Council for the Ontario College of Pharmacists elects President and Vice-President

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - The Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) has elected Mark F. Scanlon, R.Ph. as President and Esmail Merani, R.Ph. as Vice-President for the 2014-2015 Council year. Each will serve a one-year term from September 2014 through to September 2015.

Scanlon, a third-generation pharmacist from the Peterborough area, is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. Carrying on in the same profession of his father and grandfather, Scanlon has over 25 years of experience as a community pharmacist in his hometown. He first served on College Council for a one-year term in 2002-2003 and then returned to Council in 2010. As a Council member, he has actively contributed to numerous committees including: Discipline, Registration, Fitness to Practise, Executive, Quality Assurance and Inquiries Complaints and Reports (ICRC).  

"This is a time of innovation and exponential growth for the Ontario College of Pharmacists and for all Ontario pharmacists and pharmacy technicians," said Scanlon. "I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with my fellow Council members as we continue to develop legislation in the area of hospital oversight, and provide greater transparency to support patient decision-making."

Merani, a community pharmacist from the Ottawa area, obtained a B.Pharm from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, UK in 1973 and a Pharm.D from Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA in 2008. He has been practicing pharmacy in Ontario for nearly 40 years. Merani joined College Council in 2010 and has served on various committees including: Accreditation, Finance and Audit, ICRC, Professional Practice, Executive and Registration.

"We are fortunate to have Mark and Esmail in these leadership roles as we continue to embark on new, exciting opportunities for pharmacy in Ontario," said College Registrar, Marshall Moleschi. "Mark and Esmail each bring a wealth of experience that will be extremely valuable as OCP continues to uphold its mandate of public protection and support members in understanding and embracing their commitment to the safe and ethical delivery of pharmacy services."

Ontario College of Pharmacists
Established in 1871, 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. For more information on the College and its Council visit the website at www.ocpinfo.com

Image with caption: "Mark Scanlon, Council President, Ontario College of Pharmacists (CNW Group/Ontario College of Pharmacists)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140929_C3699_PHOTO_EN_6069.jpg

SOURCE: Ontario College of Pharmacists

For further information: Lori DeCou, Manager, Communications, Ontario College of Pharmacists, 416-962-4861 ext. 2262, ldecou@ocpinfo.com

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