Senior Management



Carey Smith
CEO / Registrar

Carey Smith brings an impressive track record and fresh perspective to the BAO. With extensive experience in building relationships with stakeholders and enhancing effective service delivery across multi-jurisdictional entities, Carey brings 12+ years at the Director of Investigations at the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC), one of the first delegated administrative authorities (DAAs) in Ontario. Carey is currently the chair of First Ontario Credit Union’s Board of Directors and, earlier in his career, was a police officer leading high-profile cases.

Lisa Padgett
Manager, Office of the CEO/Registrar & Board of Directors

Lisa Padgett is a Certified Human Resources Professional who brings to BAO over 15 years of experience in board governance and relationship management. Working with not-for profit organizations such as the Canadian Security Association and GS1 Canada, Lisa has managed the operations of both National and Provincial Boards while maintaining responsibility for numerous committees. Lisa has extensive experience providing strategic support to the CEO and Board officers, and with human resource and event management.

John Park
General Counsel

John Park is an experienced litigator and regulatory lawyer.  Prior to joining the BAO, he was the head of the litigation department at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and legal counsel to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC).  At OCOT, John was instrumental in developing internal processes to manage prosecutions arising from allegations of professional misconduct and litigation before the provincial offences courts throughout the province.  Before commencing his career as in-house counsel to regulatory authorities, he was a successful defence lawyer representing individuals and organizations facing criminal and regulatory charges and conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials in Ontario.  Outside the BAO, John serves as the current president (chair) of the Hong Fook Mental Health Association, an organization that promotes mental health awareness and offers programs and services to the Ontario public.

Michael D’Mello
Deputy Registrar

Michael D’Mello joins us from the Cemeteries and Crematoriums Unit in the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, where he was the Registrar in this unit for almost 15 years. Prior to his work as Registrar, Mr. D’Mello was an investigator for the ministry, an Associate Broker in a Real Estate firm, and a police officer.

Peter Jordan
Compliance Manager

Peter Jordan joins us from the Board of Funeral Services, where he served as the Manager of Regulatory Compliance for six years. Prior to joining BOFS Peter served as an investigator for both the Ontario College of Teachers and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Peter brings over 21 years of regulatory experience to the BAO team.

Nick Siliverdis

Nick holds a CPA, CGA designation and brings over 10 years of comprehensive experience in financial controllership including planning, forecasting and analysis. Nick came to the BAO from Lowe’s Canada where he was a member of the Corporate Finance team. In his role at Lowe’s, Nick participated in business case analysis to support store expansion and more recently the acquisition of Rona Canada. Prior to Lowe’s, Nick worked at Molson Coors Canada where he led the re-development and automation of cash flow forecasting and reporting tools to help support Corporate Merger & Acquisition initiatives including the 2012 Central Europe purchase of Starbev. In an operational supportive role, Nick partnered with the Toronto brewery operations team where he led transformation and cost saving initiatives in addition to driving increased transparency and financial effectiveness of capital investments.

Michelle Crognale
Operations Manager

Michelle Crognale has been a licensed funeral director for over 20 years. Prior to being licensed, she obtained her business degree from the University of Windsor. Michelle worked for 6 years with Service Corporation International as a bilingual member of its acquisition support team, during which time she helped many funeral home operators across eastern Canada and the eastern United States, transition from independent to corporate ownership.  Michelle worked as an Inspector with the Board of Funeral Services for 17 years and transitioned to the Bereavement Authority of Ontario when it was established in 2016.  As an inspector, Michelle enjoyed interacting with licensees to improve their internal controls, leading to greater compliance.  In June 2019, she accepted a new and exciting challenge at the BAO as Manager of Operations, managing the internal staff teams for Complaints, Licensing and Trust.

David Brazeau
Communications Manager

David Brazeau is an accomplished communications professional from the private and public sectors with a proven track record in strategic and hands-on communications, digital media and stakeholder engagement. His experience prior to joining the BAO includes nine years as the communications director of a Toronto hospital corporation, where he was responsible for all communications planning and implementation including: stakeholder and community relations; strategic planning; public presentations; web and social media strategy and content; writing and producing annual reports and e-magazines; crisis communications and risk mitigation. He has done senior-level contract work, most recently with the Condominium Authority of Ontario, where he led its communications department. David is also an award-winning communications professional and a former daily newspaper staff journalist.

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