• Ben Nemtin
  • Dr. Nese Yuksel
  • Teri Charrois
  • Dr. Joey Ton
  • Kirsten George-Phillips
  • Dr. Samantha Nutt
  • Marni Panas
  • Dr. Ross Tsuyuki


Ben Nemtin

Like typical college students, Ben Nemtin and his friends, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn craved more excitement than what their daily lives offered. Unlike typical college students, the foursome committed to expanding outside of the monotony and to achieving to-dos on their list of “100 things to do before you die”, including everything from riding a bull (#8) to hosting a cooking show (#42) to helping to deliver a baby (#74). Their quest also included helping a stranger with something on their list for every item the group accomplished. Since first venturing out in 2006 as The Buried Life, with a secondhand video camera and a rented RV, Nemtin and friends have inspired and helped people around the world to achieve their own goals.

What started out as a two week journey to see how many items they could check off their list has become a popular TV show (checked #53 off the list), a #1 New York Times bestselling book (took care of #19), and an inspiring movement that encourages individuals to realize their dreams and help others in the process.

A sought after speaker, Nemtin has inspired individuals at universities, businesses and events around the world, including Harvard Law School and various TEDx presentations (#67—make an important speech). Nemtin’s work has earned him honors including Prism Award and Do Something Award nominations.

Along with a sold-out national book tour and appearances on top-rated programs, including the Today show, Nemtin and The Buried Life were invited to the White House in 2015, in acknowledgement of their efforts in helping others.

With lessons learned from achieving his own goals and helping others with theirs, Nemtin delivers perspective that inspires audiences to dream big, accomplish their objectives and identify creative strategies to help others

Dr. Nese Yuksel

Dr. Yuksel is currently a Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta. Additionally, she holds a cross-appointment with Alberta Health Services and practices in the Menopause Clinics at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Her research goals include bridging her interests in women’s health, osteoporosis and practice-
based research to develop innovative techniques to enhance patient care. Dr Yuksel is a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), a consultant with the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada, and on the Board of Directors for SIGMA Canadian Menopause Society. She was the CPhA Canadian Pharmacist of the Year in 2016.

Presentation Summary:

Pharmacists are in an ideal position to support women with their reproductive health needs. A wide range of hormonal contraceptive options is now available to suit a woman’s individual needs and preferences. This session will highlight the continuum of reproductive health options now available in Canada.  Current trends include the use of highly effective long acting reversible contraception as a first line contraceptive option. Clinical pearls in managing hormonal contraceptives, as well. As practical counseling strategies to promote contraceptive continuation and adherence will be presented. The pharmacist’s expanding role in improving contraceptive access will be discussed.

Teri Charrois

Teri, a University of Alberta grad, decided in 2010 to combine her love of travel with her interest in teaching. This meant a move to Perth, Western Australia, the most remote capital city in the world. After being a life-long prairie girl, Teri attempted, rather unsuccessfully, to become a beach bum. Those 4 years in Australia opened her eyes to pharmacy practice and education, and how lucky she was to be a pharmacist in Canada. Now back home in Alberta, and happy to be teaching once again at the UofA, Teri brings some international insight to her teaching philosophy, with a love of all things sunny and sandy.

Presentation Summary:

Teri will talk about pharmacy education from the Australian perspective. She will compare and contrast the teaching practices and programs in Canada and Australia. In addition, Teri will discuss the research she has done comparing what these differences and similarities mean to students.

Dr. Joey Ton

Joey Ton obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and his Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta. Currently, he works with Dr. Mike Allan at the University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. This role focuses on developing and providing continuing education materials for family physicians of Alberta. Some of the projects he has been involved with include the Tools for Practice distributed by the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Best Science Podcast, and an academic detailing program for Alberta. In addition to this position, Joey continues to practice in a community setting on the weekends..

Presentation Summary:

Trials of 2017: Some New, Some True, and Some Poo: Review of some recent research of this past year and speak to whether they should apply to practice or if they should be ignored. Materials were developed by and alongside Dr. Mike Allan (Tools for Practice and BS Podcast) and the PEER group.

