|Allan Cole, President, Owner. Licenced Funeral Director|
Allan Cole is the President and Owner of MacKinnon & Bowes. He started with the firm in 1975. Allan was licensed as a funeral director in 1978 as he followed in his grandfathers footsteps and entered funeral service. He is the past Chair of The Funeral Profession Coalition Council of Canada (FPCCC), Current member of the Board of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, Past Chair of Bereaved Families of Ontario (Toronto Chapter), Past President of the Canadian Funeral Trade Association, and the Toronto District Funeral Directors Association, and former director at the Ontario Board of Funeral service. Allan has the distinction as Canada's first civilian contractor for Mortuary Affairs for the Government of Canada. He has lectured throughout Canada concerning the care and handling of remains of those that have died with an infectious disease. He is certified in Mass Fatality Operations Training from the United States Department of the Air Force, Air Mobility Command. Allan has been awarded an Honorary Degree from the Canadian Forces Staff College, Senior Officers Joint Command and Staff Program (2011),
and an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies Degree, Health Sciences, from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 2009, (CARPE OPPORTUNITATES)
and the Commander of Land Force (Army) Commendation, (2008),
and the 2008 Award of Merit from The Ontario Funeral Service Association for the Repatriation of Canada's Fallen.
2004 Cornerstone Award from The Ontario Funeral Service Association,
and the 2012 Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto Chapter Founders Award.
- Funeral Service Association of Canada "Award of Merit" for 2013. - Presented for Outstanding Contributions for the Enhancement of the Canadian Funeral Profession Throughout a Distinguished Career in Funeral Service,
Allan was Knighted and officially invested into the Order of St. George - Canadian Priory in October 2013.
|Alex Cole, Licensed Funeral Director, Executive Management|
Alex Cole joined the firm's Management team in 2012 after receiving his funeral directors license. Alex attended Humber College of AA & T (CARPE OPPORTUNITATES) for the formal part of his Funeral Service Education. Alex is a member of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, Ontario Funeral Service Association, Toronto Funeral Directors Association, the Call Management Association of Canada (CAMX), and the National Funeral Directors Association in the United States. Alex also attended The Kellam School of Management at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Ora et Labora), Nova Scotia for Business Management with a minor in Corporate Law & Society.
|Jane Titcombe, Licensed Funeral Director, General Manager|
Jane Titcombe joined the firm in 1983 and has served as General Manager since 1985. Jane was raised in New Brunswick prior to coming to Ontario to attend school and obtain her funeral directors license. She is licensed in both Ontario and Alberta. Jane Attended the St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick and Humber College in Toronto. She is the recipient of Canada's Department of National Defence, Chief of the Defence Staff's Distinguished Service Medallion, the Commander of Land Force (Army) Commendation, (2008), and the Ontario Funeral Service Association Award of Merritt for the Care of Canada's Fallen. She is certified in Mass Fatality Operations Training from the United States Department of the Air Force, Air Mobility Command. Jane is a member of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, The Ontario Funeral Service Association, the Ontario Association of Cemetery and Funeral Professionals, the Toronto District Funeral Directors Association, and the Canadian Association of Call Management (CAMX),
|Luc Gingras, Licensed Funeral Director - Supervisor|
Luc joined the firm in 1992 and has established a reputation in Funeral Service as a valuable resource for information and assistance. Luc was born in Quebec and raised in Kirkland Lake. He came to Toronto to obtain his formal education and his funeral directors license. He is fluently bilingual in French and belongs to the Quebec Thanatologists Association. Luc was licensed as a funeral director in the State of Texas. He is the recipient of Canada's Department of National Defence, Chief of the Defence Staff's Distinguished Service Medallion and the Ontario Funeral Service Association Award of Merritt for the Care of Canada's Fallen.
|Danielle Opferkuch, Licensed Funeral Director - Supervisor|
Danielle joined the firm in 2002 as a licensed funeral director. She has distinguished herself with her organizational abilities and assists with the management of personnel in the day to day operation. Danielle was born and raised in Durham region just east of Toronto. She attended Humber College in Toronto for her formal education.
