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Members of Governing Board

Elmer Buchanan, Havelock
Appointed Chair 2013

Mr. Buchanan was appointed Chair of the ORC on November 6, 2013.
Following graduation from Queen's University, and subsequently Teacher's College in Peterborough County, he worked as a high-school teacher and vice-principal in Hastings County. A noted advocate for the concerns of rural Ontario and the agricultural community, he served as Ontario Minister of Agriculture from 1990 to 1995 and represented the riding of Hastings-Peterborough as a Member of Provincial Parliament. Mr. Buchanan has also served on the board of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission and has maintained his agricultural base, raising alpacas and angora goats on the family farm. From 2012 to 2013, he served as a member of the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, which met with industry participants and worked to develop a vision for the future of horse racing.

His current appointment expires on November 5, 2016

Anthony Williams, Caledon
Appointed Vice Chair 2012

Mr. Williams has represented the Ministry of the Attorney General on criminal prosecutions since 1974, including over 20 years as the Crown Attorney for the County of Dufferin at Orangeville.  Since 2007, he acted as senior litigation counsel for the Ontario Racing Commission, representing the Administration in hearings and other proceedings

He studied sociology and psychology at Glendon and Winters Colleges, York University at Toronto. He then received a law degree from Queen’s University at Kingston, was called to the Ontario Bar in 1974.  Mr. Williams has served as a Board member of numerous community groups including the Big Brothers, Alton Grange Association, Caledon Ratepayers Association, and the Criminal Law Advisory Committee for Legal Aid. Since 1998, he has served a Director with Caledon Dufferin Victim Services.

His current appointment expires on November 5, 2016


Eleanor Meslin, North York
Named Ex-officio 2015

Ms. Meslin is Chair of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.  A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Ms. Meslin is a former Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and consultant to the Ontario Human Rights Commission.  Retired from the Ontario Public Service in 2000 after more than 25 years' experience, Ms. Meslin held several senior level positions, such as acting Ombudsman, Executive Director of the Ontario Women's Directorate and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations.



Justin R. Fogarty, LL.B, LL.M, Alliston
Appointed 2014

Before opening his own litigation, governance and regulatory firm in 2012, Mr. Fogarty was a partner in four of Canada’s premier law firms. He was also the past co-chair of the International Bar Association Insolvency Law Section and past editor of The National Insolvency Law Review. A dedicated volunteer for a number of charities, Mr. Fogarty is an active supporter of the men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces.  As past Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the 33 Signals Regiment in Ottawa, he founded the regiment’s foundation where he continues as chair emeritus.

With Olympian Ken Read, he founded The Alpine Canada Foundation to raise money for the development of elite athletes for Canada’s National Ski Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Mr. Fogarty joined the Whistler Alpine Ski Team board and later the Alpine Canada Board where he served from 2009 to 2012. He is also an avid horseman. Mr. Fogarty led the Canadian Polo Association as President and Chairman through a period of restructuring to vitality. He remains active in the sport and is as an owner of the Upper Canada Polo Fields.

His current appointment expires on October 21, 2016


S. Grace Kerr, London
Appointed 2015

Ms. Kerr is Vice Chair of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Previously, she was a Partner with Lerners LLP, an Alternate Chair with the Ontario Review Board and an Associate Lawyer with MacLeod, Knox, Watts. Her community involvement has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, as an executive of the University of Western Ontario Law Alumni Association and as a member of P.E.O. International. Ms. Kerr holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K., as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Western Ontario.

Her current appointment expires on July 22, 2016


John W. Macdonald, Q.C., Toronto
Appointed 2009

Mr. Macdonald is a lawyer with experience in general practice, primarily of a corporate and commercial nature. He was called to the bar in 1962 and began his career with a major law firm in Toronto, and after 10 years of service went on to establish and be a member of his own partnership. Mr. Macdonald was awarded the distinction of a Queen’s Counsel in 1979. Born in Montreal, as a teenager he moved from the Quebec Eastern Townships to Brampton, Ontario – the “capital” of standardbred breeding in Canada. In 1974 Mr. Macdonald became a standardbred owner and licensee.  He is proud of the fact that, with friends, he was part owner of the Excellent Stable which raced Frugal Gourmet, the 1987 Canadian standardbred horse of the year. Based on this experience, as well as working with clients that race, breed and sell horses, he has first-hand knowledge of horse racing. Mr. Macdonald is still active in his current law firm partnership – Macdonald, Porter, Drees – which was established in 1996.

His current appointment expires on November 30, 2016.


Sandra J. Meyrick, MSc, LLB, Toronto
Appointed 2013

Ms. Meyrick is an experienced lawyer, adjudicator, community volunteer, and advocate for vulnerable members of the community. She served as an adjudicator with the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, as well as the Consent and Capacity Board, and acted as child counsel to the Office of the Childrens' Lawyer. Ms. Meyrick was also appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer at the Ontario Superior Court and continues to serve on the panel of the Public Guardian and Trustee. With an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Western Ontario, Ms. Meyrick received her Masters of Science degree from Oxford University and The London School of Economics. She then completed her Ontario Bachelor of Laws at the University of Windsor, having studied law at Western and the University of Michigan.  She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990. Ms. Meyrick has been on various Boards including the Board of York University and Kingsway College School. She has been an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association Executive since 1992.

Her current appointment expires on August 7, 2016.

Anne Walker, DVM, JD, Beamsville
Appointed 2012

Dr. Walker is a practising civil litigation lawyer and veterinarian.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biology, First Class, from York University, followed by a Master of Science in Clinical Pathology and a DVM, with Honours, from the Ontario Veterinary College.  Following graduation, Dr. Walker practised small animal medicine for several years in Mississauga and Oakville.  Concern for the welfare of laboratory animals led her to a career in laboratory animal medicine, initially as the Director of Veterinary Services for the Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, and later as the clinical veterinarian for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  After working for a number of years, Dr. Walker returned to the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto where she obtained a law degree in 2000.  In January 2011, she established a boutique civil litigation law firm where she practises personal injury, transportation, insurance and employment law.  Dr. Walker has owned, bred and raced Thoroughbreds for many years.  From 2010 to 2012, she served as the pro bono lawyer and a member of the Board of Directors of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society. 

Her current appointment expires on September 11, 2016.

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