Joey’s focus on evidence based medicine will lead to his talk on recent trials where he will focus on some interesting trials of 2017 and speak about the criticisms and take-away points. The big focus is on the practical aspects of the trials and he will make sure that the students come out, only semi-confused.


Kirsten is a clinical pharmacist at the University of Alberta Hospital where she manages medication therapy for ambulatory patients in the Stroke Prevention Clinic. Kirsten also works as a Clinical Practice Leader for Alberta Health Services, where she supports pharmacists and encourages them to optimize the care they provide patients by working to their full scope of practice. She has also served as an instructor and facilitator with the University of Alberta Practice Development’s Anticoagulation, Lab Values modules, and Clinical Decision Making Modules, and lectures at the Faculty of Pharmacy in the undergraduate and Pharm D programs.

Presentation Summary:

Regardless of our area of practice, decisions we make as pharmacists will affect our patients’ future risk of stroke related morbidity. Antithrombotic therapy in secondary stroke prevention has become more complex with debates over “Dual or Single Antiplatelet,” “Antiplatelet or DOAC?” and “DOAC/Warfarin and Antiplatelet?”

Secondary prevention decisions may be affected by new recanalization options and expanded efforts in AF detection.

This session will present current debates in secondary stroke prevention and review the evidence to assist you when making decisions regarding related therapy.

Dr. Samantha Nutt

Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker.  A medical doctor and the founder of the renowned international humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.  A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena and is amongst the most sought-after public speakers in North America.  With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited hundreds of thousands of war-affected children globally.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets.  She is a regular foreign affairs panellist on the acclaimed news program, CBC TV NEWS “The National” with Peter Mansbridge.   Nutt’s written work has been published by The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Reuters, The Ottawa Citizen and The Huffington Post, among many others, and she has appeared in Time Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine , More Magazine and on CTV National News, Global TV News,  NBC Nightly News and BBC World News Service, to name just a few. In November 2015, Dr. Nutt spoke at the Ted Talks Live event on Broadway in New York City.

Marni Panas

Marni Panas is a Senior Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, Alberta Health Services with a focus on creating safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for staff, physicians, patients, families and volunteers. She has been invited to share her experiences and expertise in Patient & Family Centred Care, bereavement and inclusive health for LGBTQ patients and their families locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently she provided testimony as a witness to the Canadian Senate in their deliberations on Bill C16 (An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code). Marni is also a transgender woman who has been very transparent throughout her journey in hopes of fostering acceptance through education and respectful dialogue.

Presentation Summary:

We will explore how to better work with, support and advocate for patients, family, friends and colleagues who identify as sexual or gender diverse (LGBTQ). Participants will hear personal experiences and stories, learn terminology, and discuss what we can do to improve the experience for this often marginalized and vulnerable population.

  • Understand the lived and learned realities of sexual and gender minority (LGBTQ) people
  • Breaking down the myths and misunderstandings about transgender people
  • Skills in creating a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for people of a sexual or gender minority.
  • Skills in communicating with and about LGBTQ people in a way that is respectful and meaningful

Dr. Ross Tsuyuki

Dr. Tsuyuki is currently a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Director of the Epidemiology Coordinating and Research  (EPICORE) Centre (a health research coordinating centre). He is also an honorary Professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Tsuyuki has received several awards for teaching and mentorship, as well as appointment as a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and the American College of Cardiology. In 2005, he was recognized as the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year by the Canadian Pharmacists Association .

His interests include: improving public health through engaging community pharmacists as primary care providers (interventional pharmacy practice research). He is also very involved in the provision of support for other researchers and training the next generation of health researchers.

Presentation Summary:

Pharmacy is about patient care, and with a broader scope of practice, there is more we can do for our patients. Alberta has the broadest scope of practice in the world, and our research group has been conducting pharmacy practice research studies to provide evidence for that advanced scope of practice.

In this presentation, Dr. Tsuyuki will present evidence for pharmacist prescribing and care in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and cardiovascular risk reduction. In addition, he will present a compelling economic model for hypertension which shows that pharmacist prescribing is not only better than usual care, but will also save money for our healthcare system (but only if we actually do it!).