Issue 2, October 2019 | View Online
This newsletter is designed for our alumni to announce events, programming, and
opportunities to get involved with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC.




I am delighted to share that our alumni continue to engage with us through a plethora of alumni initiatives – speaking engagements, reunions, and award programs – just to name a few.


Mona Kwong, BSc(Pharm)’97, MSc’02 and Ryan Kullar, BSc(Pharm)’06 spoke to students at this year’s Career Avenues event,  geared towards first through fourth year students to help them explore and navigate a career as a pharmacist. The alumni presentations along with their career trajectories were both inspiring and informative for current students. This successful event was organized by alumnus and faculty member, Tony Seet, BSc(Pharm)’99.


From left: Tony Seet, Mona Kwong, Ryan Kullar and Katie Bishop (CAPSI)


This month the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences presented Dr. Linda Hensman, BSc(Pharm)’74  with the alumni UBC Alumni Builder Award at the Faculty’s White Coat Ceremony on October 17. Dr. Hensman was recognized for her distinguished leadership and contributions to the Faculty. You can read more about her in this issue’s Alumni Profile section.


Also, a well-deserved thank you to all alumni volunteers who participated in this year’s White Coast Ceremony: 

  • Alan Bass, BSc(Pharm)’76
  • Nicole Bruchet, BSc’02, BSc(Pharm)’07, PharmD’10
  • Michelle Fischer, BSc’86
  • Dr. Ahmad Ghahary, BSc(Pharm)’08
  • Dr. Linda Hensman, BSc(Pharm)’74
  • Marianna Leung, BSc(Pharm)’84
  • Kalvin Liu, BSc(Pharm)’15
  • Nancy Ly, BSc(Pharm)’98
  • Bob Mehr-Rahimi, BSc(Pharm)’95
  • David Pavan, BSc(Pharm)’92
  • Shawn Sandhu, BSc’87
  • Tony Seet, BSc(Pharm)’99
  • Chris Waller, BSc(Pharm)’98
  • Bryce Wong, BSc(Pharm)’06

The nominations for the Alumni Agent of Change Award are now closed, please stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 recipient. As always, if you would like to get involved as a volunteer or plan a class reunion, please contact me any time by email at


Warm wishes,


Shina Boparai, MA

Alumni Relations Manager


Top image: 2019 White Coat Ceremony. Photo by Justin Lee Ohata, UBC Pharm Sci.



Alumni profile: Linda Hensman



"To see the accomplishments of students during their educational journey and during their careers was and remains very rewarding. I still follow them and love to hear of their achievements and see them getting recognition. Many have influenced practice on a provincial, national and international level. Truly meaningful for me and another dream position."

- Dr. Linda Hensman, BSc(Pharm)’74
2019 Alumni Builder Award recipient



Upcoming events


alumNIGHTS: Bowling with Santa – in Toronto
Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Toronto, ON | Learn more and register


alumni UBC 2019 Achievement Awards
Thursday November 21, 2019 | Learn more and register


UBC CPPD 31st Annual Pharmacy Alumni Update Conference 2020
Save the Date | Saturday March 7, 2020



How donors are supporting crucial vaccine research

When thinking of research on vaccines, you might picture a large pharmaceutical lab running exhaustive clinical trials. But that would only be part of the story. For Nirma Vadlamudi, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC, there is research outside the lab that is just as crucial to understanding the real-world effectiveness of a vaccine on the population. Read more 


In case you missed it: It's a Wrap! 70 Years of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy


From left: Christine Lee, BSc(Pharm)’75, Derek Lee BSc(Pharm)’91, Bob Nakagawa BSc(Pharm)’80


Last issue we provided a recap of our wrap party for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program. Thank you once again to all who attended the event on September 14, 2019.

Reminder: alumni UBC Book Club

The alumni UBC Book Club was recently launched. In this online community, alumni can connect with each other and enjoy books on career development, lifelong learning, and other topics chosen by participants. There is no cost to participate – you just have to pick up a copy of the book to enjoy. Read more



From the archives



The PhUS Council from 1980–1981. If your class would like to plan a reunion, please email or call 604-827-1411.  




Continuing education and career development


Please visit the UBC Continuing Pharmacy Professional Development (CPPD) website for accredited learning programs. Browse all programs and register for upcoming Live Programs as well as Online Programs that will update and enhance your knowledge and skills.


Webinar – Managing Your Energy at Work: Simple habits for better productivity and creativity | Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Energy, in a human context, is your capacity to do work, play and be creative. It’s the foundation of our ability to perform at our best. In this webinar, you’ll uncover what is draining your energy, and how you can create simple habits to restore and protect it. You’ll learn how to design deliberate practices. Read more


Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Patient-Oriented Research in Health Economics | Read more

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Pharmacogenomics, Bioinformatics, and Clinical Pharmacology with a Focus on Adverse Drug Reactions to Cancer Treatment | Read more

Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) Position in Targeted Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine | Read more

Tenure-Track Faculty Position - Greg Moore Professorship in Clinical and Community Cardiovascular Pharmacy | Read more

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Science for Neurological Diseases | Read more

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Economic Evaluation of Precision Medicine for Genetic Disease | Read more

Part-Time Pharmacist Facilitator | Read more

Lecturer in Pharmacokinetics, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences | Read more


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