Speaker Biographies

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Soha Ahrari, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

Soha Ahrari is currently a staff pharmacist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. She graduated from pharmacy at the University of Waterloo in 2014 and completed her Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto earlier this year. Her thesis work focused on developing a text messaging program to enhance adherence to oral endocrine therapies in the adjuvant breast cancer population. She continues to have a strong interest in using different forms of technology to supplement pharmacy practice and improve overall care. 

Maria Anwar, Alberta Health Services, South Health Campus, Calgary, AB

Maria graduated with her bachelors of pharmacy from the University of Alberta and then went on to complete a hospital residency at London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario. She is currently a clinical practice leader in Calgary, Alberta and maintains a clinical practice in the cardio-oncology clinic and cardiology ward at South Health Campus. She enjoys engaging with patients & their families to help meet their care needs, supporting pharmacy learners and conducting pharmacy practice research. She also has an interest in health promotion, understanding health change behaviours and disease prevention.  

Lauren Bresee, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Lauren Bresee obtained her BScPharm in 2001 and completed a hospital pharmacy residency in Edmonton in 2002. She then completed an MSc in Medical Sciences-Public Health Sciences in 2005, a PhD in clinical epidemiology in 2010, and a post-doctoral fellowship in pharmacoepidemiology in 2012. Lauren is a Scientific Advisor with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary.  She is also a researcher with the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES).  Lauren has research expertise in the areas of pharmacoepidemiology and clinical epidemiology.

Robin Burns, Cancer Network for CancerControl Alberta Pharmacy, Edmonton, AB

Robin graduated from Red Deer College in 1993 and has spent most of her career in retail with Shoppers Drug Mart.
 
Eventually she left retail and spent 5 years at Alberta Blue Cross publishing and managing the Alberta Health and Wellness Drug Benefit List on behalf of the Alberta government.
 
More recently, she has been a staff technician at the Cross Cancer Institute for 3 years where she was one of the cytotoxic IV admixture trainers for the Community Cancer Network.  Today, she is the Pharmacy Operations Manager for the Cancer Network for CancerControl Alberta Pharmacy.
 
Robin also served as a Pharmacy Technician Observers on the council for the Alberta College of Pharmacists from 2008-2014 as Alberta moved towards Pharmacy Technician Regulation and is now a regulated technician herself.

Flay Charbonneau, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre - Odette Cancer Centre Pharmacy, Toronto, ON

Flay Charbonneau, RPh, BSc (Pharm), is Manager, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Odette Cancer Centre Pharmacy and has more than 30 years’ experience in Canadian hospital pharmacy practice.  As Pharmacy Manager, she is responsible for all pharmacy operations at the centre which include sterile product preparation, ambulatory oncology pharmacy activities, retail pharmacy and support for clinical trials.  Flay has a strong interest in quality improvement initiatives, especially those that relate to implementation of technology. She is an active member of CAPhO, serving on the CAPhO Conference planning committee for many years, is a founding member of a local oncology pharmacy network, OPTRA, and a member of CSHP and ISOPP.  She also is a member of the Cancer Clinical Trials Group Audit and Monitoring Committee.
 
Flay Charbonneau obtained her BSc (Pharm) degree from the University of Alberta and completed a Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. 

Frances Cusano, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Frances obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta in 1993. She then completed a pharmacy residency program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. For six years, she worked at the Alberta Poison and Drug Information Service. In 2002, she left the Poison Centre to work as a staff pharmacist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Frances helped develop the CancerControl pharmacy residency program and has been a residency coordinator since 2004. She became a Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader in 2011. Her clinical practice is neuro oncology, which involves Frances providing care to brain cancer patients.

Carlo DeAngelis, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Center, Toronto, ON

Carlo earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto in 1981 and completed a Hospital Pharmacy Residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 1982. He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.  From 1985 to the present, Carlo has been the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for Oncology at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and has owned and managed a community pharmacy, Panacea Pharmacy since 1994.

He is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and lectures in both the Undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy Programs.  He has given numerous presentations at local, national and international meetings on various oncology related topics.

