Cullen Commission: Notice of Public Meetings

  • October 21, 2019

From the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia is now holding a series of public meetings across the province. These meetings, which are open to the public, provide an opportunity for community members to make a presentation to the Commission.

We welcome members of the public to attend these events. You can register to present (see information below) or you can let us know at the event that you would like to speak. This is an important opportunity for British Columbians to provide their input, ideas and feedback to the Commission.

Our Terms of Reference are broad. They require us to review the impact of money laundering on various economic sectors within British Columbia including gaming and horseracing, real estate, financial institutions and money services, the corporate sector, luxury goods and professional services. The Terms of Reference also include a review of the effectiveness of the regulatory agencies and individuals managing these activities.

There is a widespread belief, which is supported by those with relevant knowledge and expertise, that money laundering is well-established and wide-ranging in British Columbia. Several recent studies and reports, as well as media coverage, have brought this state of affairs to light.

It would be helpful to the Commission team to hear from members of the community regarding their views, opinions and suggestions. Our aim is to obtain input from the communities most affected by money laundering, and our plan would be to listen to ideas and feedback on the issues facing these communities, which will be timely given that the Inquiry is at a relatively early stage in its process.

We have identified some questions to ask these communities. Your answers will assist us in addressing the mandate of the Commission:

  • What are the most significant money laundering issues facing your community in British Columbia and in Canada?
  • What areas of our mandate would you like us to focus on or address in our process?
  • What have been the major consequences of money laundering in your community?
  • What do you think is required to address the issues that you have identified?
  • How can the Commission keep you informed on our activities and findings?
  • How can community members participate or stay involved in the process?

You can speak to any of these questions or to topics you would like to raise that are connected to the Commission’s Mandate.

Please keep in mind that the Commission’s mandate is:

  • the extent, growth, evolution and methods of money laundering in British Columbia, with regard to specific economic sectors;
  • the acts or omissions of responsible regulatory agencies and individuals, and whether those have contributed to money laundering in the province or amount to corruption;
  • the scope and effectiveness of the anti-money laundering powers, duties and functions of these regulatory agencies and individuals; and
  • the barriers to effective law enforcement in relation to money laundering.

The Commission is bound by this mandate. This means that we cannot address issues or situations that you feel are important, but that are not contained in our mandate.

Meetings schedule

All meetings start at 5:30 p.m. and are expected to conclude by 8:30 p.m.

Vancouver: October 23, 2019
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver Island Ballroom
900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Kelowna: October 29, 2019
Best Western Plus
South Ballroom
2402 Hwy 97N
Kelowna, B.C.

Victoria: November 4, 2019
Marriott Hotel Victoria Inner Harbour
Pacific Ballroom
728 Humboldt Street
Victoria, B.C.

Richmond: November 7, 2019
Hilton Vancouver Airport
Marsalis/Benson Room
5911 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond B.C.

Prince George: November 14, 2019
Ramada Plaza
Cranbrook South Room
444 George Street
Prince George, B.C.

If there are any changes to the dates, times, locations or venues of a public meeting, they will be listed here on our website, and registered presenters will be contacted by email or telephone (if provided).

At the public meeting
  1. Presentations are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. If there are more presenters than the available time, presenters may be asked to shorten their presentation.
  2. Presenters who prepare written materials are encouraged to provide a copy to the Commission.
    1. If you have not previously provided a copy of your presentation to the Commission, please bring six copies to the forum.
    2. Presentations may be placed on the Commission’s website.
    3. If the written material is more than five pages long, presenters are asked to include a short executive summary for the presentation. Recommendations included in the presentation should be brought forward to the executive summary.
    4. If presenters wish to share their written materials with the audience, a table will be available for this purpose.
  3. Presenters who require the use of audiovisual equipment (e.g. an overhead projector and/or LCD projector) should advise the Commission well in advance. Audiovisual equipment will be available, provided that the Commission has been informed seven days in advance of the public meeting that you require these services. Presenters should have their digital content stored on a USB or flash drive.
  4. All presentations will be audio-recorded for use by Commission staff.
  5. A podium with a microphone will be available.
Presenter’s Registration

Presenters are invited to pre-register for public meetings by completing the registration form in Adobe PDF or MS-Word.

You can upload your presentation to the Commission here.

Presenters will be considered on a first-come basis.

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

The Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia will collect your personal and other information to accomplish the work of the Inquiry in accordance with sections 26 (a) and (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and section 14 (1) of the Public Inquiry Act. Should you have any questions about the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information, please contact Brock Martland, QC, Senior Commission Counsel, P.O. Box 10073, 601 – 700 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., V7Y 1B6 or by phone at (236) 468-1758 (toll free: 1-855-788-3661).

Recording and summarizing the proceedings
  1. An audio recording will be made of every public meeting. These recordings may be posted on the Commission’s website.
  2. Written summaries of the presentations and transcripts of the meeting will be prepared by Commission staff and placed on the website.
Further information

If you require further information, please contact Leo Perra, Executive Director at: (236) 468-1790 (toll free: 1-855-788-3661) or