Speaker Biographies

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Alana Aylward, Peterborough Regional Health Center, Peterborough, ON

Alana Aylward is a Registered Pharmacy Technician who has been working in the pharmacy field for 20 years. Alana’s specialty is with sterile preparations and she has been integral in the implementation of the NAPRA standards for the compounding of hazardous sterile preparations at Peterborough Regional Health Center.  She has been working at the Centre for a decade and is currently a NAPRA Lead and Hazardous Compounding Supervisor. Alana is key in driving forward and embracing the changes and challenges that the new Model Standards bring, employing an interdisciplinary approach in the development of theoretical and practical training modules and assessments for both compounding and environmental services personnel.   Alana developed the Sterile Preparations pharmacy course curriculum within the Pharmacy Technician Program at Fleming College in Peterborough and has found a calling and passion for teaching our future pharmacy technicians.  

Nadine Badry, BC Cancer, Vancouver, BC

Nadine Badry is the Editor of the Cancer Drug Manual at BC Cancer. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Alberta, and completed her hospital pharmacy residency at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Nadine has worked as a pharmacist in community and hospital practice settings in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia. She has a strong interest in promoting the safe handling of hazardous drugs and has served on internal and provincial working groups with this objective. The ongoing maintenance of the BC Cancer Hazardous Drug List falls under her responsibilities.

Adrian Bagarich, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

  Adrian Bagarich received his PharmD from the University of Toronto in 2018. Since then he has been working at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as a member of the ambulatory pharmacy team. More recently, he has transitioned into an additional shared role in the Transfusion Centre; an outpatient clinic at Princess Margaret dedicated to treating a variety of hematological malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, as well as post-bone marrow transplant. 

Alan Birch, North York General Hospital, Toronto, ON

Alan Birch is a Drug Access Navigator at a cancer centre in Toronto. He was the previous Executive Director of the Oncology Drug Access Navigators of Ontario (ODANO) and has launched a new national association on drug accessibility for healthcare professionals. Alan is active in advocating for improvements to in drug access space and gives talks to stakeholders on this area of pharmacy. Alan is a registered pharmacy technician by background and a member of the Ontario Pharmacists Association and the Ontario College of Pharmacists. 

Catherine Bond-Mills, London Regional Cancer Program / Southwest Regional Cancer Program, London, ON

  Catherine graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990 and began her career as a pharmacist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has worked as a pharmacist at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario since 1993, and for the past 13 years has been working as an ambulatory oncology pharmacist at the London Regional Cancer Program in addition to serving as the Pharmacy Lead for the Southwest Regional Cancer Program. She has been variously involved in Cancer Care Ontario Working Groups, and was most recently a member of the Ontario Biosimilars Clinical Operations Working Group. She also currently serves as a pharmacist liaison to the Hematology Disease Site Team at the London Health Sciences Centre.

Mark Brown, Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, ON

After receiving his Bachelor’s in biochemistry at Queen’s University in 1999, Mark headed south to work in prostate cancer research at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.  Feeling the need to be closer to patients and their care, he went on to complete his PharmD at Purdue University in 2007.  After graduation he pursued 2 years of pharmacy residency training including Hematology-Oncology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Looking to be closer to home, he took up the role of a hematology and bone marrow transplant pharmacist at McMaster University’s Hamilton Health Sciences.  Mark has a passion for teaching, and strong interests in infectious diseases and an interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients.  

J. Robin Burns, Alberta Health Services, 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.

Andrea Crespo, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON

Andrea Crespo is pharmacist with over 13 years of oncology experience. She obtained oncology board certification (BCOP) in 2012 and has worked at Cancer Care Ontario since 2015. She has clinical oncology pharmacist experience through various roles at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, and  the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre.

Scott Edwards, Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, Newfoundland, 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.

Dr. Leta Forbes, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON

Dr. Leta Forbes is a medical oncologist and assumed the role of Provincial Head of Systemic Therapy at Cancer Care Ontario in 2016. She began her practice at the Durham Regional Cancer centre in 2004 and was the Chief of Oncology from 2011 to 2018. She continues to see patients with breast and gynecological cancers.

