Shari Forbes is a Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair in Forensic Thanatology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She was formerly an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. She established and directed the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER), the only forensic taphonomy facility in Australia dedicated to the study of human decomposition. Prior to this, she was the founding Director of the Forensic Science program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) where she also held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Decomposition Chemistry.
Prof. Forbes’ research investigates the chemical processes that occur in soft tissue decomposition. She has studied these processes in terrestrial, aquatic, and atmospheric environments throughout Australia, Canada and the USA. Her current research focuses on identifying an accurate chemical profile of decomposition odour using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography – time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS). The research will assist police canine units to improve their training protocols for cadaver-detection dogs deployed to forensic and mass disaster investigations. Her expertise is regularly requested to assist police with locating and recovering buried or concealed evidence, including human remains, drugs, weapons, and currency.
Ms Michelle Jones
Michelle’s practice is focused on indigenous law and environmental law. Michelle’s practice primarily involves administrative and regulatory proceedings, and associated litigation proceedings.
Michelle’s experience in Environmental law, includes assisting clients through the environmental assessment process and defending permits and approvals once obtained. Michelle also advises clients respecting compliance with environmental laws and regulations, due diligence, and environmental auditing. She assists clients in reviewing, developing and implementing corporate environmental policies, operating manuals, and standard operating procedures.
In the area of Indigenous law, Michelle counsels government, Crown corporations and private sector clients on the extent of the duty to consult and, if necessary, accommodate potentially affected Indigenous interests. In so doing, Michelle assists clients in identifying potentially affected Indigenous groups, assessing the requisite level of consultation, developing and implementing adequate consultation processes, and where appropriate, negotiating impact and benefit agreements. Michelle has successfully defended the adequacy of consultation processes before regulatory tribunals and courts and on appeal. Michelle is also a regular contributor to the Project Law Blog, a resource that updates proponents on developments in the law and policy that applies to the development of major projects in Canada. Prior to joining Lawson Lundell LLP, Michelle clerked for the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division in Ottawa. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michelle worked on Parliament Hill and for the federal public service. She has firsthand knowledge of the workings of governments and advises clients on policy matters.
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