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: 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.