Biographie du président

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Zane Tessler is the current president of the Canadian Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE), elected to this position in May 2017.

A lifelong resident of Winnipeg, he attended the University of Manitoba, receiving degrees in Science (B.Sc.1976) and Law (LL.B.1979). He was called to the Manitoba Bar in June 1980. For the next 18 years, he was in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer in the City.

In 1998, he joined Department of Justice, Manitoba Prosecutions Service, as a Senior Crown Attorney, prosecuting serious and complex matters throughout the Province. In 2011, he was appointed a Supervising Senior Crown Attorney, overseeing the training and professional development for new prosecutors. He was also a long-term member of the Department's education committee which provides ongoing current legal education to Crown Attorneys.

Among other responsibilities, Zane Tessler was Manitoba's representative on the “Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Heads of Prosecution Subcommittee on the Prevention of Wrongful Convictions”, from 2002 until 2013, assuming a leading role in national and international working groups, developing policies to prevent wrongful convictions. He was a co-author of the landmark 2005 report on the Prevention of Miscarriages of Justice and the 2011 revision, “Pathways to Justice”, analyzing the first 5 year response to the initial recommendations.

Zane Tessler was appointed as the province's first civilian director of the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) in March, 2013, and tasked with the creation and formation of the office. The civilian director is accountable for the administration and operation of the IIU. The civilian director oversees all of the unit's investigations. By law, the Civilian Director is required to exercise independent judgement and act independently of all agencies in making operational decisions about investigations conducted under The Police Services Act. As a result, the civilian director must be sensitive to a wide range of issues, including reaction by community groups, police and the media. The civilian director must provide leadership to investigative staff in a high energy, and sometimes difficult, working environment. Since 2013, he has and continues to serve on both of CACOLE's Board of Directors and executive committee.