Pharmacy U

Speakers 2018

    Saturday, February 2, 2019

    International Centre
    Conference Centre Entrance
    6900 Airport Rd.
    Mississauga, ON
    L4V 1E8


    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.

Tim Brady

Tim Brady is the pharmacist owner of two Brady’s Drug Store locations in southwestern Ontario and is better known as “Essex County’s Friendliest Pharmacist.” Ever a champion of pharmacy advocacy, Tim is a part-president of the Essex County Pharmacists Association and currently sits as the representative for southwestern Ontario on the Ontario Pharmacists Association Board of Directors.  Seeking to create a model that put pharmacists back in control of their practice and business, Tim worked with Dean Miller and other likeminded pharmacists to found Whole Health Pharmacy Partners where he sits on their Board of Directors and founding member advisory board.

Mike Cavanagh, BScPhm

Mike Cavanagh was elected chair of the Ontario Pharmacists Association in June 2017 after serving in a number of different roles for the association. Mike received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph before graduating from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He was pharmacy manager at DrugStore Pharmacy in Lindsay from 2006-09 and was named the DrugStore Pharmacy district “Pharmacist of the Year” in both 2007 and 2008. In September of 2009, Mike and his business partner opened Kawartha Lakes Pharmasave in Lindsay and purchased Medicine Chest Pharmasave in Bowmanville in 2011.

Dr. Mark DeVolder

Dr. Mark DeVolder has equipped and motivated some of the most successful organizations in the world, including PepsiCo, Verizon, McDonalds, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Siemens, and Medtronic, to name a few. DeVolder has engaged and delighted audiences from Monaco to Dubai, from Singapore to Barcelona and from Istanbul to Kuala Lumpur. Mark’s high-octane, content-rich and humour-filled presentations empower people to be bold, nimble and innovative in face of constant change.

Known by his clients as the Change Specialist, Dr. DeVolder is recognized as one of today’s original thinkers and motivators on transitions; Mark explains that change initiatives fail because of people, not programs. Similarly, changes are more likely to succeed when people are empowered through transitions.

DeVolder shows leaders and organizations how to adapt to change, overcome adversity and increase resilience.

Shelley Diamond

Shelley Diamond graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and completed a residency at SickKids Hospital. She continued to work there for more than 20 years in both a full- and part-time capacity, focusing on General Pediatrics and Drug Use Evaluation. Shelley has also had her own independent pharmacy consulting company for more than 20 years, where she developed patient and pharmacist education programs in the areas of pediatrics, life-threatening allergies, asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular health for major pharmacy retail chains (e.g. Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw Companies Ltd.). In 2011, Shelley co-founded, an extensive online resource for Canadians living with diabetes, their families and healthcare professionals.


Bryan Gray

Bryan Gray is a practicing pharmacist, certified diabetes educator, pharmacy owner, and consultant working and living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Bryan completed his pharmacy education at Dalhousie College of Pharmacy in Halifax, NS. Upon graduation he began his Masters in Business Administration at Lakehead University. He has been an active advocate in the profession, with roles including committee member for the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association, Board member with the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice Plus Blogger, and CPJ journal author. Bryan has been recognized for his accomplishments with awards including: OPA – Commitment to Care and Service Leadership Award, CAPSI – Guy Genest Passion for Pharmacy Award, and CPhA – New Practitioner of the Year Award. Bryan’s practice and research interests involve program development and integration of point-of-care testing.

Robert Hawke

Robert Hawke is a speaker, cancer survivor and comedian. He has created content for The Ontario Hospital Association, The University of Toronto Medical School and The Canadian Mental Health Association. Rob’s storytelling and comedic skills were honed while working for The Second City Comedy Troupe in Toronto and internationally. He wrote Kicking Cancer’s Ass: A Lighthearted Guide To The Fight Of Your Life and Doing Happiness: Uncovering The Hidden Benefits Of Feeling Good. He lives in Peterborough with his terrific wife and ridiculously small dog.

