Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

Pharmacists Manitoba Conference
2017 Pharmacists Manitoba Conference April 7th to 9th
RBC Convention Centre

Conference Program

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Friday April 7th, 2017 - Assiniboine Park Zoo


7:00 pm 


Join us for a unique evening with your colleagues in the Sea Ice Passage under the pools that Polar Bears and Seals call home. The venue is ours to enjoy for an evening of good conversation, food and spirits.

We are pleased to announce that The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage will open the conference with welcome remarks at 7:00 pm. 

Bussing will be available to all delegates from the Delta Winnipeg Hotel to the Assiniboine Park Zoo and back. Pick up at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel is at 6:45 pm sharp and the return bus will leave the Assiniboine Park Zoo at 10:00 pm.

Registration will be set up at the Gateway to the Arctic at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. 

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Saturday April 8th, 2017 - RBC Convention Centre 

8:00 am



9:00 am 



10:00 am 


Open Discussion from the Annual General Meetings

Topic #1: Fentanyl Abuse: A Fatal Attraction

Speakers: Sheri L. Fandrey, B.S.P., Ph.D., Manitoba Addictions Knowledge Exchange, Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Detective Sargent Michelle Bacik, Organized Crime Division Clandestine Lab Unit

Fentanyl abuse has reached crisis proportions across Canada.  As fentanyl use continues to escalate, health care professionals need to be aware of the risks and harms associated with its use.  This session will provide an overview of fentanyl pharmacology, including comparison with other opioids, how it is used, its addictive potential, and clinical presentation of overdose.  We will also focus on emerging “designer” opioids, and the additional risks associated with these “super-potent” drugs.

Topic #2: Continuous Quality Improvement & Medication Incident Reporting: Lessons Learned from a Provincial Pilot Project    

Speaker: Certina Ho, RPh, BScPhm, MISt, MEd, PhD, Project Manager, Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) Partner in the Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System

This session will share lessons learned from a multi-incident analysis conducted by ISMP Canada on an eight-month provincial pilot project. It is designed for pharmacy professionals who would like to have an understanding of how continuous quality improvement can be achieved through medication incident reporting and analysis. Topics covered will include medication error prevention strategies and the benefits of medication incident reporting. Safety recommendations will be presented based on the medication-use process or workflow, which includes inventory management, receiving/shelving, prescription order entry, dispensing, compliance packaging, and patient counselling.

10: 45 am



12:00 pm 




1:30 pm 


Topic #1: Inhaled Respiratory Medication Devices: Taking it Back to Basics

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

Did you know that only about 9% of patients in Canada use their devices correctly?  This is a very scary statistic.  In this 30-minute session, you will learn the fast tips & tricks that will enhance your performance as a pharmacist and ensure that your client is receiving the appropriate amount of inhaled medication from their devices.  

Topic #2: Type 2 Diabetes in Children: The Manitoba Story

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Sellers MD MSc FRCPC, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine

This session will review the history and epidemiology of type 2 diabetes in children in Manitoba. In addition, our understanding of the natural history, treatment approaches and complications of this disease will also be discussed.

Topic #3: Available Diabetic Devices & Their Uses

Speaker: Lengim Ingram, Bsc. Pharm. CDE

This session will provide delegates with a brief look at the available devices used in the treatment of diabetes in Canada, what is available, how to use, and where to get them.


1:30 pm 


Presenters: Grace Badejo, B. Sc., B.Sc. Pharm, Associate/Owner of Shoppers Drug Mart Brandon & Jaden Brandt, B.Sc. Pharm

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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3:30 pm


Topic #1: A Career in Radiopharmacy: Critical Role in Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy

Speaker: Dr. Kennedy Mang’era, B.Pharm, MSc, Ph.D., CertM. Chief Operating Officer Chief, Canadian Isotope Innovations

Presentation will provide an overview of Radiopharmacy as a career, and show the integration of therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals into patient care, particularly in oncology and cardiology

Topic #2: Pharmacists Perspective on New Role of Pharmacy Technicians

Speakers: Carey Lai, B.Sc. Pharm, Pharmacist/Owner, Leila Pharmacy;Jackie Abraham, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Leila Pharmacy; Derek Risbey, B.Sc. Pharm, Certified Diabetes Educator, Pharmacy Manager, GMHSP; Nadia Delvecchio, Certified Pharmacy Technician, GMHSP

Pharmacists have enjoyed a huge expansion in our role as a primary health care professionals, but as the industry prepares for pharmacists to spend more time with patients, pharmacy technicians have been demoted to assistants.  There are many highly qualified and competent assistants the pharmacists have come to rely on in their practice. These assistants have worked hard to get their title back and are ready to work in an expanded role so that pharmacists have more to time focus on patients.  In reality, pharmacists will not be able to pursue their expanded roles without their key partners, the pharmacy technicians. Derek and Carey will share with you some of the roles and duties they have assigned to their pharmacy technicians and how it has helped improve patient care.

Topic #3: The Role of the Pharmacist and Availability of Medicine in Humanitarian Aid

Speaker: Suzanne Levesque, B. Pharm., MBA, Pharmacists without Borders Canada

Pharmacists without Borders Canada has gone on various humanitarian missions since 1995. This presentation will review the different roles played by Canadian pharmacists over the years and how the availability and quality of medicines impacted their work. An outlook on current international guidelines on medicine donations, and availability o f medicines in developing countries.

