Commissions Chairs

The Grand Priory has two Commissions responsible to study, plan and execute specific activities of the Grand Priory in the fields of Ecumenism and Health. The Chair of each of these Commissions is elected for (3) three years by the general membership and may serve for a second three year term as Chair if elected but the maximum term of office is six years.

The following are members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada, currently serving as elected chairs of Commissions:

Medical Commission Chair: Dr. Robert Michael Boyko, KLJ, OMLJ, MD
Western Ontario Commandery

Dr. Robert Boyko graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (UofT) in 1987. He works as a Family Physician in Mississauga, Ontario. Dr. Boyko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UofT and teaches undergraduate medical students at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, where he is the Ethics and Professionalism Site Coordinator. He is also an Investigating and Inquest Coroner for the Province of Ontario. Dr. Boyko volunteers as the Provincial Medical Advisor for St. John Ambulance, Ontario Council and is the Hospitaller of Toronto and Southwest Region of the Canadian Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, as well as Hospitaller for the Grand Priory in Canada of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.
Ecumenical Commission Chair: Chev. Scott A. Saunders, KCLJ, OMLJ
Western Ontario Commandery

A member of the Order of St. Lazarus since 1997, Scott brings years of experience working with the Anglican Church at the congregation, parish, deanery and diocesan levels to his roll as our National Ecumenical Commission chair. A member of the Order of Huron, Scott was presented with this honour in 2005 to recognize his contribution to the Diocese of Huron. As National Ecumenical Commission chair, Scott has worked to finalize the Order’s Bursary program held at 15 Post Secondary Institutions across Canada, assists in the planning of the Order’s worship services and promotes ecumenical activities in our Commanderies. Scott is a RE/MAX Real Estate Broker by profession.