When Dennis Darby, longtime CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA), announced his departure, there was a great deal of speculation as to where the executive would end up next.
The mystery was finally solved on January 16 when it was announced that he would become CEO of the powerful Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters trade association, effective January 30.
In addition to his many years with OPA, Darby also boasts extensive experience in manufacturing through a 24-year career with Procter & Gamble that began as a product engineer.He reached the position of Director of North American External Relations.
As Rhonda Barnet, Chair, National Board, CME, said in a release: “We are extremely pleased that Dennis will be taking over the leadership of CME. He joins the association at a critical time for Canadian manufacturing as the sector is undergoing rapid change and transition. To be globally competitive, to serve changing customer expectations, and to grow and be profitable, our sector must continue to invest in its people, processes and products. Innovation and the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies is central to this transformation. This was the focus of our Industrie 2030 consultation and strategy on the future of manufacturing in Canada, and what our members have told us to focus on. Dennis brings an impressive pedigree with him to this role and we look forward to his leadership in helping us create the competitive business environment and the sustained partnership and engagement between industry and all levels of government that is necessary to support our goal to double manufacturing in Canada by 2030.”