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BUCHANAN, ELMER
Elmer Buchanan is a self-employed farmer and a Consultant for the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel. He retired as a secondary school Principal, Vice-Principal and teacher after 25 years with Hastings County Schools. Mr. Buchanan was the Ontario Minster of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs from 1990 to 1995. His community involvement includes serving as Chair of Celebrate Havelock, Director of the Havelock Chamber of Commerce, past Director of the Greater Peterborough Economic Development Corporation and past Director of the Hastings Children's Aid Society. He has been Vice-Chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission since 2008. Mr. Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University and a Certificate from Peterborough Teacher's College.


WILLIAMS, ERIC ANTHONY CLEAR (TONY)
Eric Anthony Williams is a lawyer and was a part-time Senior Litigation Counsel with the Ontario Racing Commission from 2007 until June 2012. He is also a former Crown Counsel with the Ministry of the Attorney General. Mr. Williams serves as Director and Secretary of both Caledon Victim Services and the Alton Village Association. He is also Director of the Alton Grange Association and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association. He holds an LLB from Queen's University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from York University.


WALKER, BRENDA
Brenda Walker has over twenty-eight years experience in the standardbred industry. Since 1994, Mrs. Walker has served as a Director with the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) for District 9, responsible for Hanover and Clinton Raceways and also served a number of years as a member of the Executive. She has been actively involved in the Ontario Sires Stakes Program (OSS) and the Horse Improvement Program, serving on the OSS Publicity and Promotion Committee, the Standardbred Review Committee and the OSS Date Scheduling Committee. Mrs. Walker was a member of the OHHA Lasix Committee, with a mandate to encourage the expansion of the Lasix program to all Ontario racetracks.


NIXON, DANIEL
Dan Nixon has been an owner of both standardbreds and thoroughbreds for over 10 years and an avid fan for 50. He was a member of the Canadian Forces for three years and after serving with the United Nation Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus, he was awarded the United Nations Medal. He then embarked on a successful career in finance and banking, with over 35 years of experience with chartered banks, trusts, and securities firms. Mr. Nixon held various senior management positions before retiring in 2006. He is an active volunteer in his community, having worked in areas supporting children in need, minor hockey organizations and Habitat for Humanity.


WALKER, ANNE
Anne Walker has ten years of legal experience in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, including veterinary, equine and animal law, insurance, banking, marine and transportation law, personal injury defence, occupiers' liability and motor vehicle (tort and Accident Benefits). She is a sole practitioner with the law firm of Dr. Anne F. Walker, Barrister and Solicitor and a Veterinarian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, advising physicians, research scientists and staff on animal research, care and management. She also owns and operates a farm where they breed, raise and race Thoroughbred horses. Dr. Walker is a pro bono lawyer and a member of the Horse Committee of the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society at Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph.

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MACDONALD, JOHN WILLIAM
John Macdonald is a lawyer with a general practice of a primarily corporate and commercial nature including entities that race, breed and sell horses. He attended the University of Toronto as an undergraduate and as a student of law. Mr. Macdonald graduated in 1960 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1962 and then joined the firm of Campbell, Godfrey & Lewtas. His current law partnership was formed in 1996 as Macdonald, Porter, Drees. He was awarded the distinction of a Queen's Counsel in 1979.

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MEYRICK, SANDRA J.
Sandra Meyrick is a lawyer in private practice, specializing in advocacy, litigation and research in matters pertaining to family law, estate planning and health and mental health law. She is also a Dispute Resolution Officer with the Superior Court of Justice. Ms. Meyrick is a former member of both the Consent and Capacity Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. She holds a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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