Lay Committee Appointees (LCA)

From time to time the College recruits members of the public whose competencies, skills, and experience align with the College’s needs and obligations to sit on committees of the College. The College’s statutory and standing committees play an important role in advancing the College’s mandate to serve and protect the public interest.

  • Lay committee appointees will be selected using the same competency-based recruitment and screening process as professional committee appointments.
  • Lay committee members will receive the same honorarium as professional committee appointees.

Individuals interested in applying must visit the OCP Recruitment Website and download and complete the application and submit it along with a copy of their CV by July 21, 2021.  Lay Committee Appointees can not be registrants of the College.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists is the registering and regulating body for the profession of pharmacy in Ontario. The College’s mandate is to serve and protect the public and hold Ontario’s pharmacists and pharmacy technicians accountable to the established legislation, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and policies and guidelines relevant to pharmacy practice. The College also ensures that pharmacies within the province meet certain standards for operation and are accredited by the College.

The Ontario College of Pharmacists is one of 26 Health regulatory colleges in Ontario. The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) is the legislation that governs Ontario’s regulated health professions’ Colleges. Professions also have their own professional statutes, e.g., Pharmacy Act, 1991, that layout additional, individual definitions, scopes of practice, and authorized acts.

The RHPA mandates that a minimum of nine Public Directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council sit on the College’s Board and Committees. The public appointments secretariat recruits and screens prospective candidates for appointments to the boards of provincial agencies and other public organizations and provides them compensation for their services.

While the statute does require public members, the College is currently recruiting additional Lay Committee Appointees to ensure the public perspective and voice is present across all College committees.

Lay Committee appointees will be appointed in the following circumstances:

  • where there is either no legislated requirement for Public Directors or
  • due to the significant demand on the government-appointed public members, the Governance Committee feels that additional lay committee appointees should be appointed to help ensure the public voice is maintained

*Please note Currently all meetings are being held virtually in compliance with pandemic social distancing guidelines. Some meetings may return to in-person requiring travel to the College in late 2021 (subject to change).

THE ROLE OF A LAY COMMITTEE APPOINTEE (LCA)

As an LCA on the College’s committees, you’ll play an important role in the College’s commitment to advance the interests, health, and wellbeing of the public.

Committee Appointees are expected to:

  •  Comply with the Code of Conduct, schedule B of the College By-law.
  • Demonstrate a Duty of Care which requires that appointees exercise the same care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances. Duty of Care requires appointees take appropriate steps so that they can make sound, informed decisions. This duty includes:
    •  Being Diligent – being prepared for meetings, reviewing materials, arriving on time and participating in discussion.
    • Being Civil – respecting the process and fellow committee members, paying attention (e.g., no mobile devices during the meetings), genuine listening and consideration and adopting an objective approach to decision making.
    • Being Ethical – using College resources appropriately, being aware of the facts (e.g., reading the materials on a particular matter).
    • Being cognizant of and declaring Conflicts of Interest (e.g. financial, adjudicative, and organizational).
  • Demonstrate accountability to the public through decision making that is grounded in the public interest.
  • Understand and support the respective roles and responsibilities of the Board, Committees and staff.
  • Maintain constructive, collaborative and mutually respectful relations with others.
  • Conduct themselves both in person and on all social media in a manner that upholds their fiduciary duty to the College, and act as an ambassador of the OCP.
  • Acquire knowledge of policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, strategic directions and the Board values.
  • Participate in orientation, training and education offered.
  • To make decisions as a collective group and hold joint responsibility for decisions and actions taken by the Board or Committee, even in their absence.

Information about the Committees can be found here.