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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

Janela Jovellano

B.A., LL.B.

Workplace Investigator & Trainer

About Janela Jovellano

Janela comes to Rubin Thomlinson as a seasoned investigator. After working as an investigator for six years, she served as the coordinator of a team of investigators in the healthcare industry for over three years. Empathetic, compassionate and a good listener, Janela is respectful and sensitive to all parties and provides objective, thorough and reasoned analysis. Her exceptional interpersonal skills allow her to address sensitive situations with tact and compassion and she’s committed to finding creative solutions to investigative challenges. She takes complex situations and distills the information into a cogent and complete report. Genuinely curious about a person’s account and what led to a workplace complaint, Janela finds satisfaction in demonstrating that through an investigation, a workplace is committed to addressing concerns in a meaningful manner. She also finds it rewarding to work with organizations to navigate and understand legal or cultural changes that may have led to a workplace complaint and to consider any practical changes that may need to be made.

Expertise & Services

At Rubin Thomlinson, Janela handles a diverse array of workplace investigations, including complaints of harassment, discrimination, and other forms of misconduct. She provides expertise in the health care sector and has knowledge regarding the professional obligations of regulated health professionals. She also assists organizations to proactively identify and curb workplace dysfunction through workplace assessments and reviews. Finally, Janela conducts workplace investigation and human rights training to staff at all levels.

Accolades & Publications

Janela is the author of Misrepresentation and Fraud (2010; 2015 and 2019 Reissues), Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, LexisNexis Canada.


Before joining Rubin Thomlinson, Janela spent nine years with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Her regulatory body experience gives her a unique understanding of the challenges organizations face, including accountability, transparency and sound judgments related to workplace complaints. Having held roles in the private and public sectors, she has experience handling competing priorities and expectations effectively. Janela has investigated sexual abuse; physical abuse; privacy breaches; sexual harassment and therapeutic boundary breaches. She’s also dealt with an array of employee misconduct including policy and procedure violations, theft and conflict of interest allegations. Her experience includes anonymous complaints; allegations of sexual harassment without a witness; historical allegations; multiple complainants; parties with mental health conditions; new allegations made during the course of an investigation; and public allegations.

  • Year of Call: Ontario 2007
  • B.A, University of British Columbia 2002
  • LL.B. University of Victoria

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