Neighbourhood Pharmacies announced the appointment on Monday. Bates became interim CEO of the association in May following the departure of Denise Carpenter.
Bates joined Neighbourhood Pharmacies’ predecessor organization, the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS), more than 10 years ago. The association noted that after taking that role he moved quickly to increase transparency and stakeholder collaboration, which are core themes of the group’s advocacy efforts in ensuring the sustainability of the pharmacy business going forward.
“I am very pleased to announce Justin’s appointment as permanent CEO,” Vivek Sood, Neighbourhood Pharmacies board chairman and general manager of Sobeys National Pharmacy Group, said in a statement. “The board is confident that, under his leadership, we will succeed in increasing member engagement, industry collaboration, and developing evidence-based public policy solutions for all levels of government, the private insurance sector and Canadian patients, who rely on the highest-quality care in our neighborhood pharmacies from coast to coast to coast.”
Before being named interim CEO, Bates served as vice president of pharmacy affairs at Neighbourhood Pharmacies since November 2012. He joined the organization in March 2006 (then CACDS) as director of e-health.