Kimberly Defoe, Conference Chair, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB

Kim Defoe is currently a clinical pharmacist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.  She has a special interest in research focused on the utilization of the specialized skill set and knowledge of the pharmacist and the integration of pharmacists into interdisciplinary teams to improve measurable patient outcomes.  Kim graduated from the University of Calgary (B.Sc. Biology – 2006) before graduating from the University of Alberta (B.Sc. Pharmacy - 2010). 

Michelle Deschamps, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Saskatoon, SK

Michelle Deschamps obtained her pharmacy degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1989 and returned to complete a Master’s degree in 2002.  Michelle worked at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Pharmacy and Nutrition EduLab program conducting practice-based research.
 
Since joining the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in 2009, she has participated in multidisciplinary teams in Radiation Therapy Reviews and Pain/Symptom Management at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic.  She is currently a Senior Pharmacist and is working on their electronic charting project. 

Scott Edwards, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Center, St. John's, NL

Scott Edwards is currently the Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Specialist at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Center in St. John’s, Newfoundland. He is also an assistant professor at the School of Pharmacy and the Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is active in clinical cancer research in the area of chemotherapy toxicities, supportive care and oral chemotherapy adherence. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a B.Sc. (Neuroscience) in 1994 and a B.Sc (Pharmacy) in 1997. In 2005, he graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington. He completed a Master’s degree in Oncology from Newcastle University in 2015.

Terry Ell, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB

Terry Ell and Gina Lachuk bring a depth of patient safety knowledge and expertise in adult education principles to spread foundational patient safety education across Alberta Health Services.  Terry and Gina support individuals and teams to see their role in improving patient care through living a just culture, reviewing the system, looking at human factors and increasing team effectiveness.  Building psychological safety among teams is essential to creating a culture where we talk about mistakes and fix the system to help ensure we don’t make the same mistake in the future.

Olavo Fernandes, University Health Network, Toronto, ON

Olavo Fernandes is the Director of Pharmacy Clinical Operations (Inpatient) for University Health Network and Assistant Professor (status) at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto  (Patient Safety Theme Coordinator).  
 
Olavo completed a BScPhm (1995) and PharmD (1998) at the University of Toronto and a hospital pharmacy residency (1996) at the University Health Network.  His current director role oversees the operations & clinical pharmacy programs at 4 UHN hospitals as well as education, residency programs, antibiotic stewardship and drug information.  He has served as the national co-chair for the Canadian Clinical Pharmacy Key Performance Indicator Collaborative since 2011. 

Marc-André Gagnon, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, Ottawa, ON

Marc-André Gagnon is Associate Professor with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University and a Master’s of Advanced Study in Economics from Paris-1 Sorbonne and École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay/St-Cloud. He did his post-doctoral training with the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University’s, and with the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is Research Fellow with the WHO Collaborating Center for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector at the University of Toronto. His current research focuses on the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector. 

Scott Gavura, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON

Scott Gavura has a long history of work in community, hospital and government settings with a professional interest in improving the cost effective use of drugs. Scott is also the only Canadian and the only pharmacist contributor to the highly-regarded Science-Based Medicine blog which is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products in a scientific light, and promoting the highest standards and traditions of science in health care. Scott has been widely quoted in the Canadian and international media based on his advocacy for pharmacy practice that’s grounded in good science. Scott is currently the Director, Provincial Drug Reimbursement Programs, at Cancer Care Ontario since 2007. In this role he is responsible for the management and delivery of several cancer funding programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto, and has completed an Accredited Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Program.

Greg Guilcher, University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, AB

Greg Guilcher is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Pediatrics at the University of Calgary/Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary, Canada.  His practice includes pediatric blood and marrow transplantation as well as general pediatric oncology.  Greg leads the local sickle cell BMT program, co-leads the BMT Long Term Survivor Clinic at Alberta Children's Hospital, and currently chairs the BMT Late Effects Taskforce for the Children's Oncology Group.
Dr. Guilcher is a site investigator for numerous phase I, II and III clinical trials at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Research interests include acute and late toxicities of BMT, as well as the study of novel low-toxicity approaches to transplant for pediatric non-malignant diseases, including sickle cell disease. A career goal is to expand access to BMT for sickle cell disease to low and middle income countries

Jennifer Jupp, Alberta Health Services, Calgary

Jennifer Jupp graduated from the University of Alberta in 2000, obtaining her Board Certification in Oncology in 2007.  Jennifer began her clinical practice with the inpatient hematology and blood and marrow transplant (BMT) team at the Foothills Medical Centre in 2000, transitioning to her current position as Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader in 2011.  Since then, her clinical practice has been with the Pediatric BMT team at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, AB.  
 
