Supporting Innovation in Pharmacy for a Healthier Canada

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Executive Committee

Margaret Wing

PRESIDENT: Margaret's involvement in pharmacy has been constantly evolving since obtaining her B Sc Pharm from the University of Alberta in 1985. She is currently CEO of the Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA). During Margaret's tenure as CEO advocating for pharmacists across the province, she has provided leadership over many important initiatives that have significantly advanced the practice of pharmacy in Alberta. Some of these include pharmacists' engagement in: Alberta Health COVID-19 programs from Asymptomatic Testing; COVID-19 Vaccinations; the Alberta Public Health Influenza Immunization Program; and the Pharmacy Services Framework funding model.

Throughout her career, Margaret has developed an expansive pharmaceutical background with experience in such roles as pharmacist, regional pharmacy manager, pharmacy owner, Director of Professional Services and CEO with RxA. Margaret obtained her MBA from Athabasca University in 2007 and completed the Directors Education Program (ICD.D) in 2019. She was awarded the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award in 2019 from the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. She received the University of Alberta 2020 Alumni Honour Award in recognition of alumni that have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community over a number of years.

Linda Prytula

PAST-PRESIDENT: Linda Prytula graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Pharmacy in 1984. She has worked for more than 25 years in the pharamceutical industry in numerous roles. In addition, Linda maintains her patient care pharmacist license through front line work in community pharmacy.

Linda previously served on the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy's Board of Directors from 2008-2013. Over that time Linda served on various committees and was the President in 2011. Linda’s passion for and dedication to the profession of pharmacy are demonstrated in her devotion to volunteering in support of the profession. Linda served on the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) Board of Directors for 11 years and was the organization’s Chair in 2002. Linda also chaired the OPA Lecture Hall Committee which raised close to 2 million dollars for a lecture hall at the U of T, Faculty of Pharmacy, She is also the Co-Founder and Chair of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Golf Classic, which is 10 years raised over half a million dollars for the students at U of T. In recognition of her commitment to the University, Linda was presented with the Arbor Award in 2003.

Deb Saltmarche

VICE-PRESIDENT: Deb Saltmarche is a widely respected pharmacy sector executive with extensive experience and a demonstrated record of results in creating and delivering innovative and outcome-driven solutions, while balancing organizational mission and goals, regulatory environment, legal framework, professional considerations, business mandates, governance, diverse stakeholders and customer needs. Recognized as Leader in Pharmacy in 2015,Deb has exceptional adaptability and expertise in managing change in fluid, high-stakes, asymmetric operating environments, and expertise in conceptualizing mission and developing and implementing strategic approaches to complex initiatives. She has extensive experience in risk anticipation, recognition, management and mitigation, and in managing mission-critical initiatives and issues with coterminous business and professional dimensions, agendas and demands.

Deb thrives in engaging diverse internal and external stakeholders and building consensus around initiatives, approaches and solutions that accommodate and balance diverse perspectives, positions and interests. Recognized for managing issues and people with fairness, respect and even-handedness, she enjoys leading and managing teams and building awareness, understanding and commitment to organizational mission and goals.

Since November 2011 Deb has been with Shoppers Drug Mart, where she is currently holds the position of Senior Director, Professional Affairs, with responsibilities for Ontario, National, and Privacy. Deb is a Past-Chair of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, where she currently serves as a Director, and represents Ontario as a Director on the Board of the Canadian Pharmacists Association. Deb is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is currently completing the ICD Directors Education course, representing a lifelong commitment to excellence in the boardroom.

Justin Bates

SECRETARY-TREASURER - Justin Bates is currently CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. Justin began his career in the advertising and marketing before transitioning in to the health insurance industry. Justin worked in a variety of capacities in the health insurance sector, including as a consultant for a pharmacy benefit manager. His involvement in the field of pharmacy advocacy began in 2005 while engaging in cross-industry initiatives with pharmacy associations, which brought together his passion for healthcare with a platform to advocate for sustainable solutions. In 2006, he joined the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, which is now the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. During his 10 years at Neighbourhood Pharmacies, Justin’s leadership has helped navigate an industry association through strategic initiatives and economic sustainability while developing strong pharmacy industry relationships with all stakeholders.

Dayle Acorn

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Dayle Acorn was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy in the summer of 2007. He has almost three decades of experience as an executive with progressive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily with two of Canada's top multi-national brand name pharmaceutical companies. Dayle has developed a broad range of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the sector, including marketing management, sales management, training, continuing medical education, strategies for market access and emerging customers, and general business unit management. His teamwork has earned him the distinguished Prix Galien/Belleau Nickerson Award for the Rx&D Product of the Year (2006) and the Lifetime Achievement Award and Gold Medal from the APMR/CCPE for industry accreditation (1992). Dayle serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Pharmaceutical Marketing Association, of which he was president in 2007.

