Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada

Mr Big Operation: Innovative Investigative Technique or Recipe for Abuse?
Christopher McPherson, senior prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice, Province of British Columbia, is responsible for challenging high-profile homicide cases. He has prosecuted over 30 homicide cases. Elected a Bencher for 2016, Christopher is a member of the Discipline Committee and Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. Christopher has served as a director of the BC Crown Counsel Association, and is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors and International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. His teaching and lecturing experience includes coach of the Western Canadian Criminal Moot Competition and UBC Burns Moot Competition, instructor of CLEBC's Winning Advocacy, lecturer with the National Judicial Institute, ongoing training with the Ministry of Justice and various law enforcement agencies, and presenter at the International Association of Prosecutors Conference.

When more conventional techniques fail to solve a serious crime, almost always a homicide, law enforcement agencies in Canada (and nearly nowhere else) have, on occasion, resorted to using Mr. Big operations. This undercover investigative technique is used to obtain confessions from individuals who have already committed a crime but where there is insufficient evidence to support a charge. Can such an operation become abusive or have the potential to produce an unreliable confession?

Christopher McPherson, senior prosecutor with the Ministry of Justice, Province of British Columbia, will explain the features of the Mr. Big Operation focusing on the concerns that are associated with it. Come learn how the Canadian justice system aims to balance the ongoing tension between society's interest in gathering evidence to solve serious crimes and the protection of the rights of the accused persons and the integrity of the justice system as a whole.

February 24, 2016 at 7:00pm

Vancouver Public Library - Alma VanDusen Room - (350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.)

Everyone is welcome. Tickets are mandatory for admission by members and non-members. RSVP at or at EventBrite by February 20th, 2016. Seating is limited.

Event Follow-up

Is Mr. Big an investigative technique we can stand behind? ARPICO investigates.

What is society to do when a heinous crime, typically a homicide, against a member of the community goes cold? Exhaustive investigations may lead to a good idea of who the killer is, but sometimes there is just not enough evidence to make an arrest that would lead to a charge. BC crime investigators and prosecutors, about twenty years ago, have come up with an answer: the Mr. Big Operation.

On the evening of February 24, Christopher McPherson, senior prosecutor with the BC Ministry of Justice, responsible for countless high-profile criminal cases, addressed an attentive audience in the Alma VanDusen Room of the Vancouver Public Library. The event was hosted by ARPICO, (Society of Italian Researchers and Professional in Western Canada, McPherson explained how Mr. Big Operations originated in BC and are now utilized throughout Canada to solve cold murder cases. He clarified that this technique should not be confused with entrapment, which happens when police undercover operators unfairly induce a high risk target to commit, or try to commit, a new crime. Rather Mr. Big Operations target individuals who are suspected of having already committed a very serious crime.

McPherson enthralled the audience with the specifics of how a Mr. Big Operation works – how a fictitious crime organization is created to eventually ensnare the suspected criminal into voluntarily confessing his participation in the cold case crime. It was clarified how these operations are complex and expensive; that is, before police would approve such a project, the crime must be extremely serious, the information leading to the suspect solid, and other admissible evidence lacking. Interestingly, it was also pointed out that these operations are also rated a success if a suspect is definitively cleared. Finally and most importantly, it was emphasized that the law has recently changed to ensure as much as possible that the target’s admissions are reliable and were not obtained in a manner that would shock the conscience of the community.

Notwithstanding recent changes to the law, the audience had questions about the covert and deceptive nature of the operation and its potential for violating the rights of the accused: without checks and balances, can this deceptive technique take unfair advantage of targets with vulnerabilities – such as limited mental capacity, addiction, poverty, and/or social and emotional isolation? Wouldn’t the target confess to almost anything due to social and financial dependence? How much is enough in the pursuit of justice? As well, since the technique is not used in the USA or other countries, why does Canada seems to have gone all in with Mr. Big? McPherson addressed these concerns, pointing to the new guarantees brought into play by a recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. To the question why Canada pretty much stands alone in using this technique, a senior defence lawyer in the audience suggested that in Canada the Charter makes rights against self-incrimination come into play only after a formal engagement with the authorities, such as arrest or charge. In contrast, in other countries such rights have been created to apply to any contact with police, formal or covert.

It is not difficult to understand why Mr. Big Operations would attract their share of controversy and detractors. The risks are real: a number of trials over the years have made that apparent. However, the hard fact remains that this technique sometimes remains the last hope in resolving cold murder cases, and will therefore continue to be sanctioned by our society for use in the law enforcement arsenal. Perhaps remaining vigilant and mindful of the inherent risks associated with a Mr. Big Operation could be the best approach to mitigate those risks.

The audience and Mr. McPherson continued the dialogue well after the Q & A into the refreshments segment. ARPICO would like to thank Christopher McPherson for his presentation, and all ARPICO volunteers for helping make the evening possible.

