Ron Pohar Class of '95

Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy
2016 Outstanding Pharmacy Alumnus Awardee


Since graduating from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences more than 20 years ago, Ron has practised as a clinical pharmacist in Edmonton's inner city specializing in the areas of addictions, smoking cessation and mental health. His commitment to helping the marginalized, underserviced and undercared for populations has helped him make significant contributions to patient care and well being.


His work as an educator is impressive - he is one of a handful of champions for tobacco control in the field of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. He believes that pharmacists can play a major role in helping Canadians quit smoking. Ron provided the vision and led the development of a national program, CATALYST - Call to Action on Tobacco Reduction, a Model for the Busy Pharmacist - to educate thousands of pharmacists on smoking cessation counselling.


He also led the design and implementation of all pharmacotherapy resources and supports for the Alberta Health Services Tobacco Reduction Program.

Ron has received several provincial and national awards over his career including the Pharmacy Practice's Commitment to Care Award for Health promotion twice (2002, 2012), the Alberta Pharmacists Association Pharmacy Profile Award (2005) and Volunteer Spirit Award (2005) and the Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction Award (2011) among others.