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Mount Royal Commemorative Services (MRCS) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1852. It currently operates three cemeteries on the island of Montreal, including historic Mount Royal Cemetery located on Mount Royal and two other cemeteries on the island’s east and west ends. MRCS also operates Canada’s first crematorium and three funeral complexes, all of which are located on its cemetery properties. In addition, the “Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery” helps preserve and promote this tremendous natural and historical treasure that the Mount Royal Cemetery has become since its founding.
The Company has evolved and broadened its services over the years. After the construction of a crematorium and the opening of another cemetery in the early 1900s, the Company expanded again the late 1900s to provide its clientele with a complete variety of funeral services. Close to 200,000 are buried in the Mount Royal Cemetery. A visit to their graves gives a sense of the time gone by; connecting past, present and future generations, to its mission of care for the deceased with dignity and the provision of services to the bereaved, with sensitivity and compassion.
The Mount Royal Cemetery Company is administered by a Board of 21 Trustees who are all volunteers and lot owners. They are elected annually and represent different religious denominations proportionately to the number of lots sold for each denomination. The Charter of the Company has never been changed and still stipulates that all profits should be entirely devoted to the embellishment and improvement of the properties.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, this is a unique opportunity to align current practices with the ever-changing times and habits, with today’s cultural realities, without compromising tradition and values as the next Executive Director
He or she will lead the development and achievement of the organization’s overall strategic objectives, and oversee all operations and business activities to ensure MRCS produces the desired results consistent with the overall strategy and mission. The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable government laws and regulations and in-house policies, as well as overseeing the organization’s financial activities, including the preparation of annual budgets for the operating companies and the regular review of financial and non-financial reports. Furthermore, this employee will act as the primary spokesperson for the organization, represent it within the local community and the various levels of government and participate in industry-related events or associations that will enhance his or her leadership, and the organization’s reputation and success.
Overall, the future incumbent will support and promote MRCS’s caring corporate culture, provide leadership to the management team, establish a solid working relationship with the Board of Trustees and establish (with the Board’s approval) the strategic direction of the organization. The Executive Director must understand the balance between the legacy responsibility of these historic cemetery properties and the requirements of sales and service operations, which provide the revenues upon which MRCS is dependent for its future.
Among the challenges offered by the position, there is a strong need to ensure a mobilising leadership with employees, the Board of Trustees, the clientele and other stakeholders in the community. Implementing state-of-the-art management practices and acting creatively in order to grow revenues while respecting tradition and values are also key challenges of the position and that of MRCS.
The Executive Director will lead in the development and achievement of the organization’s overall strategic objectives, and oversee all operations and business activities to ensure MRCS produces the desired results consistent with the overall strategy and mission. He or she will have the opportunity to collaborate with the management team and the Board of Trustees and be part of a unique organization with a long and storied history of meeting the key needs of the Greater Montreal community, while maintaining excellence in service.
If you feel that your background and experience correspond to this profile, and that you would like to make a significant impact to this well-established organization, please send a copy of your curriculum vitae to the attention of Robert Racine or Amin Noorani at HRCCCanada.GBS.Quebec@ajg.com.
All documents received will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those candidates whose candidacy we retain for an initial interview will be contacted.
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