Oncology Fundamentals Day 2017 Speaker Biographies


Nikki Blosser, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Nikki Blosser graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Pharmacy in 2010 and then moved to Calgary to complete an Accredited Canadian Residency Program with a focus in oncology. For the past six years she has been working as a clinical pharmacist in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She continues to precept Cancer Care pharmacy residents in their BMT rotations. She obtained an Advanced Prescribing Authority (APA) in 2013 and helped implement the pharmacist-led therapeutic drug monitoring role in the BMT clinic. She is a past member of the CAPhO Communications committee and currently a member of the planning committee for the allied health sessions of the annual Canadian Conference on Lymphoproliferative Disorders (CCOLD). 

Diane Brideau-Laughlin, Horizon Health Network, Moncton, NB

Diane Brideau-Laughlin graduated with a BSc in Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University and an MSc in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) from l’Université de Montréal. During her career as a hospital pharmacist she has worked in various areas but primarily as a drug information and drug use evaluation pharmacist and later as Regional Lead for health technology assessment for Horizon Health Network. Most recently she was Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Palliative Care and currently works with the pharmacist team in the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital.  

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 has worked in a variety of practice settings including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition conducting practice-based research.
Michelle joined the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency in 2009 and is currently a Senior Oncology Pharmacist. She is a member of multidisciplinary teams in Radiation Therapy Reviews and Pain/Symptom Management at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic.  

Scott Gavura, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON

Scott Gavura is Director, Provincial Drug Reimbursement Programs at Cancer Care Ontario. In this position Scott is responsible for the strategic management of CCO’s cancer reimbursement programs. Scott is a registered pharmacist and has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Kyla Marien, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Kyla Marien graduated from University of Saskatchewan in 2003 and currently works for Alberta Health Services at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre as clinical hematology pharmacist. Over the past 13 years she has practiced in many diverse settings, including community, geriatrics, hospital outpatient, and oncology. Kyla truly believes each setting provided her with different skills and knowledge to allow her to practice today in oncology with an appreciation for a patient’s experiences both in the center and in the community. Before joining the hematology clinical pharmacy team, Kyla developed her oncology clinical skills with the oral chemotherapy management clinic. Kyla is a proud CAPhO member.

Tom McFarlane, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

Dr.  Tom McFarlane is Clinical Lecturer and 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. He is also an oncology pharmacist at Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Gerry Mills, Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, NS

Gerry Mills attended Memorial University in St. John’s, NL working towards his BSc in physics before deciding to study Pharmacy in 1982. After graduating he worked as a community pharmacist in St. John’s, before switching to hospital pharmacy in 1989.

He has been a clinical oncology pharmacist for the past 10 years at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville N.S. He splits his time between the Pharmacy Department and the Chemotherapy/Oncology clinic performing pharmacy assessments, medication reviews, and patient and staff education and follows up toxicity assessment for intravenous and oral chemotherapy patients in the outpatient setting. 
Gerry’s main interest in oncology include direct patient counseling and providing current evidence informed information to ensure heath care team members are best able to manage and prevent chemotherapy related toxicities. He also has a personal interest in furthering his education in oncology, particularly in regards to the use of targeted therapies. 

Danica Wasney, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Danica Wasney is a Clinical Pharmacist for the Provincial Oncology Drug Program at CancerCare Manitoba.  She recently completed 6 years as a member of the Expert Review Committee for the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review (pCODR) at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH).

She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Manitoba and completed an Accredited Hospital Pharmacy Residency at The Ottawa Hospital.  She is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist, a member of the CAPhO Research Committee, and a past member of the CAPhO Education Committee.

Jason Wentzell, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Jason Wentzell completed his pharmacy degree at Dalhouise University and his Pharmacy Residency at The Ottawa Hospital.  He has been practicing as an inpatient Medical Oncology pharmacist for 6 years and is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist.  Jason is the pharmacist representative in the Ottawa Hospital Cardio-Oncology clinic and is involved in research in the areas of cardio-oncology, integration of pharmacy learners into practice, simulation education, oral anticancer therapy and clinical key performance indicators for pharmacists.  He is currently the local pharmacist representative for the CAPhO 2018 Conference in Ottawa and is a Regional Clinical Coordinator for the University of Waterloo PharmD program.