2019 Isabel E. Stauffer Meritorious Service Award Recipient

Diane Brideau-Laughlin, BSc(Pharm), MSc(HTA), FCSHP
Moncton, New Brunswick

Award sponsored by Fresenius Kabi Canada Ltd.

Diane graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University, in 1978 and a Maîtrise en évaluation des technologies de la santé (Master of Science in Health Technology Assessment) from Université de Montréal in 2014. Most of her career has been spent in New Brunswick, where she worked as the Drug Information/Drug Use Evaluation Pharmacist at The Moncton Hospital and later as Regional Lead for HTA for Horizon Health Network. More recently, she was Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Palliative Care, and she currently works with the pharmacist team in the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic at The Moncton Hospital.

Diane’s involvement in pharmacy-related committees and organizations was a direct result of her attending an annual general meeting of the CSHP in Winnipeg back in the late 1980s. There, she discovered like-minded individuals who, regardless of their workplace, were faced with similar issues and who challenged her to participate in practice-changing action. It was the beginning of an amazing journey for which she will always be grateful.

Throughout her career, Diane has acted as a preceptor to pharmacy learners in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and as an educator for her pharmacy peers, as well as nurses, physicians, and medical residents. She has been involved in numerous hospital committees and has chaired, among others, the Research Ethics Board, the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and most recently the Regional Medically Assisted Dying Steering Committee.

Named a Fellow of the CSHP in 2015, Diane has held leadership positions at the Branch and National levels of the organization, including Branch President (two terms), delegate to the National Board, and Chair or member of various National and Branch committees and tasks forces. She has been active on many CSHP-related committees since 1991, and just recently stepped down from the Pharmacy Practice Publications Steering Committee. Diane is a past-president of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, the New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society (now the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists), and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities and is former chair of Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Committee on the Vigilance of Health Products. She is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Award of the New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society and the Gordon Kane Meritorious Service Award of the CSHP New Brunswick Branch.

Diane is winding down her career and, with retirement at hand, is shifting from work-related to leisure-related activities such as singing, reading, paddling a canoe, and trail hiking with her family’s springer spaniel, Sasha. She and husband Tom live in Moncton and are the proud parents of three and grandparents of four.