John Greene, President
J.F. Greene Funeral Services Limited
507 Bernard Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia B9A 2V2
Office Phone: (902) 625-2929
Representing: Nova Scotia
A first generation Funeral Director, and sole owner of J.F. Greene Funeral Services Limited. John first began in the funeral profession during his final year of high school, and purchased the funeral home 3 years later in 1999. He became licensed in 2000.
John served as a Board member of the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia for 12 years and during that time served as Vice President and two terms as President. In addition John has served as General Chair of the Atlantic Provinces Funeral Director and Service Convention.
Outside of his professional obligations John is a volunteer firefighter and currently serves as Secretary of the Port Hastings Volunteer Fire Department. John is a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, Port Hawkesbury and serves on the Parish Cemetery Committee and is a past chair of the Parish Pastoral Council.
Yves Berthiaume, Vice-President
Salon Funéraire Berthiaume Funeral Home Ltd.
416 rue McGill
Hawkesbury, Ontario K6A 1R2
Office Phone: (613) 632-8511
Yves Berthiaume is a 3rd generation President and CEO of the family business which saw its beginnings in 1896 and is now entering its 4th generation. Yves, has always been very involved in different community associations. At 47, from 2004-05, Yves became the youngest serving President of Optimist International, the 4th biggest service club in the world.
Yves has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh!
Jim Bishop Secretary/Treasurer
Bishop's Funeral Home
540 Woodstock Road
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 2J3
Office Phone: (506) 458-1885
Representing: New Brunswick
Jim Bishop was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is a third generation funeral director in his independent, family owned, Canadian funeral home. The funeral home was started by his grandfather, Clowes Bishop, in 1964. His father, Gerald Bishop, ran the funeral home until 2004. Jim started with the funeral home in 1989 and took over operation and ownership in 2005. Since that time he has been a member of the New Brunswick Funeral Directors Association, having served three terms as president. He was a past board member representing New Brunswick for the Canadian Independent Group of Funeral Homes. He currently sits on the New Brunswick Provincial Regulatory Board of Funeral Director’s and Embalmers. His funeral home has been a member of the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) for a number of years and he is currently a board member of FSAC, representing NB. Jim is also the Government Relations chairman for FSAC.
Michael Hedden, Past President
Ocean View Funeral Home and Burial Park
4000 Imperial Street
Burnaby, British Columbia V5J 1A4
Office Phone: (604) 435-6688
Michael entered funeral service in 1990 and worked faithfully with the Armstrong family for nine years. In 1999 he accepted a position with Valley View Funeral Home, in Surrey, BC and excelled under Arbor’s mentorship. In 2002, Michael accepted the Assistant Manager position with Forest Lawn Funeral Home (SCIC) in Burnaby, BC. Michael has served for six years on the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia representing SCIC and the provincial membership. He has volunteer countless hours redeveloping the province’s Apprenticeship program and received the Remco Distinguished Service Award, as nominated by his peers, in 2009. In his current position Michael is the General Manager of Forest Lawn and Ocean View Funeral Homes and West Coast Crematorium.
Brett Watson, Director
South Calgary Funeral Centre
12700 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB T2J 7E5
Office Phone: (403) 297-0711
Brett started his career in funeral service in his home town of Nipawin, Saskatchewan in 1991. He graduated from the Alberta School of Mortuary Science (the precursor to Mount Royal University) under the instruction of Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. Much of his career has been spent in Southern Alberta, managing numerous funeral homes including his current position at South Calgary Funeral Centre.
He has served on various committees with the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) and with the Alberta Funeral Service Association (AFSA). Brett served as president with AFSA from 2003-2005. He is also accredited with the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners (APFSP).
Brett has instructed at Mount Royal University in various capacities since the beginning of the Embalmer Certificate Program in 2000. His primary focus has been instruction in Embalming Theory, Restorative Art and Embalming Practices.
Harry Froese, Director
Friends Funeral Service
2146 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2V 3S5
Office Phone: (204) 339-5555
Funeral director and embalmer for 31 years, Harry is currently partner of an independent funeral home, Friends Funeral Service in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In his earlier life, Harry taught middle school in MBCI and also overseas in Nigeria with Mennonite central committee. His time in Africa has resulted in a wider world view.
Education: Bachelor of Education, diploma of religious studies, funeral director and embalmer’s diploma.
Harry has been involved in the Western School of Funeral Service as instructor and embalming examiner. He continues to have a passion for student education in the funeral industry. Harry enjoys doing his part in public education and promotion of the value of the funeral.
