The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care.
Advocating for excellence in practice and care
OPA’s mission and vision are supported by strong foundational values that are proudly upheld by OPA leadership and team members. OPA is proud of the profession and the work we do to support it. Our staff and members are inspired to help pharmacy professionals improve healthcare for their patients and evolve the pharmacy profession.
Sensing and responding to change
Working together as one team to achieve our goal
Being able to face difficulty and challenge conventional thinking
Consistently delivering quality of service
Being open to explore new and bold ideas
Being transparent and holding true to what we believe is honest and ethical
Listening, supporting and communicating directly and openly
Driving the healthcare sector
The Landscape of Pharmacy in Ontario
Committees play an important role at the Ontario Pharmacists Association by supporting the work of our Board and helping to achieve its strategic plan. The Association has three Board standing committees, four working group committees, and one task force. Each provides expertise on key initiatives and activities of the Association. To learn more about the function […]
McCarney Group LLP audited the statement of financial position of the Ontario Pharmacists Association as at December 31, 2019, and the statement of operations of the General Fund and cash flows for the year then ended. Resources Audited Financial Statements
OPA activities and operations are governed by a Board-approved by-law.
Justin J. Bates began his career in the advertising and marketing business before transitioning into the health insurance industry where he worked as a consultant for a pharmacy benefit manager and as a principal in a health insurance brokerage. He has spent more than 15 years advocating on behalf of the pharmacy sector in various capacities including as Chief Executive Officer of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies). In his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, he brings a strategic, collaborative and transformative leadership approach while advocating and advancing the pharmacy profession.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology, Justin holds a negotiation certificate from the Harvard Negotiation Institute and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors program and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Executive Program: Not for Profit Governance Essentials. He also serves as a Board Director for the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy.
Amedeo Zottola joined the Ontario Pharmacists Association in 1995. He is the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Senior Vice President and is responsible for all accounting, revenue, fiscal and insurance issues for the organization. In this role, Amedeo works collaboratively with the organizational leadership team and the Board of Directors to ensure the objectives set out annually are implemented at the staff level.
He is the lead staff liaison on OPA’s Insurance Committee and Audit and Finance Committee, and in his role as CFO, he manages all confidential issues such as materials and contract negotiations.
Amedeo is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson.
Lilliette Davidson has spent 15 years working in a wide variety of industries from pharmaceutical, retail and manufacturing to medical diagnostics, laboratory sciences and consumer packaged goods.
She joined the Ontario Pharmacists Association in March 2020 and is responsible for leading the key portfolios within the organization that include Professional Development, and Membership Services. She also leads the development of new business ventures and partnerships with OPA stakeholders.
Lilliette has held senior level leadership roles where she distinguished herself in the key areas of customer experience, digital experience, patient service operations, sales and business development.
Before joining OPA, she was Senior Director, Customer Experience and Inside Sales at McKesson as well as Director, Service and Support. During her 4 years at McKesson, Lilliette played a significant role in creating a new inside sales model & team and led a large-scale pharmacy banner integration for the technology business unit.
Prior to joining McKesson, Lilliette also held key positions at LifeLabs Medical Laboratory and Dynacare
She has served on the Board of Directors for the Barrie Community Health Centre, as VP on the Arts Advisory Board for the City of Barrie and is currently a Board Advisor for Customer Service Professional Network (CSPN). She has an MBA (Lansbridge University), BA (University of Toronto) and has certificates in Six Sigma and Change Management.
She enjoys being a registered yoga teacher and group fitness instructor at Oxygen Yoga and the YMCA. She is a proud and passionate mother and wife and as a family they are very much into sports and athletics.
Angeline Ng is a graduate of the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and a Registered Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
She has been a proud member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) since the start of her pharmacy career as a pharmacy student and has been involved in the association in different capacities over the years, including as a member of various committees and on the Board of Directors. In her current role she is responsible for helping to ensure that the OPA represents and serves all pharmacy professionals and to advocate for and advance the profession. .
Angeline has worked in a variety of different pharmacy settings including community pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, and teaching. She brings to the leadership team diversity and new perspectives on the changing landscape of pharmacy practice.
Tim Brady was elected as Vice-Chair in 2019. In June 2016, he was elected to the OPA Board of Directors as District N Representative. He has been a member of the OPA Insurance Committee since 2013. He was also a member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists Accreditation Committee in previous years, and has been a Board member with the Essex County Pharmacists Association since 2005 (he served as president from 2010-12).
