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Member Appointments
Chairman's Role
Judicial Members
Lay Members
Position Prerequisites for Lay Members


Member Appointments

The Governor in Council appoints judicial members from the Federal Court on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice. Lay members are appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Industry. They provide expertise based on their individual backgrounds in economics, business, accounting, marketing and other relevant fields.

The members are appointed for fixed terms of up to seven years and may be reappointed. One of the judicial members is appointed Chairman of the Tribunal by the Governor in Council.


Chairman's Role

The Chairman directs the work of the Tribunal and, in particular, allocates case work to the members. The Tribunal must hear applications for orders under Part VIII of the Competition Act (Matters reviewable by the Tribunal) in panels of three to five members. A judicial member must preside at the hearing and there should be at least one lay member on the panel.

Mr. Justice Donald J. Rennie of the Federal Court is the Chairman of the Competition Tribunal.


Judicial Members
  • Mr. Justice Donald J. Rennie (Chairman)
          Appointed Chairman June 10, 2012 to May 2, 2017
          Biography

  • RENNIE, Honourable Donald J.

    Prior to being appointed a Judge of the Federal Court in October 2010, Mr. Justice Rennie was Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Department of Justice Canada in Ottawa.

    Mr. Justice Rennie received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the University of Guelph in 1975 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Dalhousie University in 1978.

    Mr. Justice Rennie was Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Litigation) with the Department of Justice (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 to the Supreme Court of the Yukon Territory (1978).

    Over the course of his 29 years of practice he appeared as counsel for the Attorney General of Canada in many complex cases involving the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, administrative, tort and constitutional law. He was counsel to Canada at the Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada (Krever Inquiry), in arbitrations under the NAFTA and for the Minister of Justice in matters arising under the Judges Act. He has appeared at all levels of court in most provinces and in over twenty appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada.

    Justice Rennie has significant experience dealing with competition issues and over the years was involved in high profile complex cases dealing with restraining anti-competitive practices in the air transportation industry, the disclosure of documents provided by third parties in light of the principles of natural justice, the potential of abuse of dominant market position in relations to discounted price incentives to suppliers, and another such case requiring the detailed understanding of the economics of cross-subsidization and cost accounting where monopolies also engage in competitive practices.

    He has been co-author of the Federal Court Practice since 1988 and also co-author of The 1995 Annotated Crown Liability and Proceedings Act. He was a frequent panelist 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.

    Justice Rennie was appointed judicial member of the Competition Tribunal on May 3, 2012, and Chairman on June 10, 2012.

  • Mr. Justice Paul S. Crampton
          Appointed March 19, 2010 to March 18, 2015
          Biography

  • CRAMPTON, Honourable Paul S.

    Paul S. Crampton was appointed to the Competition Tribunal on March 19, 2010 and to the Federal Court on November 26, 2009. Prior to joining the Federal Court, he was a partner in the Competition Law Group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, Canada from 2004 to 2009.

    Between 2002 and 2004, he was Head of Outreach, in the Competition Division of the OECD. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the OECD's work in the competition field with developing and transitioning countries. From 1992 to 2002, he was a partner in the Competition Law Group at Davies, Ward, Phillips and Vineberg LLP.

    He is a Past Chair of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Task Force on Competition Law and Policy; a former member of the International Chamber of Commerce's Working Party on International Competition Law Convergence; a former member of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council's Competition Principles Working Group; and a past Chair of committees of the Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association.

    He is also the author of Mergers and the Competition Act, a leading text on the merger provisions of the Competition Act, and of numerous articles published in domestic and international journals. He has spoken extensively on competition law throughout North America, the Pacific Rim countries and Europe.

    Between 1987 and 1991, he held various positions within the Competition Bureau, including Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Competition (formerly the Director of Investigation and Research). In that capacity, his duties included being the principal drafter of the Bureau's 1991 Merger Enforcement Guidelines, and participating in the development of other Bureau policy statements, such as the Price Discrimination Enforcement Guidelines and the Predatory Pricing Enforcement Guidelines.

