Board of Directors
George graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, class of 1987. He currently is the owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart Landmark location in Regina. He grew up in northern Saskatchewan, and after university worked as a staff pharmacist for IDA, pharmacy manager for Pinders, and owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Calgary. He has had SDM stores in Calgary, Lloydminster, Winnipeg and currently in Regina for the last 22 years. George served on the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Council for 8 years and was President in 2009. Presently he is the Chair of the PAS Economic Committee, Chair of the Complaints Committee for the SCPP, and first-term member of the PAS Board. He has been on several pharmacy committees and represented the College as a member of the U of R Senate. George is also a member of the Executive Assoc. of Regina, PPREIG, and volunteered for organizations like JDRF Ride, Juvenile Arthritis Mini Grand Prix, SDM WFM, and as a Scout Leader. When not at work, you can find George with his wife Jacqueline enjoying the outdoors hiking, golfing, and rollerblading
Monique graduated with Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition in 1993. She has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy. Until 2017, she worked as a staff pharmacist at the Victoria Hospital Pharmacy. Monique's role included drug distribution, clinical pharmacist services, student preceptor ship (pharmacist and technician), participation in the Saskatchewan Primary Care Pharmacist Pilot Project, collaboration with the local Diabetes Education Centre (2016) and eventually a position that included both working in the health region Pre-Surgical Assessment Clinic and as a Pharmacy Educator. Monique’s role as the Pharmacy Educator included a wide range of responsibilities from education of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and the pharmacy team, development and implementation of patient order sets, participation in provincial “Smart Pump” drug library development to being a member of the Victoria Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Monique is currently the Executive Director of Pharmacy for the Lake Country Co-operative Association in Prince Albert.
Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) PAS Representative
Christine is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. She currently is an owner of Pharmacy First on 8th Street and Pharmacy First at Lifebridge in Saskatoon. Previous to this Christine was a Shoppers Drug Mart franchise owner for 16 years in both Regina and Saskatoon. Christine served and chaired the Pharmacy Economics Committee for 5 years. She served on the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Council for 3 years and was President in 2010. Christine currently serves on the PAS Board, which she chaired for 2 years. Christine is the appointed PAS representative on the Canadian Pharmacists Association board. She has volunteered for many community boards such as SREDA , YWCA , United Way, and Women Entrepreneurs. Christine lives in Saskatoon with her husband Gordon Wyant.
Robyn was born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She completed her BSP in 2015 from the University of Saskatchewan. Robyn began her career in pharmacy as an assistant and is now a pharmacist at the Medi-Center Pharmacy in Prince Albert. As a clinical outreach pharmacist, Robyn works with the Wellness Wheel, an inter-professional team that works in rural and First Nations communities across Saskatchewan. The Wellness Wheel provides HIV, Hepatitis C and chronic disease care to their patients. She works with many other health professionals from infectious disease specialists to epidemiologists and family physicians. Also, in collaboration with local RNs, Robyn leads HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) programs in communities and a regular diabetes clinic with an NP.
Dr. Jane Alcorn
Dean and Appointed Representative of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan
Jane Alcorn is a Professor of Pharmacy and past Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. She has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacokinetics) from the University of Kentucky. Jane has expertise in pharmacokinetics which she has applied to research focused on the determinants of neonatal exposure risk in the medicated nursing mother/neonate dyad and to the health benefits of phytochemicals such as flaxseed lignans and the cannabinoids. Jane provides pharmacokinetic expertise to a significant number of collaborative and translational research projects. Jane is a co-lead of the Cannabinoid Research Initiative of Saskatchewan (CRIS), an interdisciplinary research cluster whose goal is to provide Canadians with the evidence-based knowledge needed to effectively and appropriately use medical Cannabis. As newly appointed Dean, Jane hopes to continue a strong applied research tradition in the two divisions and to work closely with stakeholders to ensure the college provides high-quality professional programs and graduates.
CSHP-PAS Representative (Appointed)
Laura Almas graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 and started working in hospital pharmacy with the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region as a new graduate. She then completed her hospital residency in Regina and continued to work for the health region as a clinical pharmacist in the areas of cardiology and critical care. Laura also worked part-time with Shoppers Drug Mart to provide enhanced services to patients. She is currently working at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. She is engaged in pharmacy research and continues to research in the areas of enhancing patient safety on transitions in care through the health care system and medication reconciliation on hospital discharge. Laura was heavily involved in leadership and professional advocacy during her undergraduate training and looks forward to continuing to contribute to the growth of the profession in this new role. This is her second term as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists SK Branch Representative on the PAS Board of Directors.