A graduate of Ferris State University with a BS in Pharmacy, Tim is the pharmacist owner of two independent pharmacies in Essex County. Prior to opening his own pharmacy, Tim worked as a Shoppers Drug Mart Associate for a number of years. During this time, he was also a member of the United Association of Pharmacist Franchisees Board, which advocates for and support Shoppers Drug Mart associates/owners.
Tim was the lead pharmacist in the “We Can Quit” program for smoking cessation, and a member of the 2011 Rotary District 6400 Vocational Training Team to East Timor.
Hitesh Pandya joined the OPA Board of Directors as the District M (now Central Ontario – Metro Toronto) Representative in June 2016.
Since 2001, Hitesh has operated pharmacies in the Greater Toronto Area; he is currently an Associate Owner at the Shoppers Drug Mart at Yonge and College in Toronto.
Hitesh is a member of the Insurance Committee at OPA, and a past member of the ICRC and Discipline Committee at the Ontario College of Pharmacists. He has been chair of the Shoppers Drug Mart PEERS committee, which is responsible for advocating and representing Shoppers Drug Mart franchisees in their business and professional interests, from 2009-16. In this role, he represented more than 400 Associate Owners.
He is passionate in supporting advocacy for the profession, and bringing pharmacists together, and is actively involved in the education of undergraduate pharmacy students as an EPE and APPE preceptor.
Andrew began his career as a staff pharmacist and later transitioned to a designated manager at an independent pharmacy in Norfolk County. After four years he relocated to Eastern Ontario and now serves as a staff pharmacist in an independent pharmacy that services local retirement homes. Fueled by his devotion to learning and patient care, Andrew enjoys applying his understanding of chronic disease management to help improve patients’ understanding of their health. His strength lies in connecting with patients and establishing trust. When he is not busy with work, he enjoys volunteering with local organizations. Andrew is a 2015 graduate from the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy.
Jaspreet has dedicated the past 16 years of her career to supporting pharmacies with the implementation of patient services. Born and raised in Toronto, Jaspreet graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2004. Through her experience working in various settings including community, hospital, and industry, Jaspreet has gained insights into the pharmacy community which has also deepened her understanding of patient care. Additionally, Jaspreet helps pharmacists navigate the profession’s dynamic landscape and implement patient-focused services. She also has a strong passion to support future pharmacists and the viability of the healthcare system. Jaspreet works closely with students at both Pharmacy schools in Ontario and acts as an APPE preceptor.
Tim Langford is a third generation pharmacist and president of the Langford Group of Pharmacies which operates several community pharmacies across Ontario. Tim is recognized as a dedicated healthcare professional by his local community, and a proud recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Award for Developing Naloxone Strategy.
Tim also serves on the McKesson National Advisory Board of which he has been a member since 2005.
Michael graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990 and currently operates two Shoppers Drug Mart on Yonge Street in Toronto.
Michael served as a Board member on the British Columbia Pharmacists Association (BCPhA) representing Victoria, B.C. and is also serving on the Rosedale BIA Board and a Condo Board. He has previously served on OCP’s Discipline Committee, chaired OPA’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee and is a current member of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Michael has been a Peers Rep on Shoppers Drug Mart PEERS committee for 4 terms and is active in the profession as an EPE/APPE preceptor for UofToronto and UofWaterloo as well as PEBC OCSE/OSPE in various capacities.
Michael was the recipient of BCPhA’s Award of Achievement in 1997 and Shoppers Drug Mart Associate of the Year Award for the Greater Toronto Area in 2017 and 2018.
Janet was previously a pharmacist and the co-owner of an independent pharmacy for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba where she received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Janet was elected to the OPA board from 2005-2011 and was Chair in 2010. Additionally, she served on the Membership, Governance and Audit (Chair) Committees, sat on the Pharmacy Council as well as the NIHB Advisory Panel. During her 16-year tenure on a credit union board, she graduated from their director training and has completed advanced training from the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a range of business experience and has been involved with three successful mergers.
Deb Saltmarche became past chair of the Ontario Pharmacists Association’s Board of Directors in May 2015. She joined the Board in 2012 as the Ontario Chain Drug Association Representative, and has since chaired the Audit and Finance Committee and the eHealth Working Group, and been a member of the Audit and Finance Committee and the Human Resource and Compensation Committee. In 2015-16 she chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee and the eHealth Task Force in addition to her responsibilities as past chair of the Board.
