Ian McPhail, Q.C.


Professional photograph of Commission Chair Ian McPhail

Ian McPhail was appointed as interim Chairperson on January 18, 2010 and as Chairperson on July 14, 2014. During his tenure, Mr. McPhail has issued a number of high-profile public interest investigation reports including a review of the RCMP's role in the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits in Ontario and a force-wide review of allegations of RCMP workplace harassment. Mr. McPhail has also issued several public reports on the topic of in-custody deaths.

Mr. McPhail has appeared as a witness before several Senate and House committees to provide testimony on issues of national security, witness protection and public safety.

Mr. McPhail has also overseen the Commission's response to the proposed, and now enacted, legislation Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act which will enhance RCMP accountability and transparency in part by creating a new Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) to replace the existing Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) and providing the new commission with enhanced powers.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. McPhail served on the boards of various government agencies where his work has focused on protecting the public interest. He served as Chair of the Environmental Review Tribunal where he introduced steps to improve the public's access to the appeals process. As Chair of the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario, he worked with key stakeholder groups to modernize the application of rules surrounding the granting of licenses and worked with municipalities to employ extended hours provisions for special events. As Chair of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TV Ontario), Mr. McPhail increased the programming budget by implementing internal efficiencies.

Mr. McPhail has received the Ontario Bicentennial Medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his significant contribution and service to his community.

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