Board of Directors

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) is governed by a ten-member Board of Directors.

The Board is comprised of:

(a) Four Directors who are selected based on their skills and governance experience (these individuals can have no direct interest in the bereavement sector).  These individuals serve a one, two, or three year term.

(b) Three Appointed Directors who are selected and appointed by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, for terms determined by the Minister.

(c) Three Elected Directors who are also the chairs of the three Advisory Committees.  During this transitional year, these individuals will serve a one year term.

Tom Wright, Chair

Tom Wright was elected Chair of the initial Board of Directors of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario in September 2014. He was elected Chair of the permanent Board of Directors in August 2017. He is Chair of the initial Board of Directors of the Condominium Authority of Ontario and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority.

In November 1997 Tom became Registrar under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act and in January 2002 became CEO at the Real Estate Council of Ontario until his retirement in September 2014.

From 1991 to 1997 Tom was Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario. A graduate of Queen’s Law School, Tom was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975 and practised law for 10 years prior to joining the Ontario Public Service in 1985 where he held various legal positions.

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Aubrey LeBlanc, Vice-Chair

Aubrey LeBlanc works as Chief Administrative Officer of the Ontario Building Officials Association, an industry association representing, training and certifying Ontario’s municipal building officials.  He is also Chair of the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario. Aubrey is Past-President of the Consumers Council of Canada.  For a decade, he was President and Registrar of what is now the Tarion Warranty Corporation, another consumer-protection delegated authority of the Ontario Government. He has also been a senior executive in several provincial government ministries, and was most recently the Chief Building Official for Ontario.  He has a M.Sc. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

John O’Brien, Secretary

John J. O’Brien was appointed Episcopal Delegate for Cemeteries and Insurance by the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, D.D., Bishop of Hamilton on January 1, 2014.  He served as the Business Administrator of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton 1999 to 2013 and Director of The Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton from 1987 to 2013.

Mr. O’Brien served on the Board of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, Chicago, Illinois from 1993-2006, including a term as President from 2002-2004. He is currently President of the Ontario Catholic Cemetery Conference serving the Catholic Bishops of Ontario.

Since 1999, he has served on the Insurance Management Board of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario.  He served as President of Catholic Umbrella Pool II (CUP II), a reinsurance investment pool forming part of the Catholic Mutual Group of Omaha, Nebraska from April 2014 to April 2016.  In July of 2014, he became one of the incorporating Directors of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

He served a three-year term as a member of the Board and Treasurer of Catholic Missions in Canada (2004), and ten years as a Trustee of St. Joseph’s Villa (2003), a 428-bed Long Term Care Facility, located in Dundas, Ontario.  In September of 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Carpenter Hospice, a ten-bed hospice located in Burlington, Ontario. Mr. O’Brien is the third generation of his family to be actively involved in Catholic cemetery management.

Brian Parent, Director

Brian Parent is a past President and for many years the Legislative Co-Chair for the Ontario Funeral Service Association, of which he has been a member since 1982. He is the President of Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre in Windsor, Ontario and has been a licensed funeral director for over 35 years. Brian received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006 and Business of the Year Award in 2011 from the Windsor & Essex District Chamber of Commerce.

Brian serves as a Director in a number of organizations. He is currently a Board Member and a past President of the Victim Services Board of Management, a current Board Member and past President of the Victorian Order of Nurses, and a Director for the Essex Regional Conservation Authority. Brian is also very active as a Member of the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Windsor & Essex District Chamber of Commerce.

Glen Timney, Director

Glen Timney is the Vice President Corporate Development for the Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries in Toronto. He has worked within Ontario’s bereavement industry for over 40 years.

Glen has twice served as President of the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals and as a member of the Board of Directors for 8 years. For more than 3 decades he has travelled throughout the province conducting legislation and operations training seminars for licensees. For 13 years Glen chaired the OACFP legislation committee and represented the association during government negotiations, culminating in the proclamation of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act in July 2012.

Glen is dedicated to spending time with his family and serving his community. A past president of the local Rotary Club and active member for over 20 years, Glen was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his charitable community endeavours. He is a Knight Commander within the Order of St. Lazarus, a worldwide charitable organization established in 1093 which supports palliative and hospice care throughout Canada and the eradication of leprosy globally. A past Commander of the Toronto Commandery and Vice Chancellor Commanderies for Canada, Glen currently serves as Commander Emeritus in Toronto.

Glen has served as treasurer for two charitable foundations and a Board member of a children’s home. He currently serves on the Humber College Health Sciences Funeral Education Advisory Committee, and is an inaugural member of the Board of Directors of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

Glenda Brindle, Director

Glenda became a Realtor in 1987, and then attained her Broker registration in 2005. She managed the largest office for Royal Lepage Team Realty Brokerage as well as training for the sales people and Brokers in the company. Glenda served as a Director of the Real Estate Council of Ontario 2006-2014, then as Chair of the Council 2009-2010, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.

Glenda was a director of the Realtor Care foundation 2006-2008 for the Ontario Real Estate Association. Glenda has served on almost all committees for RECO and many others with all levels or organized Real Estate, Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) and Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB).

Glenda currently sits on the fundraising committee for St Joseph’s Woman Shelter in Ottawa, as well as Chairman for the Arbitration Committee, and a member of the governance committee, for Ottawa Real Estate Board, member of the Standard Forms Committee for Ontario Real Estate Board.

Jane van Alphen, Director

Jane van Alphen was a Director, Programs and Operations at the Canadian Center for Aging and Brain Health based at Baycrest Health Sciences. She was responsible for monitoring progress and impact, and day to day operations within the centre, with oversight of human resource, legal, information technology and programs.

Jane previously served as the Vice-President, Operations at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research based at MaRS from 2006 to 2016, where she created and oversaw the infrastructure of the new cancer research institute. Prior to that, she was clinical health services director at Sick Kids in Toronto from 1999 to 2006. She has also served as the perinatal manager at the Toronto General Hospital and as a clinical leader and Registered Nurse at Doctors Hospital, Toronto. Jane completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Windsor, a Master’s of Science in Physiology at the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She has lectured at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and published in the fields of neurology and physiology. Jane has served as a volunteer board member for Humewood House in Toronto.

Jay O’Neill, Director

Jay O’Neill is Chief Operating Officer for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA), an organization with the provincial mandate to licence, educate, and enforce standards in retirement homes. Jay was instrumental in launching the RHRA and now as COO he oversees finance, HR, IT, enterprise risk, procurement, and facilities. He also acts as key liaison with the board of directors.

Jay’s career experience includes both consulting positions as well as senior-level corporate positions. As a consultant, Jay’s primary focus was on human capital and change management, and supporting management through strategic and business planning processes. His client base included large national retail and small non-profit organizations. His corporate experience focused on strategy implementation and company profitability as well as HR excellence. He has worked in manufacturing, distribution, pipeline and energy services as well as professional services. Jay holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a BA from York University.

Laurie Macdonald, Director

As the Chief Staff Officer at VQA Ontario, Laurie oversees the management and operations of Ontario’s wine authority.  VQA Ontario administers provincial regulations that govern wine composition and labelling for Ontario wines and ensure label integrity for consumers.  She has been with VQA Ontario since its establishment in 2000.

Before joining VQA Ontario, Laurie practiced as an engineer in the mining and explosives fields and later was the Director of Professional Affairs and Registrar at Professional Engineers Ontario, the licensing authority for Professional Engineers in the Province.



The tenth Director will be appointed by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.


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