Our Director

Founder & Director, Nathan Romagnoli

Nathan’s philosophy was borne of his own deeply felt experiences of family loss. His experiences showed him that the way we observe the passing of loved ones can have a lasting impact on those who go on living. Nathan’s passion for helping those in need has been a constant since childhood.

After more than 16 years in the funeral industry in Ontario and British Columbia, Nathan acquired a deep understanding of Canada’s diverse cultures, religions  and needs. From these experiences, a life-centered approach to funeral service was born.
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Philosophy & Vision

Working under the auspices of one of Canada’s largest conglomerate funeral chains, Nathan formed his vision on how the funeral industry could be and set forth to forge a new path for families. It is a path of social responsibility encompassing respectable prices, accessible unique services, and environmental care. Nathan's vision is that families should feel in charge of their own decisions instead of being cornered into funeral services that aren’t valued by families and that they should make important decisions in line with their budgets and expectations.

Creative Funeral Director, Ellen Newman

For the past 20 years, Ellen Newman has found herself hovering at the crossroads of people’s lives. She has been a DONA/CAPPA certified birth doula and childbirth educator, a Unitarian Universalist Lay Chaplain and a full time Realtor. She found her work with grieving families as a Lay Chaplain the most personally rewarding, which led her to begin a new career in funeral service.  

Ellen graduated with Honours from the Funeral Service Education program at Humber College in 2016, and received 5 program awards, including the School of Health Sciences Award of Excellence in Funeral Service Education, and the Ontario Cemetery and Funeral Professional’s Award for high academic standing, creativity and innovation. 

Philosophy & Vision

Ellen believes that if a person is not aware of what options are available to them, they do not have any. She is passionate about green, natural and family-centered funeral and burial options, and is proud to be eco’s specialist in these areas, serving the families of the Golden Horseshoe. 


For Speaking Engagements or Inquiries, please contact Nathan at info@ecofuneral.ca