Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 15, 2009 13:20 ET

Minister Ritz Announces Appointment to Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced the appointment of Donald Buckingham as the Chairperson of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal (CART).

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Buckingham to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal," said Minister Ritz. "He brings to the position ample experience, as a legal counsel in the federal government, consultant to government, industry and non-governmental organizations, and law professor, virtually all of it related to the agricultural industry. Mr. Buckingham is eminently qualified to assume the post of Chairperson and I am convinced he will provide CART with outstanding leadership over the course of his term in office."

CART is a small quasi-judicial body that gives the public the opportunity to request reviews of certain administrative decisions or penalties imposed under various agriculture and agri-food acts. In this regard, CART plays a key role in ensuring a fair and efficient administrative monetary penalty system.

The Chairperson is a full-time member of CART and is its chief executive officer. In this capacity, the Chairperson is accountable for the effectiveness and efficiency of CART's operations and reports to Parliament through the federal Minister of Agriculture.

Mr. Buckingham's appointment is for a term of five years and is effective July 1, 2009. A biographical note for the appointee is attached.

To learn more about the Tribunal, please visit the CART Web site.

Biographical Note

Donald Buckingham

Donald Buckingham has been a Member of the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1988. Mr. Buckingham worked as a Legal Counsel at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) from 2006 to 2009. In this capacity, he advised AAFC officials on all matters affecting agriculture and agri-food. His career as a law professor spanned the period 1990 to 2009 and three universities: the University of Western Ontario, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa. During this time, he taught courses and conducted research on agriculture law and food law. In addition, Mr. Buckingham worked as consultant in Saskatoon (1998-99) and Ottawa (2000-2006) on issues pertaining to agriculture, food, trade, regulatory affairs and international development. Among his clients, he counted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, AAFC and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Mr. Buckingham's impressive academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Saskatchewan; a Bachelor of Laws (with distinction), from the University of Saskatchewan; a Diploma in International Law (by thesis) from the University of Cambridge; and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Ottawa and Universite Montpellier 1. He is the co-author of five books, including Agriculture Law in Canada, which was published in 1999, and has also written two forthcoming books related to agriculture and food law, as well as an extensive array of chapters and entries in other books, and academic articles. Born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Mr. Buckingham now resides in Ottawa.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch, Press Secretary