2018 Honorary Member

Mitsuho (Mits) Miyata

Testimonial from Mits Miyata, 2018 Honorary Member

Mits Miyata graduated in 1981 from The University of British Columbia (UBC) with a Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy), and completed a hospital pharmacy residency in 1982. After a few weeks of relief work in the Northwest Territories, he joined the pharmacy team at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, as a clinical pharmacist. In the ensuing years, he engaged in progressively more advanced leadership roles, first as a clinical team leader, then as a clinical supervisor and dispensary coordinator. During this period, he became a key clinical resource on the topics of pharmacokinetics, HIV care, and injection drug use; was actively involved in the BC residency program and the UBC teaching program; and was a preceptor (internal medicine) during the inaugural years of the UBC Doctor of Pharmacy Program. In 2001, he accepted a role as a Regional Clinical Pharmacy Manager (and later as a Director) with the Fraser Health Authority, where he launched an innovative, large-scale pharmacist home visit program and integrated clinical pharmacists into key roles in community outpatient care.

Outside the work setting, Mits immersed himself in numerous activities on several fronts to help advance the pharmacy profession. During his 7 years on the Drug Benefit Council with the BC government’s Ministry of Health, he contributed evidence-based advice about appropriate medications to be included in the provincial PharmaCare program. As Chair of the Board of Examiners of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, he facilitated the transition from panel exams to a more stringent Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) format. While serving on the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, he became deeply involved in the development of a national examination process that included an OSCE component, which in turn enabled mutual recognition of a pharmacist’s qualifications across Canada, as facilitated by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities. During his time as Chair of the CSHP Advocacy Committee, Mits tirelessly pursued more effective ways to advocate the benefits of the profession, work that has led to strategies, tools, and processes that will help to facilitate advocacy efforts in public, health leadership, government, and interprofessional forums. 

Mits’s many achievements have been recognized through several prestigious awards at the local, provincial, and national levels, including the Fraser Health “Above and Beyond” Lifetime Achievement Award (2017) and the BC Health Care Gold Apple Award (2018). He is both honoured and deeply humbled to now be recognized by his peers as an Honorary Member of the CSHP.