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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.

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.

Previously, S. Grace Kerr, of London, was a Research Associate with the Lawson Health Research Foundation, a Partner with Lerners LLP, Vice Chair with the Ontario Review Board and an Associate Lawyer with MacLeod, Knox, Watts. Ms. Kerr's community involvement has included serving with the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, the University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Association and P.E.O. International. She holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K., and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario.

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.

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.

Justin Fogarty is a lawyer in restructuring and litigation and a horse farmer. He is also a former head of the Canadian Polo Association, a former Honourary Colonel and very involved in charities and military organizations. Mr. Fogarty's community involvement includes the Canadian Polo Association, serving as Vice-Chair of Princess Charities Canada and as a board member of the Canadian Defence Association and the Canadian Defence College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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.