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Directors - Academic

Kerry Mansell

Kerry Mansell is currently a Professor and Assistant Dean at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. He obtained both his BSP and MBA from the University of Saskatchewan and his PharmD from the University of Washington. 

Kerry has worked as a pharmacist for more than 20 years, primarily as a community pharmacist, and in an outpatient clinic as a clinical pharmacist focusing on diabetes. His scholarly work and activities focus primarily on diabetes, and issues related to pharmacy practice. He has previously sat on Boards for the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), and Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan (PAS), and served as Chair of PAS and President of AFPC.

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Directors - Association

Jean Bourcier

Jean Bourcier is the Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (AQPP). He leads and manages the Association’s overall activities, represents the Association within various groups of interest and manages media relations. He also sits on several internal and external committees. Bourcier possesses numerous years of experience managing health services organisations. A pharmacist who also holds an MBA, he served as President of Allegro Residences LP, President of Medisys Corporate Health LP, and more recently, General Manager for Canada (excluding Québec) of TELUS Health, Provider Solutions.

Glen Doucet

As CEO of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), Glen Doucet is responsible for advancing CPhA, on behalf of its members and the profession, to become one of the most respected, influential and impactful associations in Canada. Glen has more than 30 years’ expertise in association management, government relations and strategic communications. He is widely respected as a dynamic leader and an innovative strategist who can organize, direct and efficiently manage talent and resources to meet and exceed mission objectives.

Glen has served as the executive director of three national associations and on the senior management team for two other major national health non-governmental organizations. In these positions, he led diverse teams of professionals to effectively represent these associations with government, industry, media and the public. Glen also has a passion for public service, politics and policy. He has served as the Vice-Chair of Hypertension Canada’s Board of Directors as well as a member of the Board of the Directors for the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation. In addition, he has served as the national director and director of policy for a major federal political party. Through his work in politics and his professional life, Glen has built an extensive network of government, political and business contacts across the country.

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Directors - Pharmacy

Sherif Guorgui

Sherif Guorgui joined the Board in 2017. Sherif has extensive experience in pharmacy practice, business and operations. He has been an independent pharmacy owner, associate/franchise owner, and has held progressive corporate leadership roles with top pharmacy retailers in Canada. He is currently the co-CEO and Chief Strategy and Stakeholder Relations Officer at OnPharm-United, the fastest growing network of independent pharmacy owners in Canada. Sherif is an active volunteer and serves various provincial and national pharmacy organizations. He was President of the Ontario College of Pharmacists in 2011/2012. He was a board member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and is currently a member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation's Community Pharmacy Section's Executive Committee and a member of the Steering Committee of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP) Canada.

In 2015, Sherif was selected as one of Canada's top immigrants, showcasing the value and contribution of international pharmacy graduates to the Canadian society. In 2017, he was received the Voice of Pharmacy Award from the Ontario Pharmacists Association for his role in promoting the value of pharmacists and the pharmacy profession. That year he also received the Volunteer Appreciation Award by the Peel Multicultural Council. In 2018, Halton Region honoured Sherif with the Newcomer Recognition Award. In 2019 he was named to the Leaders In Pharmacy selection of pharmacists in Canada. The Leaders in Pharmacy initiative is sponsored by Pfizer Canada Inc., and recognizes individuals who are making their mark on the pharmacy profession in Canada.

Iris Krawchenko

Iris Krawchenko joined the CFP Board in 2017. She is a senior pharmacist practitioner with more than 31 years of combined experience in community pharmacy practice, ownership and management, long-term care service provision, hospital and primary care family health team practice. In addition, she has extensive leadership experience within pharmacy organizations, government councils and related external stakeholder groups. Currently,Iris is clinical pharmacist in the Hamilton Family Health Team and is the principal of her own pharmacist consultant practice. She actively works in the development of CE programs for pharmacists and specializes in helping pharmacists and their teams integrate expanded pharmacy services into their daily practice. Iris is a former owner and Past Chair of Dell Pharmacies, a group of 17 pharmacies - as well as the Past President of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Iris has been honoured with the Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Ontario Pharmacists' Association and received a Commitment to Care Award for the Best Pharmacist/Physician Team.