Dr. Karyn Gordon, DK Leadership, Toronto, ON

Dr. Karyn Gordon’s mission is to inspire people to dream their best life, learn the tools, and do it! A bestselling author and media personality, Gordon has delivered over 1000 keynotes to more than 500 million people from 15 countries — including Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, family businesses, government agencies, and professional organizations — to help them foster the necessary communication and emotional intelligence skills needed to drive success at work and home.  

Gordon is currently the founder and CEO of DK Leadership, which specializes in coaching emotional intelligence skills for organizations and families. She is also a regular expert for the USA’s #1 morning show Good Morning America and Canada’s #1 daytime show Cityline. In addition, she is a producer of Success Stories on Rogers television, and has previously written regular columns for New York Parenting and Chatelaine magazines.  As a speaker, Gordon’s clients have included The New York Times, Credit Union, Pepsi, Young Presidents Organization, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Canadian Tax Foundation, Ontario Family Judges, the University of Alberta and Government of Alberta. She excels at communicating complex research in a simple and passionate way to diverse audiences, and specializes in understanding the complexities required for building an effective multi-generational workforce. As a writer, Gordon is a bestselling author of resources for parents, teachers, and counselors. She has a Bachelor in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling, a Doctorate in Marriage and Family, and specialty leadership certifications. She has also done extensive studies in generational differences, personalities, leadership, and emotional intelligence.

Shirley Ho, Prinesss Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

  Shirley graduated from the pharmacy technician program from Centennial College and has been a registered technician at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 2008. She worked at the outpatient setting for four years prior to joining clinical trials pharmacy in 2012. She currently works with a multi-disciplinary team of research staff in studies ranging from Phase 1 through 3. She is honored and excited to be presenting her first round table discussion at CAPhO.

Lauren Hutton, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS

Lauren Hutton is the Clinical Coordinator for Oncology Pharmacy at Nova Scotia Health Authority – Central Zone in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lauren completed a BSc (Pharmacy) at Dalhousie University. She completed her hospital residency (ACPR) at The Ottawa Hospital in 2013 and subsequently went on to complete her Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2015.  Lauren has been practicing in oncology for 3 years. Her oncology clinical practice areas have included ambulatory medical oncology at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre, and acute inpatient palliative oncology care followed by multiple myeloma ambulatory care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. 

Jenny Lau, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

Dr. Jenny Lau MD CCFP (PC) is the Medical Director of the Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre in Toronto, Canada’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre She is a palliative care physician who trained in family medicine at the University of Ottawa and then completed her year of added competence in palliative care at the University of Alberta. Dr. Lau leads numerous local and national projects focused on promoting safer opioid use in the context of life-threatening illnesses. 

Melissa Lo, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

Melissa received her PharmD from University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2011 and went on to complete an Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice Residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2012. Shortly after, she joined the ambulatory pharmacy team at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where she has been practicing for the past 7 years. She has participated in a variety of educational roles and quality improvement projects. She was part of the pilot project exploring the role of a pharmacist in an interdisciplinary outpatient malignant hematology clinic and most recently transitioned to a permanent shared role in the clinic. 

Tom McFarlane, University of Waterloo / Sunnybrook Health Sciences, Toronto, Ontario

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.

Tonya Ng, BC Cancer, Vancouver, BC

Tonya Ng obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia, accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency certificate from Vancouver General Hospital and Master of Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. She also holds the American Society of HealthSystems Pharmacists Medication Safety Certificate and Canadian Patient Safety Institute Patient Safety Officer Course Certificate. 
Tonya has a diverse background in hospital pharmacy, from clinical to administration. She was previously the Pharmacy Distribution Coordinator at Vancouver Acute (Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre). She joined BC Cancer in 2013 as the Provincial Medication Safety Coordinator.  

Samantha Polito, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

Samantha received her PharmD from the University of Toronto in 2017. In 2018, she went on to complete a General Hospital Pharmacy Residency with a focus on Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a part of the University Health Network. Since 2018, Samantha has worked at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist. More recently, in early spring of 2019, she started working at a shared role providing care to ambulatory malignant hematology and post-allogeneic bone marrow transplant patients in a clinic setting. Samantha has a special interest in malignant hematology, infectious disease, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Chris Ralph, Tom Baker Cancer Centre Pharmacy, Calgary, AB

Chris Ralph is a clinical pharmacist with the Complex Cancer Management Service, an outpatient palliative oncology multidisciplinary team, at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. 
Chris has spoken at several regional, national, and international conferences over the years, and has co-authored a chapter in a palliative text published by Oxford University Press. 

