CFE Whistleblowing Initiative

About Us

Founded in March 2017, the CFE Whistleblowing Initiative is a project of the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University. Our mission is to protect Canadian society by making responsible whistleblowing possible through effective protection for Canadian whistleblowers. This will enable Canadians to live and work with integrity and to combat misconduct that may threaten the well-being of our communities and our democracy. Read more...

Steering Committee

Sandy Boucher

Corporate Investigator

Grant Thornton LLP Advisory Services

David Hutton

Former Executive Director

Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform

Peter Jacobsen

Founding Partner

Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP

Anna Myers

Executive Director

Whistleblowing International Network (WIN)

James L Turk

Director, Centre for Free Expression & Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Ryerson University



CFE launches investigation of Phoenix payroll debacle

The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University (CFE) has launched an independent investigation of the Phoenix Pay System debacle. The goal of the investigation is to determine if the devastating problems might have been prevented had there been adequate whistleblowing protection for public servants who could have safely alerted their superiors to the impending deficiencies and errors.


How to Contact CFE Securely

If you want to contact the Centre for Free Expression and keep your communications safe and secure, please read the guideline below.


The ‘incomprehensible’ Phoenix meltdown: entirely predictable and entirely preventable

Good whistleblower protection could have prevented Phoenix, argues David Hutton.


Clarifying the Ontario Security Commission Whistleblowing Policy

The Centre for Free Expression has urged the Ontario Security Commission to clarify its policy guidance as to when in-house counsel would be eligible for the whistleblowing award.  We endorsed the submission of Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP.


CFE's David Hutton publishes commentary on federal whistleblowing report

David Hutton, CFE Senior Fellow, comments on recent Commons committee report on whistleblower protection and what the Federal Goverment should do next.