TORONTO — Longtime London Drugs executive John Tse has been named the 2017 recipient of the Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award by the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies).
A 25-year Canadian retail pharmacy veteran, Tse has spent 10 years at London Drugs, which has 78 stores in western Canada, serving most recently vice president of pharmacy and cosmetics. He also has held such roles as pharmacy manager, pharmacy operations manager and pharmacy buyer at the drug chain.
The Len Marks Pharmacy Advancement Award recognizes industry professionals who support the development and excellence of pharmacy education at the university level, encourage students to enter pharmacy as a career and advance the standards of health care delivery, promote pharmacy as a community resource, and spotlight community pharmacy’s health care contributions to government and industry partners.
Tse started his pharmacy career as a pharmacy technician and has practiced as a staff pharmacist in a chain and independent retail settins. He also has practiced and provided oversight in institutional settings serving long-term care homes.
Neighbourhood Pharmacies noted that Tse has demonstrated a strong commitment to pharmacy student education and training.
He has been involved with preceptorships and internships for upcoming pharmacy and commerce graduates and has been a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia. He’s also been an active member on many BC College of Pharmacists committees, the Chain Drug Association of British Columbia, the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada and the Cedar Cottage Association.
Tse, too, was on the board of directors for London Drugs from 1998 to 2017 and on the board of Rx Canada for 18 years. He has also served on the boards of Neighbourhood Pharmacies, the British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and the Canadian Liver Foundation (BC).
The award will be presented at the Neighbourhood Pharmacies Pharmacy, Health and Beauty EXPO 2017 during the chairman’s dinner on May 23. The event, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, runs May 23 to 25.
Also slated to be honored at the event is Jaiveer Singh, chief executive officer of Mint Pharmaceuticals, who has been named the 2017 Distinguished Associate of the Year.