In March of 2020, following an open consultation, OCP Council (Board) approved changes related to Board composition, competencies, and selection, as well as the composition of statutory committees, which are operationalized in By-Law No. 6A and will come into effect at the start of the 2020/ 2021 Board year, December 2020.
These changes, which are part of a governance renewal undertaking, are reflective of governance best practices and will strengthen the ability of the Board to provide oversight that is transparently aligned with the mandate of the College to serve and protect the public interest. You can learn more about the College’s governance renewal, including the rationale and key changes to governance on the OCP website.
One element of the governance renewal process involves title and nomenclature changes. Council is now called the Board of Directors, individual Council members are called Directors, and the President and Vice President are known as Chair and Vice Chair respectively. Non-Council Committee Members are called Professional Committee Appointees.
These changes will help the public better understand the roles and responsibilities of the Board. They also align with another change you may have noticed, namely the College’s move to refer to pharmacy professionals as “registrants” rather than “members,” recognizing that the College does not represent members, but rather works in the public interest.
In the coming year, we will be making changes to the content on our website, as well as forms, correspondence, and other communications from the College to reflect these nomenclature changes. This work will be completed in phases, so you may begin to notice content that has been changed and others that has not yet been changed, but will be soon.
By taking a leadership role and committing to governance reform, the Board firmly believes that the College’s mandate will be better served and that it will continue to be an effective governing body entrusted with an important responsibility in our society.