OTTAWA, June 1, 2012 — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment:

The Honourable Donald J. Rennie, a Judge of the Federal Court and member of the Competition Tribunal, is appointed Chairman of the Competition Tribunal, to replace Madam Justice S.J. Simpson, whose term will expire June 10, 2012.

Mr. Justice Rennie received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph in 1975 and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1978.

Mr. Justice Rennie was appointed to the Federal Court in October 2010. Prior to that, he was Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Litigation) with the Department of Justice Canada (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 at the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory (1978).

Mr. Justice Rennie has been co-author of Federal Courts Practice since 1988, as well as co-author of The Annotated Crown Liability and Proceedings Act of 1995. He was a frequent panellist 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.

This appointment is effective June 10, 2012.