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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.​ ​