Jane Ling is the founding member and President of Pharmacists for a Smoke Free Canada whose membership includes smoking cessation champion pharmacists from across Canada. Its mandate is to promote the role of pharmacists in smoking cessation in the healthcare setting through professional development and advocacy. Jane is an adjunct clinical assistant professor with the University of Waterloo developing and teaching the smoking cessation curriculum for 2nd and 3rd year pharmacy students. Previously, she was a community pharmacist for 30 years with Lovell Drugs Prescription Pharmacy at Glazier Medical Centre in Oshawa and a primary care pharmacist with the North Durham Family Health Team for 10 years. She speaks about pharmacist-led smoking cessation with healthcare providers, stakeholders and industry as well at many tobacco addiction conferences across Canada. She authors the online accredited Ontario Pharmacist Smoking Cessation Pharmacist Training Modules. Jane received the Heather Crowe Smoke Free Ontario Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health as well as the Canadian Foundation of Pharmacy Wellspring Award


Vice President British Columbia

John Shaske BScPhm. ACPRR.Ph.

After graduating from UBC Pharmacy in 1978, John completed a hospital pharmacy residency at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1979, John opened a community pharmacy on the Sunshine Coast, which, since its inception, has adhered to a strict clinic pharmacy focus where the health and well-being of their patients is the unquestioned priority. John is a strong supporter of continuing education, both in pharmacy and business. He has completed numerous business courses offered by Ontario Pharmacists Association, and is also a UBC Faculty of Pharmacy Continuing Education regional coordinator and is now a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia. John combines his healthcare professional’s commitment to combining Evidence based Medicine with his Clinical Judgement and ensuring the Patients Values are included to Optimize patient outcomes and resolve 100% of all drug therapy problems. All this with a well-honed entrepreneurial approach. The results are proven: both financially, and most importantly, from a whole-health patient-care perspective. As those who know John will attest, his mission is both straightforward and heartfelt—he will know he’s done his job well on the day that his business is no longer necessary. Until then, this healthcare professional’s work continues.


Vice President Saskatchewan


Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan, Alfred is a community pharmacist in Saskatoon with interest in smoking cessation and travel health. He took additional training through the PACT (Partnership to Assist with Cessation of Tobacco) Program in 2013 to educate and assist patients with tobacco cessation. In addition to offering both individual and group seminars, Alfred also partners with other organizations in the community such as Canadian Cancer Society and the Walk or Run to Quit program with Running Room to provide public education. He regularly provides tobacco cessation services and presentations for the Saskatchewan Health Authority with focus in various Chronic Disease Management Programs and Addiction Services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alfred is involved with the Frontline Flu Working Group to assist in the development of Sobeys Inc. policies and procedures for flu clinics. He recently joined Sobeys Inc. Frontline COVID Vaccine Working Group to support and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to the public.


Vice President Ontario


Chris Oliveiro graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree. He started his career as a pharmacist working for Shoppers Drug Mart and later became Pharmacist-owner of 2 Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Mississauga. In 1995, Chris opened Springdale Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy in Brampton, Ontario. Today, he also owns and operates a second pharmacy, James Potter Road Pharmacy, also in Brampton. In 2016, Chris graduated with high honors from the University of Florida with a Pharm.D degree. He was also the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award in his graduating class. Chris is also a Certified Diabetes Educator and practices as a Clinical Pharmacist working closely with the doctors nearby his 2 stores to educate patients on diabetes and other diseases. As a Certified Diabetes Educator, Chris was shocked to learn that many of his patients with diabetes smoke tobacco. He became smoking-cessation certified and has a proven success record in helping many of his patients break the habit. His wish for Ontario is to have a smoking cessation certified pharmacist available in all pharmacies. Chris is also a strong advocate for the pharmacists’ expanded scope of practice and is a regular visitor at his MPP’s office, advocating for minor ailments prescribing and coverage for smoking cessation programs for all Ontarians.


Vice President Ontario

Heather Hadden, BScPhm. R.Ph.

