New IIO Leader Named
Prince George, B.C. – The new head of the Independent Investigations Office in B.C. is Ron MacDonald.
MacDonald is from Nova Scotia where he held a similar post as Director of the Serious Incident Response Team. He has been a lawyer for more than 30 years and spent much of his career working within the criminal justice system as both a Crown attorney and defence counsel.
“Police oversight is a fundamental pillar in a democratic society,” said MacDonald. “British Columbia is one of the leading provinces in its commitment to oversight of police and this is a great opportunity for me to provide the leadership and build on the great work that has already been done in this regard.”
This week, the IIO marks its fifth anniversary in operation, its mandate is to investigation police involved incidents which result in death or serious harm.
In addition to his years as a practising lawyer, MacDonald was a criminal law policy advisor at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice prior to his appointment as director of SIRT, past president of the Nova Scotia Barrister Society and past president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. In 2007, he was awarded the National Heads of Prosecutions Humanitarian Award.
MacDonald will be assuming the role as of Oct. 24, 2017.