CPhA Centennial Leadership Award
In recognition of a student who has actively promoted the profession of pharmacy and his/her faculty and has achieved good academic standing.
- Nick Pang, University of British Columbia
- Scott Dyer, University of Alberta
- Danielle d'Entremont, University of Saskatchewan
- Megha Kaushal, University of Manitoba
- Elaine Nguyen, University of Toronto
- George Daskalakis, University of Waterloo
- Clémentine Beucher, Université Laval
- Derek Bergeron, Université de Montréal
- Jessica Weagle, Dalhousie University
- Mahima Mishra, Memorial University
Nick Pang hails from beautiful Vancouver, BC, and the winter wonderland of Harbin, China. Nick is the University of British Columbia's biggest fan and is heavily involved outside his studies. He is a strong student advocate on the UBC Senate, a proponent of grassroots mental health support at the Fraser Health Crisis Line, and was drawn to pharmacy after observing the immense local impact and leadership that pharmacists bring to their communities. Pharmacy is such an exciting field with so much potential for improving primary care, promoting health literacy and advocating for greater accessibility for patients. As the landscapes of drug distribution, health data and privacy, and individualized medicines quickly evolve, pharmacists are more important than ever in shaping the future of health care delivery. Nick feels pharmacy must take the lead in challenging governments, businesses and themselves to ensure that the future of health care fulfills our commitment to their patients.
Scott Dyer grew up in the small town of Innisfail, AB, before taking some time off after high school to work and travel before figuring out what he wanted in life. He went on to complete a bachelor of science at Mount Royal University before successfully applying to the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. Scott loves team sports, an active lifestyle and social gatherings. He believes that effective teamwork and good communication are absolutely crucial tools to providing exceptional patient care. Internal teamwork between pharmacy staff, and external teamwork between the staff and the patient, are all huge parts of a successful care process. Scott is excited to build relationships with his patients, and to help them take charge of and improve their own health outcomes.
Danielle d’Entremont spent the first half of her childhood in NS, before moving to Moose Jaw, SK. Danielle was drawn to pharmacy because she saw it as a career where she could study science, care for others and provide education to the public. As a pharmacy student, Danielle has held various leadership positions, including Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) senior representative, and is involved in planning PDW 2021. It was through CAPSI that Danielle was inspired by the power of advocating for patients and the profession. Pharmacy is ever evolving, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that pharmacists are essential front-line workers. She is honoured to be entering such a trusted and accessible profession. In the future Danielle hopes to continue her advocacy work and improve patient-centered care.
Born in India, Megha Kaushal moved to Winnipeg, MB, when she was 9 years old. Her love for engaging with those around her and studying science and math is what led her to pursue a career in pharmacy. She has had the opportunity to work in community, hospital and policy settings as a pharmacy student and hopes to explore additional fields of pharmacy practice upon graduation. Megha has always been passionate about advancing her knowledge and experience through leadership roles and extracurricular activities. As Manitoba’s past CAPSI junior and senior representative, she was vigorously involved in promoting the role of pharmacists and advocating for the profession, in addition to organizing various student events. Megha looks forward to being a leader throughout her career by continuing to actively work to propel the profession of pharmacy forward.
Elaine Nguyen grew up in Halifax, NS, where she studied at Dalhousie University prior to starting her pharmacy journey in Toronto. From a young age, she looked forward to cementing a career within health care in order to have a positive impact on the lives of others. What drew her to pharmacy in particular was an appreciation for the ease of connecting with pharmacists as the most accessible providers in health care. As a pharmacy student, Elaine is passionate about advocacy for the profession and was actively involved in several leadership roles at the University of Toronto, including the positions of junior and senior CAPSI representative. Given the ever-changing landscape of pharmacy, she believes that key qualities for pharmacists to have are adaptability and resilience. In the years ahead, Elaine is eager to explore the intersection between pharmacy and digital health technology.
Born in Montreal, QC, George completed his bachelor of science at McGill University before entering pharmacy. As a pharmacy student, he led the restructuring of the student engagement model of the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA). George’s involvement with OPA has ranged from serving as a member of the Insurance Committee to leading a public awareness campaign in support of pharmacist prescribing. In addition to his passion for advocacy, George firmly believes that the profession must better integrate technology to reach its potential. With this, he founded the Technology in Pharmacy Network (TIP), which connects pharmacy professionals with health technology experts. One of George’s notable work experiences found him in an Alberta community pharmacy where he implemented a clinical pharmacy program that resulted in the creation of a full-time pharmacist position. Upon graduation, George will remain an active member of OPA and will continue working to better integrate technology into the pharmacy profession.
Born in France, Clémentine Beucher moved to Canada more than 20 years ago. She has had the pleasure of representing Université Laval pharmacy students and their interests across Canada for the past 2 years as the CAPSI representative for Laval. Clémentine completed a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and began a master's degree at the Institut universitaire de cardiologie et pneumologie de Québec before moving into the field of pharmacy, her true passion. In 2020, we have seen the role of the pharmacist greatly evolve in Quebec, first with Bill 31 and then with the accommodations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Clémentine is optimistic about the ability and strength of current and future pharmacists to lead the profession to other ambitions and successes.
Before beginning his pharmacy degree, Derek Bergeron completed a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, during which he published a research article in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer (JITC). He decided to pursue pharmacy to be able to help patients on a day-to-day basis. His goal is to practice in a hospital and be able to teach and do research, and also stay involved in his community. Derek served as the University of Montreal’s CAPSI senior representative and was part of the PDW 2020 Planning Committee. These roles gave him the opportunity to measure the impact of advocacy, as he represented his peers on different platforms, implementing initiatives for good mental health and organizing educational opportunities to further their professional skills. He really believes that pharmacists will have a crucial role to play in the years to come as pharmaceutical therapies become more and more complex and as our clinical role is growing on the front line. For that, pharmacists require the ability to adapt and take leadership to take advantage of the opportunities available to the profession.
Jessica Weagle was born and raised in Halifax, NS. After completing a bachelor of science in biology-chemistry at the University of New Brunswick, she followed her lifelong interest in health care and began pursuing a career in pharmacy at Dalhousie University. Jessica currently works within the Dalhousie community as the president of the Dalhousie Student Pharmacy Society, a society that she has been actively involved and dedicated to throughout her time as a pharmacy student. Outside of school, Jessica works in community pharmacy practice and as a pharmacy practice assistant for the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists. Jessica is passionate about pharmacy policy and regulation, expanding the scope of pharmacy practice and the pharmacist’s role in harm reduction. She is excited to enter a career dedicated to providing accessible health care to patients in her community.
Born and raised in St. John’s, NL, Mahima Mishra was always drawn to how her province was so connected and its residents took care of each other. These ideas of unity and service are two of the main reasons she pursued pharmacy. Seeing how much her older brother loved his career as a pharmacist, she followed the same path and found herself enjoying the journey more than she had ever expected. Since then, Mahima has been involved in Memorial University’s Pharmacy Society as the International Pharmacy Students Federation (IPSF) representative, and she was awarded the title of Canada’s Next Top Pharmacist during PDW 2020. Experiences like these have made her realize how connectedness through health care is a theme all across Canada, and she looks forward to using this to propel the profession forward in the coming years.