Heather Hadden (Nee Lawson) graduated with her BScPhm. from the University of Toronto in 1984. She then did her hospital residency at Women’s College Hospital and continued to work there as a clinical pharmacist until 1989 when she started working at The Credit Valley Hospital. She worked at CVH in various capacities including ICU/CCU pharmacist, DUE pharmacist as well as Acting Supervisor. In 2007 she worked as the Manager of Patient and Pharmacist Education at Specialty Care Pharmacy. She started her career in Primary Care pharmacy in 2008 at the Credit Valley Family Health Team. It was here that she became a U of T / TEACH CAMH certified smoking cessation counselor and established the Smoking Cessation programme in 2010. Here she incorporated the STOP study alongside the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation. She recently joined the brand new Integrated Care Center in Mississauga called CarePoint Health where she continues to support patients in their journey to quit smoking. She has worked with J&J to establish their Smoking Cessation Education website for Health Care Professionals. After working alongside more than 500 patients she continues to be passionate about helping patients successfully become ex-smokers. She is a part of the Primary Care Pharmacists working group and a preceptor for APPE students and Pharm D for Pharmacist students at U of T.


Vice President PEI


Jason graduated from Dalhousie Pharmacy in 2014 where he has returned to work for Murphy’s Pharmacies in his home province of PEI. Jason is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns and served in various leadership roles during his pharmacy education. Most recently Jason joined the PEI Tobacco Reduction Alliance, is now an on the executive on the PEI Pharmacist Association, and is working towards his Certified Tobacco Educator. Jason actively helps students gain work experience and clinical experience through their programs, and has been a participant in studies involving pharmacist documentation at the IWK in Halifax NS, as well as a study on Pharmacits Conducting Medication Reconciliation at the QEH during his education. He is happy to have joined Pharmacists for a Smoke Free Canada as a co-Vice President for PEI.


Vice President Newfoundland

LESLIE PHILLIPS, B.Sc.(Pharm), Pharm. D.

Leslie is a Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Medicine/Discipline of Psychiatry. She has a cross appointment with the Province’s Eastern Health Authority and works as a clinical pharmacist in the P.I.E.R. Program (Psychosis Intervention and Early Recovery). Leslie completed a Pharm. D. at UBC in 1993 and a post-doctoral psychopharmacy residency in 1994 from Riverview Hospital, Port Coquitlam, BC. She has a keen interest in smoking cessation and has completed several on-line programs, most notably CPhA’s Q.U.I.T program and Advancing Practice Smoking Cessation: Counsel to Quit. Leslie teaches smoking cessation in the pharmacy undergraduate and psychiatry residency programs and currently runs a smoking cessation program in the School of Pharmacy’s Medication Therapy Services Clinic. In Winter 2017 she will be completing a research project looking at student learning in an interprofessional, student-led smoking cessation clinic.


Vice President Manitoba


Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with his bachelor of science in pharmacy, Colin has spent 11 of his last 15 professional years as a Certified Diabetes Educator and a practicing pharmacist focusing on providing diabetes education and smoking cessation services to his patients. Colin is an assistant manager at Taché Pharmacy, an independent clinical pharmacy in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Colin has held positions previously in corporate retail pharmacy and store management positions. His background has given him exposure to government relations, Health research, disease state management development and NPO relations. Currently the only Catalyst (CALL TO ACTION ON TOBACCO ADDICTION: A MODEL FOR THE BUSY PHARMACIST) trainer in Manitoba, Colin is highly involved in training pharmacists on smoking cessation program development, operations and promotion. Previously, Colin has been involved with MANTRA (Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance), helping to present to various groups regarding smoking cessation treatment. Colin is currently the Manitoba representative for the Canadian Pharmacists Association Diabetes Strategy for Pharmacists, a training program aimed at increasing capacities for pharmacists wishing to increase their diabetes expertise.


Vice President Quebec


Judith is a pharmacist based in the Montreal area and a pharmacy consultant providing continuing education to pharmacists and pharmacy staff. She has been involved in the creation of many printed and video documents discussing wise use of medication and the role a pharmacist can play to help with health concerns. She has been a board member of the Quebec Order of Pharmacists and lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal where she was responsible for the courses of Introduction to the profession with 1st year students and of Pharmacy Management (community pharmacy) for the Master in Pharmacy Practice. She won the Canadian Patient Counselling Competition from the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns (CAPSI) in 1991 and was Centennial Scholar for Université de Montréal in 1989. In 1996, the Quebec Order of Pharmacists awarded her “Le Prix Louis-Hebert” as recognition for her contribution to the visibility and enhanced value of the pharmacist amongst general population and excellence of her practice.