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McKesson Canada taps Keays as president

MONTREAL — Sixteen-year company veteran Paula Keays has been promoted to president of McKesson Canada. Keays had been senior vice president of pharmaceutical distribution and operations. She fills the vacancy that was created by the late-summer departure of Alain Champagne, who joined sales training and development firm Optimé International as a partner and chief executive

McKesson Canada names new president

McKesson Canada names new president

ST. LAURENT, Quebec — McKesson Canada has promoted pharmaceutical distribution chief Paula Keays to president. Keays, senior vice president of pharmaceutical distribution and operations, takes the reins as president effective immediately, McKesson Canada said Monday. She fills the vacancy created by the late summer departure of Alain Champagne, who joined sales training and development firm Optimé

McKesson Canada president steps down

TORONTO — Alain Champagne has resigned as president of McKesson Canada to head sales training and development firm Optimé ­International. As partner and chief executive officer, Champagne will lead Optimé’s strategic direction and management. “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Alain to the Optimé team,” said chairman Hugues Gibeault. “He is a proven leader with

McKesson Canada president leaves for new job

McKesson Canada president leaves for new job

TORONTO — McKesson Canada president Alain Champagne is leaving the company to join sales training and development firm Optimé International as a partner and chief executive officer. Plans call for Champagne to take over as Optimé CEO effective Sept. 1. He will operate out of the company’s Montreal and Toronto offices. Champagne has served as McKesson

McKesson Canada contributes to Alberta wildfire relief

McKesson Canada contributes to Alberta wildfire relief

MONTREAL — McKesson Canada is making a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross through the McKesson Foundation to aid victims of the wildfires in northern Alberta. The pharmacy retailer and distributor said this week that the McKesson Foundation also will match employee donations to wildfire relief efforts, up to a maximum of $2,500 per

McKesson adds Rexall Health to Canadian holdings

McKesson adds Rexall Health to Canadian holdings

TORONTO — McKesson Corp.’s $2.2 billion deal to acquire Rexall Health from Katz Group will strengthen the drug distributor’s position in Canada’s pharmaceutical supply chain. McKesson said the agreement is a natural next step for two companies that have worked together for over 20 years. In 2012, McKesson bought Katz’s 1,100-store banner operation covering I.D.A.,

McKesson Canada bolsters pharmacy banners

McKesson Canada bolsters pharmacy banners

MONTREAL — McKesson Canada pharmacies are forging ahead under the leadership of new senior vice president of retail banner management services Richard Brennan. This year Brennan was named to head the company’s growing pharmacy banner business, including Guardian, I.D.A., Medicine Shoppe Canada, Proxim and the newly acquired Remedy’sRx. He reports to McKesson Canada president Alain

McKesson Canada appoints head of retail pharmacy banners

MONTREAL — Richard Brennan has been named senior vice president of retail banner management services at McKesson Canada. The company said Tuesday that Brennan will oversee its expanding pharmacy banner business, which includes Guardian, I.D.A., The Medicine Shoppe Canada, Proxim and Remedy’s Rx. Brennan, a 14-year company veteran, will report to McKesson Canada president Alain