Tony Loparco (Director)

Tony LoparcoTony Loparco began serving as director of Ontario's Special Investigations Unit in October of 2013. He is the civilian oversight agency's ninth full-term director since the office was established in 1990, and is responsible for all of the investigations into incidents of serious injury, death, and allegations of sexual assault involving police officers in the province. Under the Police Services Act, the director causes criminal charges to be laid against police officers where warranted by the evidence. Loparco came to the Unit with more than 23 years of experience in the justice system.

Born in Milan, Italy, Loparco immigrated to Canada as a child and grew up in Toronto. After graduating from Dalhousie University Law School, he was admitted to the bar in Alberta in 1987 and then began working for a major civil law firm and as a clerk in the Federal Court. In 1989, he was called to the bar in Ontario and became an assistant Crown Attorney in Scarborough in 1990. Loparco spent several years as the president of the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association. In this capacity, he intervened on behalf of the association for numerous cases, some which went to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Loparco was promoted to head the Scarborough Crown Attorney's office in 2003. During his 10-year stint, he prosecuted many serious cases on behalf of the province, including high-profile murder charges and gang-related cases.

Loparco also played a key role in several initiatives aimed at reducing the number of youth in the criminal justice system. Under his watch, the Scarborough office created youth justice committees consisting of community members who interact with young persons accused of minor crimes as a way of keeping them out of the court system.

Loparco has been invited to speak for various organizations, including the Criminal Lawyers' Association, the Ontario Crown Attorneys' Association, CACOLE and the Law Clerks of the Court of Appeal Speaker Series. He was on the Treasurer's Liaison Committee, was a member of the Special Committee on Lawyers' Duties with Respect to Property Relevant to a Crime or Offence, and was a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario's Advisory Committee on Professionalism/Civility.