To set and maintain the highest level of competence, ethics and educational standard for funeral service professionals.


Office Staff

Karen Carruthers, Executive Director


Karen Carruthers was appointed Executive Director of the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board (AFSRB) March 1, 2016. Karen has served as the government liaison to the AFSRB for nearly eight years, so she has been involved in the happenings of the AFSRB for quite some time.

Karen had responsibility for the Cemetery and Funeral Service legislation in her previous role.  In addition, she has served on the executive for the North American Death Care Regulators Association, which included cemetery and funeral regulators from Canada and the United States.

Karen’s previous experience and interest in funeral legislation makes her new role a great fit.

Karen grew up on a farm north of Edmonton and maintains an acreage on the original farm. An avid horse lover she spends leisure time working with her five Arabian horses.

Wayne Konner, Inspector/Investigator

Wayne Konner is responsible for the inspections of funeral services business locations and the follow-up procedures that may be necessary to ensure compliance of these funeral business locations with the Funeral Services Act and Regulations including the Crematory Regulation.

He is also responsible for investigating all written complaints received by the Board.

Wayne’s past experience with the Edmonton Police Service and his excellent communication skills make him a valuable asset for the Board.



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