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New CPhA chair and independent pharmacist, Carlo Berardi, set to lead change


Today the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) announced important steps to chart a new course for the national voice of Canadian pharmacists. With the goal of advancing the health and well-being of Canadians through excellence in pharmacist care, CPhA’s new Chair, Carlo Berardi, will be working with the Board of Directors to ensure the successful implementation of CPhA’s new mission, vision and strategic plan.

The pharmacist-owner of an independent community pharmacy in the Sudbury area for the past 26 years, Carlo is an active member of the community and strong advocate for the pharmacist profession. As a CPhA board member since 2014 and Past Chair and current board member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Carlo has played a key role representing the profession before governments and stakeholders, advocating for an expanded role for pharmacists in the delivery of health care in Canada.

Following the implementation of a new governance structure last year, CPhA’s Board of Directors has been focusing on the development of a revitalized mission, vision and strategic plan to ensure a stronger and more united national voice for the pharmacist profession in Canada. In doing so, a clear course for CPhA’s future has now been set, focused on the health of Canadians and the provision of world-class pharmacy leadership.

“This is an exciting time of growth and unprecedented collaboration amongst pharmacy associations across Canada, which I am thrilled to be a part of,” said Berardi in a news release. “Today, pharmacists are looked upon as thought leaders—as influencers who have transformed the way health care is being delivered in Canada. As Chair, I am committed to ensuring CPhA provides pharmacists with the tools and supports they need to provide better health and better care to all Canadians, and better value to the health care system.”

The new 3-year strategic plan approved by CPhA’s Board of Directors has three priority areas; Lead, Educate and Innovate.

Lead: As the national voice of the profession, CPhA will provide important leadership on key national issues affecting the profession and the health of Canadians.

Educate: As the trusted source of pharmacist practice resources in Canada, CPhA will ensure pharmacists have the educational tools, information and support required to provide optimal drug therapy and patient care.

Innovate: To enhance the health of Canadians, CPhA will provide innovative models and solutions for pharmacy practice advancement.

“CPhA’s new mission, vision and strategic plan sets the Association on an exciting new course,” said Chief Executive Officer, Perry Eisenschmid in the release. “I look forward to working with Carlo and the Board of Directors as we embark upon this important journey to advance the pharmacist profession and the health of Canadians.”