Claire Ishoy, RPh
Claire Ishoy has been a clinical pharmacist in community hospitals for the past 6 years in both Kelowna, and more recently Vernon. She has a well-rounded background in primary care working in family health teams and completing an ambulatory care residency at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. In recent years, Claire has expanded her leadership skills by taking on the role of Interior Chapter Chair for CSHP-BC branch, Co-Chair of the North Okanagan Ethics Committee, and Secretary and Board Member for the Lake Country Health Planning Society. Claire is committed to ensuring that patients receive the highest quality and safest care from their pharmacist in all practice settings.
Steven Hopp, RPh
Steven graduated from UBC in 2002. He has worked primarily in rural settings as a staff pharmacist and relief pharmacist, has provided pharmacy services to long term care facilities, and has 13 years of experience owning and managing both small clinic pharmacies and larger format stores. He is passionate about rural health services and the positive impact pharmacy practice can have on the health and wellness of our communities. Steven previously served 2 terms on the board of a local hospice society, has a strong interests in travel medicine as well as mental health awareness. He strives to progress towards a safer, more effective future of pharmacy practice in British Columbia that responds to the evolving needs of our population through right touch legislation that will support optimal, evidence-informed care. Steven believes very strongly that as a pharmacist, ethics and integrity must always be at the forefront of our practice, this includes awareness of the legacy of discrimination towards Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and the importance of practicing anti-racism as part of safely providing pharmacy care.
Alex Dar Santos, RPh
Alex is a UBC graduate with 17 years of pharmacy experience, and is currently the pharmacist-owner of a pharmacy in Richmond. From September 2013 to October 2019, he was a Board Director with the BCPhA and served as President in 2017/18. He holds himself and other pharmacists to a high level of integrity and professional standard. He also strives for common sense solutions in order to continue to practice pharmacy safely and efficiently. He believes that pharmacists can provide better patient care and outcomes by utilizing all aspects of a pharmacist’s scope of practice and by advancing pharmacy practice. In his spare time he enjoys travelling with his wife and two children.
Christine Antler, RPh
After graduating from UBC in 2008, Christine has practiced in a wide variety of settings including relief, staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager and pharmacy operations roles across BC. She also has experience in providing pharmacy services to residential care facilities and has a particular interest in mental health and substance use patient care. She has completed the CPhA ADAPT Certificate in Patient Care Skills and encourages all pharmacists to embrace full scope opportunities to provide optimal pharmaceutical care for their patients.
Andrea Silver, RPh
Andrea has over 18 years of pharmacy experience and has come to understand patients’ experience within the healthcare system through a variety of experiences in research, hospital, and outpatient care. She currently manages an independent pharmacy in Victoria BC, acts as clinical lead on a number of new initiatives in her community, and actively practices as a diabetes educator.
Michael Ortynsky, RPh
Micheal Ortynsky has practiced pharmacy for over 38 years, with the majority of his career spent in northern communities. Since 1989, he has managed an independent pharmacy in Fort St John. He won the Ben Gant Award for Innovation in 2004 for the novel ownership model he promoted whereby pharmacy assistants, technicians, nurses, and pharmacists are all shareholders in the business. The group expanded to include pharmacies in Tumbler Ridge, Keremeos, and West Kelowna. He promotes a collaborative environment with nurses providing wound, ostomy, and footcare on site at the Fort St John pharmacy as well as a travel medicine clinic with a local physician. Mike is an advocate for pharmacists being engaged in the larger community.
Anca Cvaci, RPh
Anca Cvaci’s diverse experiences have allowed her to appreciate and understand the roles pharmacy plays in healthcare, as well as how pharmacy practice interlinks with other healthcare professions and contributes to patient care. Her career in pharmacy started as a Pharmacy Assistant. After completing the Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Residency program, she worked at St. Paul’s Hospital as a Clinical Pharmacist. In 2014, she completed a Master in Business Administration, and then worked in the Vancouver Coastal Health - Coastal Corporate Office. Her next role allowed her to lead the implementation of automated dispensing cabinets in all acute care areas at Providence Health Care. After completing the project, she worked at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre as a Clinical Supervisor where she led pharmacy practice in an outpatient care environment. Her current role as Distribution Coordinator at Lions Gate Hospital involves leading the pharmacy team through the implementation of a new Clinical Information System. Also, over the last seven years she served on the BC Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists council in various capacities. Her passion for pharmacy practice and dedication to making a difference fuel her drive to contribute to improving patient care.
