The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA), a leading advocacy and professional development organization for thousands of pharmacy professionals throughout the province, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hitesh Pandya as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.


Effective at the OPA Annual General Meeting held May 11, 2023, Hitesh is serving a two-year term and succeeds Past Chair Tim Brady, who served with distinction in this role over the past two years and led the Association to multiple milestones. Hitesh has been actively involved with the Board since 2021, most recently serving as Vice-Chair.


As Chair of the Board, Hitesh will play a crucial role in leading OPA’s strategic direction and advancing the interests of pharmacy professionals across Ontario. A respected, accomplished pharmacist, Hitesh is a proven leader in the industry with over two decades of experience. His comprehensive understanding of pharmacy operations, clinical services, and regulatory compliance will provide leadership to the Board as OPA advances the profession through advocacy and innovation.


Ontario Pharmacists Association CEO Justin Bates expressed his confidence in Hitesh’s leadership, stating, “We are delighted to welcome Hitesh as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a strong commitment to advancing the pharmacy profession. His strategic acumen and passion for patient care will undoubtedly be instrumental in shaping the future of pharmacy practice in Ontario.”


Commenting on his appointment, Hitesh said, “I am honoured to assume the role of Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Pharmacists Association. I am passionate about empowering pharmacy professionals to optimize patient care and look forward to collaborating with the Board and our stakeholders to continue successfully driving positive change in our profession. Together, we will champion the vital role of pharmacy professionals in delivering quality healthcare services across Ontario.”


Hitesh holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia and is a licensed pharmacist in Ontario. He has dedicated his career to fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and advancing pharmacy practice to enhance patient outcomes. Hitesh’s vision and proven leadership skills will contribute to OPA’s ongoing efforts to position pharmacy professionals as essential healthcare providers within the broader healthcare system.


About Ontario Pharmacists Association

The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. Representing thousands of members, OPA is Canada’s largest advocacy organization, professional development, and drug information provider for pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. The pharmacy sector plays a strong role in Ontario, with an economic impact of over $6.3 billion across 4,600 pharmacies, employing 60,000 Ontarians. For more information, visit

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