The Ontario Pharmacists Association Announces Resignation of CEO Dennis Darby

(TORONTO, ON - December 9, 2016) – The Ontario Pharmacists Association announced today that the Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dennis Darby, effective January 27, 2017. Mr. Darby will take on a new role outside of the Association.

“With the recent announcement of the expansion of pharmacists’ immunization authority by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Hon. Dr. Hoskins, and having just successfully completed our 5th annual Queen’s Park Day during which OPA members and staff reminded MPPs of the value pharmacy professionals can and do bring to Health Care, I am leaving OPA on a good foundation,” said Mr. Darby. “I am sincerely grateful for the support I’ve received from the Board of Directors, our members and our staff. While I am transitioning as CEO, I remain a supporter of the pharmacy profession.”

“On behalf of the Board members and the staff of OPA, I would like to thank Dennis for his almost 9 years of service to the Association and the profession, and for the leadership he has provided in support of the Board’s strategies to advocate for the enhanced role that pharmacy professionals can and should play in our health care system,” said Mr. Sean Simpson, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We wish him well in his new role which will be announced later.”

The Board of Directors has already begun its search for a new Chief Executive Officer. Following Mr. Darby’s departure, the CEO responsibilities will be assumed in the interim period by senior staff. Specifically, Mr. Allan Malek, Senior Vice President, will be responsible for professional and practice matters, and Mr. Amedeo Zottola, Chief Financial Officer, will lead operational matters. They will report jointly to the OPA’s Board of Directors.

About the Ontario Pharmacists Association

The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. As Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and professional development and drug information provider for pharmacists, the Association represents 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.

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