Gerry McNeilly, Independent Police Review Director
Gerry McNeilly was appointed Ontario’s first
Independent Police Review Director in June of 2008 and was renewed for another
five years in 2013. He is responsible for receiving, managing and overseeing
all public complaints against police in Ontario.
Prior to his
appointment as IPRD, Mr. McNeilly served as the Executive Director for Legal
Aid Manitoba for nine years. In 1994, he was appointed Chair and given the
responsibility to establish a Schedule 3 Standing Tribunal. He was the Chair of
the Board of Inquiry for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal – now the Human
Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He has served as a justice of the peace and a
deputy judge. During his years at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Mr.
McNeilly served as the Director of the Unified Family Court, a manager of
mediation services, the Acting Director of Courts Administration and helped
establish the Unified Family Court system throughout Canada. Mr. McNeilly is
also a trained mediator for all areas of law.
Mr. McNeilly was a
founding member and the first chair of the African Canadian Legal Clinic in
Toronto and A Woman’s Place in Winnipeg, which provides legal support services
to abused women.
Mr. McNeilly studied law at Queen’s University and has been called to
the Bars of Ontario and Manitoba.