Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

Pharmacists Manitoba Conference


2016 Pharmacists Manitoba Conference April 8th to 10th

RBC Convention Centre

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Conference Program

Friday April 8th, 2016 - Winnipeg Art Gallery


7:00 pm 

Pharmacists Manitoba Annual General Meeting 

All members are welcome to attend. The meeting agenda can be found on


8:00 pm

Young Leaders Awards Acknowledgement &

Olympus Exhibit Tour at the WAG 

Join us to celebrate our young leaders in our profession and enjoy an informal tour of the Olympus Exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery followed by a reception to complete the evening.


Saturday April 9th, 2016 3.5CEUs & 1.5BCEUs RBC Convention Centre

8:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Hall


8:30 am 

Session A: Marketing Services: Know Your Patients and Grow Your Practice 

The Pharmacy Marketing Expert: Jason Perepelkin, BA, BComm, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Pharmacy,College of Pharmacy &Nutrition, Associate Member, Edwards School of Business, Department of Management & Marketing, University of Saskatchewan

The Business Growth Guru: Sheila Molloy, B.Comm (Honours) with distinction, Diploma in Communication, Professional Consultant, Business Owner, Entrepreneur, and Enthusiasm-Generator

This session brings together two experts in a unique and fun interview style session. You will be inspired with practical ways to understand your patients and determine ways to grow your practice by marketing services that make sense. There will be time for questions and answers in this 1.5 hour session. 


10:00 am 

Session B: Hot Topics: Assisted Dying / Medical Marihuana

Once again, the Hot Topics issues forum will present questions to our panel of specialists for discussion. Delegates will be able to voice their opinions live via our online polling system.

Moderator: Drena Dunford, B.Sc. (Hons), B.Sc. (Pharm), CDE, PharmD candidate University of Colarado, Pharmacy Practice Instructor, College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba

Topic #1 Medical Marihuana

Panelists include:

Todd Mereniuk, Deputy Registrar of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba

Kevin Hamilton, BSP, MSc (Pharm), Primary Care Pharmacist, C.W. Wiebe and Agassiz Medical Centres in Winkler and Morden

Dr. Paul Daenick, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Site Coordinator - St. Boniface Unit, Attending Medical Oncologist - CancerCare Manitoba, Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine - University of Manitoba, Cross-appointment to the Department of Family Medicine - University of Manitoba


Topic #2 Assisted Dying

Panelists include:

Dr. Shawn Bugden, B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc., PharmD, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba

Joelle Walker, Director, Government Relations, Public & Professional Affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association

Patrick R. Mayo, BSc(Pharm), PhD, MTS, Clinical Practice Leader – North Palliative Care, Alberta Health Services Pharmacy Services Pharmacy Department, University of Alberta Hospitals

Dr. Ziomek, Registrar, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba

10: 30 am

Refreshment Break with Exhiitors


12:00 pm 

Exhibitors Buffet Lunch

Poster Presentations & Best Poster

Sponsor Spotlights

2:00 pm 

College of Pharmacists of Manitoba: Annual General Meeting


2:00 pm 

Student Preparation Session

Presenter: Jennifer Young, BSc (Pharm), BSc (HNS)

This session is designed for 4th Year Pharmacy Students and International Pharmacy Graduates who are entering the profession of pharmacy. Students will be given mock scenarios with pharmacists as the patients. Come and interact with licensed pharmacists and receive tips to help you prepare for exams

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3:15 pm

Session C: Sound Bites

Open Discussion:   Delegates are welcome to bring forward any issues or concerns from the two AGMs at this time. 

Topic #1Current Topics in Reproductive Health

Speaker: Dr. Judith Soon, BSc (Pharm), RPh, ACPR, PhD, FCSHP Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Member, UBC School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia

Updated Canadian Contraception Consensus guidelines now emphasize the use of long acting reversible contraception. Learn about new types of contraception, intrauterine devices and the use of copper IUDs for emergency contraception. The upcoming launch of Mifegymiso for medical abortion has the potential to enhance access to abortions in rural and remote areas. Learn the essentials of mifepristone/misoprostal use and how to become certified to access the product.

Topic #2 New and Emerging Therapies for MS 

Speaker: Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, Professor of Medicine & Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Director Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Health Sciences Centre

A review of approved disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis, emphasizing those most recently approved, adverse effects, drug interactions, and contraindications.

Topic #3 The Hypertension Canada/CHEP Guidelines: What it means for pharmacists

Speaker: Ross T. Tsuyuki, BSc(Pharm), PharmD, MSc, FCSHP, FACC, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director, EPICORE Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

This presentation will cover the new 2016 Hypertension Canada/CHEP guidelines, including what’s new and what is still important. Some new data on pharmacist management of hypertension will also be discussed.


