Pharmacy U

Speakers 2018


    Saturday, November 3, 2018

    JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
    39 Smithe Street
    Vancouver, B.C.
    V6B 0R3

    The conference is restricted to persons 19 years of age and older.

    Anyone under the age of 19 will not be admitted.

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Max Beairsto

Max Beairsto is a Pharmacist and Valuation Analyst with Enterprise Valuators, an Edmonton based business valuation firm that focuses on business valuations and sale advisory of small and mid-sized private companies. Max has over 17 years of business valuation and mergers and acquisition experience in the Canadian marketplace.

Max is on a mission to help current, and future pharmacy owners understand what drives value in their pharmacy businesses, realize that value throughout ownership, and preserve it during their divestiture. As a certified valuation analyst and qualified business intermediary, he lends his expertise to pharmacy entrepreneurs across the country in need of expert transactional and valuation advice.

Michael Boivin, Bsc. Phm, RPH, CDE, CTE

Michael Boivin is a clinical pharmacist consultant, continuing education developer and president of CommPharm Consulting Inc. In 2009, he left his full-time pharmacy practice to pursue a career in continuing education and consulting. He has developed in excess of 250 accredited continuing education activities for pharmacists, family physicians, specialists and allied healthcare professionals.

Darin P. Cherniwchan, BSc(Pharm), MD, CM, CCFT, CTH, FCFP

Dr. Darin Cherniwchan is a leader in international health and vaccination. As a pharmacist (UBC ’87) and physician (McGill ’91), Dr. Cherniwchan is well suited to share his clinical skills and experiences with fellow health care professionals. He is currently on staff with both the Faculties of Medicine (UBC) and Health Sciences (UFV) and presents on the topics of travel health and immunization world-wide.

Jim Danahy

A third generation retailer, Jim Danahy grew up around his family’s retail businesses, including an independent pharmacy. After holding executive positions in large retail and consumer goods companies, he founded the retail productivity firm CustomerLAB in 1994, with experts specializing in medication adherence, pharmacy unit profitability, mergers & acquisitions, and retail business valuation. He is a leader of the Medication Adherence Collaboration (MAC), considering a national study to identify high-adherence community pharmacies.

Fabio De Rango

A U of T Lesle Dan School of Pharmacy graduate, Fabio joined Shoppers Drug Mart Mart as a staff pharmacist and acquired his first store in 2002. He now owns and operates three locations in Oakville and Burlington.

In addition to managing a large business, Fabio employs his unique background in retail pharmacy to his roles in Canada as a clinical instructor with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, preceptor for the Ontario College of Pharmacists and globally as a member of iPACT (International Pharmacists Anticoagulation Care Task Force).

Currently, Fabio employs an A1C screening program, atrial fibrillation screening program, cholesterol screening program, strep throat screening program, insulin start-up program, and weekly diabetic and nutritional clinics at his locations.

In 2008, Fabio received the Shoppers Drug Mart Model Store Award and the OPA JMJ Award. In 2012, Fabio was named Associate Owner of the Year Ontario West for Shoppers Drug Mart. He has also won the Reader’s Choice Award for best pharmacist in Oakville 10 years in a row from 2008-2017.

Fabio’s many community involvement contributions also include conducting community and hospital presentations, organizing an outreach program for mentally ill patients, speaking to school children about medication safety, and his pharmacy’s sponsorship of three Syrian refugee families who have settled in Oakville.

Mike Jaczko, BSc Phm, RPh, CIM™

Mike Jaczko, a pharmacist by background, is a portfolio manager and partner at KJ Harrison, an independent investment firm located in Toronto that provides advice and investment strategies to high-net-worth individuals and their families. Mike has more than 32 years of mergers and acquisitions experience with Canadian retail stores and more than 20 years of experience in the Canadian wealth management industry. Mike acts as a trusted advisor to pharmacy owners on matters associated with wealth management pertaining to estate, corporate structure, tax planning and insurance, as well as general succession matters. Mike also advises on strategies associated with preparing, valuating and negotiating the sale of Canadian retail pharmacy businesses.