Chris is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Pharmacy and a Fellow of CAPhO. Chris is especially curious about digital health, therapeutic use of psychedelics and medicinal cannabis, the placebo response, and nature as therapy.

In his spare time, you’ll likely find Chris in the Rocky Mountains hiking, biking or skiing; playing guitar or his latest instrument – a Siberian hand-crafted steel tonguepan.

Lisa Rambout, Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

  Lisa has a pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto. Following graduation, she completed an Accredited Pharmacy Residency at The Ottawa Hospital and subsequently obtained a master’s degree in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa. She has practiced clinically in the field of oncology for more than 25 years and has enjoyed most of her career as the Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Gynecologic Oncology. Currently, Lisa is the Pharmacy Professional Practice Coordinator for the Cancer Service Line at The Ottawa Hospital and the Regional Systemic Therapy Program of the Champlain LHIN. 

Yves Rousseau, McGill University Health Centre – Royal Victoria Hospital, Montréal, QC

Yves received his Pharmacy bachelor degree from the Faculté de pharmacie of the Université de Montréal in 1984. After completing his hospital pharmacy residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1985 he then joined the staff. Since 1989, he works as a Clinical Hemato-oncology/Stem Cell Transplant pharmacist.  He obtained his Master degree in Hospital pharmacy (M.Sc.) from the Université de Montréal in 1995. He is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist since 2000. Yves is Director of the Pharmacy Hemato-oncology specialized residency program (PGY2) created at the Royal Victoria Hospital in 2014. He has research privileges at the McGill University Research Institute since 2015. He is also leading the pharmacist committee of the CTTC (formerly known as CBMTG).

Judy Turner, Peterborough Regional Health Center, Peterborough, ON

As a graduate from Humber College, Judy went on to complete the registration process required by OCP in 2011. She developed a passion for the oncology world early in her career and have worked in the field since 1998. Judy realized along her journey how important it was to put in place strategies to help minimize the RSI. She currently works as the Senior RPhT /Compounding Supervisor at Peterborough Regional Health Center (Cancer Care Pharmacy) Peterborough Ontario. Judy has co presented with an ergonomist to Technicians on RSI and also work as an independent consultant.

Ivan Tyono, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON

Ivan Tyono obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and has been a clinical pharmacist in oncology/hematology since 2003. He began his oncology/hematology career at the William Osler Health Centre before joining Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre in 2005.  He is currently the Systemic Funding and Clinical Systems Support pharmacist (includes training and clinical maintenance of their CPOE system) and has been one of the leads for the implementation of biosimilars at the Odette Cancer Centre.  He is co-chair of the HealthPro Pharmacy Specialties Oncology Committee (PSOC) and had the great opportunity to participate in the Ontario Clinical Operations Working Group of pCOBI. He has been a CAPhO member since 2008.

Kathy Vu, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

Kathy graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and went on to complete a hospital residency and her PharmD degree.  She is currently completing a Master’s program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  Kathy has practiced for over 20 years in oncology in various leadership positions in hospital, government and academic organizations.  Currently, Kathy is an Assistant Professor and Director of the PharmD for Pharmacists Program at U of T.  She is also the provincial Clinical Lead for Safety and Chair of the Systemic Treatment Incident Learning Committee at Cancer Care Ontario. 

Thanh Vu, Health Canada, Vancouver, BC

Thanh Vu is the Coordinator of the Canada Vigilance Regional Office in BC.  She is responsible for providing regional management pertaining to the national pharmacovigilance program, and for developing and providing scientific and regulatory advice and policy guidance to Federal, Provincial and Territorial counterparts.  

Thanh earned her Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of British Columbia. She is a Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC.

Stephanie Woo, BC Cancer, Vancouver, BC

Stephanie Woo joined BC Cancer as their medication safety clinical pharmacy specialist in June 2019.  She is involved with the assessment of safety and of pharmacy distribution processes and the implementation of new chemotherapy systemic delivery.  Her previous work experience ranged from front line clinical and distribution pharmacy work to clinical epidemiology research in adverse drug events.  She graduated from the University of British Columbia, where she completed her pharmacy degree in 2011 and Master of Health Science in clinical epidemiology in 2019.  She completed her hospital pharmacy residency with the Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services in 2012.