Jennifer enjoys teaching and regularly works with pharmacy students and residents during their rotations in BMT.  In addition, she provides BMT lectures at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Pharmacy.  Jennifer has been involved with CAPhO since 2011 and was as President from 2012-2013.  She has a keen interest in research and currently sits on the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Alberta Branch Research Committee.  Jennifer is strongly committed to advancing the practice of clinical pharmacists within the multidisciplinary team and is active in practice-based research.

Gina Lachuk, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB

Gina Lachuk and Terry Ell bring a depth of patient safety knowledge and expertise in adult education principles to spread foundational patient safety education across Alberta Health Services.  Terry and Gina support individuals and teams to see their role in improving patient care through living a just culture, reviewing the system, looking at human factors and increasing team effectiveness.  Building psychological safety among teams is essential to creating a culture where we talk about mistakes and fix the system to help ensure we don’t make the same mistake in the future.

Mike Lang, CancerControl Alberta and Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB

Mike Lang is a specialist with the Person-Centred Care Integration Portfolio of CancerControl Alberta and a consultant with the Engagement and Patient Experience department of Alberta Health Services. He is also a documentary filmmaker and medical humanities researcher currently pursuing his PhD. at the University of Calgary as well as the Founder and Executive Director of a not-for-profit organization, Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs, which is dedicated to helping young adult cancer survivors live well with, through and beyond cancer. Mike’s focus is on using meaningful storytelling to stimulate important conversations in health care.

Michael LeBlanc, The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, NB

Michael is an oncology pharmacy specialist and clinical pharmacy manager at The Moncton Hospital of Horizon Health Network.  He graduated with a BSc (Pharm) from MUN School of Pharmacy in 1998 and his Doctor of Pharmacy in 2009 from Idaho State University.  
 
He has previously practiced clinically in mental health, palliative care and adult oncology at the Georges L-Dumont Hospital in Moncton, NB and the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s, NL.
 
He is currently active in practice-based research, teaching undergraduate and post-graduate pharmacy students and maintains a clinical practice focusing on the prevention and management of cancer treatment-related toxicities. 
In 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists.
 

Tara Leslie, Tom Baker Cancer Centre/University of Alberta, Calgary, AB

Tara Leslie attained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997, obtained her Board Certification in Oncology Pharmacy (BCOP) in 2010, and acquired her Additional Prescribing Authority (APA) in 2013.  She is a Clinical Pharmacist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and Clinical Assistant Professor with Experiential Education at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta.  Tara maintains a clinical practice within the ambulatory lymphoma and chronic leukemia clinics and is actively involved with student education as a preceptor and instructor for malignant hematology and oncology complications.  She is an active member of CAPhO and ISOPP serving as Chair of the CAPhO Pharmacist Education Committee and Co-Chair of the ISOPP 2017 Symposium Annual Program Task Force.    

Michelle Lui, Hamilton Health Sciences Center, Hamilton, ON

Michelle Lui is a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacist at the Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.  She received her PharmD from the University of Toronto in 2013 and subsequently completed her MSc at the University of Toronto and fellowship at Sunnybrook under Dr. Carlo De Angelis in 2015. Her research interests, while varied, have an emphasis in statistical modelling, with her main research in developing a disease progression model used to predict the efficacy of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer patients.  She is a member of the CAPhO Research Committee and the Lung Disease Site Advisory Committee at Cancer Care Ontario. 

Patrick Mayo, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, AB

Patrick Mayo, is a pharmacy clinical practice leader working in palliative care.  He holds a BSc in pharmacy, a PhD specializing in clinical pharmacology, a Masters in Theological Studies and is member of the Clinical Ethics Committee for the University of Alberta Hospital.   Medical assistance in dying (MAID) represents one aspect of end of life care legalized in Canada with the passage of Bill C-14. Pat has participated in working groups of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Alberta College of Pharmacists, and Alberta Health Services to help develop policy guiding MAID in Alberta.    