Ajit Johal

Ajit has been a travel medicine provider since 2013. He obtained his Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) from ISTM in 2014, after which he continued to grow his travel medicine services. In 2015 he created TravelRx, a successful pharmacy-based travel health service. Ajit is also a clinical instructor for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Program. He is the course coordinator for Pharmacy 450b, the first elective course in Travel Medicine available in Canada for pharmacy students.

 Chris Juozatis

Christopher Juozaitis is the chief clinician at AdhereRx Inc. As a co-founder and clinical director of the company, he tailors workflow and clinical practice solutions to help each pharmacy leader improve patient outcomes. With more than 30 years of experience in both the clinical and business sides of retail pharmacy, Chris teaches pharmacists how to create and sustain atmosphere that is compassionate while providing vital services, information and education to staff and patients. He managed several pharmacies in Canada before taking a 50% stake in one of the country’s most advanced clinical pharmacies, Howe Sound Pharmacy.

Michael Kani

Michael Kani is a practicing community pharmacist and owner of Michael’s Pharmacy in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and a consultant to the Community Pharmacy Professionals Advancing Safety in Saskatchewan (COMPASS) program where he educates and trains pharmacists on safe medication practices. Michael completed his pharmacy education at the University of Waterloo, where he also received a BSc in Biomedical Science. During his time at the University of Waterloo, Michael participated as a student representative on the Board of the Canadian Pharmacists Association and on the Board of Directors for Traverse Independence, a not-for-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Health to support individuals with Acquired Brain Injury and disabilities to live independently. Michael is passionate about advocating for pharmacists scope of practice expansion, including the education, counselling and dispensing of medical cannabis. He is the author of Canada’s first and most robust Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) accredited program for medical cannabis.

Zayna Khayat

Dr. Zayna Khayat Ph.D. is the future strategist with SE Health (formerly Saint Elizabeth Healthcare), Canada’s largest social impact enterprise with a major focus on home care. At SE Health, she leads the futures team, focused on creating new business models and practices to help Canadians age with health, vitality, dignity and agency … instead of pain, loneliness, sickness and dementia. Dr. Khayat has been part of the faculty of Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine stream since 2016. In 2017 she was seconded from MaRS Discovery District, an innovation hub in Toronto, Canada, to the REshape Health Innovation Centre at Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands. At MaRS in Toronto, Zayna led the health system innovation platform from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Khayat is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management in the health sector strategy stream. Zayna completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Toronto (2001), followed by a long career in strategy consulting, including as a principal in the healthcare practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Amy Lamb

Amy Lamb is a pharmacy and health advocate practicing in Saskatoon and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. As an undergraduate at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, Amy was heavily involved in advocacy bodies, including the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) and the Canadian Pharmacists Association and was awarded the CPhA Centennial Leadership Award. Amy continues to be active in the pharmacy profession and has served as a board member for the Association of Compounding Pharmacists of Canada. She is entering her third year as a board member for the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan.

Amy has been practicing as a compounding pharmacist for four years and has attended more than 200 hours of CE training on compounding and preventative medicine for dermatology, pain management, wounds, hormones, and nutritional therapies. She is a certified C4 Hormone Replacement Specialist through the Professional Compounding Centers of America. She is an avid researcher with hundreds of additional hours dedicated to self-study through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Amy provides hormone and wellness consultations for patients to provide comprehensive individualized health plans that include dietary plans, hormone replacement, herbal and vitamin recommendations and a medication review. She practices functional medicine, defined by identifying offending agents in a patient’s life (allergenic foods, toxic exposures) and replenishing sub-optimal hormone and vitamin stores. In her daily practice, Amy regularly identifies and recommends nutritional therapies for drug-induced nutrient deficiencies, having developed an algorithm and patient-screening tool to do so. She uses her compounding training to formulate and develop topical therapies to address health conditions that do not respond to conventional therapy.

