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 Alberta



Ron Pohar graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta in 1995 and began his career as a clinical pharmacist specializing in mental health, geriatrics and smoking cessation, particularly in those with mental illnesses. Ron has extensive training in the tobacco addiction and smoking cessation from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH). He has been involved with many smoking cessation initiatives including the Tobacco Reduction and Cessation (TRaC) Project and efforts to remove the sale of tobacco from pharmacies in Alberta. Ron has developed a number of smoking cessation training programs for healthcare professionals, including an accredited certificate level self-study program for pharmacists (Smoking Cessation: Counsel to Quit) and the CATALYST (Call to Action on Tobacco Addiction: A Model for the Busy Pharmacist) Program, a live program that has trained over 4000 pharmacists across Canada in smoking cessation. In his clinical practice, Ron works with inner city residents and those with mental illnesses to assist them in tobacco reduction and cessation. Ron has published a number of articles on smoking cessation and provides expert reviewer in this area. His work in smoking cessation has been recognized with local, provincial and national awards. He received a Blue Ribbon Award from the Edmonton and Area Tobacco Reduction Network for his work in smoking cessation, the Nycomed Magnum Opus Award for his advanced training in smoking cessation and a Commitment to Care Award for Health Promotion for the development of the CATALYST Program. Ron was a recipient of an Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction and is an advocate for the profession of pharmacy through his work with a number of organizations and was a founding board member of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association. In addition to his clinical practice, for over 15 years, Ron has worked as a medical writer, authoring print continuing education lessons for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other health care professionals on a wide range of clinical topics. He also serves as an expert reviewer of continuing education lessons. Ron has also developed and presented many live continuing education presentations on mental health, dermatology, smoking cessation and pharmacy business development.


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



Peter Zawadzki is a pharmacist with a passion for smoking cessation coaching, and the Principal of Peter Zawadzki Consulting, focusing on patient advocacy, market access, stakeholder partnerships, research, and strategic direction in the areas of cost-effective private payer health benefits. He is formerly the Associate Director, Private Payer Partnerships for Dexcom Canada. Peter is equally dedicated to clinical practice as he is to advancing and promoting access to optimal therapies and health technology. He has served on numerous committees and councils that range from a community focus to governmental policy setting. Peter is a past Board Member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA), the Humber College Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee, and the CPhA Co-Chair of the Pharmacy Advisory Committee on Private Payers. An experienced speaker, Peter has spoken nationally and internationally at pharmacy faculties and conferences on various pharmacy and healthcare issues. He was a facilitator for the Clinical Tobacco Intervention (CTI) Program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a facilitator for the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s QUIT Program. When the high prevalence of smoking was identified as a key risk factor for HIV positive patients at the Immunodeficiency Clinic at the University Health Network, Peter developed a comprehensive smoking cessation coaching program for clinic patients. Peter and Jane Ling are the co- authors of Implementing Smoking Cessation Services in the Pharmacy (First Edition) available online from the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association. Peter was a founding member and Vice-President, Ontario for Pharmacists for a Smoke Free Canada. Peter holds Certificates of Completion from the Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH) Program, Motivational Interviewing Skills from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine Continuing Professional Development, and Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice in Protection, Prevention, and Cessation from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU). Among his many accomplishments, Peter is the co-author of the best-selling book, Mothers & Fathers: Health and Financial Advice to Share with Your Parents and is the recipient of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association Mortar and Pestle Award of Merit for his outstanding achievements in promoting the profession of Pharmacy. Peter was honoured by Pharmacy Business magazine as one of 2017’s Leaders in Pharmacy of Today. Recently, he completed the Benefits and Private Healthcare Associate (BPHA) program.


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


Pharmacist at CHU de Québec-Université Laval / Hôpital du St-sacrement
Jean-Pierre is a registered pharmacist having completed his undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the Université Laval in Québec. He also completed a degree of mastery (Maîtrise en pharmacie d’hôpital) at the same University in 1993. He is a pharmaceutical care pharmacist at Hôpital du St-Sacrement du CHU de Québec-Université Laval. He is also teaching coordinator for the department of pharmacy at CHU de Québec.

He specializes in smoking cessation since 2000 by personal research and by assisting at many events on the subject. He is a clinical lecturer in smoking cessation at the Faculté de Pharmacie de l’ Université Laval. He gives a lot of lectures in collaboration with the industry on the matter teaching to doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and respiratory therapist. He also participates in many expert panels and consultant for some professional groups on the subject in the Québec region.


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.


Vice President Nova Scotia


Susan Beresford graduated from the College of Pharmacy Dalhousie University in 1978. She has been involved in education as a lab demonstrator in 1990 and then teaching the Skills Lab Course from 1991 to 1993. She is presently an Adjunct Professor at the College of Pharmacy. Susan is a QUIT facilitator and an ADAPT moderator, recognizing the importance of not only her own continued professional growth but being supportive of her peers as well. She is a Community Pharmacist that has been recognized nationally with a Commitment to Care and Service Award for Overall Patient Care in 2008 and the Commitment to Care and Service Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Susan is in her second term as NS CPhA Board representative and is the Past Chair of CPPRG. Susan has been active provincially in both PANS and NSCP committees. She has presented from the community level to nationally, facilitating courses as well as presenting five of her team’s innovative projects at three CPhA national conferences. Susan’s current focus is in providing expanded scope services such as Minor Ailment assessment and prescribing, emergency prescribing and prescription adaptation. Inoculation is the newest area in which she is presently training. Susan and her team were recently recognized by Pharmasave Atlantic with two awards for their leadership in providing expanded scope services as well as excellence in providing patient care and service. Patient centered care is the cornerstone of Susan’s practice as she balances the fiscal realities of today’s business model with excelling in delivering care while developing services based business model. Enabling patients to take charge of their health understand their health choices and support their positive choices whether in smoking cessation, weight loss or chronic health management, is her goal.