Trustee and Chair Biographies

M PMonique Pitre, Chair and Pharmacist Trustee

Email: monique.pitre@uhn.ca

Monique is the manager of Pharmacy Clinical Informatics at the University Health Network in Toronto. Monique obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University and has worked in a number of clinical and management positions in pharmacy throughout her career.

Monique’s current management portfolio includes the implementation and support of computerized programs linked to the clinical aspects of medication ordering and medication management for the Pharmacy Department as well as Drug Utilization Evaluation.

Her clinical areas of interest include infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship. Her clinical practice site is with the Infectious Disease Consult Service at the Toronto General Hospital, and she is a preceptor for the Infectious Disease rotations for the UHN Residency program and the entry to practice PharmD candidates from the University of Toronto.

Monique has been an active member of CSHP throughout her career. She has participated at the provincial level as Ontario Branch chapter chair and chair of the Ontario Branch Drug Use Evaluation Professional Specialty Group. Nationally she is an active member of the Infectious Disease Professional Specialty Network (PSN) and the Clinical Informatics PSN.  In January 2007 Monique was granted the distinction of Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists by the CSHP Board of Fellows.

Monique’s contribution to her profession has been recognized by her peers through the receipt of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Awards in 2001 and 2008, the Dan Dasko Pharmacy Administrator Award in 2009, the Ontario Branch William McLean Clinical Pharmacist Award (2004) and the Ontario Branch E. Amy Eck Award (1994).

R LRichard Leiskau, Industry Trustee

Email: rleiskau@pendopharm.com

Rick was born in Ontario, graduated high school twice (in Quebec and Manitoba) and went on to gain a Bachelor of Science degree in Winnipeg and a Masters of Business Administration in Edinburgh.

He has had an interesting career working in the pharmaceutical industry in various positions over several decades.  The names of several of the companies’names he has worked for have disappeared or have been merged into other companies in both the RX&D and the generic industries. Rick is currently the National Hospital Key Account Manager, for Pendopharm, a Division of Pharmascience Inc.

Rick’s varied pharmaceutical industry experience has given him a unique perspective on the industry, and he has been able to use this perspective to educate his colleagues on the importance of hospital pharmacy practice.  Over the years of working with and keeping in contact with hospital pharmacy practice he has been continually learning as the practice evolves.  Rick’s national scope has also added to his education by enabling him to see the different practices across Canada.

In recent years Rick has volunteered for CSHP committees, reviewing issues on a national basis as an industry contact.  He looks forward to the opportunity of working closely with the Foundation as an Industry Trustee.

K PKristen Pigden, Industry Trustee

Email: kristen.Pigden@mylan.ca

Kristen Pigden is currently the Product Manager of Injectables at Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC. Coming from a series of backgrounds in the healthcare industry, Kristen started her career manufacturing mini-bags at Baxter Corporation and continued on into roles in Biosurgery Marketing and Supply Chain. Following this, Kristen moved into Sales and Marketing within the Hospital Division at Teva Canada, gaining perspective on generic pharmaceuticals, market demands and supply shortage implications in the Canadian hospital market.

In her current role at Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC, Kristen is working to drive the company’s new injectable focus initiated by the acquisition of Agila, striving for improved customer safety standards, exceptional product quality and reliable supply. Kristen’s most recent roles have been largely focused in the area of generic pharmaceuticals with the purpose to bridge unmet market needs and provide the widest possible array of high quality, affordable medicines to all Canadians.

Kristen holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Goodman School of Business, completing part of her degree at Copenhagen Business School with a focus in pharmaceutical marketing. 

 

Myrella RoyMyrella Roy, Trustee, Foundation Chief Administrator and CSHP Executive Director

Email:  mroy@cshp.ca

Dr. Myrella Roy has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists since 2003.  For much of her career, she worked at The Ottawa Hospital, as a pharmacy manager and clinical practitioner.  Dr. Roy also held faculty positions at Université de Montréal (Montréal, Canada), Université Laval (Québec City, Canada) and Université Claude Bernard (Lyon, France).  In 1999-2000, she volunteered with Pharmaciens Sans Frontières (Pharmacists Without Borders) in Albania.  Dr. Roy holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a diploma in hospital pharmacy from Université de Montréal, and a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, U.S.A.

J ZMarlo Taylor, Public Member Trustee

Email: Marlo.taylor@energipr.com

Marlo Taylor is a Partner and General Manager (Toronto) with energi PR, where she leads the agency’s healthcare practice.

Marlo offers her clients a wealth of healthcare and pharmaceutical experience, in addition to strong leadership and managerial capabilities, which contribute to helping her clients reach and exceed their business objectives. With more than 16 years experience, her deep understanding of the Canadian healthcare communications landscape, along with her expertise in driving traditional and social media strategies for clients across a broad range of industries, brings tremendous value to her client teams and their organizations.

