In its pre-designation phase, the CAO is governed by an interim independent Board of Directors, which is composed of senior professionals with a range of expertise in the condo industry and condo law, administrative authorities, technology, and mediation. The following individuals were invited by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to act as first directors to oversee the implementation activities and govern the CAO:
Tom Wright, Chair
In addition to serving as the Chair of the CAO, Tom Wright is the current chair of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and the Ontario Film Authority, and Vice-Chair of the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority. Mr. Wright has administrative authority executive experience stemming from the Real Estate Council of Ontario, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and the Registrar. He was also the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Ontario, and the chair of the Condominium Authority Advisory Working Group.
Frank D’Onofrio, Vice Chair
Frank D’Onofrio is currently the Distinguished Public Servant in Residence in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. He is also a member of external advisory groups at Seneca College and Service Canada. Mr. D’Onofrio served in the Ontario Public Service for more than 30 years, during which time he worked in several senior executive positions at the Ministry of Transportation and ServiceOntario. In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Minister and Chief Executive Officer of ServiceOntario, until his retirement in 2014.
Armand Conant, Treasurer & Secretary
Armand Conant heads the Condominium Law department of the full-service law firm of Shibley Righton LLP, and has practised condominium law for more than 25 years. He also teaches courses on condominium law and has written numerous articles on related subjects. Mr. Conant’s executive experience comes from serving as the President of the Canadian Condominium Institute (Toronto) and serving on the boards of several other not-for-profit corporations. He was on the expert panel during the Condominium Act 1998 Review and was a member of the Condominium Authority Advisory Working Group. Mr. Conant has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, and obtained his Masters of Law from the Sorbonne in France.
Genevieve Chornenki, Board Director
Genevieve Chornenki has worked as mediator, arbitrator, and dispute resolution consultant since 1989. Ms. Chornenki serves on the National Appeal and Audit Committee for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Institute of Canada, and the Chartered Mediator Accreditation Committee at the ADR Institute of Ontario. She was the founding chair of the ADR Section at the Ontario Bar Association and was the recipient of its first Award of Excellence in alternative dispute resolution in 1999. Ms. Chornenki holds a Master of Laws in ADR and was a member of the Condominium Authority Advisory Working Group.