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Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists

(416) 962-4861
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Pharmacy Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, C. 36, S. 7 (opens a new window)
Regulated Health Professions Act, S.O. 1991, c. 18, Sched. 2 (opens a new window)

The college regulates the profession of Pharmacy in the public interest by ensuring that individuals have access to services provided by competent health professionals, and that individuals are treated with sensitivity and respect in their dealings with health professionals. Members of the college are governed in accordance with the Pharmacy Act, 1991, the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the regulations and by-laws of the college. The college develops and maintains standards of practice, entry to practice requirements, standards of professional ethics, and promotes and develops standards for continuing competence among the members. Various committees of the College of Pharmacists function in a quasi-judicial role with respect to the suspension and revocations of certificates of registration to practice in Ontario.


Between nine and seventeen members who are elected in accordance with the by-laws by the members of the college, at least two and no more than four of whom must hold a certificate of registration as a pharmacy technician. Between nine and sixteen members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council who are not, members of the college, members of a college as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or members of a council as defined in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The dean of each faculty of pharmacy of the universities in Ontario are also members. The council elects annually a president and a vice-president from among the members.


There is no limitation in legislation.

• There are 4 Board meetings per year (5 full day meetings a year (September is a 2 day meeting). • Most public appointees are assigned to 2-5 committees. • All public appointees are appointed to Discipline (except for the two appointed to Accreditation). • Currently all Committee meetings remain virtual. o Executive Committee 4 times a year; full day meetings. o Finance and Audit Committee: 3 times a year; 4-hr meetings o Accreditation Committee /Drug Preparation Premises Committee: 2 full day committee meetings a year; 5 half day panel meetings; 6 teleconference (1 hr) o Governance Committee: 2 – 3 times a year; 4-hr meetings o Screening Committee: 2 ‐3 times a year; 4-hr meetings o Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC): 2 half-full day orientation/business meetings a year; plus 10-12 half day virtual panel meetings a year plus 6-8 half-full day oral caution delivery meetings. ICRC panel meetings may require up to 2 days preparation time. o Discipline Committee 35 hearings a year heard by panels (approximately 75 hearing days and approximately 45 days for deliberation and decision writing); plus 2 meetings a year of the full committee. Some hearings require multiple‐day attendance i.e. between 3‐5 days at a time o Fitness to Practise Committee Approximately 3 full day hearings a year heard by panels; plus 1‐2 full committee meetings a year o Quality Assurance Committee 2 full day meetings a year of the committee; Monthly panel meetings (1 hr) o Registration Committee 2 full day meetings a year of the committee; Monthly panel meetings (1 hr). • With the exception of ICRC, most other committees/working groups require a half-day preparation time, ICRC 1‐3 days.

Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule A, Level 1 of the Agencies and Appointments Directive.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) JOHN VANSTONE
22-Mar-2023 - 22-Mar-2024
2. Member (Part-Time) JEAN-PIERRE ESKANDER
20-Apr-2023 - 19-Apr-2024
3. Member (Part-Time) RANDY BAKER
27-May-2021 - 26-May-2024
4. Member (Part-Time) CINDY WAGG
17-Jun-2021 - 16-Jun-2024
12-Aug-2021 - 11-Aug-2024
6. Member (Part-Time) ADRIENNE KATZ
04-Mar-2022 - 03-Mar-2025
7. Member (Part-Time) DEVINDER WALIA
01-Jun-2022 - 31-May-2025
8. Member (Part-Time) GENE (EUGENE) SZABO
06-Jun-2022 - 05-Jun-2025
9. Member (Part-Time) ELNORA MAGBOO
11-Jan-2023 - 10-Jan-2026
10. Member (Part-Time) CHRISTINE HENDERSON
26-Apr-2023 - 25-Apr-2026
11. Member (Part-Time)