6:00 pm

Rock’n Gala Dinner / Dance & Awards Presentation

Delta Winnipeg Hotel Ballroom

Join us for an evening of celebration as we recognize the outstanding achievements of our colleagues in Manitoba.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes!


Sunday April 10th, 2016  4CEUs & 1BCEU - RBC Convention Centre


9:00 am

Session D: Affecting Change in Government & Continental Breakfast

Speaker: Joelle Walker, Director, Government Relations, Public & Professional Affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association

Affecting change in government is a long game, however, elections are critical moments in time that can define the advocacy environment for years to come. In an often crowded space, it is important for advocacy groups to differentiate themselves and focus their efforts strategically.

In this session, participants will hear from a variety of panelists about how organizations, and more specifically the pharmacist profession, can contribute to elections, shape public discussion and engage newly elected governments.


10:00 am 

Session E: Depression

Depression Treatment in the Elderly

Speaker: Dr. Craig OmelanMD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Manitoba

This session will discuss various treatment options for elderly patients suffering from mood disorders.

Postpartum Depression

Speaker: Dr. Tanya Sala, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, College of Medicine Medical Director, Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program, Neurosciences Course Leader, UGME Site Coordinator for HSC Psychiatry, PGE

A variety of treatment options exist for PPD, and treatment may include a combination of therapies – this session will discuss these options.

The Challenges of Diagnosis and Pharmacotherapy of Adolescent Depression

Speaker: Dr. Laurence Y. Katz, M.D., FRCPC, Professor of Psychiatry, Section Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Health Sciences Centre Site, Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba

The participant will learn about the challenges of making a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder and then determining which patients will benefit from pharmacotherapy


11:00 am 

Session F: Short & Snappy: RRR Relevant Research Ruminations

A Skin-y Safety Update – Isotretinoin and Fentanyl

Speaker: Dr. Shawn Bugden B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc., PharmD, Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba

This presentation will provide an update on recently completed work evaluating the safety of isotretinoin and fentanyl prescribing in Manitoba.


The A.I. of Cross-over in Cancer Drug Approvals

Jordan Nash B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc.(Candidate)


Let's Be Upfront About Which Inhalers Are Up Front

Speaker: Dr. Jamie Falk B.Sc.(Pharm), PharmD, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba and Department of Family Medicine, Kildonan Medical Centre.

A brief look at the progression of COPD inhaler prescribing in Manitoba from diagnosis forward.


Osteoporosis and COPD in Manitoba Women: Venn Problems Arise

Olasumbo Ojo B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc. (Candidate)


Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Medications in Manitoba

Speaker: Dr. Shawn Bugden B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc., PharmD

This presentation will release to Manitoba pharmacists a document designed to consolidate the price of commonly prescribed medications as a reference for physicians and other prescribers.


Prenatal and Early Childhood Antibiotic Exposure and the Risk of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Amani Hamad B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc., PhD (Candidate)


The Painful Price of Shingles in Manitoba                                                     

Kevin Friesen B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc. (Candidate)


Stripping Down Test Strip Utilization

Speaker: Olena Serwylo B.Sc.(Pharm), PharmD (Candidate)

This presentation reviews the evidence for the use of blood glucose test strips and evaluates Manitoba’s use as compared to current guidelines and policies

12:00 pm

College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Awards Luncheon

Outstanding members of our profession will be recognized during this luncheon. 

1:30 pm 

Session G: Headlines News

Topic #1 Spirometry Interpretation for Pharmacists 

Speaker: Kristine Petrasko, BScPharm, CRE, CTE, Regional Pulmonary Educator Regional Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (WRHA), Deer Lodge Centre

Speaker: Lisa Thibeault, BSC RRT CRE, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Function Laboratory – Winnipeg Clinic

This discussion will provide a basic overview of interpreting spirometry for pharmacists by examining:

  • what to look for and why
  • where and how to refer patients
  • the importance of utilizing partnerships with family doctors and respiratory therapists for better patient care.

Current asthma guidelines and real world case examples will also be showcased.

Sponsored by: 

Topic #2 Yellow Fever Immunization Decision Making   

Speaker: Dr. Pierre J. Plourde MD, FRCPC, Medical Officer of Health, Medical Director, Integrated Tuberculosis Services, Medical Director, Travel Health and Tropical Medicine Services, Medical Director, Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction Services, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Using a case-based format this presentation highlights the challenging intricacies of determining eligibility for yellow fever vaccine in international travelers. A shared risk assessment decision-making approach that fully engages the traveler will be discussed.

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Topic #3 Caught in the Precious Middle. What to do when evidence, guidelines, the prescriber and patient don’t agree  

Speaker: Loren Regier BSP, BA Co-Director, Academic Detailing Service Centre for Effective Practice

Together, we will discuss the nature of evidence, experience, attitudes and beliefs and explore ways to engage the patient in the decision making process.