Board of Directors

2021 Board of Directors

The BCPhA is governed by a Board of Directors, whose mandate is to set, monitor and review the strategic goals and other policies of the Association.

Each Director serves for a three-year term. Directors may only serve for two consecutive terms. A director's year runs from January 1 to December 31.

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Annette Robinson
Annette Robinson
PresidentElected 2017-2023

Annette Robinson joined the BCPhA Board of Directors in September 2017 and serves as the board representative for the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

Annette is Regional Pharmacy Manager with Pharmasave's Pacific Regional office. Additionally, she serves on the College of Pharmacists of BC Discipline Committee.

Annette grew up in Powell River and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1984. She worked as relief pharmacist/pharmacy manager for Boots Drug Stores until 1989. She has also worked as a staff pharmacist for a small independent pharmacy in Chilliwack, Locks Pharmacy, for 10 years then took a position with another independent, Nelmes Pharmacy, for 15 years. After Nelmes was sold to Rexall Pharmacy, Annette worked as a pharmacy manager for another 5 years before joining Pharmasave Drugs (Pacific) in 2014.

Annette is a Canadian Diabetes Educator (C.D.E.) certified pharmacist as well as an Insulin Pump and Device trainer. Annette served on the organizing committee for the CDA Professional Conference and Annual Meetings in Vancouver in 2002 and 2007.

Jamie Wigston
Jamie Wigston
Vice-PresidentElected 2016-2022

Jamie Wigston was re-elected to the BCPhA Board of Directors in December 2019. He is a pharmacist at West End Medicine Centre in New Westminster.

Jamie first completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology before completing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2013. After graduation, he moved to Vernon in the Okanagan to work for Shoppers Drug Mart. Given that he had already worked as a pharmacy technician with Shoppers for several years, this was a natural next step.

While he always appreciated this position as his first job as a pharmacist, Jamie really thrived once he started working at his current smaller, independent pharmacy in New Westminster.

He enjoys the small town feel of the area (while still being in the city), as well as getting to know his patients by name and learning about their lives.

Jamie is looking forward to playing a larger role in helping shape the pharmacy landscape in BC, as well as continuing to advocate for his profession.

Keith Shaw
Keith Shaw
Past-PresidentElected 2017-2020

Keith Shaw has been a leader in the pharmacy profession for more than a decade, starting as an Associate with Shoppers Drug Mart to his current position as Pharmacy District Manager with Sobeys, where he oversees many Safeway and Thrifty Foods pharmacies across the province. He holds both a doctorate of pharmacy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, as well as an executive MBA from Simon Fraser University.

Chris Chiew
Chris Chiew
Appointed 2021-2023

Raised in Northern Alberta, Chris Chiew’s interest in chemistry led him into a part-time job as a pharmacy assistant, encouraged by his Grade 12 chemistry teacher. He enjoyed the patient interactions and worked in the role until he was accepted into the pharmacy program at the University of Alberta.

Shortly after graduating from the pharmacy program at the University of Alberta in 1994, Chris joined London Drugs.

Since then, he has served 26 years, first as a pharmacist, then assistant pharmacy manager, pharmacy manager, and pharmacy operations manager before his current position as General Manager, Pharmacy, of London Drugs.

In addition, Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, where he is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Derek Desrosiers
Derek Desrosiers
Elected 2020-2022

Derek Desrosiers is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on the economic and professional practice issues of pharmacy. He is a licensed pharmacist and most recently was the Director, Pharmacy Practice Support at the BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) before retiring in May 2018.

Derek received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia in 1982. He had 13 years of experience as a patient care community pharmacist, in a variety of pharmacies before transitioning to executive administrative roles within the profession.

John Forster-Coull
John Forster-Coull
Elected 2015-2021

John Forster-Coull joined the BCPhA Board of Directors in September 2015. John is a true Vancouver Island local, as he was born and raised on the island and is the owner/manager of the oldest pharmacy in Victoria, Victoria Compounding Pharmacy.

He completed both his undergraduate pharmacy degree (1988) and Doctor of Pharmacy degree (1995) at the University of British Columbia. He also completed a hospital residency at St. Paul’s Hospital.

John began his career as a clinical pharmacist at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, before heading back to UBC to complete his PharmD. After graduating, he returned to Victoria and worked in the intensive care units at both Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospital. In 2001 he joined Victoria Compounding Pharmacy as the pharmacy manager and in 2007 became the owner/manager.

He also serves on the board of directors at uniPharm Wholesale Drugs Ltd. Outside of work hours, John can be found on the golf course or travelling somewhere fun with his wife, Jayne, and their two daughters.

Gary Go
Gary Go
Appointed 2020-2022

Gary Go completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology before completing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1995, both from the University of British Columbia. He has been a BCPhA member since he graduated and is a participant of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada.