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Museum of Vancouver - History Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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Museum of Vancouver - Joyce Walley Room - 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3J9

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October 13, 2022 at 7:00PM

Italian Cultural Centre – Museum & Art Gallery – Room 5 – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E4

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March 02, 2022 at 7:00PM

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April 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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January 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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March 04, 2020 at 5:45pm

Italian Cultural Centre – Museum & Art Gallery – Room 5 – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E4

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November 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - Room 5 - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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September 30, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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June 12, 2019 at 6:45pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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April 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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March 06, 2019 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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November 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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Please register for the event by visiting this EventBrite link or RSVPing to writes,

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September 25, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Cinematheque - 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

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June 04, 2018 at 6:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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Italian Cultural Centre - Museum & Art Gallery - (3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4)

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April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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February 26, 2018 at 7:00pm

Hillcrest Community Centre - Room 328 - (4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC)

ARPICO presents:

It is our pleasure to invite you and your significant other to ARPICO's year-end dinner.

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The approximate program for the evening is as follows:
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  • 7:45-8:00 - short address by ARPICO's president on behalf of the board
  • 8:00 onward - sit-down 3-course dinner including salumi and cheese platter appetizers, wild mushroom gnocchi, chicken stuffed with…

December 02, 2017 at 7:00pm

Bay Moorings Restaurant - 6330 Bay Street West Vancouver, BC

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November 07, 2017 at 7:00pm

Hillcrest Community Centre - Room 328 - (4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC)

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June 06, 2017 at 6:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

Kitsilano Community Centre - Snowey's Lounge - (2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC)

ARPICO presents:

It is our pleasure to invite you and your significant other to ARPICO's year-end dinner.

The event will take place on Saturday December 3, 2016 starting at 7 pm at recently renovated Italian fine-dining 'Bay Moorings Restaurant' in West Vancouver, which we have reserved for the occasion. (Yes, it is a little out of the way, but the word is on the street that is serves excellent food at reasonable prices---some of our board members have recently tried it with great satisfaction; check it out here

The approximate program for the evening is as follows:
  • 7-7:30 -…

December 03, 2016 at 7:00pm

Bay Moorings Restaurant - 6330 Bay Street West Vancouver, BC

ARPICO presents:

The 2016 AGM of ARPICO will take place on May 31st, 2016 at 5:30PM at the Roundhouse Community Centre, Room B.

May 31, 2016 at 5:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC, V6Z2W3)

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May 31, 2016 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver BC V6Z2W3)

Dr. Arianna Dagnino is a researcher, writer, and socio-cultural analyst. She holds a M.A. in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from l'Università degli Studi di Genova and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Comparative Literature from the University of South Australia. She currently teaches at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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January 27, 2016 at 7:00pm

Vancouver Public Library - Alma VanDusen Room - (350 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C.)

ARPICO presents:

Please join us in celebrating the holidays and another wonderful year at our annual Christmas Dinner at Marcello's Pizzeria.

December 07, 2015 at 6:30pm

Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante (1404 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC)

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December 01, 2015 at 7:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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August 22, 2015 at 6:00pm

Ravenwoods Clubhouse, 3608 Deercrest Dr., North Vancouver

Prof. Samoil Bilenky will introduce a movie on the life of Bruno Pontecorvo

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May 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

Rented Community Facility - Activity Room, Main Level - 480 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC

Dr. John J. Spinelli is a Distinguished Scientist and Head of Cancer Control Research at the BC Cancer Agency, Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University. He is the principal investigator for the BC Generations Project, part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, the largest health study ever undertaken in Canada.

Dr. Spinelli's primary research focus is on the identification of environmental and genetic risk factors for cancer and in the interaction between…

February 06, 2015 at 7:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

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September 12, 2014 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

ARPICO presents:

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual General Meeting of ARPICO will be held on May 28th at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (500 - 510 West Hastings St Vancouver BC V6B 1L8). Doors will open at 6:15PM. The meeting will start at 6:30PM and end at 7:15PM.

A dinner with the board of directors will follow.

RSVP to by May 24th if you wish to attend and if you would like to join the board of directors for dinner.

May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Arianna Dagnino holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of South Australia and a Masters Degree in foreign languages from the University of Genoa. In the last 25 years she has lived across four continents, writing more than 700 articles for the italian press. She has published a transcultural novel, Fossili (Rome: Fazi, 2010), inspired by her four years in South Africa, and several books on the impact of socio-techno globalization. Dagnino is also an ethnographic researcher working with the international research centre Future Concept Lab (

Dagnino's analysis and presentation of the…

April 23, 2014 at 6:15pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Federico Rosei has held the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials since 2003. He is Professor and Director of Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, Université du Québec, Varennes (QC) Canada. Since January 2014 he holds the UNESCO Chair in Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage. He received MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1996 and 2001, respectively.

Dr. Rosei's research interests focus on the properties of nanostructured materials, and on how to control their size, shape, composition, stability and positioning when…

March 25, 2014 at 6:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre Room C

Steno Ferluga, who will give a talk about Hack's career and life, was a pupil of Margherita Hack and then became a coworker of hers as well as a personal friend. He now teaches Environmental Physics at the University of Udine.

