December 20, 2021 – Ottawa, (Ontario) – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Today the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the reappointment of Patricia Farnese and Marthanne Robson to the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal.
Ms. Farnese has been reappointed for a three-year term, effective December 13, 2021. She has been a member of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal since 2018 and was previously vice-chair of the Practitioner Staff Appeals Tribunal in Saskatchewan. Ms. Farnese is a lawyer and Law Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to her undergraduate degrees, Ms. Farnese holds a Masters of Laws degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas. Her published research critiques both the design and implementation of agri-environmental policies, including policies intended to promote the wise-use of wetlands, animal health and infectious diseases.
Ms. Robson has been reappointed for a three-year term, effective December 14, 2021. She has been a member of the Canadian Agricultural Review Tribunal since 2017 and was previously vice-chair of the Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal from 2006 to 2016. Ms. Robson obtained her common law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa, is currently a member of the Law Society of Ontario, and was a member of the Barreau du Québec for 20 years. Ms. Robson is very active in her community as a volunteer and is a co-founder and partner of the Ethical Investors Group of Montréal.
In 2016, the Government of Canada implemented an open, transparent and merit-based process for selecting Governor in Council appointees. Appointees play a fundamental role in Canada’s democracy by serving on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies and tribunals across the country.