Pharmacy U

Speakers 2019


    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    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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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, FCEP

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.

Shelonie Cooley

Shelonie Cooley graduated from Dalhousie University BSc Pharmacy in 1993. Over the next 10 years, Shelonie specialized in general dispensing, palliative care, geriatric & restorative care, orthopaedic, plastics, rheumatology and urology, and home medication programs at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. In 2002, she joined the staff of Keswick Compounding Pharmacy where she took extended training through PCCA in Pain Management and Hormone Restoration. In 2009, she bought Keswick Compounding Pharmacy and still owns it today.

Jim Danahy

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

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.


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.

 Christopher Juozatis

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

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.

Richard Kelch

Richard Kelch is an award-winning community pharmacist who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989. After a variety of experiences in community pharmacy, he founded Northgate Pharmacy in Sarnia in 2007. Since opening, the pharmacy has grown to encompass appointment-based dispensing, travel medicine and managed weight loss among other traditional services. Kelch is a founding member of Whole Health Pharmacy Partners, and his pharmacy is a clinical teaching site for both the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. He was awarded the 2017 Bowl of Hygeia and the 2018 Outstanding Preceptor Award from the University of Waterloo.

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 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.

Nardine Nakhla, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Nakhla is a pharmacist and academic with a keen interest in minor ailments and self-care. As a faculty member at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Dr. Nakhla has spent the past decade designing and delivering curricular content on the assessment of self-treating patients, common illnesses and self-medication using nonprescription medicines in both the lecture and practical laboratory setting.  Dr. Nakhla is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy where she has developed and coordinated a number of minor ailment management courses for pharmacists as well as the undergraduate and graduate programs. She has spoken at provincial, national and international meetings on these subjects, and has authored three chapters for the Canadian Minor Ailments reference.  As a columnist for Pharmacy Practice + Business, Dr. Nakhla writes about common and current issues related to over-the-counter product counselling.  In addition to her extensive academic work, Dr. Nakhla is an owner of an independent pharmacy and practices as a community pharmacist with a focus on the provision of expanded scope services and self-care.

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

Travis Rieder

Travis Rieder, PhD, is the Assistant Director for Education Initiatives, Director of the Master of Bioethics degree program and Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University.Travis’ work is wide-ranging, including issues in climate change ethics, procreative and reproductive ethics, the ethics of elective amputation for limb salvage patients, and ethical and policy issues surrounding America’s opioid crisis. He has published widely, both in academic journals and for the popular media. Outlets include: The Guardian, Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, New Republic, and IFLScience, and his TED talk on opioids and physician responsibility has been viewed well over a million times. Travis will publish a book exploring America’s problem with pain and opioids through both his personal experience in the healthcare system and his professional lens as a bioethicist.

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.

Mark Stolow

Mark Stolow

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.