Carlene Oleksyn

Carlene Oleksyn is a pharmacist with more than 20 years experience, and owner of an independent pharmacy practice in Stony Plain, Alberta. Her practice focuses on maximizing professional services, including fully utilizing her prescribing authority, as well as appointment-based services and engaging patients in optimizing health outcomes. Carlene is also a consultant in the field of medical continuing education, innovative pharmacy practice and pharmacy practice change. Carlene can be found at

John Papastergiou

John Papastergiou graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 2002. After graduation he was employed as a staff pharmacist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. In 2005, John joined Shoppers Drug Mart and acquired his first store at Pape and Danforth. He now owns and operates two locations in downtown Toronto. In 2014, John received an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo. In 2016, he was cross-appointed at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto.
In addition to managing a large business, John employs his unique background in clinical research to explore an expanded role for the community pharmacist. He is actively involved in a number of research initiatives that investigate this expanded role. In 2014 he was appointed to the Ontario Pharmacist Research Collaboration (OPEN). John strongly believes that the accessibility of the community pharmacist places them in a unique position to actively screen and monitor patients for various chronic diseases. His primary goal is to employ quantitative methods to validate the effectiveness of various innovative clinical programs and, ultimately, use his work as a template for future clinics in community pharmacies across Ontario, as well as nationally. Most recently, he implemented one of the first frontline community pharmacist-directed pharmacogenomics clinics in Canada. His work in this area won first prize at the 76th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Karen Riley, BScPhm, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, CDE

Karen Riley is a consultant pharmacist providing medication therapy management services to patients in her community. She also teaches for the University of Florida Pharm D and Masters of Medication Therapy Management programs. She is an Ontario College of Pharmacist (OCP) council member for District N and the OCP Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada representative. She is a consultant for C.O.P Laboratories and Certus PV Inc. She has 35 years experience in community practice and 22 years of hospital practice experience working in program development and in the clinical areas of medicine, intensive care, cardiology, nephrology and oncology. Her volunteer work includes sitting on the Board of Directors for the Sarnia Lambton Alzheimer Society and the Lambton Mental Health and Wellness Centre. She has published in the many areas including osteoporosis, hemodialysis and medication therapy management and has done many presentations for pharmacists, nurses, physicians and the public during her career.

Aaron Sihota

Aaron Sihota is a clinical instructor and course coordinator with a focus in cosmetic dermatology within the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. He is a nationally recognized pharmacy leader who actively promotes care innovation and change leadership as a front-line community pharmacist in Vancouver. Aaron has served as a strategic consultant in the establishment and implementation of clinical pharmacy services in new pharmacies as well as in developing clinical tools for pharmacists to navigate the regulatory and payer environment. He recently co-founded Pharmacy Leaders of Tomorrow (PLoT), a platform dedicated to fostering business practice innovation and entrepreneurship in new pharmacists, which is the first of its kind in Canada. Aaron serves as a voting member of the College of Pharmacists of BC Community Pharmacy Advisory Committee and is the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy Wellspring Leadership Award.

Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic

Dragana Skokovic –Sunjic is a Clinical Pharmacist with Hamilton Family Health Team and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. She is a leader in knowledge mobilization for probiotics in Canada and United States, translating scientific research in this field, she authored “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Supplements Available in Canada” and “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products Available in the US”. This practical clinical tool is independently reviewed and updated yearly in order to reflect the latest evidence and include new probiotic products on Canadian and US market. In 2003, Dragana attained certification as Menopause Practitioner with North American Menopause Society (NAMS).In 2008 she received Wyeth Apothecary Award for Specialty Practice, awarded by the Ontario Pharmacists Association to a pharmacist who has completed specialty education or training and as a result has successfully expanded his or her professional practice. She is actively involved as a Planning Committee and Board Member with the Canadian Menopause Society (SIGMA), presently working on the 2018 IMS World Congress preparation in Vancouver. Her work in the field of women’s health andprobiotic influence on microbiome has been presented at International Menopause Society World Congress (Prague, Czech Republic, Sept 2016) and North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL, Oct 2016), and published in their respective scientific journals.