Police Board Announces Selection of New Executive Director

Toronto: The Toronto Police Services Board today announced the selection of Mr. Ryan Teschner as the new Executive Director of the Board. Mr. Teschner is a strategist, counsel and change management leader with expertise in legislative and policy issues. The Board believes he will bring to the role a comprehensive knowledge of policing policy development and legislation, and distinct expertise in police board governance.

Mr. Teschner will be filling a position vacated by Ms. Joanne Campbell, who is retiring on July 13th after 30 years of service with the Board, 25 of those years as Executive Director. Ms. Campbell is widely regarded as an exemplary leader in her field, with an extensive knowledge and deep understanding of issues of police governance and oversight. She has dealt with a wide range of issues and responsibilities, including policy development and analysis, strategic advice and direction, budget planning and preparation, community engagement and relations, and communications.

“Ms. Campbell is known for her extraordinary professionalism, her highly principled approach and her perceptive advice. She is truly best in class and the Board is fortunate to have benefitted from her tremendous expertise for so many years. She is widely respected by Board members, and her staff, as well as the Service, and it is not an understatement to say she will be extremely missed," said Board Chair Andy Pringle.

Mr. Teschner is a graduate of University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. He started his career in the private sector in 2006, where he held legal counsel roles at two international law firms. Since 2015, he has been working as a public service executive, chief strategist, and special counsel, and has successfully led government priority initiatives for the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Some of his key accomplishments include successfully architecting and leading key pillars of the Government of Ontario’s transformational agenda to create a safer, resilient and sustainable province focused on community safety and well-being, and bringing forward the most comprehensive package of policing, police governance and police oversight reforms in over 30 years, culminating in the recently proclaimed Safer Ontario Act, 2017. In addition, he has been recognized for his pioneering role as lead counsel to the Honourable John W. Morden in the Independent Civilian Review Into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit, which has been recognized as a leading authority in Canada and internationally on the subject of police governance.

Chair Andy Pringle said that “with Mr. Teschner’s appointment, the Board has selected an exceptional individual who has a remarkable awareness of the issues facing the Board and this city today. With his impressive background, unique strategic ability and dedication to bridge-building and dialogue, he is uniquely positioned to take on this role at a time of significant policing transformation in Toronto and across Ontario.”