive director and Anti-Money Laundering Secretariat lead, BC Ministry of Attorney General.
- Sir Robert Wainwright, former executive director of Europol and partner with Deloitte based in the Netherlands.
WATCH: On Day 2 in the first set of Cullen Commission hearings, the Peter German report into money laundering in B.C. was under fire with two key players from the gaming industry claiming it was full of inaccuracies and omissions. John Hua reports.