Marlo’s focus on healthcare has remained a constant throughout her career, working early on as the Communications Manager for the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative as well as with the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP). Marlo also served for six years as a trustee of the CSHP Research and Education Foundation, working to help promote pharmacist-led research in Canada.

Prior to joining energi PR, Marlo spent a number of years working at large agencies, providing senior-level counsel to various pharmaceutical and healthcare-related clients. Marlo has worked in therapeutic areas including oncology, cardiovascular, women’s health (menopause, contraception), diabetes, lung health, dermatology, immunology, urology, and arthritis. She has also worked with clients in the areas of medical cannabis and stem cell research.

Marlo is a graduate of Queen’s University and holds a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Recently, Marlo returned to one of her alma maters and began teaching at Humber College, in the Public Relations Diploma program.

Lori WLori Wazny, Pharmacist Trustee

Email:  LWazny@exchange.hsc.mb.ca

Dr. Lori Wazny completed her B.Sc.(Pharm) from the University of Manitoba, a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Research Fellowship in Nephrology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

She has practiced in Nephrology for the past 14 years, first at London Health Sciences Centre and currently with the Manitoba Renal Program. In Manitoba, she serves as a provincial resource for drug-related research and clinical drug issues as well as coordinates the clinical pharmacy activities of the Manitoba Renal Program pharmacists while maintaining an ambulatory care practice in the Renal Health Clinics. 

Dr. Wazny's research focus has been on cost effective use of erythropoietic stimulating agents as well as publications promoting standards of practice and a funding model for renal pharmacists.   She has published 43 peer reviewed articles and textbook chapters, including the Chronic Kidney Disease chapter in the 2014 edition of Dipiro's Pharmacotherapy. 

Dr. Wazny has been a CSHP National Awards Appraiser since 2010 and has received CSHP research awards from the Manitoba and Ontario branches and a National CSHP award for Specialties in Pharmacy Practice. 

She holds faculty appointments with the University of Manitoba Faculty of Pharmacy and the University of Florida Working Professional Pharm.D. program.

KWKerry Wilbur, Pharmacist Trustee

Email: kwilbur@qu.edu.qa

Kerry Wilbur graduated from Dalhousie University College of Pharmacy in 1997.  Following completion of the hospital pharmacy residency program at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of British Columbia in 2000.  Kerry accepted a position as a Pharmacotherapeutic Specialist at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) where she was responsible for providing pharmaceutical care to patients admitted to internal medicine and acute care for elders units.  In 2002 she assumed the co-coordinator role of VGH’s pharmacy residency program and served as chair of the BC hospital pharmacy residency committee. 

During this time she also held a Clinical Associate Professor position in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, where she instructed and precepted residents and PharmD students and supervised several pharmacy residency and undergraduate projects.

In 2007 Kerry relocated to Doha, Qatar, to be part of the founding faculty of the country’s College of Pharmacy at Qatar University, which was the first international program accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).  She is currently an Associate Professor and Director & Experiential Coordinator of the PharmD program.  In 2011 she completed a Masters of Science in Public Health through the University of London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Since joining CSHP as a pharmacy student, Kerry has had the privilege to serve CSHP in various provincial and national capacities, including membership on the National Research Committee and reviewer for the National Awards program and the CJHP.

szSheryl Zelenitsky, Pharmacist Trustee

Email:  zelenits@umanitoba.ca

Sheryl is a dedicated pharmacy researcher and educator, and a member of CSHP for her entire career. She has a B.Sc. (Pharm.) from the University of Manitoba and a Pharm.D. from the State University of New York in Buffalo (1991). Her early experience as a clinical pharmacist in general medicine and critical care at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg fostered an interest in infectious diseases and subsequent post-doctoral research fellowship in antimicrobial pharmacotherapy, specializing in pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics. Sheryl had been a member of the IDPSN since its inception and held the position of chair/chair-elect in 2002 to 2004. She maintains an active pharmacy license, in addition to her research and teaching, through a nil salary appointment at the St. Boniface Hospital. Sheryl is a Professor at the University of Manitoba’s College of Pharmacy, where she has served as Associate Dean (Academic) [2004-2011] along with membership on numerous University and professional committees and working groups. She is passionate about the integration of research, education and practice, and extends this philosophy to both undergraduate and graduate students. She has provided research opportunities to dozens of pharmacy students, introducing them to hands-on research and inspiring many to pursue higher education.

Sheryl brings relevant experience with an appreciation of the Foundation’s mandate and value in promoting and supporting patient-centred pharmacy practice and research in Canada. She was a member of the CSHP Research Committee from 2010 to 2014, and during that time, collaborated on an evaluation of the Foundation's research grant program. Sheryl has maintained an active research program resulting in over 150 cumulative peer-reviewed publications and national/international poster presentations. Her current work focuses on treating life-threatening staphylococcal infections, improving antimicrobial therapy for patients undergoing dialysis, and optimizing surgical prophylaxis including a study, supported by a CSHP Foundation grant, of cefazolin prophylaxis in cardiac surgery.