    He coordinated the Competition Law course in York University's LL.M Programme in International Trade and Competition law (1997-1998), and was the principal lecturer of competition law courses at University of Ottawa Law School (1988-1990), and University of Toronto Law School (1992).


Lay Members
  • Dr. Wiktor Askanas
          Appointed May 9, 2014 to May 8, 2017
          Biography

  • Dr. Wiktor Askanas

    Dr. Wiktor Askanas is currently a Professor with the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He joined the Faculty in 1983 and is a member of the Strategy and Marketing Area. Over the years, Dr. Askanas has served UNB in various capacities including serving as Acting Dean, Faculty of Business Administration and as a member of UNB's Board of Governors. Dr. Askanas has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Allan B. Stuart Excellence in Teaching award, the 3M Teaching Fellowship and in 2003 he received the National Post Business Educator Award. Dr. Askanas was appointed as a lay member of the Competition Tribunal on May 9, 2014 for a three year term.

  • Mr. Elio R. Luongo
          Appointed August 4, 2009 to August 3, 2016
          Biography

  • Mr. Elio R. Luongo

    Mr. Luongo graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor in Business Administration, majoring in Economics and Accounting. He received his designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1986.
    Mr. Luongo is the Managing Partner of KPMG’s Greater Vancouver Area practice and is responsible for leading one of British Columbia’s largest accounting and advisory firms with over 850 professionals. He has over 24 years of experience providing Canadian and International Tax services to both public and private organizations. He has a broad background in corporate tax and restructuring and is well-recognized by his clients as a dedicated professional. Prior to his appointment as the Managing Partner, Mr. Luongo was in charge of KPMG’s Greater Vancouver Area Tax practice and served on KPMG’s Partnership Board of Directors.
    Mr. Luongo is active in the business community and is a Director of The Vancouver Board of Trade and sits on the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia. He has also served on boards and committees for charitable organizations and as a member of the Summit Advisory Committee for the Immigrant Employment Summit in Vancouver.
    Mr. Luongo was appointed as a lay member of the Competition Tribunal for a term of seven years, effective August 4, 2009.

  • Dr. Robert Z. Goluch
          Appointed August 4, 2009 to August 3, 2016
          Biography

  • Dr. Robert Z. Goluch

    Dr. Robert Z. Goluch completed his undergraduate studies at Loyola College earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Université de Montréal. He obtained a Master of Arts in Economic and Managerial Sociology from the University of Ottawa and his PhD in Adult Education from Walden University. His career in education included appointments at Grande Prairie Regional College in Alberta, as a Chief Academic Officer, Director of Planning and Communications and Founding Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Regional College Foundation. In Winnipeg, he was appointed a Vice-President of Red River College. Dr. Goluch's appointments in provincial government also included Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and International Education, Executive Director of the Universities Grants Commission, Executive Director of the Public Schools Finance Board and Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration with Manitoba Education and Training. Over his active career, Dr. Goluch's volunteer activities included being Board Chair of Winnipeg Habitat For Humanity, Finance Chair of Manitoba Marathon and Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Commission in Grande Prairie. Dr. Goluch was appointed as a lay member of the Competition Tribunal on August 4, 2009, for a seven year term.

  • Mr. Ralph G. Tannis
          Appointed August 4, 2009 to August 3, 2016
          Biography

  • Mr. Ralph G. Tannis

    Mr. Tannis has a broad based management background including extensive experience in operational planning, financial counselling, as well as administration and marketing. He is the founder of Fat Albert's restaurants and Ralph's bars and is currently President of the Franchisor. From 1972 to 2006, he was President of RGIAN Corporation, a company offering financial and accounting consulting services, property management and other business related services. He also served on the board of directors of CHEZ-FM for over nineteen years.