Lindsey graduated in 2008 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Science. In 2010, she moved to Townsville, Australia and attended James Cook University where she graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor of Pharmacy. Lindsey moved back to Saskatchewan and became a practicing pharmacist in February of 2015 and started working immediately for RQHR (now known as the Saskatchewan Health Authority) with a clinical focus in Cardiology, while also working relief at Towers Pharmacy in the community. Her passion for practice has always been in mental health and addictions. In March 2017, an opportunity to work in a community pharmacy with a mental health focus presented. Lindsey works for Vital Care Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in the community and still practices casually at the hospital while working towards her PharmD through the University of Alberta. Lindsey is a strong advocate for the development of the pharmacy profession and strives for professional integrity. She brings her leadership and contributions toward improved patient health outcomes. She feels strongly that independent pharmacists should have a seat on the board with adequate representation as we contribute an important perspective regarding goals and tactics identified in the PAS strategic plan, acting as PAS ambassadors for honesty, professional integrity, the promotion and financial sustainability of pharmacist practice by ensuring adequate representation of members in the decision-making process.
Senior Stick Student Representative (Appointed)
Celyn is a current third-year pharmacy student at the University of Saskatchewan. Born and raised in Maidstone, Saskatchewan, she was heavily involved in both her school and community through sport, music, and volunteerism. In her transition from rural high school to urban university life, she brought her passion for learning, leadership, and teamwork. Early in her university career, she gravitated towards organizations that embodied her core beliefs of inclusivity and kindness. Involvement with the Peer Mentorship Program and SWITCH during her undergraduate years affirmed Celynn's passion for helping others within her community. She continues to volunteer at SWITCH as a pharmacy student and has since advanced to working with the clinical team. She looks forward to learning from her experiences as Senior Stick Elect as a young professional. In her free time, you can find Celynn at the lake with her family, out with her friends, or watching a basketball game. Go Raps!
Senior Stick Student Representative (Appointed)
Maya is currently a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Saskatchewan. In the first year of her pharmacy education, she served as First Year Representative for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns Saskatchewan Chapter, as well as Co-Chair of Promotions during Pharmacist Awareness Month. Being a strong advocate for person-centred care and community outreach, she acts as an Outreach Team Leader for the student ran SWITCH Clinic. Over her past two years at the clinic, she has taken on a number of roles around the clinic, as well as serving as a member of the community outreach, wellness, and special events committees. She has also facilitated workshops on exercise, nutrition, cooking, and NIHB for SWITCH community members. She hopes to continue her work at the SWITCH Clinic this year as a member of the clinical team. In her free time, Maya enjoys cooking, playing and coaching soccer, and spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to representing her fellow pharmacy students at a provincial level along-side her partner Celynn.
Cordell Hilderman obtained his BSP in 1996 and began community pharmacy practice in Assiniboia with the local Co-op Pharmacy. Since 1998, he has alternately worked as a staff pharmacist for Shoppers Drug Mart in Regina, pharmacy manager and shareholder at Pharmasave in Saskatoon, and since 2012, pharmacy manager at Saskatoon Co-op. In addition to managing duties, Cordell currently acts as Pharmacy Coordinator, advising all Saskatoon Co-op Pharmacy Managers. Cordell now lives in Saskatoon with his wife Jackie and their three children. Outside of work he has been involved with coaching and volunteering with Baseball Saskatoon and Sutherland Curling Club, and has recently attained the designation of Certified Competition Coach in Curling.
Paraag graduated with his BSP in 2016 from the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. As a student, he served as the National Finance Officer for the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns. He worked as a pharmacy student, pharmacist and currently works as a Pharmacy Manager with Shoppers Drug Mart in Regina. Recently, he has also begun precepting pharmacy students. In addition to his community practice he also has an ongoing association with patient education and organ transplant research and has spoken with students at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition about this for several years. Outside of pharmacy, he is an avid hockey fan and loves to cook.
Jahnaya graduated with her BSP from the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy and Nutrition in 1999. A community pharmacist with over 25 years of experience, she has spent the last ten years as a managing partner with Rubicon. Jahnaya's interests include the business side of pharmacy and she is keen to drive the profession forward to a clinical focus that provides the best patient outcomes. She lives and works in Swift Current.
John is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, class of 1992. John started out his career in Manitoba where he managed an independent pharmacy in a smaller community for 2 years. He then moved back to Saskatchewan in 1994 with stops in Kindersley and Rosetown. John operated a pharmacy under the Pharmasave banner for 8 years. During his time with Pharmasave, John was involved as Chair for PS Central BOD and also held a board position on the PS National Board for 4 years. John has been living in Saskatoon since 2007 and for the past 10 years has owned and operated a Shoppers Drug Mart. He currently owns the Stonebridge location and has done so since it first opened in 2014. While with SDM, John has had four stores in Saskatoon. During his career, John has served on many different committees including the Chamber of Commerce, as chair in Rosetown, Peers Committee with SDM, and various other ad hoc committees. John is married to wife, Melisa and they have 3 children.