Board of Directors

The HCRA is to be governed by a nine-person Board of Directors, including six elected representatives and three members appointed by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services to represent consumers, business and government. The HCRA’s Board of Directors is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the HCRA.

The HCRA’s current Board is comprised of the following members:

Virginia West

Former Deputy Minister in the Ontario government, with five portfolios over 12 years: Solicitor General, Public Safety and Security, Environment, Labour, and Natural Resources. Held several senior executive positions in municipal government, including Commissioner of Urban Planning and Development for the City of Toronto. Lawyer by profession with an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Vice Chair
Marg Rappolt

Strategic leader in public policy and human service transformation. Worked for 36 years in two provincial administrations (Ontario and Saskatchewan) and retired in 2014. Former Deputy Minister with the Ontario government with portfolios including: Community and Social Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Health Promotion, Seniors, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Eric DenOuden

President of Hilden Homes Ltd. and DenOuden Inc. Past President of Quinte Home Builders Association, Ontario Home Builders Association and Canadian Home Builders Association. Former board member and chair of Redeemer University.

Rinku Deswal

Rinku Deswal is a lawyer and the owner of RD Law Professional Corporation. Former Counsel at Paterson MacDougall LLP and Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP. She has 17 years of litigation experience, and has served as Board Chair for Peel Crime Stoppers. She has also been a part of the Board of Directors for St. John Ambulance (Peel). She has been invited to contribute at various forums, including the Law Society of Ontario, BAR Canada (Board of Airline Representatives of Canada) and the Mississauga Board of Trade. She has been an active speaker on topics focused on Women Leadership, Women in the Workplace, as well as Equity and Inclusion. She has been awarded the Safe City Mississauga Bell Hero Award for her work in crime prevention in the Region of Peel.

Hugh Heron

President of Heathwood Homes & Heron Homes, Former chair of Tarion; Past President of both the Greater Toronto and Ontario Home Builders’ Associations; Former senior board member of Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Mary Kardos Burton

Former Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ontario government with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in a variety of portfolios. Held various consulting assignments in health and social services including Chair of the Built Environment Standards for the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and Interim Vice President for Health Quality Ontario.

Av Maharaj

Vice President, Legal, Corporate Affairs, and HR for Kraft Heinz Canada. Former Counsel at Fasken Martineau. Held senior positions at the Kellogg Company – founding executive sponsor of the Kellogg Canada Diversity & Inclusion Council.

David Stimac

President of The Ironstone Building Company Inc. and Talu Properties Inc. Past president of the London Home Builders Association and served on the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.

Terence Young

Terence Young is the President of Gravitas Strategies, a strategic communications firm. He has 30 years’ experience in the private sector, and served as Board Member and adjudicator for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. He is a Director with the Institute of Corporate Directors. Terence served as an elected Member of the Ontario Legislature from 1995 until 1999, as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, and Colleges and Universities, and also served as a Federal Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2015 where he conceived, and galvanized Parliament to pass Vanessa’s Law: The Protecting Canadians from Unsafe Drugs Act.