Pharmacy: A Trusted Profession

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed? 

Presented by: Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA), The Pharmacy Alumni Association, and The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 

November 19th, 2020 from 7:00pm - 8:15pm on Zoom.

Register now for this interactive panel discussion moderated by APSA's Scott Dyer featuring alumni Kelly LaForge (BSc. Pharm 1988), Dimitri Kachenyuk (PharmD 2018), Eleanor Olszewski (LLB 1981, BSc. Pharm 1977) and Naila (Allidina) Lalani (BSc Pharm 2004). Each of the speakers will have the chance to share their unique perspective on what we do well as a profession, how we can continue to build trust in the community, strategies for the future, and more. This event is open to both members and non-members of RxA, students, and anyone from our pharmacy community that's interested in attending. 


Kelly LaForge is a graduate from the University of Alberta and has been practicing since 1988. She has worked in a variety of retails settings, including both corporate and independent pharmacy in Alberta. She is the former Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Shoppers Drug Mart where she worked collaboratively with professional practice to provide programs to enhance patient care. She also supported Associate owners with change management and the deployment of a new software system. Kelly is currently the Associate Owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart in Callingwood, and she is proud to serve on the steering committee for the Lois Hole Hospital Women's Society.

Dimitri Kachenyuk graduated from the University of Alberta’s PharmD program, class of 2018. Since graduating, he has had the chance to practice as a clinical pharmacist at Mint Health + Drugs: CMP. His pharmacy is in the heart of the inner city, serving primarily vulnerable populations with multiple medical and socioeconomic issues. As part of his daily practice, Dimitri manages the care of clients with various addiction and substance use issues, mental health disorders, HIV, Hepatitis, and other chronic illnesses. His practice is based roughly half in the dispensary, and half as an outreach clinical pharmacist at several inner-city facilities and projects. His special interests lie in management of addictions and substance use, mental health, and treatment of Hepatitis C. Dimitri is currently actively assessing and starting treatment for clients with chronic Hepatitis C.

Eleanor Olszewski QC graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta (With Distinction) in 1977.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from the U of A in 1981 and practiced in Edmonton as a civil litigator. She was a sessional lecturer for the Faculty of Pharmacy at the U of A, teaching negligence law to second year students. She has been a speaker at hospital pharmacy conventions and for RxA. Her legal practice included defending pharmacists in both civil lawsuits and Alberta College of Pharmacy disciplinary matters. Eleanor is an active volunteer and community member and ran as a federal candidate in the 2015 and 2019 elections.


Naila (Allidina) Lalani is a pharmacist and a mom of three busy kids. She graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Pharmacy in 2004 and started her career as a pharmacist working with a grocery chain before moving to an inner city independent pharmacy in 2007. At the inner city pharmacy, Naila had the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams on a daily basis, helping to improve the health of patients that lived in shelters and assisted living facilities. In 2009, she was honoured to win the Future of Pharmacy Award for her work, as well as for her volunteer leadership roles within the community. In 2014, she decided to move into a new role in pharmacy, working with a pharmaceutical company in medical sales. Naila enjoys working with pharmacists and physicians in her role to help improve patient care through different programs, projects, publishing papers, education sessions and discussions on new and improved medication available for patients. She still continues her role in different external voluntary leadership roles with chronic disease management and helping bring awareness to poverty in developing countries.


Scott Dyer is a 4th year Pharmacy Student who is the Past President of the Alberta Pharmacy Students Association.  He is currently out on his 4th year rotations and working on developing himself inside of the pharmacy and figuring out what niche of the profession suits him the best.  He is doing this while also trying to balance social distancing and being active outdoors outside of the pharmacy.  He was honored to be the student board member for the RxA and has gained immense appreciation for the organization throughout his time there.  He believes good communication is an incredibly important part of the profession and feels excited to be included in this upcoming webinar.