Helen Marin

Helen Marin earned her BScPhm from the University of Alberta in 2017, completed her MSc from the University of Montreal and is currently working on her PharmD for Pharmacists at the University of Toronto (UofT). Helen has spent most of her pharmacy career in Alberta, where she completed her pharmacy residency with Alberta Health Services and then started her career at the Cross Cancer Institute, where she developed the pharmacist’s role in ambulatory breast cancer clinics.

Helen is currently working at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, where she provides comprehensive pharmacy services to the various oncology inpatient units. Helen is also a Lead Course Instructor for the International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program at the UofT as well as an APPE preceptor for UofT pharmacy students. Helen has been a guest speaker/lecturer (presenting in English, French or Spanish) at numerous events in Canada and the U.S on a range of topics, such as pharmacogenomics in oncology, deprescribing and palliative care.

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Directors - Industry

Kimberly Schroeder

Kimberly Schroeder has been entrenched in the business of pharmacy for the past 25 years as an Industry Manufacturing Partner. Throughout this time, she has worked in several high-profile companies (Procter & Gamble, LifeScan, Pharmascience) across a high number of diverse product lines (including health and beauty, nonprescription medications, diabetes medical devices, generic prescription drugs, private label and biotechnology [innovative and biosimilars]).

Her passion for the business of pharmacy has led her to collaboratively work in the pharmacy industry alongside business leaders, pharmacists, and educators within corporate retail pharmacy and provincial and national industry associations. In 2018, Kimberly was awarded the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada’s Associate of the Year.  She is currently working at Amgen Canada as the Value, Access and Policy Senior Manager for Pharmacy, where she focuses on developing National Pharmacy Strategy.

Max Beairsto

Max Beairsto is the managing principal at EVCOR (Enterprise Valuators Corporation), specializing in business valuation and transaction advisory. Before starting the firm, he held the position of Director of Business Development and Real Estate at the Katz Group. He holds a B.Sc.Pharm. and an MBA from the University of Alberta and is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and the Canadian Association of CVAs. He has provided business consulting services in a wide variety of fields, including Medical Practices, dental clinics, veterinary practices, and pharmacy practice, where he has completed over 250 career engagements.

Beairsto has conducted several lectures and seminars across the country on an assortment of topics, including pharmacy management, valuing a pharmacy, and buying and selling your retail pharmacy. He has also served on the board of directors of the Alberta Pharmacists Association.

Al Moghaddam

Al Moghaddam is an accomplished pharmaceutical executive with a science background and more than 20 years of experience in Canada and the U.S. He is currently Vice-President and General Manager of Pharmascience.

Al has helped propel Fortune 500 and early-stage companies to leadership positions within the biopharma, established pharma, and consumer markets. He has been recognized by such companies as Allergan, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Actavis (now Teva) and Pharmascience for outstanding performance in creating value. Recent projects with Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, and the Disney Institute focus on superior patient outcomes and consumer experience, while also delivering an ROI. Within life sciences, he has served in leadership roles in the areas of product life cycle management, sales, business development, marketing and finance.

David Windross

David Windross became a member of the Foundation Board in 2014. David graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1975. After graduation, David practiced hospital pharmacy at various institutions in the Toronto area, including Princess Margaret Hospital, the Toronto General Hospital and the North York General Hospital. David joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1992 with Novopharm Limited, which became Teva Canada in 2000. David held various executive positions with Novopharm and Teva Canada, the most recent being Vice-President of External Affairs at Teva Canada. In this role David worked with various stakeholder groups across Canada including universities, pharmacy students, pharmacy associations, customer groups as well as being responsible for Teva Canada’s Corporate Citizenship initiatives such as the Canadian Medicine Aid Program and the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation.

David retired from Teva Canada in December 2016.  Active in pharmacy organizations, David has held positions with the Canadian Pharmacists Association the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP). He is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the OPA and a Past President of the Ontario Branch of CSHP. David was Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy's Board of Directors in 2018/19.

Rita Egan

Rita Egan has more than 43 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, starting at Upjohn and moving on to a variety of positions at Kenral, AltiMed, ratiopharm, Schein. She currently heads National Pharmacy Relations at AstraZeneca. As a Medical Science Liaison in Reproductive Medicine and Oncology, she has worked with academia, physicians and specialists on innovative collaborations and research. 

For more than 25 years Rita has actively participated in pharmacy stakeholder working groups, including Neighbourhood Pharmacies' Industry & Business, Associate Advisory and as an Organizational Affiliate for the Canadian Pharmacists Association. At AstraZeneca she drives initiatives in the areas of policy, diversity and inclusion, and women in leadership. Rita keenly believes that research and science matter, and that all stakeholders must work together to help patients. She passionately champions that pharmacists have a critical and increasing role in advancing the health outcomes of Canadians through direct patient care.