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.

All Directors must sign and adhere to the BAO’s Code of Conduct and Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Policy

Aubrey LeBlanc, 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.

To send a message to the Chair of the Board of Directors, please email: Chair@thebao.ca


Glen Timney, Vice-Chair

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.


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.


Tom Wright, Director

 Tom Wright was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario from 2014 to 2018.

Tom is the current Chair of the Condominium Authority of Ontario and Vice-Chair of the Resource Recovery and Productivity Authority Boards of Directors. Previously, he served as Chair of the Ontario Film Authority. Tom was Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Real Estate Council of Ontario and from 1991 to 1997 he was Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Ontario. A graduate of Queen’s University Law School, he was called to the Ontario Bar in 1975.

 


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.

 


Glenda Brindle, Director

Glenda became a Realtor in 1987.  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 was elected to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) Board in 2018 and has served as a Director of RECO from 2006-2014, then as Chair of the Council 2009-2010, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.

Glenda was elected to the Ottawa Real Estate Board in 2000 as a Director, then was elected as President in 2004.

Glenda was a director of the Realtor Care foundation 2006-2008 for the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). 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.


Jane van Alphen, Director

Jane van Alphen is the Program Director, Hospital Services at Baycrest Health Sciences and is responsible for developing and monitoring annual operating plans, quality and process improvement plans, championing innovation and building relationships with key partners. Jane previously served as the Director, Programs and Operations at the Canadian Center for Aging and Brain Health based at Baycrest, and Vice-President, Operations at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research based at MaRS.

Jane was instrumental in the creation of two new organizations from start-up in the Toronto area, with a national and provincial scope. Prior to that, she was a Clinical Health Services Director at Sick Kids and Perinatal Manager at the Toronto General Hospital and a Registered Nurse at Doctors Hospital. Jane completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Windsor, a Master’s of Science in Physiology and a Rotman MBA at the 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.

 


Jay O’Neill, Director

Jay O’Neill was appointed CEO and Registrar at the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority in June 2018.  He joined the RHRA in 2001 and was instrumental in the launch of the organization. In his most recent role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), he oversaw finance, Human Resources, Information Technologies, enterprise risk, procurement, and facilities.

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

Jay currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bereavement Authority of Ontario.

The RHRA is responsible for administering the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (the Act), which includes licensing and regulating retirement homes on behalf of the government of Ontario. It is an independent, self-funded, not-for-profit corporation, committed to the protection and well-being of seniors living in retirement homes.


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.

 


 Director

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

 

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