Conference Schedule

Friday, September 27


Leadership Series Keynote


Friday evening’s keynote will offer three dynamic presenters.


What is Leadership and Why Should You Care?

Presenter: Dale Cooney, BSP, MBA, ACC


You may be familiar with the traditional definitions of leadership but what really is leadership? Dale will help you recognize what leadership is and what your role is in moving the profession forward. He will show you how to have a leadership point of view and how even a single change can make a difference.


Read more about Dale!


Leadership and Pharmacy: A Stampede or a Lonely Walk?

Presenter: Dr. Neil MacKinnon


In this presentation, Dr. MacKinnon will build upon the concept of leadership and the application to the profession of pharmacy. Leadership will be viewed through the lens of several contemporary issues in the profession and strategies will be provided to help us achieve our vision for a safe and effective medication-use system.


Read more about Dr. MacKinnon! 


Advancing Pharmacy Practice Through Innovation

Presenter: Krystal Wynnyk, BScPharm


Krystal will be sharing details of the new grant funding available to pharmacists as part of the Pharmacy Practice Innovation Grant. This grant is intended to support community pharmacists and their development of innovative practice to enhance the delivery of healthcare and/or demonstrate the value of an existing unique practice.


Read more about Krystal! 


Saturday, September 28


Opening Plenary 


Happily Ever After GBS - Our Story of Survival and Recovery 

Presenters: Holly Frances and Marilyn Rose


At the age of twenty-six, less than three weeks after giving birth to her first child, Holly Gerlach was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. After 4 months in the hospital, intense physiotherapy, and the ongoing support of her mother, Marilyn Rose, she learned how to use her muscles again and eventually how to walk again. Join Holly and Marilyn as the share their personal journey with GBS.


Read more about Holly and Marilyn! 


Concurrent Sessions 

Registrants can attend either the long session plus two short sessions OR four short sessions.


Long Session 


Atrial Fibrillation: Is There a Role for Pharmacists in Stroke Prevention?

Presenters: Dr. Roopinder Sandhu, MD, MPH and Miriam Fradette, BScPharm, ACPR


This session will describe atrial fibrillation and how to determine stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. Different stroke prevention therapies and research involving the pharmacist's role in delivering stroke prevention therapy will also be shared.


Read more about Dr. Sandhu and Miriam Fradette!


Short Sessions

2020 and Beyond... a Review of Ocular Disease Management

Presenter: Dr. Andrea Lasby, BSc, OD, FAAO, FSLS


By attending this session, pharmacists will learn about appropriate medications for common anterior segment disorders and glaucoma, including new medications to the market. Diagnostic equipment and treatment protocols optometrists offer patients with dry eye symptoms, including antibiotic recommendations for ocular rosacea will be shared. This session will also summarize ocular side effects of commonly prescribed systemic medications, and symptoms of ocular manifestations associated with chronic systemic disease.


Read more about Dr. Lasby!


Achieving Compliance with Non-Sterile Compounding Standards in Alberta

Presenter: Jennifer Mosher, BScPharm


In this session, Jennifer will outline how to achieve compliance with the Non-Sterile Compounding Standards in Alberta. She will review how to approach the Standards, what personnel requirements are needed, and the necessary levels of containment for non-sterile compounded products.


Read more about Jennifer! 


Sharpening Your Study Appraisal Skills

Presenter: Dr. Lauren Bresee, BScPharm, MSc., PhD, ACPR


Dr. Bresee will help you to learn about databases to search to identify study literature and to understand the hierarchy of evidence based on study design and the common study appraisal tools available so you can critically evaluate the study literature.


Read more about Dr. Bresee! 


Pharmacogenomics: An Introduction and Snapshot of the Evolving Canadian Environment

Presenter: Christopher Trevors, MS, CGC


This session will introduce general concepts in personalized medicine, a framework for critical evaluation of pharmacogenomic tests and providers in Canada, privacy information, risks, and an overview of the literature examining cost effectiveness.


Read more about Christopher! 


The Role of Healthy Sleep in Chronic Disease Risk Reduction

Presenter: Chris Carruthers, BSc., MSc., PhD


In this session, Dr. Carruthers will talk about the importance of sleep for heart health, immune function, cognition, learning, mental health, weight, safety, and resilience. She will also discuss the physical consequences of sleep deprivation and how sleep can be improved.


Read more about Dr. Carruthers! 


Afternoon Plenary 


Well-being at Work and Beyond

Presenter: Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk, MD, CCFP, FCFP


Dr. Hnatiuk will review the evidence regarding and definitions of burnout among pharmacists, as well as the drivers and consequences of burnout. She will outline evidence-based strategies to improve personal resilience and discuss a reciprocal model well-being. You will have the opportunity to develop a plan for personal well-being.


Read more about Dr. Hnatiuk!


Sunday, March 3 (8:00 am - Noon)

Optional session ($85.00 +GST) (Hot Breakfast Included)


Burning Issues with Cannabis

Presenters: Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed MD FRCPC,  Dr. Eddy Lang MDCM, CCFP(EM), CSPQ and Michael Kani BSc, MSc, BScPharm, RPh, PharmD (candidate)


The use of cannabis, both medical and recreational, is becoming increasing prevalent and pharmacists need to know how to advise their patients and what issues they might encounter in their practice. This session provides an overview of aspects of cannabis utilization that will aid you in providing information and support to your patients. From its use in pain to its overuse, attendees will get a wide range of cannabis-related information.


Read more about Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Lang and Michael!