The Honourable Donald J. Rennie
Prior to being appointed a Judge of the Federal Court in October 2010, Mr. Justice Rennie was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa.
Mr. Justice Rennie received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Guelph in 1975 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Dalhousie University in 1978.
Mr. Justice Rennie was Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Litigation) with the Department of Justice (2006-2010). He was Chair of the Department’s National Litigation Committee and co-chair of the Supreme Court of Canada Committee. He was a law clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal (1980-1981) and to the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory (1978).
Over the course of his 29 years of practice he appeared as counsel for the Attorney General of Canada in many complex cases involving the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, administrative, tort and constitutional law. He was counsel to Canada at the Commission of Inquiry into the Safety of the Blood System in Canada (Krever Inquiry), in arbitrations under the NAFTA and for the Minister of Justice in matters arising under the Judges Act. He has appeared at all levels of court in most provinces and in over twenty appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada.
He has been co-author of the Federal Court Practice since 1988 and also co-author of The Annotated Crown Liability Act 1995. He was a frequent panelist at legal conferences and is the author of numerous legal articles, most recently “The Extra-territorial Application of the Charter of Rights” in the 2009 Supreme Court Law Review.