Tom McFarlane, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

Tom is currently a Clinical Lecturer and a researcher at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy in Kitchener, Ontario, where he created, coordinates, and teaches the oncology portion of the curriculum in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and conducts practice based research.   

Christina Mychaskiw, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Odette Cancer Center, Toronto, ON

Christina Mychaskiw is currently a staff pharmacist and Oral Anti-Cancer Medication (OACM) team pharmacist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the Odette Cancer Center. She has been a practicing pharmacist since 2015 and received her pharmacy degree from the University of Waterloo in 2014. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brock University (St. Catharines, ON). She completed past student pharmacy rotations at Sunnybrook Hospital in the Odette Cancer Centre as well as the Ambulatory Patient Pharmacy. In her last year of pharmacy school, she developed an interest in use of technology to improve patient understanding and adherence with medication-taking through User Experience (UX) design and Usability development principles. She continues to have an interest in optimizing medication adherence and patient understanding as a member of the OACM team of Sunnybrook , where she proactively monitors patients on oral anti-cancer medications via the OACM callback program. In her spare time, Christina enjoys practicing digital photography and editing her work. 

Mark Pasetka, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Odette Cancer Center, Toronto, ON

Mark is the current president of CAPhO. He graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Pharmacy in 2004 and spent three years in a variety of practice settings. After having finished his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Toronto (2009), Mark went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in oncology at the Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto, Ontario (2011) and now serves as the Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator. Mark is a member of both national and international oncology organizations and has published articles in a number of recognized journals. His areas of interest include supportive care, health technology and education, and clinical research. 

Chris Ralph, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Chris is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Pharmacy. He is a clinical pharmacist with advanced prescribing authority (APA) in the Complex Cancer Pain and Symptom Management Service at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. He is a guest lecturer with MUN School of Pharmacy. Chris has a keen interest in the integration of technology into clinical practice, as well as the intersection of healthcare with social media.  In his spare time, you’re likely to find Chris in the Rocky Mountains biking, hiking or skiing; playing guitar; or just keeping up with technology.

Cameron Roessner, Foothills Medical Center, Calgary, AB

Cameron Roessner is a staff pharmacist working in Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta in 2014 and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2015. As a PharmD student, Cameron was introduced to hematology/BMT through his involvement in research with the Alberta Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. He maintains an interest in pharmacy education and is a proponent of specialized experiential placements as a way of providing unique educational experiences for pharmacy students and residents.

Susan Singh, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, Odette Cancer Center, Toronto, ON

Susan Singh, is a pharmacy technician employed at Odette Cancer Centre Pharmacy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for the past 16 years.  As of 2015, her current role is the Best Possible Medication History pharmacy technician representing the Oral Anti-Cancer Medication team.  In this role her duties include collecting BPMHs for patients starting an OACM, assisting patients accessing medications through bridging programs, maintenance of compassionate supplies and regular patient contact to maintain adherence. She enjoys the opportunities her role provides.  Susan became a registered Pharmacy technician in 2013 through the Ontario College of Pharmacists.  

Ann Thompson, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Ann Thompson is the Director of Experiential Education at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB.  Since joining the Faculty in 2010, expansion of the experiential education program has been a focus to support the introduction of the PharmD for Practicing Pharmacists in 2013, and prepare for the PharmD programs starting in 2017/18.  Ann has been actively involved with the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada, including the Special Interest Group Pharmacy Experiential Programs of Canada (PEP-C).  

Tana Yoon, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB

Tana Yoon has been working in Pharmacy for Alberta Health Services for over 25 years. She has worked in Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy in both staff and management positions.  She was involved in the development and set up of the Central Production Pharmacy, the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Center Pharmacy, and the Calgary Remand Center Pharmacy within the Correctional system. She was seconded to work on the development of the Pharmacy Technician (Retail) Program at the Southern AB Institute of Technology. Tana was the Director of the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board of AB for many years and has been involved in many Pharmacy Technician Advocacy initiatives. Tana currently holds the provincial position of Technical Practice Leader and liaises with Cancer Control Alberta. She is also the Chief Examiner for the Calgary OSPE Team with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. Tana is passionate about implementing best practice standards, particularly in the area of Hazardous Sterile Compounding.