JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
39 Smithe Street
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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.
Jim Danahy has been researching the medication adherence problem and devising pharmacy performance solutions for 25 years. He is CEO of AdhereRx Inc. which provides intensive training, coaching and technical support to pharmacy owners seeking to improve pharmacy performance and is co-owner of Howe Sound Pharmacy in Gibsons BC. Jim is a co-developer of the new C.A.R. adherence measurement standard (Clinical Adherence Ratio, published in CPJ 2014) and AdherenceTRACK©, the world’s first software to accurately measure adherence and provide clinical guidance to front-line pharmacists. A third generation retailer who grew up around his family’s pharmacy, Jim has led teams of pharmacists and technical experts to implement scores of innovative adherence and profit improvement initiatives for pharmacies across North & South America.
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.
Chris Juozaitis is the chief clinician at AdhereRx Inc., and has been co-owner/ pharmacy manager of Howe Sound Pharmacy for 30 years. He tailors workflow and clinical practice solutions to help pharmacy leaders sustainably improve patient outcomes and business results in any community pharmacy setting. With more than 34 years of experience in both the clinical and business sides of retail pharmacy, Chris respectfully collaborates with his fellow pharmacy owners to help them create and sustain their own atmospheres that compassionately and efficiently provide better care and education to both staff and patients.
Chris still sees patients every day as he oversees a state-of-the-art home facility that incorporates a combination of innovative workflow, technology, environmental design and patient-centred communication that deliver superior outcomes in a cost-effective, patient-centred manner. He and his team are constantly improving pharmacy workflow designs, harnessing technology and refining staff training that allow pharmacists to practice at the fullest extent of their scope, concentrating on authentic patient engagement, drug therapy problems and proactive care plans.
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.
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.
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 colekPharm.com
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 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.
Mark Stolow is a seasoned social entrepreneur and change marketer. In 2004 he co-founded The Caregiver Network, which grew into the largest caregiver learning network in the country. His most recent impact initiative is Huddol: a social collaboration network that helps Canadians co-create solutions to human healthcare challenges. For more than 18 years, Mark has helped to inform a more progressive Canadian healthcare agenda through policy and program development, research, and breakthrough communications initiatives.
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.
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