Speaker Biographies

  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.