Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Announces New Board Chair

TORONTO, July 14, 2017 /CNW/ - The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) announced that Jeff Leger, Executive Vice President, Pharmacy and Healthcare of Loblaw Companies Limited and Shoppers Drug Mart, is the new Chair of the Association for a two-year term. 

"I am very pleased to take on this leadership role and to work with the staff and members of Neighbourhood Pharmacies to deliver consistent and sustainable solutions for every sector in the broad pharmacy ecosystem.  Only by working in a truly united and collaborative way, can Neighbourhood Pharmacies members continue to deliver the most easily accessible and highest quality professional patient care services on which all Canadians rely," commented Jeff Leger

Justin J. Bates, Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Pharmacies added that "we look forward to working closely with Jeff as our Chair for the next two years.  With Jeff's vision and focus, we will continue building on the credible and trusted relationships with our stakeholders to influence and help shape healthcare policy at both provincial/territorial and federal levels."

Jeff Leger's term as Chair began at the Association's 2017 AGM, held on Friday, May 26, and continues through to the 2019 AGM.  Jeff follows Vivek Sood, Executive Vice President, Related Businesses of Sobeys Inc., who held the Chair position since 2014 and will be assuming the Past Chair position on Neighbourhood Pharmacies Board of Directors.

"On behalf of the staff at Neighbourhood Pharmacies, we want to express our sincere gratitude to Vivek for his leadership as Chair over the past three years in ensuring that the Association retained its leadership at the forefront of the Canadian pharmacy business environment," said Justin Bates

Vivek Sood said that "it has been an honour to serve as Chair of the Association, advocating on behalf of the business and the profession of pharmacy.  I look forward to serving on the Association's Board of Directors as Past Chair and to work together with Members in our joint effort to provide all Canadians with access to quality healthcare products and services."

About the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada:

The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada represents the business of pharmacy and advocates for Canada's leading pharmacy brands who deliver high value, quality care to Canadians in all models including chain, banner, long-term care, and specialty pharmacies as well as grocery chains and mass merchandisers with pharmacies.  Our focus is on improving the delivery of care environment for pharmacy, while fostering the right business conditions for business success.  By leveraging the over 10,000 points of care with pharmacies conveniently located in every neighbourhood across Canada, we aim to advance sustainable healthcare for all stakeholders.

SOURCE Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada

For further information: Justin J. Bates, Chief Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada,, 416-226-9100 x 4001


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