Governing Council: Commissions Chairs

The Governing Council is the elected governing body of the Order in Canada's Governing Council which is comprised of members who were elected by the members of the Order of St. Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada to provide leadership and direct the Order in fulfilling its mission and vision. The Commission Chairs are elected to their position for a period of 3 years. No individual can serve in their capacity for more than 2 consecutive terms.

The following are members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada, currently serving on the Governing Council:

Ecumenical Commission Chair: The Rev.Dr. Karen Hamilton, BA, MDiv, ThM, DMin, AChLJ, MMLJ
Toronto Commandery

Karen Hamilton currently serves Church and World as the General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches. Since 1944 the CCC has been bringing together 25 major Christian denominations, representing more than 85% of the Christians in Canada, in relationship, theological dialogue and common witness.

In that role, Dr. Hamilton organized the 6th Annual G8 Interfaith Leaders Summit, bringing together senior faith leaders from the G8 countries and G20 regions at the University of Winnipeg, Canada in 2010. She has chaired the Canadian Christian Jewish Consultation and is the recipient of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario Heritage Day award, the Canadian Interfaith Leadership award and the Order of St. Lazarus Ecumenism award. Her doctoral work is in the area of Old Testament and Preaching and her award-winning book, The Acceptable Year of The Lord was published in 2008.

Dr. Hamilton is also a long-term member and Chair of The World Federalists of Canada, an NGO focused on issues of global governance and an executive member of the international World Federalist Movement for which she chaired the Statutes and By-Laws revision. And she trained as a classical singer.

Hospitaller & Medical Commission Chair: Dr. Mark R. Thibert, MD, CLJ
Thunder Bay Commandery

Dr. Thibert received his B.Sc and M.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He received postgraduate training in General Surgery at Western, followed by training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. Before coming to Thunder Bay, Dr. Thibert received a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Thibert is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, certified in that specialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has practiced full-time in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, since August 1991. Dr. Thibert currently is an active surgical staff member of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.