CSHP Executive Mentorship Program

Arden Barry: The 2016-2017 CSHP Executive Mentee


Dr. Arden Barry completed his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia in 2006, his accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency with Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Health Care in 2008, and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia in 2010. He went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacotherapeutics from the Division of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, at the University of Alberta in 2012.

He is currently a Clinical Pharmacy and Research Specialist in the Primary Care Clinic at the Chilliwack General Hospital in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He is an Assistant Professor (Partner) with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Associate Member of the Department of Family Medicine with the Faculty of Medicine, both at the University of British Columbia. As well, he is the member representing community hospitals on the Board of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.

He continues to be an active member of CSHP. He was the CSHP 2015 Alberta Branch Champion from 2011-12 and Alberta Branch Presidential Officer for the Vision Portfolio from 2012-15. He is currently a member of the CSHP Western Branches Banff Seminar Planning Committee, and was recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the CSHP Excellence in Hospital Pharmacy program.


In March 2012, at the National Midterm Board Meetings, a recommendation from the Nominating Committee was approved to launch the CSHP Executive Mentorship Program.  It was felt a mentorship program would be beneficial to any member of the Society to be better skilled and knowledgeable about the Society in their pursuit of Executive leadership. The Program has been reinstated for the 2016-2017 year.

Who Can Participate in the Program?

Any active member of CSHP is eligible to apply.

Mentee Qualifications

  • Be a member of CSHP.
  • Have support from your employer to undertake this mentorship.
  • Have at least 5 years’ experience in hospital or related healthcare setting practice.
  • Have attended and/or participated in organizing CSHP events.
  • Have experience on Branch and/or National committees or task forces.

Description of the Executive Mentorship Program

The CSHP Executive Mentorship year begins at the AGM meeting (typically held in September or October) and finishes at the following AGM meeting.  Prior to the first meeting, it is expected that the Mentor and Mentee will have initiated preliminary discussions about the program and expectations.

The Mentorship program will pair a CSHP member (the Mentee) with the Past President (the Mentor), for a one year period.  The Mentee will fully participate in all Executive teleconferences and be included in the Executive e-mail distribution group as a means to expose this individual to the executive role and to the scope of current issues. 

Throughout the mentorship year, the Mentee and Mentor will be in regular contact to:

  • ensure that goals and objectives of the mentorship are being achieved
  • ensure that the project is on track for completion
  • augment the learning process with regular communication specific to the role.

The Mentee is required to comply with the CSHP Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality policies and is expected to demonstrate a high level of engagement and commitment throughout the year.  At the end of the mentorship year, the Mentee is required to submit a report to CSHP Board on the experience and complete an evaluation of the program as a means to ensure continuous quality improvement of the program experience.

CSHP Support

CSHP will pay for, or reimburse, costs associated with one of the venues targeted for the Mentor-Mentee meeting. The preferred meeting is the one which will provide the mentee with a broad range of the many activities of the executive role, which may include meetings of the Executive, Issues Day, Board meetings, Annual General Meeting, Branch Presidents meeting, Host Branch meeting, sponsor meetings and several Joint-Officer meetings. The Mentee’s participation in regularly scheduled CSHP Executive teleconferences will be conducted at no cost through use of a toll-free number.

Goals, Objectives, and Activities

Refer to Goals, Objectives and Activities document for further details.

Expectations after Completion of the Mentorship

While it is hoped that Mentee who successfully completes this program will consider becoming a CSHP Executive Officer at a later date, participation in the program does not guarantee in any way that the Mentee will assume the Executive portfolio in which they are being mentored, or assume another Executive Officer role. After the mentoring process is completed, the Mentee may choose to subsequently apply for an Executive Officer role or Branch leadership role. It is anticipated that the learning’s associated with the mentorship will serve to benefit CSHP well in the future.

Which Executive Officer will Serve as the Mentor for 2016-2017?

There is one mentee position for 2016-2017.

Glen Pearson is the Past President in 2016-2017 with the External Liaison Portfolio, will serve as Arden's mentor.

If you have any questions about this Program, please contact Rosemary Pantalone, rpantalone@cshp.ca.