6:00 pm


Delta Winnipeg Hotel Ballroom
Join us for an evening of celebration as we recognize the outstanding achievements of our colleagues in Manitoba

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 - RBC Convention Centre
8:30 am


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10:00 am 


Topic #1: New Strategies in Preventing Community Acquired Pneumonia and Influenza

Speaker: Dr Zhanel

During this session, Dr. Zhanel will discuss and review:

  1. the patient risk factors associated with community acquired pneumonia and influenza
  2. the use of pneumococcal vaccines PPSV23 and PCV13
  3. the use of influenza vaccines in various age groups

Topic #2: Mental Health Services & Resources

Speaker: Deborah Kasner

Description: This presentation will be a brief overview of programs and services provided at CMHA and a snapshot of current trends in requests for assistance with service navigation.  We will discuss the challenges participants and their families face when trying to access mental health services in Manitoba and how we are providing support to the community to assist them in finding appropriate services.

Topic #3: Development of a Regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in Prairie Mountain Health
Speaker: Tara Hoop B.Sc., B.Sc. (Pharm), BCPS, Pharmacist, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Prairie Mountain Health

In 2012, Accreditation Canada added antimicrobial stewardship to its list of Requirements of Practice for hospital accreditation.In an effort to meet this standard, a pharmacist position was created for the purpose of establishing a stewardship program.  Learn about the challenges of initiating an antimicrobial stewardship program in a large and varied health region, what has been done to support this practice, and what the future holds for this program.

11:00 am


A series of short presentations that highlight some of the research at the College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba that are of interest to front-line pharmacists.   

Topic #1: Osteoporosis, the Grand Canyon and Other Gaps

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

Topic #2: Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Medication in Manitoba: The Sequel

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

Topic #3: Trends in Prescription Synthetic Cannabinoid Medication and Health Outcomes in Manitoba 

Wajd Alkabbani B.Sc.(Pharm), M.Sc. (Candidate)

Topic #4: Do I Have Time For This? Evaluating the benefit & burden of preventative treatment in the later years of life

Jamie Falk B.Sc.(Pharm), PharmD, Assistant Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba

Topic #5: Utilization of depot antipsychotics in Manitoba 

Donica Janzen BSP, M.Sc. (Candidate)

Topic #6: Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs: A Balancing Act Gone Wrong?

Jaden Brandt B.Sc. (Pharm), M.Sc (Candidate)

Topic #7: Fentanyl Patches and the New Math – Something Doesn’t Add Up

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


1:30 pm


Topic #1 The Pharmacy Response to the Opioid Crisis
Speaker: Philip Emberley, PharmD, MBA, Director, Professional Affairs | Public & Professional Affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association

The opioid crisis in Canada is a national problem affecting every province and every community.  Pharmacists have an important role to play in the prevention and treatment of addiction.  This session will discuss strategies that have emerged subsequent to the national opioid summit in 2016, as well as opportunities for front line pharmacists to take on a greater role.

Topic #2: Manitoba eHealth: One Patient One Record

Speaker: Don Thiessen, Director and Solution Information Officer Acute Care, Manitoba eHealth, Acute Care Solution

This session will provide a description of the current state of electronic patient information in Manitoba and the roadmap to the future.

Topic #3 Pan-Canadian Environmental Scan
Speakers:  Sheila Ng, B.Sc.Pharm, Pharmacy Practice Instructor, College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

Pharmacists in eight provinces across Canada currently have the authority to prescribe for minor ailments (ambulatory ailments, self-limiting conditions); however, the legislation, scope of prescribing, remuneration, professional uptake and continuing education requirements and resources related to pharmacist prescribing are not consistent nationally. This session will discuss the results of an environmental scan, which aimed to ascertain these differences and examine where Manitoba is in relation to other provinces. 

Topic #4 Prescribing in Practice - The Manitoba Story
Speakers: Sheila Ng, B.Sc.Pharm, Pharmacy Practice Instructor, College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba 
Dr. Brenna Shearer, BMR (OT), MSA (HSA), PhD, CEO, Pharmacists Manitoba

Preliminary Manitoba survey results will describe the demographics of survey participants, including their work setting, location and current status in terms of Manitoba certification for authorization to prescribe for minor ailments. The evaluation will also examine the barriers identified in applying pharmacists’ assessment and prescribing for self-limiting conditions for respondents who have completed a self-study program and for pharmacists yet to enroll in training for certification. Identified training needs to enhance uptake and application of skills into practice will also be discussed. 

Topic #5 Minor Ailment Templates
Speakers: Grace Badejo, B.Sc., B.Sc. Pharm, Associate/Owner of Shoppers Drug Mart Brandon & Jaden Brandt, B.Sc. Pharm, MSc. (Candidate) 

This presentation will orient pharmacists to the variety of Minor Ailment Templates developed by Pharmacists Manitoba to support pharmacy practice and complement minor ailment prescribing. The presentation will focus on how the templates can be an effective tool for documentation and aid in the interview style of information gathering to inform clinical decision-making.