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Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services – Archdiocese of Toronto (CCFS)

The origins of Catholic Cemeteries & Funeral Services – Archdiocese of Toronto (CCFS) date back to 1822 when the first Catholic cemetery was established in Toronto. Today, with Head Office based in Toronto, CCFS operates as a religious charity and continues to fulfill its mission in carrying out the sacred functions related to funeral services, burial or cremation, and the preservation of the resting places as symbols of Catholic faith. Geographically dispersed across the Archdiocese are: seven fully active cemetery locations including ten mausoleums, two (and one under construction) funeral homes, and one crematorium (and one being planned).

The Position  

Due to the pending retirement of the incumbent, the Board of Directors of CCFS, seeks to appoint a new President & CEO. The President & CEO reports to the Board of Directors chaired by the Archbishop and comprising auxiliary bishops and laypeople from the Catholic community. Responsibilities will be to position the organization at the forefront of the bereavement sector and to deliver quality pre-need and at-need bereavement services in line with rapidly changing needs of the Catholic faithful. To this end, he/she will lead the implementation of the strategic plan; provide general corporate oversight; and, support for the  operational team.  

Specifics, among others, will include:

  • Ensuring compliance with all Government legislation and regulations and Church norms regarding Christian funeral services and burials.
  • Working  with the Board, developing strategic plans and annual budgets that establish long-term objectives to advance the mission.
  • Maintaining an effective organizational structure through succession planning, regular annual performance evaluation of senior management, and formal wage and salary administration policy.
  • Earning requisite returns on trusted care & maintenance and pre-need funds as set by provincial regulation. 
  • Representing CCFS, as “the voice and face” of the organization, at relevant functions of the Archdiocese and the Catholic community, industry events and public meetings.  

The Candidates

This position will be of interest to degreed, accomplished business leaders with demonstrably successful track records in senior management roles with responsibility for financial results. Importantly, the President & CEO being sought must be comfortable working in a Catholic environment. The ideal candidate will have relevant experience acquired in bereavement services including marketing and sales, real estate, asset management, investment management or finance. Not-for-profit sector experience is an asset.

Please reply to John Corso (jcorso1227@gmail.com) or Steve Mould (steve.mould41@gmail.com) referring to Project #21832. We thank all for their interest.  We will contact only those whose backgrounds closely meet the criteria.

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