Mike Cavanagh was elected chair in June 2017. He joined the OPA Board of Directors in 2010 as the District K Representative (now Eastern Ontario) and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee. He also served as chair of the Economics Committee (2012-14) and is a member of the Third Party Working Group. Mike has also served as the OPA representative on the Pharmacy Advisory Committee on Private Payors and the Pharmacy Health Insurance Steering Committee.
Born and raised in Omemee, just west of Peterborough, Mike received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in 2003 before graduating from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2006.
Mike worked as a pharmacy manager at DrugStore Pharmacy in Lindsay from 2006-09 and was named the DrugStore Pharmacy district "Pharmacist of the Year" in both 2007 and 2008. In September of 2009, Mike and his business partner opened Kawartha Lakes Pharmasave in Lindsay and purchased Medicine Chest Pharmasave in Bowmanville in 2011. In 2013, Kawartha Lakes Pharmasave was recognized as the top Pharmasave store in Ontario for sales growth for the previous year.
An active member of the community, Mike has worked collaboratively with local health organizations to help educate the community about topics such as diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis, and worked with the provincial government of Ontario on working groups related to expanded pharmacy services. He also serves as president of the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes since 2010 and treasurer of the John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.