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Robin Ensom completed his BSc(Pharm) at the University of British Columbia in 1977, his hospital pharmacy residency at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 1978, and his PharmD at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1980. From 1980 to 1987, he was assistant professor and chair of the Division of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, with a clinical practice in clinical pharmacokinetics at St Paul’s Hospital. In 1987 he became associate director of pharmacy at St Paul’s Hospital, and in 1992, director of pharmacy. In 2002, his responsibilities were expanded to include all pharmacy services for Providence Health Care, and in 2005 he became regional director of pharmacy for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Providence Health Care.
Robin has been very involved with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), having served as director of finance, president, member of the Board of Fellows, and member of numerous committees and task forces. Currently, he cochairs the CSHP Task Force on Hospital Pharmacy Management. An area of particular interest for Robin is the alignment of structure and function. To that end, Robin has instigated the redesign of CSHP executive roles and the creation of the CSHP Hospital Corporate Membership.
Committed as Robin is to CSHP, he has also been dedicated to continuing his own professional growth and development. He completed a Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship through the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Pharmacy Leadership Institute, and Foundations in Leadership for Catholic Organizations. He led the Providence Health Care team in an Institute for Healthcare Improvement collaborative entitled “Quantum Leaps in Patient Safety: Redesigning Culture and Processes of the Medication System” and is a surveyor for Accreditation Canada (formerly the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation).
Lynda Chilibeck graduated from the University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree. Following graduation, she worked in both community and hospital pharmacy practice in Timmins, Ontario, and subsequently at the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound, also in Ontario. Her career path then took her to a teaching hospital environment at Women’s College Hospital, in Toronto, where she practised as a clinical pharmacist before taking on a teaching and managerial role. In 1994 she accepted the position of pharmacy operations manager at Peel Memorial Hospital. In 1996 Lynda moved to Peterborough Civic Hospital, where she became involved in several pharmacy projects and improvement opportunities which further developed her clinical knowledge.
In 2003, with a move to become manager of pharmacy services, Lynda saw the opportunity to return to management and to combine her clinical knowledge and administrative training in one position. Lynda played a leadership role in various initiatives across the organization. As a strong proponent of medication safety, she was instrumental in developing both a corporate and an internal Medication Safety Committee. Lynda was the pharmacy lead for the planning and implementation of the automated medication dispensing system at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. She was the Ontario recipient of the Douglas J Stewart Award for Excellence in Hospital Pharmacy Administration for her work on this initiative.
Lynda has recently been involved in establishing the pharmacist role in primary care and has worked on program and team development for the Peterborough Family Health Teams. She continues to work toward a seamless care model for patient care by collaborating with colleagues in acute and primary care.
With her clinical knowledge and management background, she has worked with both the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) in various capacities. Lynda is actively involved as an assessor with the Practice Review Program at the Ontario College of Pharmacists, and has worked with CSHP at both the national and the provincial level. She was a presidential officer for Ontario from 1998 to 2001. In addition to her presidential role, Lynda has served as a chapter chair, Ontario Branch committee chair, branch secretary, and branch treasurer. Nationally, Lynda has served as a member of the Nominations Committee and continues to be an active member of the national Finance Committee. Lynda was the recipient of the Ontario Branch Award in 2002.
Communication, consultation, medication safety, and a passion for pharmacy have been cornerstones of Lynda’s career.
Eva Cho is the clinical pharmacist for cystic fibrosis, neurology, and neurosurgery at the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia (C&W). She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. She completed the Canadian Hospital Residency Program at C&W and was the recipient of the Pharmacy Practice Residency Award in 2006.
Eva has been a preceptor for undergraduate students of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC and for residents of the hospital pharmacy residency program in the areas of general pediatrics and neurology.
Eva has also been involved with the British Columbia Branch of CSHP. She was previously the chief resident and is currently the secretary for this branch of the organization.
Lynette Kolodziejak received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree with distinction from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan in 2003. In 2006, she returned to the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan, entering the Clinical Masters program. In January 2008, Lynette successfully defended her thesis, which was entitled “How to Integrate a Pharmacist into an Already Established Primary Healthcare Team”. Lynette is currently working for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region as a pharmacist development specialist. She also has a clinical practice in palliative care. Lynette is a preceptor for undergraduate students and pharmacy residents in her practice area and was recently appointed a clinical assistant professor (for the areas of pain and palliative care) with the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. Lynette has assisted in the development of 2 academic detailing newsletters for the RxFiles (Saskatoon Health Region) and has presented on palliative care topics to health care professionals across Saskatchewan.
Amy Grossberndt, a fourth-year pharmacy student at the University of Manitoba, already has quite a collection of accomplishments related to hospital pharmacy practice and her pharmacy involvement. Since 2006, Amy has worked as a clinical pharmacy student and research assistant at the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic of the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, under the direction of Dr Michael Namaka. Through the MS Clinic, Amy has been involved in organizing, coordinating, and analyzing several clinical research trials, collaborating with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, a dietician, and other students. In relation to this research, she has served as a contributing author to several manuscripts and has had several posters presented at scientific meetings across Canada and the United States. Amy was the recipient of a 2008 Canadian Institutes for Health Research Student Research Scholarship. In addition to these research achievements, Amy is involved in a number of fundraising activities at the Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Manitoba.