Brenda Culbert (she/her)
Lawyer & Senior Investigator
Brenda Culbert is a human rights lawyer and workplace investigator with over 20 years of legal experience.
Brenda conducts independent, external workplace investigations as a third-party neutral in an efficient and thorough manner, investigating a range of issues including workplace harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, including microaggressions, racism and unconscious bias, poisoned work environment, and policy violations in both workplace and services areas, in addition to other workplace misconduct. Brenda has been involved with all aspects of investigations including drafting allegations, interviewing parties and relevant witnesses, gathering all cogent evidence, and writing clear, thorough, and defensible investigation reports.
Brenda’s breadth of experience includes both detailed fact-finding and substantive components of making harassment and discrimination assessments. As a dedicated neutral, Brenda approaches her work with integrity and care, and makes every effort to ensure a transparent and fair process for all participants.
Brenda's work as an external investigator is informed by her litigation background which includes a particular focus on human rights issues. Brenda was Senior Counsel at the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre between 2008 and 2019 and routinely appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on varied and complex matters arising in the employment context. Brenda has also appeared as counsel at the Divisional Court.
Prior to joining Mortimer Khoraych, Brenda worked as an investigator in the education sector, first at a school board as part of a Human Rights and Equity Advisor initiative supported by the Ministry of Education, and later in post-secondary institutions, where she conducted investigations into human rights and sexual violence complaints as a neutral.
Brenda has also developed and presented human rights training for a variety of audiences including legal and education professionals.
Brenda completed her LL.B. at Western University where she also received her Honours B.A. in psychology. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1994 and to the Ontario Bar in 1996.