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Embalmers and Funeral Directors Disciplinary Panel


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Subsection 16(3) of the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act, 2008


No Remuneration


The Disciplinary Panel is the body from which an adjudication tribunal is chosen to hear complaints concerning practice of embalmers and/or funeral directors that have been forwarded by the registrar.


The Disciplinary Panel shall appoint at least 5 licensed funeral directors and 5 licensed embalmers who are not members of the board, one of whom shall be appointed to serve as chairperson, and the minister shall appoint at least 3 persons who are not licensed funeral directors or licensed embalmers to represent the public interest, who shall together constitute a Disciplinary Panel. For the purpose of dealing with complaints referred to the Disciplinary Panel, the chairperson of the Disciplinary Panel shall appoint from it an adjudication tribunal consisting of 3 persons, one of whom shall be a licensed funeral director, one shall be a licensed embalmer and one shall be a representative of the public interest. The chairperson of the Disciplinary Panel shall appoint either the licensed funeral director or embalmer on an adjudication tribunal to be the chairperson.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Disciplinary Panel members can enhance the effectiveness of the Panel. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change;
  • Legal Expertise;
  • Public Relations;
  • Public Sector Administration;
  • Governance;
  • Human Resources;
  • Experience with Self-Regulating Organizations;
  • Previous Board Experience;
  • Analytical Skills;
  • Executive Experience;
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy; and,
  • Decision Making Skills;


  • High ethical standards and integrity;
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public;
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest; and,
  • Strong reasoning skills.

Time Commitments:

Members of the Disciplinary Panel meet when a referral is received.


Of the members first appointed to the disciplinary panel, one half shall be appointed for a term of 2 years and the remainder for a term of 3 years and all subsequent appointments of members to the Disciplinary Panel shall be for a term of 3 years. Persons appointed to the Disciplinary Panel may be reappointed. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term, a member of the Disciplinary Panel continues to be a member until he or she is reappointed or his or her replacement is appointed.

Vacancy Profile:

The Embalmers and Funeral Directors Disciplinary Panel is seeking to fill two positions to represent the public interest. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Colbourne, Ms. Dale Veronica MemberMinisterial2019-03-032022-03-02
VacantMinisterialNot Applicable

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