An experienced executive level pharmacy professional, Deb has worked in a broad range of environments, including provincial and national advocacy associations, national pharmacy organizations, corporate retail, pharmacy information technology, and retail pharmacy management. She has practice experience in England and Canada, in independent and corporate retail pharmacy, and hospital pharmacy. She specializes in creating strategic and tactical direction, introducing and championing change, and finding and implementing solutions that meet the disparate needs of multiple players in complex situations. She has broad strategic perspective and experience in policy development, and in positioning pharmacy and pharmacists within the healthcare system.
Deb has provided consultation services to a wide range of clients including national associations, retail pharmacy organizations, brand and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, suppliers to the pharmacy industry, and independent consultancy firms. Since November 2011, Deb has been with Shoppers Drug Mart, where she currently holds the position of senior director, Professional Affairs. Her most recent prior positions include vice-president, Pharmacy Affairs at the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, vice-president, Policy and Professional Practice at the Ontario Pharmacists Association, and vice-president, Rx Canada.
Deb is a past Board member of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy.
As the former Chief Executive Officer at the Ontario Long-Term Care Association, Candace is a visionary registered nurse-turned healthcare system advocate and senior executive.
She has been a tireless proponent for transparency and open communication and understands first-hand the needs of an intricate healthcare system and the administrative, financial and policy environment in which they operate.
Candace is very familiar with patient care and understands the increasingly complex care required to meet their needs.
Having served on numerous advisory, implementation and operational committees at the provincial, regional and local levels, Candace is exceptionally skilled and experienced in building relationships with government and healthcare stakeholders.
Candace’s expertise is a welcome addition to the pharmacy profession.
Over the last 15 years, Donnie Edwards has been involved with OPA in a number of capacities including as interim CEO, past chair, chair of OPA’s External Relations Committee and representative of the Owners Advisory Council (Independent Caucus). During this time, Donnie initiated OPA’s Drugs of Addiction strategy, and in 2015, he received the lifetime achievement award from OPA.
Donnie has also been a member of the Provincial Methadone Maintenance Task Force, and the Narcotics Monitoring Working Group. He has served as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor and Regional Clinical Coordinator for the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, and is a co-owner and operator at Boggio Family of Pharmacies.
Donnie has been involved in the United Way, AIDS Niagara and other local associations. He has published several education articles on diabetes, hypertension, pain management and addiction. In his spare time, Donnie enjoys coaching local basketball teams.
Annie is an experienced registered pharmacy technician with a demonstrated history of working in retail, hospital, and specialty pharmacy environments. She has filled progressive leadership roles with a focus on mentoring, compliance and skills development of the pharmacy technician. Annie is a skilled vision focused leader and a tactile thinker who has made a life’s pursuit of personal self-improvement. She served on the OPA Board of Directors as the Pharmacy Technician Representative from 2019 to 2021. Well known for being full of positive energy with a passion for creating a supportive culture Annie brings 15 years of hands on experience, optimism and boundless enthusiasm for the progression of pharmacy practice.
Chris Jordan was elected to the OPA Board of Directors in 2016. As a Director-at-Large, Chris brings invaluable business experience to the OPA Board.
As a former president and CEO with Young and Rubicam, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for CBC and a Consumer Marketing Director at Coca-Cola, Chris has built tangible brand values for these companies and others including Colgate, Pizza Hut, Pfizer, NHL and Ford.
Chris is committed to building and coaching collaborative teams for the purpose of identifying real brand business opportunities and solutions, ultimately delivering lasting brand value for shareholders.
Chris is an advocate of using data to further develop and implement measurable strategic imperatives and initiatives for large brand-based businesses that are managed through multiple stakeholders.
With fifteen years of progressive leadership experience within the healthcare sector, Saeideh has helped large multi-national organizations develop and implement long-term sustainable competitive strategies. An innovation and growth strategist, Saeideh is currently the founder of NLS connecting health and technology firms with venture capital. She has also worked in leading companies like Rubicon Food Products, Aon Hewitt, and Great-West Life. She is credited as a forward-thinker and is recognized for her exceptional skills in strategic planning and healthcare consulting. Saeideh has a Global Executive MBA from the University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Economics from McMaster University.