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43rd Annual CSHP Western Branches Banff Seminar 2017

March 17 - 19, 2017
Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta


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The 2017 Banff Seminar Planning Committee is excited to welcome you to the 43rd Annual CSHP Western Branches Banff Seminar, happening in beautiful Banff, Alberta on March 17th-19th, 2017!  

This year, we are thrilled to announce our theme: “Storytelling: Connecting Through Our Experiences”. By telling stories, we share our own unique experience and point of view with others. Stories can allow us to learn more meaningfully and to connect on a deeper level with each other and with our patients. Each year, our delegates come to Banff to learn and network.  What better way to learn than through a narrative? What better way to network than by sharing a story with a colleague? 

Once again, we are planning an event that boasts an excellent educational program, as well as providing time to relax and socialize with peers. We are very excited about our expert lineup of Storytellers that will inspire, challenge and enlighten all of us. Our Friday afternoon will feature our first ever Town Hall, engaging all delegates in discussing the future of clinical pharmacy training. Once the dust settles, get out your green clothes and join us in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! Our social events for Friday and Saturday evenings are always sure to generate some good stories – details are still being finalized, so be sure to check the website for updates! Our preliminary education schedule is now available online – we hope you will agree that we have a diverse line-up of stories to be told.

The Banff Seminar Planning Committee is a group of sixteen hard-working volunteers who work throughout the year to organize this conference. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of them for the time and effort they have committed towards planning the speakers, activities, and other logistics of this conference. 

Our committee would also like to give a huge thank you to our industry sponsors who provide us with funding to offset some of the conference expenses. Their sponsorship ensures that our registration fees remain affordable for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, students, and others to attend the conference. This year, we are also pleased to announce that we are seeking CCCEP accreditation for both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. 

Finally, and most importantly, we would like to thank all of you!  It is only with your ongoing support and attendance that this conference is possible. This year’s Banff Seminar will be packed with stories and sessions that will challenge your assumptions and expand your knowledge. I hope that you will join us in one of the most scenic places in the world for a weekend that will leave you rejuvenated and educated — perhaps with your own story to share!

Looking forward to sharing stories with all of you,

Ginny Cummings
Chair, 2017 CSHP Western Branches Banff Seminar Planning Committee

For further information, please contact Ginny Cummings by email, ginny.cummings@albertahealthservices.ca.


Keynote Speaker

Louis Hugo Francescutti, MD, PhD, MPH, FRCPC, FACP, FACPM, CCFP(PC), FRCP(Ire), FRCP(Edin), FRCP(Lon), FRCP(Glasg), ICD-D, CCPE, MSM

Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti received his combined Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta, then completed a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is currently an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. He is an Honorary Colonel of 1 Field Ambulance in Edmonton. As a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, he teaches graduate courses in leadership, advocacy, and public health. He has also published research on topics including emergency medicine, health promotion, and leadership. Dr. Francescutti has delivered over 1,750 presentations worldwide, and holds seven fellowships and four honorary fellowships from colleges around the world.

In 2005, Dr. Francescutti was selected as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by the Alberta Medical Association/College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and was also awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta. In 2011, he was selected by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people, and in 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. In 2016, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, and also was selected as the Concordia University of Montreal 2016 Alumni of the Year. He has served as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Canadian Medical Association. 

Friday Night Social

"St Patrick's Day:

Eat, drink, and be Irish! Come dressed in GREEN and celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Kinnear Centre 101. Appetizers and theme drinks will be served! Showcase your Irish knowledge and performance skills during our team games competition! Prizes will be award to games winners and best dressed. Bring your drinks ticket and come have a shamrockin' time!

Symposium Information

Friday Lunch 11:30-12:45

Sponsor Sanofi Genzyme
Topic Metabolic Disorders – A Primer for Hospital Pharmacists

Blair Seifert, BSP, RCSHP, Pharm.D., FCSHP
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator – Pediatrics
Saskatoon Health Region
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

RSVP Karen Redmann Karen.Redmann@genzyme.com

Friday Supper 17:15-18:30

Sponsor LeoPharma
Topic LMWH use in the Spectrum of Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis

Robert Bell B. Pharm., D.P.H.
Assistant Professor, CRHMR
Renal/Research Pharmacist - CISSS des Laurentides

RSVP Audrey Smycniuk audrey.smycniuk@leo-pharma.com

Saturday Breakfast 6:30-7:45

Sponsor Truven Health Analytics®, IBM Watson Health™
Topic Reducing Medication Errors with Evidence- Based Medicine to improve Patient Outcomes

Of key importance for advancing patient safety in healthcare institutions is the adoption into clinical practice of the evidence based systems, processes, and tools identified as preventing medication errors. All stages of the medication system play a role in preventing medication errors, from prescribing to administration and monitoring. Team members, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists play a key role within the medication system. This session will discuss the critical nature of advancing the safety of the medication system and incident prevention related to medication use.

Sue Alderson BScPhm, MBA, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy Services
Hamilton Health Sciences

RSVP This Symposium session is now full.

Saturday Lunch 13:15-14:30

Sponsor Pfizer
Topic New Developments in the treatment of Thrombosis

Dr. Cynthia Wu, MD. FRCP(C)
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, University of Alberta
Director, Cancer Association Thrombosis Clinic, Edmonton

RSVP Carrie Zimmerman carrie.zimmerman@pfizer.com

Sunday Breakfast 6:30-7:45

Hosted by Canadian Cardiovascular Pharmacists Network (CCPN) and CSHP Western Branches Banff Seminar
A Short History of Cardiovascular Medicine

Much of the focus of academic medicine is on the future development of medical technologies based on recent scientific discoveries.  However, just like following a map to a desired future destination, it is just as important to know where you have been in addition to knowing where you are going.

In this symposium Dr. Smith will take us on a journey spanning over 300 years following the evolution of cardiac care.  With a focus on coronary artery disease he will review the major ground breaking discoveries of the past which have resulted in most of the current procedures and treatments we use today.

Reginald E. Smith, Pharm.D. ACPR
Chairman, Canadian Cardiovascular Pharmacists Network
Clinical Specialist & Clinical Researcher,
Cardiac Services & Thrombosis Clinic
Royal Jubilee Hospital & Victoria Heart Insitute
Victoria, B.C

RSVP Please complete the registration form available online at https://goo.gl/forms/W5CMT7T3svtpYgUy1

Sunday Lunch 13:00-14:15

Sponsor Fresenius Kabi
Topic Drug Diversions ARE Occurring on YOUR Watch!

Drug diversion in the healthcare setting is well described in the literature, but how proactive are you in preventing unexpected loss of narcotics?  Are you prepared when you discover a diversion attempt?  Pharmacy staff have a critical role to play in preventing drug diversion.  Diversion of narcotics significantly impacts both patient, public and staff safety. Join this discussion to understand the role of the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician in preventing, detecting and responding to drug diversion in the hospital setting.

Speakers Eva Cohen, Director of Pharmacy at Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Quebec and Dean Boyer, Corporate Investigator, Alberta Health Services, Protective Services COE

RSVP Stephanie Kao stephanie.kao@fresenius-kabi.com


Major Benefactors




Accord Healthcare
BMS-Pfizer Alliance
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Canada
HLS Therapeutics
Lupin Pharma Canada
North West Company
Omega Labs
Taro Pharmaceuticals Inc
TEVA Canada
Valeant Canada LP
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Wolters Kluwer