The first organized meeting of the group of people who would eventually become Charter Members and first Directors of the Auctioneers Association of Ontario was held in February 1984 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba during the Annual General Meeting of the Auctioneers Association of Canada. The original name of the Association was the Professional Auctioneers Association of Ontario. The name was officially changed to the Auctioneers Association of Ontario (A.A.O.) on June 21, 1988.

Charter Members and Directors:

The Charter Members and first Directors of the AAO were as follows:

Les Brittan, Gerald Cryderman, Hugh Filson, Alicia Gordon, Barry Gordon, Barry Gray, Richard Lobb, Patrick Lyon, Raymond Pease, Harry Riley, Frank Stapleton

Secretary/Treasurers and Executive Directors:

The following persons have served as Secretary-Treasurer or Executive Director:

Alicia Gordon 1984 – 1985, Joyce Norris 1986 – 1996, Judy Snowden 1996 – 1997, Bob Campbell 1997 – 2001, Judie McLauchlin 2001 – 2005, Ken McGregor 2005 – 2021 and Bonnie Nadalin 2021 – Present.


The Director of the Board of the A.A.O. sits on a committee in order to serve the needs of the members who come from all corners of Ontario. The Board meets about nine times a year to hear reports from each of the committees and to discuss future plans.

The following lists the set-up of the Board committees:

Financial Resources, Human Resources, Legal and Legislation, Convention & Competition Chair & Convenor, Program, Competition, Site Selection, News Magazine, Communications, Membership, Dispute Resolution.

The Annual General Meeting of the A.A.O. is typically held during the annual convention.

Convention 2023

Our 2023 convention will be held at the Fairfield inn and suites by Mariot Friday, March 10th – Sunday, March 12th with registration open Thursday, March 9th. The convention is located at 407 North Front Street, Belleville Ontario, K8P 3C8. Hope to see you all there!

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