Dennis Darby, P. Eng., ICD.D
Member, Advisory Committee, Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration
Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Pharmacists Association
Since being appointed CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association in March 2008, Dennis Darby has led the Association representing the professional view of more than 14,000 pharmacists and pharmacists-in-training in Ontario. His mandate includes promoting the role of pharmacists as healthcare providers with expanded scope of practice, building member services at OPA (including education), and leading the board’s strategic plan. Dennis brings over 20 years of government relations, public relations, business development and administrative experience to this role.
Dennis joined OPA from Procter & Gamble where, as Director of North America External Relations, he led a team of senior professionals charged with building and protecting the image and reputation of P&G and its brands. He has extensive experience working with a wide variety of stakeholders including governments and regulatory agencies, professional and trade associations, consumer advocacy organizations, and business media. Before that, Dennis led research and development groups for P&G in Europe and North America.
He has served as Chair of Stewardship Ontario, the provincial body that oversees the Blue Box Program, the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association and the Canadian Cosmetics Toiletries and Fragrances Association. He was a board member of the St. John’s Rehab Hospital and the St. John’s Rehab Foundation. Currently, Dennis serves on the boards of Opera Ontario, and the Canadian Toiletry & Fragrances Association Charitable Foundation. He is Co-Chair of the Ontario Government’s Pharmacy Council and Past Chair of the Ontario Health Providers Alliance.
Dennis graduated from McMaster University in 1984 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Management, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He achieved the ICD.D. designation from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in 2011.