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Executive Committee

Dr. David Edwards

PAST PRESIDENT: David joined the CFP Board in 2014. Dr. Edwards, BScPhm, PharmD, MPH is the Hallman Director, School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo. He received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in 1978 and completed a residency in hospital pharmacy at Sunnybrook Medical Centre. David graduated from the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the State University of New York at Buffalo followed by post-doctoral training in pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism in the Department of Pharmaceutics at Buffalo. He accepted a faculty position in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1983, and completed a Master in Public Health degree at Wayne State and was Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice prior to accepting the position at University of Waterloo. David has served on the editorial board of journals such as Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and has been a consultant to a number of government agencies in Canada and the United States. Currently, he is President of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC).

Derek Desrosiers

PRESIDENT: Derek Desrosiers joined CFP's Board of Directors in 2014. Derek is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on the economic and professional practice issues of pharmacy. He is a licensed pharmacist and is currently the Director, Pharmacy Practice Support at the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA). Derek also owns his own consulting firm, Desson Consulting Ltd. Derek received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia in 1982. He has 13 years of experience as a patient care community pharmacist in a variety of pharmacies. Derek has also been a pharmacy manager and owner. Derek has participated on many committees and boards of directors of both provincial and national pharmacy organizations. He has been a Director of the Board of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and a Director on the Board of the BCPhA from 1990- 1995, 2000-2006 and 2007-2013, where he also served as President for six different terms. Derek was also a Director of the Board of the Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management (CAPDM) from 2006-2013 and Chairman of CAPDM from 2008-2011.

David Windross

VICE-PRESIDENT: David Windross became a member of the Foundation Board in 2014. David graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1975. After graduation, David practiced hospital pharmacy at various institutions in the Toronto area, including Princess Margaret Hospital, the Toronto General Hospital and the North York General Hospital. Currently, David is Vice-President of External Affairs at Teva Canada Limited. In this role David works with various stakeholder groups across Canada including universities, pharmacy students, pharmacy associations, customer groups as well as being responsible for Teva Canada’s Corporate Citizenship initiatives such as the Canadian Medicine Aid Program and the Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation. Active in pharmacy organizations, David has held positions with the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP). He is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the OPA and a Past President of the Ontario Branch of CSHP. David is a well-known speaker at schools of pharmacy across Canada as well as at pharmacy conferences and continuing education programs.

Bill Wilson

SECRETARY/TREASURER: Bill Wilson received his B.S.P. from the University of Saskatchewan and subsequently completed a hospital pharmacy Residency program at the Toronto General Hospital. He has held a number of positions in hospital pharmacy management including Toronto General Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is currently the Director of Pharmacy at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto where he is also the Director of the Residency program. He has been active in Pharmacy Associations including serving as President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacist nationally as well as provincially, President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association and has served as a member of the Board of the Ontario Pharmacists Association. He has served on a number of committees with these organizations and continues to be involved. He is a part time lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in the Social/admin division. Bill is also involved in consulting and provides casual relief in Community Pharmacy practice as well as chairing a community based Ethics Review Board

Dayle Acorn

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Dayle Acorn was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy in the summer of 2007. He has almost three decades of experience as an executive with progressive positions in the pharmaceutical industry, primarily with two of Canada's top multi-national brand name pharmaceutical companies. Dayle has developed a broad range of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the sector, including marketing management, sales management, training, continuing medical education, strategies for market access and emerging customers, and general business unit management. His teamwork has earned him the distinguished Prix Galien/Belleau Nickerson Award for the Rx&D Product of the Year (2006) and the Lifetime Achievement Award and Gold Medal from the APMR/CCPE for industry accreditation (1992). Dayle serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Pharmaceutical Marketing Association, of which he was president in 2007.

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Directors - Academic

Dr. Jean Lefebvre

Dr. Jean Lefebvre obtained his PhD at Laval University after completing a fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA. During his career as a hospital pharmacist, he has participated in various clinical research projects resulting in the publication of several articles and participations to national or international meetings. Dr. Lefebvre is currently Professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Laval University. His scholarly activities focus on pharmaceutical care practice in cardiovascular patients. Dr. Lefebvre serves on different commissions and boards such as those of Pharmacists Without Boarders Canada and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. He is also a founding member of the Quebec Historical Society of Pharmacy and the president of the International Association of Francophone Deans of Pharmacy.