|Kirsten Morris, Licensed Funeral Director - Supervisor|
Kirsten Morris joined the firm in 2005 as a licensed funeral director. Kirsten's hard work, attention to detail and relentless determination have earned her a place on the management team. Kirsten was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario and came to Toronto for her formal education at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. She attended the Board of Funeral Services Preceptor course in 2010 and has overseen the training of several interns.
|Taylor Leduc, Licensed Funeral Director - Supervisor|
Taylor Leduc joined the firm as a High School Co-Op Student in 2002. MacKinnon & Bowes is proud to say that Taylor has spent most of his career since High School with the MacKinnon and Bowes organization. He attended Humber College (Carpee Opportunitates) for Funeral Service Education and received his funeral directors license in 2005. He has worked at several funeral homes in the Toronto area and has extensive experience in helping families. Taylor has literally traveled around the world to serve Military, Government and Private Sector clients over the past several years. He proudly volunteers with the Toronto Meals on Wheels program. Taylor was born and raised in Toronto.
|Gerard McKenna, Licenced Funeral Director|
Gerard joined MacKinnon & Bowes in 2003 as a Funeral Directors Assistant. Gerard went to Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology (Carpe Opporitates) in Toronto to obtain his Funeral Directors Licence. He has worked in large and medium volume funeral establishments to gain insight and skill sets for his chosen profession. Gerard likes music and is the proud father of an energetic little girl. Enjoys serving people and has a real passion for funeral service.
|Jane Pigott, Licensed Funeral Director|
Jane joined the firm in 2013 and completed her internship with MacKinnon & Bowes. She attended Dalhousie University for BA in French and Economics, then went on to attend Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology for her funeral service education. She wrote her board exams and became licensed in 2014. She comes from Ottawa and enjoys living in Toronto. She is fluently bilingual in French and English and a great addition to the MacKinnon & Bowes team.
|Amanda Harvey, Licensed Funeral Director|
Amanda joined the firm in 2009 as a telephone answering representative. She later completed her internship at MacKinnon & Bowes and successfully completed the licensing requirements in 2012. She is a Licensed Funeral Director and a training supervisor for others in the communications division. She has become well known to clients throughout Canada and the United States.
|Brian Spence, Licensed Funeral Director|
Brian Spence received his funeral directors license in 2001 and has worked for several funeral homes in the greater Toronto area. This is a second career for Brian as he spent 25 years in the Packaging industry.
|Cary Jones, Apprentice Funeral Director|
Cary joined MacKinnon & Bowes in June of 2016 for his internship. Cary is from Kitchener in Ontario where he worked primarily in the Hospitality industry. He gained his early funeral service experience with a prominent funeral establishment in Kitchener. Cary attended Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology for his first year of formal education and looks forward to a rewarding but challenging internship at MacKinnon & Bowes.
|Amanda Dennis, Apprentice Funeral Director|
Amanda was born in Sudbury and raised in Guelph, Ontario. She joined MacKinnon & Bowes in May of 2017. Amanda attended Humber College in Toronto for her formal Funeral Service education. She has a background with frontline Healthcare delivery as well as many other employment experiences. She enjoys music, sports and traveling North with her daughter to spend time with family. We are delighted to welcome Amanda to MacKinnon & Bowes for her internship.
|Matthew Policicchio, Apprentice Funeral Director|
Matthew joined MacKinnon & Bowes in 2016. He was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie Ontario. He received his formal Funeral Service education at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology. We are glad to welcome Matthew to our staff and know he will be an excellent apprentice.
|Roger Desjarlais, Apprentice Funeral Director|
Roger joined MacKinnon & Bowes in 2017. He was born and raised in Alliston, Ontario. He completed his first year of Education at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in Funeral Service and intends to complete his licensing requirements by spring of 2018. Roger is excited to further his education and gain lots of experience at MacKinnon & Bowes.