February 2019 Harrison Hot Springs, BC

HPMS 2019

CSHP Harrison Pharmacy Management Seminar

A CSHP National Event

About event

The Harrison Pharmacy Conference was started in 1992 as a way for pharmacy practice leaders to meet, share ideas, and further improve their skills and knowledge. Nearly three decades later, the conference still attracts dozens of attendees to the beautiful and quaint town of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. Throughout the years, the Seminar has maintained its strong reputation for excellence through the provision of extraordinary education and networking opportunities for Canadian hospital pharmacy leaders.

All preparation, organization and final execution of the conference is the responsibility of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists; Together with a group of expert volunteers who devote their time and expertise, everyone involved works hard to make each annual event a success.The seminar begins with a half-day workshop on a broad topic which is of interest to managers and directors. The next day and a half is filled with speakers on topics relevant to current practice, and open discussion lead by representatives of major pharmacy groups.A special 'Dinner and Dance' is hosted in the hotel's 'Copper Room' on the last night of the conference. It is an excellent opportunity for all attendees to meet, mingle, share and learn about practice throughout Canada.


This year's workshop will be hosted by Roy Johnson on the topic of Implicit Bias

Compelling speakers, inspiring content

Our educational program is designed to meet the needs of pharmacy directors, managers, and leaders.


Meet the professionals

John Doe


MA, C. Med, Q. Arb

An accomplished author and speaker on conflict in the workplace, Roy will lead the keynote workshop on Implicit Bias

John Doe


Southlake Regional Health Centre

A pharmacist with almost three decades of experience, Carolyn will provide in depth updates on the Hospital Pharmacy in Canada survey.

Thanh Vu


Health Canada

Thanh will join us to speak on behalf of Health Canada with regards to Vanessa's Law, and what it means for hospitals.

Ray Jang


Distribution Coordinator, Surrey Memorial

Ray is the Distribution Coordinator at Surrey Memorial Hospital

 Bob Nakagawa


College of Pharmacists of BC

Bob received his pharmacy degree from UBC and completed a residency at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Bob has held numerous senior leadership positions in regional health authorities, hospitals, government, and the pharmacy profession. He is currently the Registrar of the College of Pharmacists of BC..

Patricia Gerber


Director, UBC

Patricia serves in several national and international scholarly roles in the areas of pedagogy, professionalism, and leadership. At the Faculty she is currently the Director of Degree Programs for Pharmacists, which include the Flexible PharmD Program and leading the development of the new Professional Master’s degree program for pharmacists.



Project Coordinator, LMPS

Tammy is a Project Coordinator with Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services encompassing the Fraser Health Authority, Providence Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Barbara Gobis


Director, UBC

Barbara is Director of the Pharmacists Clinic at the University of British Columbia. She is involved in the incorporation of clinical pharmacists.

Jon Acorn

Jon Acorn

Director, LMIPS

Jonathan has spent his career dedicated to healthcare protection. He is currently the Director of Operations with PHSA’s Integrated Protection Services program responsible for security and protection services for the Lower Mainland’s 4 Health Organizations encompassing over 500 facilities including acute, tertiary, Long Term Care and Community based programs.


Sgt. Joe Sorbara

Sergeant, Vancouver Poilce Department

Sergeant Joe Sorbara is in charge of the Vancouver Police Department Organized Crime Section-Drug Unit.
With over 20 years of policing experience Sergeant Sorbara has expertise in Drug/Covert Operations ranging from street level to international drug enforcement, Major Crime Investigations involving financial institutions, kidnappings, homicides, and investigations involving Professional Standards within Policing Organizations.


Ray Jang, Bob Nakagawa, Jon Acorn, Giuseppe Sorbara

Presentation Details

Carolyn Dittmar

British Columbia results of the CSHP Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Survey.

Tammy Coderre-Kells, Bob Nakagawa, Jon Acorn

Our esteemed panel delves into what has happened with legalization and how it affects hospital pharmacy management.

Barbara Gobis

Barbara comes from UBC to talk about the clinical pharmacists working in the clinic setting.

Bob Nakagawa, Richard Jones, Carolyn Dittmar

Updates from NAPRA, BC College of Pharmacists, Health Canada, Hospital Pharmacy in Canada Survey

Attendees departing today can check out from the hotel during this time and return for the final presentation.

Thanh Vu

Mandatory Reporting of Adverse Reactions for Hospitals – Your Role in Patient Safety

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Space is limited and fills up quickly

General Admission - Member
  • Hotel Accommodation
    (including parking & internet)
  • Hospitality Reception Event
  • Daily Breakfast and Lunch
  • Copper Room Dinner
  • Workshop and Seminars
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General Admission - Non-Member
  • Hotel Accommodation
    (including parking & internet)
  • Hospitality Reception Event
  • Daily Breakfast and Lunch
  • Copper Room Dinner
  • Workshop and Seminars
Register now

General sponsors

Without our valued sponsors, the Harrison Pharmacy Management Seminar would simply not be possible. Their unrestricted financial contributions are used to support the comprehensive educational program in addition to covering costs for the venue, refreshments and other conference expenses.


  • 101 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
  • support@harrisonconference.ca