TORONTO — The Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada on Thursday honored John Tse, a London Drug executive who has been involved in Canada’s retail pharmacy industry for more than 25 years, as the 2017 recipient of the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award.
The award will be presented at the Chairman’s Dinner during the Pharmacy, Health and Beauty EXPO 2017.
Tse’s pharmacy career started as a pharmacy technician. He has practiced as a staff pharmacist in a retail setting in a chain pharmacy as well as an independent local community drug store. In addition to his retail pharmacy experience, he has also practiced and provided oversight in institutional settings serving long-term care homes.
In addition to the above roles, Tse has served as a pharmacy manager, pharmacy operations manager, pharmacy buyer, and his most recent role, VP pharmacy and cosmetics for London Drugs.
Tse’s commitment to the education and training of pharmacists has been evident throughout his career, NPAC stated. To that end, he has been involved with preceptorship/internship for upcoming pharmacy and commerce graduates, has been a guest lecturer at UBC and an active member on many BC College of Pharmacists committees, Chain Drug Association of BC, Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and Cedar Cottage Association. Tse was on the board of directors for London Drugs from 1998-2017, and on the board of Rx Canada for 18 years. He has also served on the boards of Neighbourhood Pharmacies, BCPhA, and Canadian Liver Foundation.
“His diverse experience in all aspects of the pharmacy business throughout Canada and in other related industries have enabled him to have a deep appreciation for the needs of the profession as well as the needs of the business of pharmacy,” NPAC stated. “His innovative approach and ability to form strategic partnerships between government and industry have made a difference in the delivery of healthcare in Canada.”