    Mr. Tannis has been active in community service, serving, among others, as Commissioner for the National Capital Commission from 1989 to 1995, and was also a Board Member on the Central Canada Exhibition Association from 1983 to 1998. Mr. Tannis was involved as Chair or Board Member of various other organizations such as the United Way Campaign, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and was co-founder of the Snow Suit Fund.

    Mr. Tannis was appointed as a lay member of the Competition Tribunal on August 4, 2009, for a seven year term.

  • Mr. Keith C. Montgomery
          Appointed November 5, 2009 to November 4, 2016
          Biography

  • Mr. Keith C. Montgomery

    Mr. Montgomery graduated in 1978 with a B.A. in Economics from York University. He then became a real estate broker and worked for 14 years in Muskoka, Ontario, before becoming a financial consultant with Investors Group in 1996.

    Mr. Montgomery has been very active in community service, serving as Ontario Bicentennial Advisory Commission Board Member from 1983 to 1984 and Muskoka District Housing Authority Board Member from 1988 to 1993. For 25 years, Mr. Montgomery was involved with the Rotary Club of Bracebridge, where he held the positions of President, Secretary and Team Leader/Organizer of World Community Service projects in the Bahamas and Mexico. He is currently the Chair of the Stan Darling Environmental Education Award Fund.

    Mr. Montgomery was appointed as a lay member of the Competition Tribunal on November 5, 2009, for a seven-year term.

  • Dr. Donald G. McFetridge
          Appointed June 21, 2012 to June 20, 2019
          Biography

  • Dr. Donald G. McFetridge

    Donald G. McFetridge is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is a former Chair of the Department of Economics, former holder of the T. D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Competition Bureau in Ottawa and former Chair of the Economics and Law Committee of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Professor McFetridge also served as Research Coordinator on the Economics of Industrial Structure for the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada.

    Professor McFetridge has been teaching and writing in the fields of industrial economics, regulatory economics and competition policy for over thirty-five years. His research has been published in The Canadian Bar Review, The Canadian Business Law Journal, The Antitrust Bulletin, The Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Canadian Journal of Economics, The Journal of Public Economics, and The Review of Economics and Statistics as well as many other economics and business journals.

    Professor McFetridge has advised the Competition Bureau, the Competition Tribunal, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and numerous Canadian and International companies on such competition matters as horizontal restraints, predatory pricing, abuse of dominance, essential facilities, refusals to deal and mergers. He has been commissioned to provide research for numerous public inquiries including the Competition Policy Review Panel.

    Professor McFetridge has appeared as an expert witness before the Competition Tribunal on two occasions, before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on one occasion and before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal on two occasions. He also served as a member of the Market Surveillance Panel of the Ontario Energy Board from 2002 to 2010.

    Professor McFetridge was appointed as a lay member of the Competition Tribunal for a term of seven years, effective June 21, 2012.


Competition Tribunal's Position Prerequisites for Part Time Lay Members

Education/Experience

  • A post graduate degree in industrial organization economics, business, commerce or finance OR a professional qualification in business, accounting or law OR extensive business related experience as a senior corporate executive, senior academic or senior public servant.

Knowledge

  • An understanding of economics, markets and financial statements.

Skills

  • Highly developed analytical skills to enable the member to consider and digest voluminous and complex economic and legal material.
  • Excellent oral communication skills to enable the member to formulate questions for counsel and witnesses and to enable the member to participate in post-hearing deliberations with other panel members.
  • Proficiency in the use of computers which is sufficient to enable the member to work with a variety of software and, in particular, software used to run a paperless case.
  • The ability to speak, read and write in both official languages is essential for at least three of the seven part time members and an asset for all.

Personal Attributes

  • Must be dynamic and actively engaged in their area of expertise.
  • Must be able to interact with a variety of individuals in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Must have the integrity required to maintain the confidentiality of documents and information.
  • Must be able to organize other commitments in order to be available to attend the Tribunal's annual meeting, to hear lengthy cases and to attend education conferences.
  • Must have the flexibility to travel and work away from home for extended periods of time.
  • Must have the flexibility to adjust to hearing schedules which may vary.