Allan Cole graduated from the Funeral Service Education program in 1978 and is the president and owner of MacKinnon & Bowes Ltd., Canada’s specialist in international repatriations of deceased persons.
“It was a very challenging program, but one in which you felt well versed to commence the career you had chosen with the skills that you’d been armed with…”
MacKinnon & Bowes Ltd. has been hosting Humber students for nine years at their organization, allowing future industry professionals to meet a variety of experts and learn new skills.
“We intend to continue to support the great work that is done there and work with students that choose to enter this profession by annually providing a full scholarship that provides financial assistance and hopefully encouragement.”
Cole is also a longtime donor to Humber, supporting future funeral service professionals, and employing an influx of program graduates.
Over the years, the organization has grown to support the needs of service providers in Canada and around the world.
“It was a tremendous honour to have both agencies—the Government of Canada’s Department of National Defense and the Royal Canadian Mount Police (RCMP) to seek assistance in the return to Canada of our fallen heroes that give their lives and service to our country.”
Cole says Humber teaches students to be intuitive, thoughtful and creative and allowed him to create solutions to address challenges for the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces. He is the first civilian mortuary affairs director with the Department of National Defence for the repatriation of all deployed casualties. In the 1980s, Allan was at the forefront of creating a protocol for the handling of persons who had died with AIDS. He is a key resource for Ontario’s Chief Coroner and he headed the 2010 mission to Haiti to aid in the recovery of 87 deceased Canadian earthquake victims.
Cole has received numerous awards and accomplishments for his work throughout the years. This includes receiving an honorary degree from Humber in 2009 and was a Premier’s Award winner for Health Sciences in 2018.