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Yves Berthiaume, CFSP, PRF, President
Salon Funéraire Berthiaume Funeral Home Ltd.
416 rue McGill
Hawkesbury, Ontario  K6A 1R2
Office Phone: (613) 632-8511

Representing: Ontario

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, Vice-President
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 since 2013. Jim is also the Government Relations Committee chairman for FSAC. In 2016 he was voted to the executive of FSAC and currently sits in the role of Treasurer. During his time with FSAC, Jim has been able to assist in the revamping of the organization after some unfortunate circumstances. His work with the board has been dedicated and rewarding in terms of progress.

Within the Government Relations committee, Jim has been able to lobby government on numerous occasions, representing the FSAC membership on a number of issues pertaining to the benefit of the public and the funeral profession. Some of the victories during this period have been Jim’s testimonial on behalf of the funeral profession at a senate hearing committee in support of Bill C-247 which consolidates all the reporting agencies a family would have to deal with in executing a loved one’s estate. This bill then received 3 readings and royal assent in record time. To follow up on the success of the Last Post Fund increase a few years ago, the prebudget submission requesting a change in the means testing amount was accepted by the federal government, and the result is more families being able to qualify for funding for a veteran’s funeral services.

Brett Watson, Treasurer
South Calgary Funeral Centre
12700 Macleod Trail South
Calgary, AB  T2J 7E5
Office Phone: (403) 297-0711

Representing: Alberta

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.

John Greene, Past-President
J.F. Greene Funeral Services Limited
507 Bernard Street
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia  B9A 2V2
Office Phone: (902) 625-2929

Representing:  N/A

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. 

Jayson Gordon, Director
SCI Canada
14831 28th Ave
Surrey, BC  V4P 1P3
Office Phone: (604) 531-9353

Representing: British Columbia

Jayson has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer in British Columbia since 1995. He is currently employed by Service Corporation International as a Managing Director for Central Canada based in the Vancouver area. His area of responsibility includes funeral, cemetery and crematoria locations in 6 provinces. His current role allows him to have a unique perspective on the funeral profession not just in BC but across much of the country.

Additionally, he served on the Board of the British Columbia Funeral Association (BCFA) for many years including serving as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee. He enjoyed his time on the BCFA Board and appreciated the opportunity he was given to act as an advocate with numerous government agencies on behalf of the profession.

Jayson has a Masters' of Business Administration degree from York University.

Harry Froese, Director
Friends Funeral Service
2146 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R2V 3S5
Office Phone: (204) 339-5555

Representing: Manitoba

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
Barrett's Funeral Home Ltd.
73 Commonwealth Avenue
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
Office Phone: (709) 364-1937

Representing: Newfoundland / Labrador

Colin is a fourth generation Funeral Director with Barrett's Funeral Home and Crematorium, St. John's, NL.  He started working in the family business at the age of 15 and decided to pursue a career in funeral services in 1991.  Colin graduated from Kingstec in 1996 and became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1996.  He manages two locations of Barrett's Funeral Home in St. John's and Mount Pearl, NL.  Colin is an active member of his community and is a Past Master of St. George's Masonic Lodge, and First Colony Masonic Lodge.  


Adam Tipert, Director
Sweeny's Funeral Home
51 Phoenix Street  
Bridgewater, NS B4V 2W9
Office Phone: (902) 543-2587

Representing: Nova Scotia

Adam has a passion for funeral services and believes in everything it represents. Taking an active interest in the Nova Scotia provincial association (FSANS) in 2003, he has been a member, a Director and has been in the role as Vice President and then served as President from 2012-2014. During his tenure with the FSANS, he has chaired many and various committees such as the Infection & Communicable Disease committee, Member Relations and chairs the adhoc committee currently studying Self Governance. Serving on the various committees comes the opportunity to negotiate and lobby with various government departments and agencies such as the Department of Community Services and Medical Examiners Service.

Adam is fulfilling a three year government appointed term with the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors where is currently Chairman. During Adam’s professional career and his years with the Association and the Board, he has had the opportunity to be a member of the Nova Scotia Collaborative Tissue Bank Team; an educator in partnership with the Department of Vital Statistics and the College or Registered Nurses in the training program for authorizing Nurse Practitioners to complete the medical certificate of death (MCD); worked on the collaborative designing team with the Nova Scotia Department of Vital Statistics in rolling out the on-line registration database for divisional registrars; assisted on the planning committee with all stakeholders for advanced planning for palliative deaths at home and the transition to the funeral home. Adam is serving as the representative for Nova Scotia for the International Conference of Examination Boards and is Chairman of the Funeral and Applied Sciences Program Advisory Committee for Nova Scotia Community College.

Adam earned his CFSP designation in 2014 and is President and owner of C.F. Sweeny Funeral Home with locations in Bridgewater and New Germany, Nova Scotia.

In his personal time, Adam enjoys community theatre, music and volunteering his time with community groups. He is a member of “Nova Voce” Nova Scotia Provincial Men’s Choir and shares the music directors position in his church.

Marie-Eve Garneau, Director
Groupe Garneau Thanatologue
1845, boulevard Guillaume-Couture
Lévis, Québec  G6W 5M6
Office Phone:  (418) 839-8823

Representing: Québec

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

Representing: Saskatchewan 

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.

Gary Carmichael, Director at Large

Director of National Development, 
Guaranteed Funeral Deposits of Canada (GFD)
PO Box 100, Lakeshore W. PO
Oakville, ON, L6K 0A3
Telephone: 416-626-2986

Gary has over forty years of progressive experience in the bereavement sector and a full understanding of the culture of the bereavement profession, regulatory environment and an enhanced relationship with Canadian regulators.  His consensus building skills will add value to the Funeral Service Association of Canada organization and membership..

Gary is employed with the Guaranteed Funeral Deposits of Canada (GFD), as Director of National Development.  He is responsible for the expansion of GFD nationally. He is responsible for the development of new initiatives to assist funeral homes and cemeteries with their investment requirements. Gary previously was an executive with a large Canadian operator.

Gary’s experience also includes Past President of the Cremation Association of North America; Former Chair of the Registrar’s Advisory Council of Ontario; Member of the Ontario Association of Cemeteries’ Legislative and Environment Committees, the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Advisory Committee-British Columbia and the Alberta Governance and Legislation Review.

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

800-1730 boul St. Laurent Blvd
Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y7

Phone: 613-505-0277
Fax: 613-505-0277

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