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.

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.

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.

Wilson Li

Wilson graduated in 2009 from UofT’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and began his pharmacy career at Shoppers Drug Mart. Wilson became a CDE pharmacist in 2012 and organizes regular A1c clinics while collecting patient data for practice-based research. Most recently, Wilson and his team completed a national community-pharmacy-based A1c study with over 1000 patients across the country. His team’s results were published in the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice (IJPP) as a proposed Canadian model for Diabetes Care. He has been invited as a speaker to many local and national conferences sharing his innovative practices in diabetes care, including UofT’s Self-Care Symposium in 2016.

Jennifer May, BScPhm, ACPR

Jennifer May is a clinical pharmacist at Howe Sound Pharmacy in Gibsons, BC and an advanced practice instructor for the AdhereRx SYSTEM. She has experience in clinical hospital practice, retail practice, pharmacy ownership, long-term care, and holds an Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Residency certificate and a health coaching certificate.

Dean Miller, BScPhm

Born and raised in Edmonton, Dean graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. He is the president and founder of Whole Health Pharmacy Partners, a banner for independent pharmacies, after serving as an executive for a number of other pharmacy-related corporations. Dean is a past chair of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, in additional to serving in a variety of roles for the CPhA, NPAC, and many other associations.

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.

Dorothy Pardalis, BSc.Phm., CRE, CDE

Dorothy Pardalis graduated in June 1998 with a BScPhm from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.  Dorothy currently works as a community pharmacist, specializing in patient-focused services such as smoking cessation, disease state management and medication reviews.  Dorothy also works as a clinical pharmacist at the Tilbury District Family Health Team where she conducts comprehensive patient consultations including COPD & Asthma, Diabetes and Smoking Cessation.  She is a Certified Respiratory and Diabetes Educator.  As President of Proactive Health Strategies Inc. Dorothy is a consultant, largely focused upon continuing education for pharmacists, technicians, and patients, as well as wellness programs expanding the role of the pharmacist.

Ron Pohar

Ron graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta in 1995 and began his career as a clinical pharmacist specializing in mental health, geriatrics and smoking cessation, particularly in those with mental illnesses.

Ron has extensive training in the tobacco addiction and smoking cessation from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH). He has been involved with many smoking cessation initiatives including the Tobacco Reduction and Cessation (TRaC) Project and efforts to remove the sale of tobacco from pharmacies in Alberta.

Ron has developed a number of smoking cessation training programs for healthcare professionals, including an accredited certificate level self-study program for pharmacists (Smoking Cessation: Counsel to Quit) and the CATALYST (Call to Action on Tobacco Addiction: A Model for the Busy Pharmacist) Program, a live program that has trained over 5000 pharmacists across Canada in smoking cessation.


Vijay Sarma

Vijay Sarma is a pharmacist with a varied experience in retail pharmacy. He has been a corporate pharmacy district manager and has also worked nationally as a professional services manager. Currently director of program development at the specialist marketing agency McCann Pharmacy, a subsidiary of McCann Health, Vijay continues to practise pharmacy and believes strongly in promoting patient care, not just in Canada but also globally.


Hugh Toner

Hugh graduated from Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy in 1987.  In his 30 years, Hugh has practiced in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings with the majority focus as an owner/operator.  He currently owns two independent Medicine Shoppe stores in Sydney, NS.  He is the 2016 recipient of the Bowl of Hygiea Award (PANS) as well as Professional Achievement Award 2017 from Medicine Shoppe Canada.  Hugh is active in his community, sitting on several boards with a particular interest in mental health.

On a personal note, Hugh is a recording artist having released two professional CDs.  He has also performed in local theatre productions including principal roles in Les Miserable and Into the Woods.

His daughter Lauren finishes Business Entrepreneurship in the coming year with a keen interest in complimentary medicine.  Brandon, his son, a recent pharmacy graduate of Dalhousie has joined their pharmacy team as they move toward a more patient centred approach to medication management.