TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University
of Toronto announced today a $1 million donation from Walmart Canada to
create the Walmart Canada International Pharmacy Education Centre. This
Centre includes a one hundred seat classroom and student break-out
areas equipped with state of the art video-conferencing and audio
visual equipment designed to enhance and expand the International
Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program.
The IPG program is a university-based bridging program that provides
internationally-educated pharmacists with the knowledge and skills
necessary to meet Canadian pharmacy practice standards and licensing
requirements. Since 2000, close to 800 students have completed the IPG
program, which has established itself as a model in bridging education.
Offered twice a year with enrolment of over 75 students in each intake,
this commitment from Walmart Canada will facilitate an anticipated 30
per cent increase in enrolment over the next several years. This
increase will make a significant difference in meeting the growing
demand in Canada for qualified pharmacists.
"Walmart Canada's generous donation provides the funding and physical
infrastructure to increase enrolment, augment program offerings, and
enhance the overall learning experience," noted Dr. Henry Mann, dean of
the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. "The Centre will provide students
with a designated space to study, attend classes, and interact with
faculty, staff and pharmacy practitioners, so they can develop the
skills and support networks necessary to succeed in Canadian pharmacy
"Canadians are increasingly turning to Walmart for healthcare solutions,
and our pharmacists play an integral role in delivering these
services," said Eric Muir, senior vice-president, Health and Wellness
for Walmart Canada. "Through the establishment of the Walmart Canada
International Pharmacy Education Centre, together with the University
of Toronto we are investing in the future of healthcare to ensure
Canadians have access to pharmacists that meet the highest standards.
International pharmacist graduates continue to be an important part of
providing healthcare services to Canadians representing up to 30 per
cent of practicing pharmacists." Muir also stated that "Walmart will
continue to provide programs supporting our Canadian pharmacist
students and are proud to have this opportunity to also support
international graduates in Canada."
"Pharmacists are important and valued members of the health care team
because they provide excellent services for people," said the
Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"The Walmart Canada International Pharmacy Education Centre at the
University of Toronto will help provide international students the
education necessary to practice in a patient-centred environment. This
is good news for all Ontario."
About the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto is
Canada's largest faculty of pharmacy, an internationally recognized
leader in pharmacy education and pre-eminent centre for innovation and
discovery in pharmaceutical sciences. For further information about the
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, please contact Jef Ekins, Manager,
Marketing and Communications, at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-946-7036.
About the International Pharmacy Graduate Program
The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program at the Leslie Dan
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, is a best-practices
bridging program that provides internationally educated pharmacists
with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet entry-to-practice
requirements for licensure in Ontario and facilitates enculturation to
pharmacy practice in Canada. For further information about the IPG
program, please visit www.ipgcanada.ca.
About Walmart Canada
Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga Ontario, Walmart
Canada operates 325 stores and serves more than one million customers
each day. Walmart is Canada's third-largest employer with 85,000
associates, and is recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as having one
of Canada's top 10 corporate cultures. Since 1994, Walmart raised and
donated over $125 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit
SOURCE WAL-MART CANADA CORP.
For further information:
on Walmart Canada and today's announcement, please contact: Susan Schutta, Walmart Canada, 905-821-2111, x78012