Gerry McNeilly, Independent Police Review Director
Gerry McNeilly was appointed Ontario’s first Independent Police Review Director in June 2008. In 2013, his appointment was renewed for a further five-year term.
Prior to his appointment as IPRD, Mr. McNeilly served as the Executive Director for Legal Aid Manitoba for nine years.
He was the Chair of the Board of Inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal – now the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and helped transform the Human Rights Tribunal from an ad hoc organization to a standing tribunal.
Mr. McNeilly has extensive experience in change management. During his many years at the Ministry of the Attorney General, he served as the Director of the Unified Family Court, manager of mediation services, Acting Director of Courts Administration and helped establish the Unified Family Court system throughout Canada. He has also served as a justice of the peace and a deputy judge.
Mr. McNeilly is a trained mediator who has conducted mediation in many difficult areas, including family law, child welfare law, areas of administrative and civil law, as well as community mediation. He has also been a mediation trainer and facilitator.
He was a founding member and chair of the African Canadian Legal Clinic in Toronto and A Woman’s Place, which provides legal support services to abused women in Winnipeg.
Mr. McNeilly studied law at Queen’s University and has been called to the Bars of Ontario and Manitoba.