Pharmacists gather in Quebec City to celebrate 400 years of pharmacy at largest pharmacist conference in Canada


May 4, 2017 (Ottawa):  More than 700 pharmacists and pharmacy stakeholders will be in Quebec City from June 2-5 to discuss the key issues facing pharmacy in Canada and discover the latest in pharmacy practice research. The Canadian Pharmacists Conference 2017, jointly presented by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), will feature the theme “Building on Yesterday, Caring for Tomorrow,” highlighting the advancements that the profession has made while reflecting on the way forward.

CPhA is also pleased to partner with l’Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec  (A.P.E.S.), l’Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (AQPP), l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) and Université Laval, Faculté de pharmacie on June 2 for L’Évenément des pharmaciens 2017. In addition to a great lineup of speakers and topics, the June 2 event also includes a joint plenary on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis.

“It is fitting that this year’s Canadian Pharmacists Conference is being held in Quebec City as we celebrate 400 years of pharmacy in Canada, with the anniversary of Louis Hébert, Canada’s first pharmacist, who settled there in 1617,” said Phil Emberley, Director of Professional Affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association.

In addition to a diverse range of learning sessions exploring key pharmacy issues and innovative practices, CPhA is excited to announce that Alexandre Bilodeau, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Freestyle Skiing, will open the Conference with a keynote address.  The Conference will also feature BJ Miller, M.D., one of the pre-eminent speakers on palliative and end-of-life care, as closing speaker, and Tasha Kheiriddin, political writer and broadcaster, as Conference MC.

“The Canadian Pharmacists Conference is an excellent opportunity for networking and continuing education,” added Emberley.  “The conference program has been designed to showcase innovative pharmacy leaders and provide delegates the opportunity to dive into the critical topics facing our health care system, such as the opioid crisis, women’s reproductive health, caring for patients with mental illness, antimicrobial stewardship, and much more.”

Pharmacy leaders from across Canada will also discuss pressing issues facing pharmacy and frontline pharmacists during The Great Debate. The popular event from last year’s Canadian Pharmacists Conference, which attracted more than 650 attendees in person and via live streaming, is back again this year.

Visit www.pharmacists.ca/conference for more details about the Canadian Pharmacists Conference, including information on registration, venue and programming.

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About the Canadian Pharmacists Association

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Gabrielle Berard
Policy and Research Manager