Go worked as a pharmacist in the Lower Mainland and in Victoria before becoming a regional manager, pharmacy operations with Save-on-Foods Pharmacy. He has been in his current role for over 17 years. During that time, he has looked after pharmacies in Alberta, Kootenay, Vancouver Island, Okanagan, Vancouver Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Colleen Hogg
Colleen Hogg
Appointed 2020-2022

Colleen Hogg became an entrepreneur in 1999 when she purchased Cove Pharmacy on Quadra Island, then known as the People's Drug Mart, the first pharmacy established on the rural island community.

As an advocate for not only the pharmacy profession but also access to health-care services for remote communities, Hogg believes success in pharmacy is strongly tied to a passion for helping her community.

Mike Huitema
Mike Huitema
Elected 2018-2021

Mike Huitema graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Pharmacy in 2007. Growing up with both parents owning various small businesses, Mike has been involved in small community business his whole life. Since graduating from university, he has lived and practiced in Kamloops, where he has been the associate-owner of Shoppers Drug Mart #277 for the past 10 years.

Mike is an active Certified Diabetic Educator and regularly teaches students about diabetes as part of the foot care nurse certification. Mike is particularly passionate about antibiotics and preventing antibiotic resistance. He enjoys giving lectures to student nurses at Thompson Rivers University about antibiotic medications and how to use them responsibly in the health-care setting. For the past 10 years he has been a preceptor in the Structured Practice Education Program (SPEP) with UBC.

He has been involved in the Kamloops community by helping coordinate pharmacists’ response to help those displaced by the 2017 wildfires and raising money for the local YWCA women’s shelter for the past 8 years. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Pindy Janda
Pindy Janda
Appointed 2021-2023

Upon graduation from the University of British Columbia in 1997, Pindy Janda worked as a frontline pharmacist for more than 20 years, including as pharmacy manager, patient care pharmacists, certified diabetes educator and media spokesperson.

In 2015, Pindy put her skillset to work as a marketing manager for an upstart generic drug company, followed by her current role in as General Manager, Clinical & Specialty Division, at Imperial Distributors Canada Inc.

In this role, Pindy co-created UBC’s first industry-specific pharmacy rotation within the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and has since welcomed several practicum students studying specialty pharmacy.

Ajit Johal
Ajit Johal
Appointed 2021

Ajit Johal is Clinical Services Coordinator with Wilson Pharmacy, a Clinical Pharmacist with Laurel Prescriptions, Founder and Clinical Director of TravelRx Vaccination Clinic, and a Clinical Instructor with the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, among other roles.

After graduating from the University of Toronto’s pharmacy program in 2012, Ajit joined his family business, Wilson Pharmacy, and focused on growing the pharmacy’s clinical services, initiating a partnership with the Coast Mental Health Medication Program, as well as launching a travel vaccination clinic that allows customers to book appointments online at travelrx.ca.

Since 2015, Ajit has been an instructor with UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where he has coordinated elective courses and co-lead therapeutic modules. Since 2019, Johal has been the Neurology and Psychiatry lead for the Flexible Doctor of Pharmacy Program at UBC.

Chris Waller
Chris Waller
Elected 2015-2021

Chris Waller joined the BCPhA Board of Directors in September 2015. He is the pharmacist/owner of Lakeside Medicine Centre Pharmacy in Kelowna.

Chris was born and raised in Kelowna and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1998.

He was brought up in the pharmacy industry and his father Ron Waller opened Lakeside Clinical Pharmacy (now called Lakeside Medicine Centre) in 1973. When he turned 16, Chris started working for his father doing deliveries, filling prescriptions and working in the home health-care department.

He enjoyed this work as it allowed him to interact with people and help solve their problems. Therefore, after some uncertainty during college, it seemed natural to return to the pharmacy industry. While Chris was a student he worked as an assistant at Lakeside Clinical Pharmacy and then later became a co-owner of the pharmacy with his father.

He is a registrant of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia and a member of the Professional Compounding Centers of America. Chris is particularly interested in the many aspects of compounding, HIV treatments and the new developments in Hepatitis C treatments.

A self-confessed fitness nut, he spends a lot of his spare time training for triathlons or marathons. As well as running and cycling, Chris also enjoys golf, downhill and cross country skiing and working in his garden.

Wheeler
Greg Wheeler
Elected 2021-2023

Greg Wheeler graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1998. Prior to moving to British Columbia from Guelph Ontario, Greg graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in BioChemistry.

Greg has been a pharmacy owner for over sixteen years. He previously owned Skaha Pharmacy in Penticton for ten years. Currently, he owns Oliver Pharmacy Remedy’s Rx, City Centre Pharmacy Remedy’s Rx and Rose Valley Pharmacy Remedy’s Rx located in Oliver, Penticton, and West Kelowna, respectively.