The philosophy at Mantis is to treat all task assignments as a blank slate, with no preconceived or subjective notions. We see investigation as an holistic endeavor; utilizing surveillance, in-depth background and deep social media digging to paint a realistic picture of the claimant's current capabilities and past activities.
The Mantis agency was founded in 1977 by John Spray, and was a one man show for the first two years. Eventually, his recipe for successful investigation, combining surveillance with thorough background checks, increased business to an extent that additional staff was added. John takes great pride in the agency he founded and strives to ensure the Mantis product meets the highest industry standard.
Meet the Team
Founder & President
John began his investigative career in the early 1970's and in 1977 founded Mantis. He is a highly acclaimed author and public speaker, speaking on two occasions before hundreds of lawyers at the Canadian institute and annually presenting the John Spray Mystery Award at the TD Children's Literature awards. In over 40 years of service to the insurance and legal community, he and his company have orchestrated over 30,000 task assignments.
Duran graduated from the School of Liberal Arts in 2003 and has been with Mantis since 2002.
After working in the field as in insurance investigator for 8 years Duran transitioned into the office in a managerial role. Duran is currently working towards obtaining his Certified Insurance Professional designation.
Michael has been an investigator with Mantis for the past 12 years and for the last 5 years has been acting as general manager for the agency in the office.
Michael brings to the company a sense of professionalism, ensuring that investigators are exhausting all of their skill sets and potential while in the field, and at the same time, maintaining a friendly and professional relationship with clients, ensuring that all assignment instructions and requests are met and completed in a timely fashion.
Office Manager & Head of Specialty Investigations
Alley is our office manager, and has been with Mantis for ten years. Experienced with every facet of investigation, he's developed a comprehensive skill set which is put to good use supporting our team of field investigators. He continually expands the methods and resources at our disposal, and conducts the bulk of our specialty investigations.
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