Board of Directors

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors.

The Board is comprised of:

(a) Four (4) Elected Directors who are individuals selected based on their skills and governance experience as determined by the Nominating Committee using a skills matrix approved by the Board. These individuals can have no direct interest in the bereavement sector.

(b) Three (3) Appointed Directors who are individuals selected and appointed by the Minister.

(c)  Three (3) Appointed Advisory Committee Directors who are also the chairs of the three (3) Advisory Committees.


Glen Timney, Chair

After working for Mount Pleasant Group for almost 50 years, Glen Timney recently retired as Vice President of Corporate Development. Glen has twice served as President of the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals (OACFP), served three terms on their Board of Directors, conducted legislation and operations training seminars for licensees throughout the province for more than three decades, chaired the association’s legislation committee for 13 years, and represented the membership’s interests during government negotiations, culminating in the proclamation of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act in July 2012. A past president of the local Rotary Club, Glen was honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship. He is a Knight Commander within the Order of St. Lazarus in Canada, a past Commander of the Toronto Commandery, and served as Vice Chancellor Commanderies for Canada. Glen has also served as treasurer for two charitable foundations, and is a past member of the Humber College Health Sciences Funeral Education Advisory Committee.

Glen is looking forward to spending more quality time with his family, while continuing to volunteer within his community, assist the OACFP in furthering educational opportunities for the bereavement industry licensees, and serve on the BAO Board of Directors in his current capacity as Chair of the Board and Chair of the Cemetery Crematorium and Municipal Advisory Committee.

Glenda Brindle, Vice-Chair

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.

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.

Normand A. Allaire, Director

Normand A. Allaire is a former Federal Canadian Citizenship Judge who served two terms from 2005 to 2012. Prior to joining the Citizenship Commission he worked at senior levels in the Ontario Hospital sector for over 25 years. He was the President and CEO of Runnymede Healthcare Centre in Toronto for 21 years. He holds a Master of Health Science Administration degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives. As a Board Certified hospital executive, Mr. Allaire was an active leader on broad healthcare issues, especially as a member, director, and vice-chair of the then Metropolitan Toronto District Health Council. Before completing his undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) at U of T, he obtained a diploma in Funeral Service Education from Humber College and still holds a current Class 1 Funeral Director’s Licence although he is non-practicing. Mr. Allaire’s community service also included serving as vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Misericordia Sisters Rosalie Hall. His community service continues with local service clubs and associations. He is fluently bilingual in French and English and enjoys struggling with Italian.


Aubrey LeBlanc, Director

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. He is the past-Chair of the Bereavement 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.


Laurie Macdonald, Director

As the Executive Director at VQA Ontario, Laurie Macdonald oversees the management and operations of Ontario’s Wine Appellation 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, Laurie practiced as a professional 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.
Laurie currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Colleges Quality Assurance Service and is an active Civilian Instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Corps.


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.

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.


Jane van Alphen, Director

Jane van Alphen is a Clinical Director, Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Complex, Palliative, Transitional and Urgent Care at the Brant Community Healthcare System 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 Program Director, Hospital Services at Baycrest Health Services, Director, Programs and Operations at the Canadian Center for Aging and Brain Health, 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. 

Tom Wright, Director

Tom Wright is the founding Chair of the Board of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and the Condominium Authority of Ontario.
Tom is the Vice-Chair of the Resource Recovery and Productivity Authority Board of Directors. Previously, he served as Chair of the Ontario Film Authority. 
He served as CEO and Registrar of the Real Estate Council of Ontario. From 1991 to 1997 he was the 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.

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