He is married to Lorna, and has a 24 year old daughter. Harry is an avid reader, and has a variety of interests, including vintage car restoration, gardening, horses, and nurturing a Manitoba vineyard. Family relationships are important to Harry; he also makes an effort to maintain many good friendships.
Colin Barrett, Director
|Marie-Eve Garneau, Director
Claude Marcoux Ltee
1845, boulevard Giuillaume-Couture
Lévis, Québec G6W 5M6
Office Phone: (418) 839-8823
A fourth generation of funeral director, Marie Eve joined the family funeral home in 2002 after studying at Humber College in Toronto. She was born and raised in the funeral home in St-Romuald, Québec. In 2008, feeling that the population needs were changing the family home underwent a major change, as they built a funeral complex where all the services could be found under one roof. Marie Eve and her sister, Valérie, are proud to take over their father Jean Garneau's business, which has grown significantly as it has doubled in size in the last two years. Marie believes that younger generation funeral directors can bring a breath of fresh air to our profession, which has changed a lot in the last 20 years, while the valuable experience of past generation like her dad is still very much needed to stay strong.
She is proudly married to a funeral director originally from Port Perry, Ontario, Owen St.John who operates a transfer service and crematorium in Lévis, Québec. Together they have 3 beautiful young children. Marie also strives to be involved in her community as much as she can.
Jeffrey D. Weafer, Director
Regina Funeral Home
Arbor Memorial Inc.
4001 East Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan S4V 3A3
Office Phone: (306) 789-8850
Steve Tamblyn, Director
Life Expressions Ltd
1416 Dufferin Ave
Wallaceburg, Ontario N8A 2W5
Office Phone: (877) 543-5545
Representative: Supplier Members
Steve Tamblyn is an Owner/Operator for Life Expressions. This company is a manufacturer of personalized items servicing clients in various areas on an international level, with the focus being on the funeral profession. Steve has been involved in this profession since 2009 and has established a well-known reputation for providing excellent service to his clients. Steve has an extensive background in business development, marketing and sales and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in these areas. He has attended various tradeshows and conferences across Canada for the Funeral Profession for the last 8 years and has gained valuable knowledge and an understanding for the profession as well as great respect for the unique needs and services that it provides.
Steve’s greatest strengths are his customer service/communication skills, drive and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand a company’s reach.
Steve has sat on various committees over the years including several years where he was the Chair of the Mission and Outreach Committee at his local Church. He has also organized and participated in many charity events. He feels strongly that individuals should give back and support initiatives that are beneficial to a community, and its citizens.
Steve feels his position on the FSAC board of directors has enabled him to continue advocating for a modern, positive, professional association. As the owner/operator of an expanding international business he understands the values of hard work, attention to detail, thinking globally and working in cooperation with others. He believes this gives him an excellent perspective of the profession and the vast array of people involved with it. He looks forward to many more years of service.
Allan Cole, Director at Large
MacKinnon & Bowes Ltd.
162 Wicksteed Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4G 2B6
Office Phone: (416) 465-7508
Janet Ricciuti, Director at Large
Service Corporation International (Canada) ULC
1835 East Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 1T3
Office Phone: (250) 882-9319
Janet Ricciuti is the current Manager of Government and Corporate Affairs for SCI Canada.
Janet has been involved in the funeral service profession for over 25 years and has developed strong relationships with members and Regulatory Boards across the country. She served as Executive Director of the British Columbia Funeral Association for 23 years and held several key advisory positions to government and public agencies. Her knowledge, skills and abilities to identify industry related issues and potential solutions and her experience with legislative process have connected her with both stakeholders and regulatory leaders from across Canada.
Janet was instrumental in coordinating several key provincial initiatives including a Joint Protocol for Planned Home Death; Pandemic Influenza Response Plan; and Funeral Services Human Resource Planning which lead to securing unprecedented federal and provincial funding to identify and implement new training requirements for the BC Funeral Service Profession. This work included identifying revisions and updates to the existing programs, curriculum development and looking at the future educational needs within the Funeral Service Profession. She has also served on numerous Committees including the Funeral Services Labour Mobility Committee; BC Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Advisory Committee; OACFP Legislation Committee and the BC Industry Training Authority Advisory Committee.
Janet is a subject matter expert on Association governance and management, and the funeral service profession in general, and looks forward to working together for the common good of the funeral service profession.
Roberta Rainville, Executive Director
Funeral Service Association of Canada
800-1730 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3Y7
Office Phone: (613) 505-0277 x 101
Fax: (613) 505-0277