Judge James M. Donnelly has been nominated as the vice chair of the Ontario Racing Commission, Gerry Phillips, minister of government services, announced Feb. 2.
"I am pleased someone of James Donnelly's caliber is interested in serving on the board of the ORC," said Phillips. "This nomination supports the government's commitment to fulfill its responsibilities in ensuring the honesty and integrity of horseracing by regulating the industry in the public interest."
Mr. Donnelly served as a trial judge in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice from 1999 to 2005. He was called to the bar in 1954 and was a partner in the law firm Donnelly & Murphy for 31 years focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation.
"I look forward to joining the commission and becoming actively involved and working closely with the horse racing community," said Donnelly.
The ORC is a crown agency of the Ontario government responsible for regulating the horseracing industry in Ontario. The ORC acts in the public interest to govern, direct, control and regulate the horse racing industry and to ensure public confidence in the honesty and integrity of the industry.