More than two weeks of court time set aside for TRU VP defamation case to go to trial – Kamloops News

More than two weeks of court time set aside for TRU VP defamation case to go to trial – Kamloops News

More than two weeks of courtroom time have been set aside for a trial in the case of a Thompson Rivers University vice president who is suing his accusers after he was acquitted following a high-profile investigation into allegations of serious workplace misconduct.

Matt Milovick, TRU’s vice president of finance and administration, accuses the plaintiff in the lawsuit of malicious defamation by eight named individuals, as well as anonymous whistleblowers and complainants.

Milovick and former TRU Human Resources Director Larry Phillips were named by whistleblowers, first in an anonymous letter shared within the TRU community and later publicly when news of the allegations broke in late 2021.

The letter and subsequent news reports made a number of serious allegations.

Earlier this year, TRU published a largely unaddressed version of the investigation report that exonerated Milovick of 22 charges against him, while substantiating 10 of the 33 charges against Phillips.

Phillips was fired in late 2021 by TRU Chairman Brett Fairbairn, although Fairbairn stated it had nothing to do with the investigation.

In a motion filed more than a year ago in the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver, Milovick said he had no problem with the complaint itself or with the investigation into the allegations. He said he disagreed with prosecutors and lawyers making the allegations public.

“The defamatory statement complained of in this notice of civil claim is intended to expose the claimant to hatred, ridicule and/or contempt, and/or to degrade him in the eyes of right-thinking people generally, and/or to cause him to be shunned or avoided, all of which has happened,” the document reads.

Milovick alleges that as a result of the defendants’ actions, he has suffered significant reputational damage, “damage to pride and self-confidence,” emotional distress, damaged professional relationships and anxiety.

While no dollar amount is specified, he seeks general, aggravated, exemplary, punitive, and special damages, as well as an injunction prohibiting the defendants from “further publishing the defamatory statement.”

None of the allegations in the claim have been proven in court.

The trial is scheduled for September 29, 2025, with 13 days of trial time for the case.

Phillips is also suing Fairbairn and TRU over his firing in a separate lawsuit.