Committees

BAO has nine committees that oversee all facets of BAO’s legislative and regulatory responsibilities.

As part of its governance structure, the BAO Board is supported by three Advisory Committees. These volunteer committees are comprised of sector and consumer representatives who provide the Board and the Registrar with expert advice on matters affecting the bereavement sector.

Please click here for Funeral & Transfer Services Advisory Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members:

–        Brian Parent (Chair), Families First Funeral Homes

–        Angie Aquino, Canadian Memorial Services

–        Loyal David Beggs, Beggs Funeral Home Ltd.

–        Jay Branton, Service Corporation International (SCI)

–        Terrence Eccles, Arbor Memorial Services

–        Rick Ludwig, Kitching, Steepe and Ludwig Funeral Home

–        Scott Miller, Hulse, Playfair & McGarry

–        Carolyn Nixon, Affordable Funeral Options

–        Paul Ouellette, Acronamic Learning System

As part of its governance structure, the BAO Board is supported by three Advisory Committees. These volunteer committees are comprised of sector and consumer representatives who provide the Board and the Registrar with expert advice on matters affecting the bereavement sector.

Please click here for Cemetery, Crematorium & Municipal Advisory Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members:

–        Glen Timney (Chair), Mount Pleasant Group 

–        Heather Anderson, Ontario Historical Society

–        Kirby Butler, Southwest Crematoriums Ltd.

–        Ron Hendrix, Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Service

–        Lillian Logan, Township of Lanark Highlands

–        Ian Merritt, The Lindsay Cemetery Corporation

–        Larry Moore, St. John’s Cemetery and Columbarium

–        Helma Oonk, Glenwood Cemetery Company

–        Jeff Wakeford, Little Lake Cemetery Company

As part of its governance structure, the BAO Board is supported by three Advisory Committees. These volunteer committees are comprised of sector and consumer representatives who provide the Board and the Registrar with expert advice on matters affecting the bereavement sector.

Please click here for Faith-based Advisory Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members:

–        John O’Brien (Chair), The Catholic Cemeteries

–        Imam Imran Ally, TARIC Islamic Centre

–        William Draimin, Barrister & Solicitor

–        The Reverend Daniel Graves, St. Paul’s Anglican Church

–        Wayne Harris, Perth Cemetery Company

The Governance and Nominations Committee has a double mandate; to provide the Board of Directors with recommendations for the membership of committees and the Board of Directors; and to assess the BAO’s governance development, practices and policies, and make recommendations on these matters to the Board of Directors.

Please click here for Governance and Nominations Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members: 

–        Glenda Brindle (Chair), Royal Lepage Team Realty Brokerage  

–        Aubrey LeBlanc, Ontario Building Officials Association

–        Laurie Macdonald, VQA

–        Brian Parent, Families First Funeral Homes

The Audit and Risk Committee’s mandate is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the organization’s standards of integrity and behaviour, reporting of financial information, risk management oversight and management control practices.

Please click here for Audit and Risk Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members: 

–        Jay O’Neill (Chair), Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)

–        Aubrey LeBlanc, Ontario Building Officials Association

–        Laurie Macdonald, VQA

–        Jane van Alphen

The Compensation Fund Committee’s mandate is to manage the affairs of the Funeral Services Compensation Fund, to ensure compliance with the FBCSA and its Regulations and to determine eligibility of claims.

Please click here for Compensation Fund Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members: 

–        Brian Parent (Chair), Families First Funeral Homes

–        Heather Anderson

–        John O’Brien, The Catholic Cemeteries  

–        Paul Ouellette

–        Jane van Alphen

The Finance Committee’s mandate is to assist the Board in fulfilling its governance responsibilities with respect to financial planning, funding/revenue strategies, approval of budgets, financial monitoring and financial policies.

Please click here for Finance Committee’s Terms of Reference.

Our committee members:    

–        Tom Wright (Chair)

–        Glenda Brindle, Royal Lepage Team Realty Brokerage 

–        Aubrey LeBlanc, Ontario Building Officials Association

–        Laurie Macdonald, VQA

–        John O’Brien, The Catholic Cemeteries  

–        Jay O’Neill, Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA)

–        Brian Parent, Families First Funeral Homes

–        Glen Timney, Mount Pleasant Group

–        Jane van Alphen

Regulation to establish the Discipline and Appeal committees is in its final stages of approval (May 2018).  Once active, the BAO will begin the process of committee composition and will be soliciting stakeholders to find those interested in becoming members. 

The mandate of the Discipline Committee is to hear and determine issues concerning licensee compliance with the Bereavement Authority of Ontario’s Code of Ethics.

The mandate of the Appeal Committee is to hear and determine licensee appeals of discipline proceedings.

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