Excerpt from The Indispensable History of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences by Dean, Dr. Neal M. Davies.
Dr. K Wayne Hindmarsh (BSc Pharm, MSc, PhD 1970) was born in Grandview, Manitoba. He completed grades seven to twelve in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where he worked for Fysh Drugs. He then attended the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded his BSc in Pharmacy in 1964. He also received his master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1965. Upon graduation, he took a job as a hospital pharmacist at the University Hospital and was a Sessional Lecturer in medicinal chemistry. He married Lois Dies in 1966, and they had two children, Carla and Ryan, and received his PhD from the University of Alberta in 1970.
Dr. Hindmarsh began his career as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Toxicologist in Regina and then switched to academia, taking a job as an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. By 1974, he was an Associate Professor, and then became a Full Professor in 1979. He was promoted to Assistant Dean for five years, from 1987 to 1992, and then left Saskatchewan to become Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba from 1992 to 1998.
From 1998 to 2009, Dr. Hindmarsh served as Dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto — Canada’s largest Faculty of Pharmacy. Under his leadership, undergraduate enrolment doubled, the number of graduate students tripled, and full-time faculty grew two-fold. The introduction of the Continuous Professional Development and International Pharmacy Graduate programs was a great source of pride for both the Faculty and Dean Hindmarsh. He also directed a very successful building campaign, resulting in the construction of the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility.
An expert in clinical forensic toxicology, Dr. Hindmarsh has published extensively in the field of neonatal toxicology, drug-drug interactions, and the development of sensitive analytical techniques for the detection of drugs of abuse and substance abuse. He is a Member of the Drugs and Driving Committee funded by the Department of Justice, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He also served as President of PRIDE (Parent Resources Institute for Drug Education) Canada, a nationwide parents’ support group promoting drug awareness among youth from 1985 to 1995. He also developed two resource books: Drugs, What Your Kids Should Know and Too Cool for Drugs.
Dr. Hindmarsh was a member of many organizations and committees. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of AFPC in 1975 and 1976 as well as President in 1977. He has served as a Board Member of CPhA, President of AFPC and as Chair of PEBC. He is a past President of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science and in 1988 was named Pharmacist of the Year by the Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association for his efforts to curb drug abuse among young people. He has also led a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) project in the Caribbean to establish a regional examination along the lines of PEBC. He received the CPhA Meritorious Service Award in 1989, H. Ward Smith Award for Toxicology Research in 1990, and became a Fellow in the Canadian Society of Forensic Science in 1997. He served as President of AFPC from 1997 to 1998, as Chairman of the MRC Fellowship Committee, as a member of the Saskatchewan Health Research Board and the Manitoba Health Research Council, as well as on the Board of the Grace General Hospital as Vice Chairman.
Dr. Hindmarsh is also a past President of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy (AFPC) and the recipient of their Special Recognition Award in 2002. He received the CPhA Honourary Life Member in 2003. A long-time supporter of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, he was a member of the board for nine years, serving as its President in 2006. He also received the Douglas M. Lucas Award in recognition of excellence in Forensic Science. In 2007, Dr. Hindmarsh received a Centennial Pharmacist Award from the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA). This prestigious honour was awarded to 100 pharmacists who made significant contributions to leading and building CPhA and the profession of pharmacy in Canada over the past 100 years. The Canadian Foundation honoured him for Pharmacy as the 2009 Pillar of Pharmacy recipient.
To celebrate Dean Hindmarsh’s final year as Dean, funds raised at the annual golf tournament in 2008 were designated to establish the K. Wayne Hindmarsh Award of Excellence. Dr. Hindmarsh is now the Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).
At the 2019 White Coat and Awards Ceremony on September 19th, Dr. Hindmarsh was named the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Award by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta and gave the keynote address (pictured left).