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 Saint 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 Reverend Eric Dyck, M.Div., M.A., EGCLJ, KMLJ, CWA
Montreal Commandery

The Revd Eric Edward Dyck, EGCLJ, KMLJ is presently pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown Montreal and on the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), Eastern Synod. He is Chaplain-General and Ecumenical Commissioner of the Grand Priory of Canada and Deputy Ecclesiastical Grand Prior for the Order internationally. He serves the Ecclesiastical Grand Prior as Chairman of the international Spiritual Advisory Council (an advisory council that informs and recommends to the Grand Master on spiritual matters in the Order). His theological studies were first at Lutheran Theological Seminary (University of Saskatchewan) and then graduate work in liturgical studies at the University of Notre Dame in the U.S.A. He is adjunct faculty at Montreal Anglican Diocesan College (McGill) and a member of Societas Liturgica, an international, academic society for liturgists. In 2018 he was recognised by the ELCIC and made a Companion for the Worship Arts (CWA) in the church’s companionate recognising contributions in the Lutheran Church in worship arts. Pastor Dyck was the ELCIC’s participant in the Lutheran World Federation’s international consultation on worship and culture. This international team engaged the Lutheran world communion in the ecumenical discussion of inculturation. In his work as a parish pastor, Eric Dyck frequently encounters issues of dying and death; the palliative care departments of the Montreal hospitals are familiar places to him. These experiences have cultivated a sensitivity to the pastoral rites for the dying (e.g. “last rites”) and death (e.g. funeral and burial rites) and their therapeutic qualities. He is also active in a number of ecumenical projects, especially with Anglicans and Roman Catholics. Despite numerous projects nationally and internationally, Pastor Eric Dyck has remained rooted in parish ministry and enjoys being able to serve his church and the Order of Saint Lazarus.
Hospitaller & Medical Commission Chair: Chev. Dr. Robert M. Boyko, MD, KCLJ(J)
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 and Past President of the Ontario Coroners’ Association. 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 Western Ontario Commandery and the Grand Priory in Canada of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.