Supporting Innovation in Pharmacy for a Healthier Canada

Innovation Fund Grant

2020 Recipients
Carlo DeAngelis
Carlo DeAngelis
Debbie Kelly
Debbie Kelly


Since 2007 CFP has transformed more than $2 million in individual and corporate donations into awards, bursaries and scholarships for pharmacy researchers, innovators and leaders across the country. Grants from the Innovation Fund are a core component of CFP's commitment to support pharmacy for a healthier Canada.

This year, CFP is pleased to announce that up to $150,000 will be available for grants from its Innovation Fund.

The deadline for stage one, the letter of intent, is Friday, May 7.

Click here for general information about criteria and the online application process. You can also contact CFP Executive Director Dayle Acorn at or 905.997.3238.

Summary of Projects that Received Innovation Fund Grants in 2020

Virtual pharmacy services: who benefits most?

To continue to support cancer patients through treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlo and his team developed a strategy to maximize virtual delivery of clincial pharmacy services (vCPS). Their study will look at how successful these services are and which patients benefit most. While initiated in an outpatient pharmacy cancer clinic setting, the lessons learned from the vCPS can also be applied to the community pharmacy setting and used to implement long-term pharmacy practice change.

Holistic Care: Comprehensive Medication Assessments

Pharmacist intervention has been shown to improve outcomes for patients with hypertension, dyslipidemia and other conditions. However, comprehensive medication assessments (CMA) that consider patients holistically may identify even more opportunities to improve outcomes in other ways, such as reducing potentially inappropriate medication use and improving quality of life. Debbie Kelly and her team aim to show that CMA provided through a pharmacist clinic for patients with complex medication needs will improve medication-related burden, reduce medication complexity, and increase patient satisfaction.

For more details on all of our grant recipients, see below.

Innovation Fund Grant Recipients

Debbie Kelly
Comprehensive medication assessments, Memorial University of NewfoundlandView More Details
Carlo DeAngelis
Virtual pharmacy services, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer CentreView More Details
Philippe Vincent
Coaching & App for Depression, University of MontrealView More Details
Dan Burton
Interventions for mental health, University of AlbertaView More Details
Laura Murphy & Olavo Fernandes
Medical Cannabis, University Health NetworkView More Details

Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia
Prescription to ThriveView More Details
John Papastergiou
Vaccine adherence rates, University of TorontoView More Details
Paula Newman
Opioid stewardship, NorthWest Telepharmacy SolutionsView More Details
Saleema Bhaidani, Lisa Dolovich
Appointment-based model of practice, Whole Health Pharmacy PartnersView More Details
Dr. Feng Chang
High-dose, high-risk opioid use, University of WaterlooView More Details
Dr. Lori MacCallum
Diabetes follow-up, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre, U of TView More Details
Dr. Ross Tsuyuki
UTI Management, University of AlbertaView More Details

Dr. Barbara Farrell
Deprescribing, Bruyère Research InstituteView More Details
Dr. Line Guénette
Adherence e-tools, Laval UniversityView More Details
Sara Guilcher
Seamless care, University of TorontoView More Details
Christine Hughes, Terri Schindel, Rene Breault
Comprehensive Annual Care Plans in AlbertaView More Details
Tejal Patel, Dr. Linda Lee
Support for frail elderly, University of WaterlooView More Details
Sherilyn Houle
Travel medicine, University of WaterlooView More Details

John Papastergiou
Home-visit medication reviewsView More Details
Drs. Jeff Taylor and Kerry Mansell
Minor ailments, University of SaskatchewanView More Details
Drs. Carlo Marra & Larry Lynd
PHInDMORE (medication management), University of British ColumbiaView More Details
Pharmacists Manitoba
Smoking cessationView More Details

Certina Ho
Safety Alerts, ISMP CanadaView More Details
Lisa McCarthy
PRIME (personalized medicine)View More Details
Ontario Pharmacists Association, Green Shield Canada
Hypertension managementView More Details

Neil McKinnon
SafetyNET-Rx, Dalhousie UniversityView More Details
Dr. Lisa Guirguis
Pharmacist prescribing, University of AlbertaView More Details

2007 & 2008
Dr. Ross Tsuyuki
Chronic disease management, University of AlbertaView More Details