Dr. Zubin Austin

Zubin Austin, BScPhm MBA MISc PhD, joined the CFP Board in 2012. Zubin is a Professor, inaugural holder of the Murray Koffler Chair in Pharmacy Management and Director of the Centre for Practice Excellence at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. He is an award-winning researcher, having received citations for his work from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (the Lyman Award), the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts, authored three textbooks, and 14 textbook chapters. He has received over $6 million in external grant funding for his research, and has presented nationally and internationally on his work. He is also an award-winning educator, having received the Government of Ontario's Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award, the University of Toronto's President's Teaching Award, and having been named undergraduate Professor of the Year by pharmacy students on 12 separate occasions. He continues to practice as a clinical pharmacist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

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Directors - Association

Perry Eisenschmid

Perry Eisenschmid was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) in June 2013. Perry has extensive experience in marketing financial services, consumer packaged goods and not-for-profit member services. His broad expertise includes marketing, sales and information technology with specific interest in strategy, branding, product management, web and social media innovation. Perry obtained his BBA and MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. In 2010, he achieved certification as a Chartered Director (C.Dir.), and in 2013, he received Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certification (H.R.C.C.C.), both from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

Prior to joining CPhA, Perry was the Vice-President of Marketing, Sales and IT with the Conference Board of Canada. He also had business responsibility for the organization’s multi-million dollar subscription and publications business and its web-based distribution channel. He was President and CEO of CIBC Trust and an executive for several years in CIBC’s Wealth Management Group. Perry is a member of the Centre for Chief Marketing Executives and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Margaret Wing

Margaret’s involvement in pharmacy has been constantly evolving since her graduation from the University of Alberta where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She has more than 30 years of experience in the industry which has led to her current role as CEO of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA). During Margaret’s tenure as CEO advocating for pharmacists across the province, she has provided leadership over many important initiatives that have significantly advanced the practice of pharmacy in Alberta.  Some of these include pharmacist’s engagement in; the Alberta Public Health Influenza Immunization Program; the Pharmacy Services Framework; the Alberta Blue Cross Pharmaceutical Provider Services Agreement; and the Memorandum of Understanding between Alberta Health and the Alberta Pharmacists' Association.  Additionally, she provides oversight to further achieve RxA's mandate of providing quality professional development through programs to approximately 2000 pharmacists annually.  

Throughout her career Margaret has developed an expansive pharmaceutical background with experience in such roles as: pharmacist, regional pharmacy manager, pharmacy owner, Director of Professional Services and CEO with RxA. Margaret obtained her MBA from Athabasca University in 2007. She was recognized in 2011 when she was awarded with an Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction and in 1987 receiving the W.L. Boddy Pharmacy of the Year award. Her most recent pharmacy endeavor sent her overseas to Luang Prabang, Laos to volunteer for two months at the Lao Friends Hospital for Children pharmacy.

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Directors - Community

Sherif Guorgui

Sherif Guorgui joined the Board in 2017. He is a highly respected leader in the profession with extensive experience in pharmacy practice, business and operations. Sherif has worked as an independent pharmacy owner and associate/franchise owner, in addition to holding progressive corporate leadership roles with top pharmacy retailers in Canada. He is currently the CEO of United Pharma Group (UPG), the fastest growing network of independent pharmacy owners‎ in Canada, focused on the long-term sustainability and profitability of independent pharmacy. Sherif is also an active volunteer in the profession and community. He serves on the boards of the Ontario Pharmacists Association, Neighbourhood Pharmacies Association of Canada, Humber College Pharmacy Technician Program and Vanc Pharmaceuticals. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. He is also a mentor at the University of Toronto Career Centre Information Interview Program and a member of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s Boundless Campaign Cabinet. In 2015, Sherif was selected as one of Canada's top immigrants, showcasing the value and contribution of international pharmacy graduates to Canadian society. 

Bryan Gray

Bryan Gray joined the Board in 2014. He is the owner of River Terrace Medical Pharmacy in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As an advocate for the expanding scope of practice and also for patient centered care, Bryan serves on the Pharmacy Practice Committee with the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). To further his education, he is completing a Masters of Business Administration at Lakehead University, funded in part by a Wellspring Leadership award from the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy. Passionate about the profession, he shares his views and opinions through his blog "Beyond Dispensing" with the Canadian Health Network and peer-reviewed journal articles. As a student, Bryan has won various awards demonstrating his leadership including: Guy Genest Passion for Pharmacy Award from CAPSI, the Commitment to Care and Service Student Leadership Award from Pharmacy Practice Plus and OPA, and the Blueprint for Pharmacy Student Leadership in Practice Change from the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

Iris Krawchenko

Iris Krawchenko joined the CPF Board in 2017. She is a senior pharmacist practitioner with more than 31 years of combined experience in community pharmacy practice, ownership and management, long-term care service provision, hospital and primary care family health team practice. In addition, she has extensive leadership experience within pharmacy organizations, government councils and related external stakeholder groups. Currently,Iris is clinical pharmacist in the Hamilton Family Health Team and is the principal of her own pharmacist consultant practice. She actively works in the development of CE programs for pharmacists and specializes in helping pharmacists and their teams integrate expanded pharmacy services into their daily practice. Iris is a former owner and Past Chair of Dell Pharmacies, a group of 17 pharmacies - as well as the Past President of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Iris has been honoured with the Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Ontario Pharmacists' Association and received a Commitment to Care Award for the Best Pharmacist/Physician Team.

