Together 2023: Get to know our keynote speakers!

February 28, 2023
This year, Together: Canada’s Largest Hospital Pharmacy Conference is lucky to be bringing four incredible keynote speakers to Together attendees both live in Banff and virtually from coast-to-coast!
Hear these leaders in pharmacy, medicine and social betterment by registering today.

Dr. Paul Walker

International Keynote - Making a Difference Together / March 10, 2023
Paul C. Walker, PharmD, FASHP, FMPA is Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and Community Engagement, College of Pharmacy, and Manager, Department of Pharmacy, Michigan Medicine, at the University of Michigan. He previously served in clinical practice and pharmacy leadership roles at the Detroit Medical Center, the Lafayette Clinic, and Henry Ford Health System, and held faculty appointments at Wayne State University. Walker received his BS in Pharmacy and PharmD from Wayne State University. He completed an ASHP‐ accredited residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and specialty residency in pediatric pharmacy practice at the University of Tennessee and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, Memphis, TN. He served a three‐year term on the American Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (ASHP) Board of Directors and was recently elected as President‐elect of the organization. His ASHP service includes Chair, Committee on Nominations; Commission on Affiliate Relations; ASHP Foundation Donor Retention Subcommittee; and Michigan Delegate to the House of Delegates. He recently served as Chair of and Board Liaison to the ASHP Task Force on Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Walker has served in leadership positions in the Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA), and Michigan Society of Health‐System Pharmacists (MSHP). He received several awards from MSHP, including the 2008 MSHP Professional Practice Award, the 2010 MSHP Pharmacist of the Year Award, the 2017 MSHP Joseph A. Odis Leadership Award, and the 2022 MPA Pharmacist of the Year Award. He has been inducted into the MPA Hall of Honor and is recognized as a Fellow of both ASHP and MPA. His interests include pharmacy practice model development; assessment of the impact of pharmacists on patient outcomes; transitions of care; pediatric pharmacotherapy; experiential education and interprofessional education. He has authored numerous peer‐reviewed articles and book chapters, with publications appearing in American Journal of Health System Pharmacy, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, and Archives of Internal Medicine, Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning and other journals. He is passionate about advancing pharmacy practice by innovating pharmacist services, evaluating pharmacists’ impact on patient care, and especially by integrating student pharmacists into practice models and interprofessional teams through work in experiential education.

Learn more about his keynote, sponsored by Sandoz,  here

Will Flanary (Dr. Glaucomflecken)

Celebrity Keynote - Wife or Death / March 11, 2023
Will Flanary is an ophthalmologist and part time comedian who moonlights in his free time as “Dr. Glaucomflecken,” a social media personality who creates medical-themed comedy shorts to an audience of over 3 million across social media. His humor has been shaped by the tribulations of med school and residency, but also by his experiences as a patient. Will is a 2-time testicular cancer survivor as well as a survivor of cardiac arrest, saved by his intrepid wife and her timely CPR. Initially used as a creative outlet to cope with these health challenges, Will’s comedy has evolved over time to incorporate biting satire of the US health care system, academic publishing, and interpersonal conflicts pervasive in the medical system. He is a frequent keynote speaker who encourages medical audiences to embrace humor in every day life.

Learn more about his keynote, sponsored by Apotex, here

Dr. Fiona Miller

Insight Keynote - Towards a Sustainable Healthcare System: A Call to Action for Pharmacy Professionals / March 11, 2023
Dr. Fiona Miller is a professor of Health Policy & Chair in Health Management Strategies & Founder and Director of the Centre of Sustainable Health Systems atthe University of Toronto - Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her research focuses on improving environmental and social sustainability of health systems via research, practice change, and policy development. As a policy scholar, she brings a political sociology perspective to analyzing technological innovation and sustainability transitions. Fiona is a leader in developing educational and research initiatives in collaboration with health sector partners to build sustainable health systems.
Learn more about her keynote, sponsored by HealthPRO, here

Amanda Jetté Knox

Grand Finale Keynote - Care and Compassion: Helping Transgender People Thrive in Healthcare and Beyond / March 12, 2023
Amanda Jetté Knox (they/them) is a National Bestselling Author, Award-winning Writer, Human Rights Advocate, and sought-after keynote speaker.  Amanda is the author of Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family, a Globe and Mail and Toronto Star bestseller. On the speaking platform, they share their family’s story about the power of acceptance, understanding, vulnerability and unconditional love, in the hopes of normalizing the existence of 2SLGBTQ+ families. As a mental health advocate, Amanda also brings to life the necessity of facing mental illness without stigma. Having confronted a series of personal challenges and a major mental health crisis, which required hospital treatment and weeks of intense trauma therapy, Amanda is no stranger to cultivating resilience during times of major upheaval. Several national and international media outlets, including CBC, CTV’s The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show, Chatelaine, O Magazine and Upworthy, have featured Amanda’s work. Amanda has shared their message all over the country, from working with the UN Human Rights Campaign in Montreal, Quebec, to addressing corporate, university/college students, educators, and government audiences. Amanda is honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the 2021 Order of Ottawa for their advocacy of transgender, gender-creative, and non-binary youth and their work helping others with mental health issues.
Learn more about their keynote, sponsored by Fresenius Kabi, here