Bal Dhillon, RPhT
Bal Dhillon is a dynamic, results-oriented individual with more than 23 years of experience in pharmacy practice. Her education background includes a Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University, an Associate degree from Douglas College, Provincial Instructor diploma from the province of British Columbia, and various leadership certifications from Vancouver Community College. She also has extensive experience working in both hospital and community pharmacy sectors. Bal currently hold the position of Manager, Pharmacy Services, Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services. In this role, she is responsible for leading and coordinating the pharmacy operations at the Pharmacy Drug Distribution Centre. Day-to-day, she manages resources, organizes workflow and maintains quality assurance for a safe medication distribution system. She brings strong leadership, management, and strategic planning skills, with the determination to succeed. Bal is also a Consultant/Program Facilitator involved in the designing, developing and delivering pharmaceutical compounding education for health care professionals in the topics of USP 797 and 795. She was instrumental in the formation of the Pharmacy Technician Society of BC (PTSBC) in 2011. Prior to PTSBC, Bal served as president for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technician of BC (CAPT) Chapter from 2005 to 2010. She continues to be involved in various initiatives, promoting education and personal growth for pharmacy personnel in British Columbia.
Tracey Hagkull is a Nurse Clinician and Health Educator, having recently returned to Canada after working as a Health Educator and Substance Awareness Co-ordinator at the American School of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Before that, she was a Nurse Clinician in Cardiac Sciences at BC Children's Hospital. Active in her community, Ms. Hagkull volunteers with the Advanced Coronary Treatment Foundation, and is a past volunteer with the Make A Wish Foundation (UAE) and the Teen Transplant Support Group (BC Transplant Society). Ms. Hagkull holds her Nursing Diploma from Vancouver General Hospital, her Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria (UVic), and Master of Nursing with Athabasca University.
As of January 2019, Anne is the VP, Strategy & Quality Improvement for Child Development for the Lower Mainland. Previously, she was the Policy & Research Manager of the Surrey Board of Trade. Anne’s career spans over 25 years working with a range of organizations for the benefit of community service, including as a former city councilor, focusing primarily on policy, research, and organization development.
In 2018, she had the privilege and honour of being appointed to the BC Poverty Reduction Forum by the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction through the BC Chamber of Commerce Nomination to be the representative for business. The Forum’s work will inform the BC Government’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy anticipated spring 2019.
Anne’s educational background includes an MA (UBC 2006), a BA (SFU 2001), Advanced Project Management Certificate from Langara College (2015), and numerous certificates including evaluation methodology and leadership.
Katie Skelton is Anishinaabe, Ojibwe from Henvey Inlet First Nation and an adopted member of the Tak'aya Wolf Clan, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) family. Growing up as an Urban First Nation in the Greater Toronto Area, Katie now considers herself a guest on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples - sḵwx̱wú7mesh úxwumixw (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
Katie proudly serves First Nations people through her role in Partnership Development and Projects at the First Nations Health Authority. As part of the CEO’s office, Katie directly supports the CEO in the implementation of a health governance partnership between BC First Nations, the province of BC, and the government of Canada. This health governance partnership, led to the formation of the FNHA, an institution created by First Nations people for First Nations people. Working to change 'the system' from sickness to wellness, the FNHA champions a holistic and traditional perspective of health and wellness.
Katie brings her energy as a young mother of two, who is consistently encouraged by the vibrancy of the culture that surrounds her, as motivation to champion change for the next seven generations.
Justin Singh Thind
Justin Singh Thind is currently a managing partner for Singh Thind & Associates. Previously, he was an associate lawyer for Singh Abrahams and SAJ Lawyer. Prior to that venture, he was a special assistant to the Speaker of the Senate of Canada. Active in his community, Mr. Thind is a director for the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation. He holds his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Regina and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.