Karen Wolfe

Karen Wolfe is Director, Policy at the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada. Over her 30-year career, she has been privileged to have held various positions in pharmacy, including pharmacy owner and regional operations manager, Executive Director of NAPRA, and program coordinator and lecturer at the University of British Columbia's Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development for the provincial rollout of the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program in B.C. She is the author of the “Governance of Pharmacy Practice” education module in the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program at UBC, and during her time at UBC wrote the Professional Practice module for the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program. She has served on the boards of the Alberta College of Pharmacists as council member and President; the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs; and the Ethics Subcommittee of the College of Pharmacists of B.C.

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Directors - Industry

Grant Gunn

Grant joined the Board in 2017. He is a Senior Manager, Government Affairs with Amgen Canada where he is primarily responsible for managing policy and reimbursement related to Amgen medicines across all therapeutic areas with the Ontario government. Prior to joining Amgen, Grant spent 28 years working in a variety of roles, including government affairs, marketing, training, sales management and sales at pharmaceutical companies across Canada (including Bayer, Searle and the Allen & Hanbury division of Glaxo).  An active member of the healthcare community, Grant has held board positions at Lymphoma Canada as well as the Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ont. Grant is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in chemistry. 

Sandra Carey

Sandra joined the CFP board in 2013. In her current role as President of McCann Pharmacy Initiative, Sandra brings leadership, vision and considerable expertise to the realm of professional pharmacy. Her invaluable guidance allows pharmacists across all corners of the globe to achieve excellence in patient-centered approach to delivery of healthcare. Sandra serves as a key resource to pharmaceutical organizations on numerous matters, including trade, drug purchasing and third-party payers. Her vast experience in various therapeutic areas enables her to assume advising roles with respect to Rx to OTC switches and OTC, prescription and dietary supplement product marketing and launch activities. 

Upon graduation, Sandra practised pharmacy in many different roles. She has worked as a community retail pharmacist for a large retailer, and as a clinical pharmacist in a family practice setting. Her career advanced quickly, moving into senior management roles in operations and professional services with her last role being a national regulatory affairs manager. Her aptitude and insight are constantly in demand as she continues to speak authoritatively on many aspects of pharmacy practice and business-building and lecture professionally at industry conferences and pharmacy professional gatherings, locally, nationally and internationally. Sandra has previously served as a president of several pharmacy organizations and now she sits as an advising leader of various global pharmacy committees. Her advocacy work covers various worldwide pharmacy initiatives. Sandra maintains practice licensure and is considered a global key opinion leader in the evolution of pharmacy practice.

Linda Prytula

Linda Prytula graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Pharmacy in 1984. She has worked for more than 20 years in the generic industry in numerous roles. In addition, Linda maintains her patient care pharmacist license through front line work in community pharmacy.

Linda previously served on the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy's Board of Directors from 2008-2013. Over that time Linda served on various committees and was the President in 2011. Linda’s passion for and dedication to the profession of pharmacy are demonstrated in her devotion to volunteering in support of the profession. Linda currently serves on the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) Board of Directors and was the organization’s Chair in 2002. Linda also chaired the OPA Lecture Hall Committee which raised close to 2 million dollars for a lecture hall at the U of T, Faculty of Pharmacy, She is also the Co-Founder and Chair of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy Golf Classic, which is 10 years raised over half a million dollars for the students at U of T. In recognition of her commitment to the University, Linda was presented with the Arbor Award in 2003.

Rita Egan

Rita Egan has more than 35 years' experience in the pharmaceutical industry, starting at Upjohn and moving on to a variety of positions at Kenral, AltiMed, ratiopharm and Schein. As a Medical Science Liaison in Reproductive Medicine and Oncology, she has worked with academia, physicians and specialists on innovative collaborations and research. Currently dedicated to National Pharmacy Relations at AstraZeneca, Rita keenly believes that research and science matter, and that all stakeholders must work together to help patients. She passionately champions that pharmacists have a critical and increasing role in advancing the health outcomes of Canadians through direct patient care.