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December 05, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

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November 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, B.C.

Dr. Matthews is Mission Scientist leading the Canadian Space Agency's MOST project, and a Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. Prof. Matthews is a world-leading expert in the fields of stellar seismology, exoplanetary science, and astronomical instrumentation and time series analysis. Prof. Matthews' media adventures include frequent appearances on CBC TV and Radio, CTV, Global, CNN, CityTV, The Knowledge Network, Shaw TV, and Space: The Imagination Station, as well as playing himself ("Jaymie" Rocket Scientist) in a national Fountain Tire television ad campaign. Dr. Matthews posed in…

May 21, 2013 at 6:30pm

Round House Community Center - 181 Roundhouse Mews

Marco Ciufolini (b. Rome; B.S., Spring Hill College; Ph.D., Michigan; Postdoc 1982-84, Yale) has held academic positions at Rice University (1984-98), the University of Lyon (1998-2004), and UBC (2004-present), where he is the Canada Research Chair in Synthetic Organic Chemistry.
The Istituto teams up once again with ARPICO, the Society on of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada, to present a fascinating talk celebrating the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Italian scientist Giulio Natta. Organic chemistry, the branch of chemical science that focuses on carbon-based materials, permits the conversion of basic…

March 27, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

ARPICO presents:

The 2013 AGM of ARPICO will take place on March 13th 6:00PM at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (500 - 510 West Hastings St., Vancouver BC).  We invite all members to join us for a no-host dinner afterwards.

March 13, 2013 at 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Prof. Fabio Rossi & Video Interview with Rita Levi-Montalcini

On December 30, 2012, Italy lost one of its most prestigious minds in the scientific domain: neuro-biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who passed away at the age of 103. Together with colleague Stanley Cohen, Levi-Montalcini was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, in collaboration with ARPICO - the Association of Italian Researchers and Professionals of Western Canada -, presents an evening commemorating the life and achievements of this outstanding scientist, who famously had to conduct…

February 26, 2013 at 7:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Particle Physicist "Nephew of Emilio Segre, winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the antiproton". Born in Florence, Italy in 1938, Gino Segre grew up in New York and Italy. He graduated from Harvard University (A.B., 1959) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1963). He is now a professor emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a visiting professor at M.I.T and at Oxford University as well as a visiting Fellow at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and the University of California,…

November 20, 2012 at 6:30pm

Science World Museum

Alberto Angela is a paleontologist, science writer, author, and italian journalist.

This fascinating documentary illustrates Italy's major recent achievements in the field of science and technology, achievements that will have significant consequences at a global level in the years to come - like the iCub robot, who is capable of learning from experience. Filmed in the beautiful setting of Rome's Centrale Montemartini - the new exhibition space for the Musei Capitolini, in the former "Giovanni Montemartini Thermoelectric Centre", an extraordinary example of industrial archaeology converted into a museum -, the documentary is presented by Alberto Angela and…

October 24, 2012 at 6:15pm

Italian Cultural Institute

Prof. Luciana Duranti, Chair and Professor School of Library, Archivial and Information Studies, University of British Columbia Trust has been defined in many ways, but, at its core, it involves acting without the knowledge needed to act. It consists of substituting the information that one does not have with other information. For example, a person who does not have the knowledge necessary to assess the authenticity of a record relies on the credentials of the expert who authenticates it. Individuals and organizations are increasingly saving and accessing records in the highly networked, easily hacked environment of the Internet.…

May 17, 2012 at 6:15pm

Italian Cultural Institute

A former Pisa scholar, Sergio Bertolucci has worked at DESY, Fermilab and Frascati. He was appointed head of the Frascati National Laboratories accelerator division becoming Director in 2002. Before taking over the Directorate for Research at CERN, Bertolucci was already chairing the LHC committee and was a member of DESY's physics research committee. He was also vice-president and a member of the Board of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Bertolucci will talk about the investigation of the deepest-held mysteries of our universe at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN. "The LHC is probably the…

February 15, 2012 at 8:30pm

Italian Cultural Institute

Dr. John Robinson, executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Department of Geography, at the University of British Columbia.

The Greenest City Conservations (GCC) project is aimed at testing multiple channels for public engagement on sustainability policies. Its two main goals are (1) to facilitate discussion, solicit and analyze public attitudes and opinions on, and support for, a variety of sustainability policies; and (2) to provide a comprehensive understanding of the content and impacts (both qualitative and quantitative) of six different modes of public engagement ("channels"):…

October 27, 2011 at 8:30pm

Roundhouse Community Centre

Dr. Fabio Rossi, tenured associate professor in Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, member of the board of directors of the National Centres of Excellency - Stem Cell Network, and scientific advisor of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. More information about Dr. Rossi are available here:

Stem cells hold tremendous promise for both therapeutic and commercial applications. However, theoretical, practical, ethical and regulatory obstacles hinder the path to these achievements. How long before we see these promises realized? Which applications will come first? Dr Rossi will review recent advances in this fast moving field,…

June 23, 2011 at 7:00pm

Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver