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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 on 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.

Justice Rennie has significant experience dealing with competition issues and over the years was involved in high profile complex cases dealing with restraining anti-competitive practices in the air transportation industry, the disclosure of documents provided by third parties in light of the principles of natural justice, the potential of abuse of dominant market position in relations to discounted price incentives to suppliers, and another such case requiring the detailed understanding of the economics of cross-subsidization and cost accounting where monopolies also engage in competitive practices.

He has been co-author of the Federal Court Practice since 1988 and also co-author of The 1995 Annotated Crown Liability and Proceedings Act. 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.

Justice Rennie was appointed judicial member of the Competition Tribunal on May 3, 2012, and Chairman on June 10, 2012.

Justice Rennie was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal on February 27, 2015.

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