TORONTO, ON (June 8, 2021) – Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA), a leading advocacy organization, and professional development provider for pharmacy professionals across Ontario is thrilled to announce Tim Brady, as the new Chair of OPA’s Board of Directors. Effective at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 3, 2021, Brady will serve a two-year term and succeeds Past Chair, Jen Baker. Brady has been involved with the board since 2016 and previously served as Vice-Chair.
The current OPA Board has thirteen members. The Chair position delivers leadership to the board, oversees activities, and provides guidance through decision-making processes. Furthermore, the Chair maintains focus on what is advisable for the Association, while sustaining committees and good governance. Working collaboratively with the CEO, the Chair influences the board’s direction and priorities while engaging and utilizing each board member’s expertise.
Commenting on stepping into his new role Brady said, “I feel very honoured to be serving pharmacists across Ontario to strengthen the profession and to activate the membership,” he continued. “The pandemic has highlighted the important role that pharmacists and technicians can play in the healthcare system, and I want to work with government, pharmacy, and industry to expand that role and show how much more the profession has to offer.”
Brady is the Pharmacist-Owner of Brady’s Drug Store, independent pharmacies operating locations in Essex, Belle River, and Tilbury. Prior to opening the first pharmacy in 2014, Brady gained a variety of experience working in hospitals, large pharmacy chains, and independent pharmacies in both Canada and the United States. In addition to his involvement with OPA, Tim sits on the Public Advisory Committee for St. Clair College’s Pharmacy Technician program, presents regularly to the Windsor-Essex County Prostate Support Group, and delivers national and provincial talks focused on patient-centred care. Recognized for his contributions to pharmacy he has received awards for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Leadership from Ferris State University in Michigan and was the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County’s Philanthropist of the Year in 2012.
“I am delighted to welcome Tim into his new role, having been a practicing pharmacist in a variety of settings, he has a well-rounded understanding of the pharmacy profession. The board includes a solid and diverse group of leaders that are ready to advance and support the pharmacy profession during this unique time in healthcare,” said Justin Bates, CEO of OPA. “On behalf of the board and Association, I would also like to thank Past Chair, Jen Baker for her contributions. This last year has been unlike any other and Jen has worked diligently to support the board and our members throughout the pandemic.”
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. With more than 9,000 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 more than $6.3 billion across 4,600 pharmacies, employing 60,000 Ontarians. For more information on OPA, visit https://www.opatoday.com.