2017 Speaker Bios


Timothy Caulfield

Professor of Health Law & Science Policy | Author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector—from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine—for the benefit of the public and decision-makers.

Professor Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He has been the Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta since 1993.

Over the past several years, he has been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary research endeavors that have allowed him to publish over 300 articles and book chapters. He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation and the Principal Investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary projects that explore the ethical, legal and health policy issues associated with a range of topics, including stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine, and access to health care.

Professor Caulfield is and has been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees, including the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee; Genome Canada’s Science Advisory Committee; the Ethics and Public Policy Committee for International Society for Stem Cell Research; and the Federal Panel on Research Ethics. He has won numerous academic awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

He writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues and is the author of The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin, 2012) and his most recent book, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin, 2015).

Dean Boyer

Dean is a retired Edmonton Police officer with extensive experience working as an undercover drug officer as well as having spent his final years in the Gang Unit. Dean was a court recognized expert for Cocaine Possession and Trafficking, Mode of Operation of Fortified and Other Drug Houses, and “Dial a Dopers”.

Shana Briggs

Shana took the Pharmacy Technician program at Eastern College in New Brunswick back in 2007/2008 and from there had worked at a community pharmacy for 5 years before moving to Alberta. Shana completed the pharmacy technician bridging courses and PEBC exams once living in Edmonton and has been working as a compounding pharmacy technician for the past 4 years. From day to day Shana compounds both sterile and non-sterile preparations for both human and animal patients.

Dale Cooney

Dale Cooney has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University.

Dale has been the Deputy Registrar of the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) since 2004. Some of his key responsibilities have included development of Standards of Practice in for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and leading the development and implementation of policies and standards to regulate Pharmacy Technicians in Alberta.  Dale represents ACP on several provincial and national committees.

Dr. Micheal S. Guirguis

Dr Michael Guirguis’ professional Career started with Abbott Labs as a clinical Pharmacokineticist, later joining Covance Labs (a Contract research organization) to provide pharmacokinetics consulting. Upon my return to Canada, I joined Alberta Blue Cross providing scientific support to the Alberta government’s Expert Committee. Currently, I am a Drug Stewardship Pharmacist at AHS, engaging stakeholders on drug stewardship. In addition, I am an online Instructor with the University of Liverpool in the area of drug and device development.

On a personal note, I enjoy the farmers market with my family on weekends, grabbing a nice coffee from my favorite coffee shop

Pat Mayo

Patrick Mayo, is a pharmacy clinical practice leader working in palliative care. He holds a BSc in pharmacy, a PhD specializing in clinical pharmacology, a Masters in Theological Studies and is member of the Clinical Ethics Committee for the University of Alberta Hospital.   Medical assistance in dying (MAID) represents one aspect of end of life care legalized in Canada with the passage of Bill C-14.  Pat has participated in working groups of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Alberta College of Pharmacists, and Alberta Health Services to help develop policy guiding MAID in Alberta.

Bobby Milroy

Bobby Milroy is a former national team athlete, businessman and spokesperson, currently living in Vancouver, Canada.

Raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Bobby graduated from Strathcona Composite High School in 1996. He was immediately drafted onto the Canadian national badminton team and relocated to Calgary, where he attended University and travelled internationally on the Canadian Badminton Team. In 2000 he relocated to Copenhagen Denmark to pursue an international badminton career, where he soon became elected as the President of the World Badminton Players Federation.

After nearly a decade-long career, Bobby relocated to Vancouver BC to focus full time on business interests and raising a family with Olympian and fellow national team member Anna Rice. Bobby’s family has a history of pharmacy operations based in Alberta, Canada and Bobby has served on the Board of Directors in strategic capacity since 1996.

Bobby has an MBA in Healthcare from the Sauder School of business. He is the founder of the Pier Health Resource Centre, a downtown Eastside clinical pharmacy and research centre, operating in partnership with St. Paul’s hospital and the University of British Columbia. He recently acquired a second location, Robin’s Pharmacy, and he has been recognized in provincial and national publication for his unique approach to pharmacy operations.

Bobby currently lives in East Vancouver and has two young children Robby and Noa. He is married to Anna Rice and maintains an active physical and caffeinated lifestyle.

Marni Panas

Marni Panas is a Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion for Alberta Health Services with a focus on creating safe and welcoming and inclusive environments for staff, Physicians, patients, families, and volunteers. She has been invited to share her experiences and expertise in community engagement, Patient & Family Centered Care, bereavement, and inclusive health and cultural safety for LGBTQ patients and their families locally, nationally and internationally. Marni Is also a transgender woman who has been very transparent throughout her journey in hopes of fostering acceptance through education and respectful dialogue.

Jason Pepper

Jason has been a practicing pharmacist since 2004. In this time he has accumulated experience in community practice including a focus in travel medicine and in hospital practice with a clinical role at the RAH.  Since 2014 Jason has been a manager at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.  One if his primary responsibilities are leading improvement in the sterile compounding room through enhanced compliance with the NAPRA standards.

Melissa Salacki

Melissa graduated from the pharmacy technician program at Red Deer College in 2007. She became regulated in 2013 and has worked in a variety of community pharmacy practice settings. Melissa joined Shamrock Pharmacy West (Pharmacare #7) in 2011.

Terri Schubert

Terri Schubert is a Pharmacy Technical Practice Leader with Alberta Health Services. She has been working in the field for almost 30 years.  In addition to having completed a Pharmacy Technician program, Terri went on to obtain her Bachelors in Education, and most recently, a certificate in Adult and Continuing Education.  She has experience in front line pharmacy, at both large urban and rural sites.  In addition, Terri has experience in operations management, policy development, and currently, as a Technical Practice Leader working with both Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants.

Carmen Shewchuk

Carmen graduated from the pharmacy technician program at Red Deer College in 2006. She became regulated through the bridging program in 2012 and has worked in a variety of community pharmacy environments prior to joining Shamrock Pharmacy West(Pharmacare #7) in 2012.

Jennifer Skrapits

Jennifer Skrapits began her career as a Pharmacy Technician in 1993 and since then has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy. As a front line technician with Alberta Health Services, Jennifer was very involved in training and precepting.  In 2005 she took on the role of Pharmacy Operations Manager at the Foothills Medical Centre and continued in this capacity until 2010.  Currently as a Technical Practice Leader for Pharmacy Services, she enjoys the many opportunities this role brings to standardize and advance practice for pharmacy assistants and technicians within Alberta Health Services and to develop positive experiential learning experiences for Pharmacy Technician students.

Brad Wilsey

Brad graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta in 1991, and obtained his MBA in 2001 from Queen’s University. His career has been divided between hospital and community practice and has also included some teaching in the Faculty of Pharmacy, consulting work, and participation on the Alberta College of Pharmacists Council, including numerous provincial and national committees. He is one of the founders of Shamrock Pharmacy West (Pharmacare #7)


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