During his 36-year (and counting) career in pharmacy, Derek Desrosiers has become one of Canada’s foremost authorities on the interplay between economic and professional practice issues in pharmacy. After working in community pharmacy for 13 years, including time as a pharmacy manager and owner, Derek became the Director of Professional Services at the B.C. Pharmacy Association in 1995. In 1999 he took up a similar role at uniPHARM Wholesale Drugs Ltd., then became Chief Executive Officer in 2004. While at uniPHARM he guided the company to achieve the designation of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. He returned to BCPhA in 2013 as Director, Pharmacy Practice Support, where he remain until his retirement in May 2018. For more than 20 years, Derek has been a staff member or board member of BCPhA, including six terms as President. He has also served as a Director of the Board of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, and a Director and Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management. Derek is also on CFP’s Board and was President in 2017. In 2011, he received CFP’s prestigious Pillar of Pharmacy Award.
Derek currently has his own consulting company, Desson Consulting, where he helps pharmacy owners develop business plans. He is also a succession and acquisitions consultant with Rxownership.ca.