Council Members

College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Council Members

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba is governed by a 12-member Council made up of pharmacy professionals and public representatives appointed by the Minister responsible for Health.

Council sets policy, strategic direction, and governs CPhM in the public interest.

Introducing CPhM’s Council Members

Ryan Buffie, Chair

Term: 2024-2025

Ryan graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2001, and has spent his entire career working in community pharmacies. He is the co-owner of Assiniboine Pharmacy and Assiniboine Pharmacy South in Winnipeg. Ryan was elected to CPhM Council in 2020 and is currently serving his third term. Ryan loves to travel, and to talk about travelling – this has led him to obtain a Certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2015. Using this knowledge, he opened the first pharmacist-led travel clinic and Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre in Winnipeg. Along with travel health, Ryan practices in other specialty areas, such as fertility and palliative care. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, golfing, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle.

Kathy Hunter, Vice Chair

Term: 2024-2027

Kathy graduated in 1995 from the University of Manitoba.  She has held a variety of positions during her pharmacy career, including being a staff pharmacist, a pharmacy manager, and a pharmacy district manager. She has also worked as an assistant registrar and served on several committees for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.  She is currently a pharmacy manager with Co-op Pharmacy.

Donna Forbes

Public Representative

Donna Forbes is a retired Registered General and Psychiatric Nurse with post-graduate education in Health Care Administration. She retired after 34 years of service in hospital, community public health, and psychiatry across Manitoba and Alberta, working in northern, rural, and urban settings.

Her career spanned front-line and administrative roles at provincial, national, and international levels. Internationally, she consulted with the St. Lucia Caribbean government on health system management and organization. Nationally, she represented Manitoba on the National Public Health Working Group, Advisory Committee on Population Health, and the Canadian Council on Organ Donation and Transplantation. Provincially, she served on the taskforce that established the structure, legislation, governance, and funding of Regional Health Authority Board of Directors in Manitoba and directed the first provincially legislated Community Health Assessment process.

Her last position before retiring in 2008 was Associate Deputy Minister of Health, recognized with the Premier’s Service Excellence Award. Since retirement, Donna has been appointed by the Minister of Health as a Public Representative at the College of Pharmacy, where she works closely with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on the Executive and Council to protect the public.

Pawandeep Sidhu

Term: 2024-2027

Pawandeep graduated from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in 2013 and spent the first three years of her professional career in Thompson, MB. She possesses extensive experience in pharmacy operations, including management at the community pharmacy level and district leadership at the provincial level. Currently, she serves as the Manager of Pharmacy Advocacy for Sobeys National Group, where she oversees a national portfolio with a strong focus on enhancing the scope of practice for pharmacists across the country. Driven by a passion for improving the health of our communities and advancing the role of pharmacists, Pawandeep served as a Board Director with Pharmacists Manitoba for six years, including two years as President. In pursuit of continual professional development, she is completing her Master of Business Administration at the Asper School of Business.

Alanna Doell

Term: 2024-2025

Alanna graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2016 and completed the Pharmacy Practice Residency program at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in 2017. She has worked in a variety of hospital clinical practice settings throughout her career in Winnipeg. Most recently, she worked at Seven Oaks General Hospital where she was the Clinical Resource Pharmacist and obtained her Extended Practice Pharmacist license. During her time in hospital practice, she was involved in many activities including preceptorship, medication safety, policy development and clinical initiatives. In 2024, Alanna transitioned to working at the University of Manitoba as an instructor for the College of Pharmacy. She currently teaches in the Clinical Therapeutics and Applied Pharmacy Practice streams. Alanna strives for progressive pharmacy practice that is centered around the well-being of the patient.

Donald Himbeault

Public Representative

Donald Himbeault holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba. Now a Retired Professional Engineer, Donald has worked as a research scientist for the Department of National Defense and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, and most recently as an R&D consultant for two large accounting firms.

He served for five years on the board of Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, including one term as President, and for six years as a public representative on the board of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba. Appointed as a Public Representative to the board of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba in 2018, Donald also currently serves on the board of Nature Manitoba.

In his spare time, Donald enjoys outdoor activities and volunteers with organizations such as Engineers of Tomorrow, the Manitoba Museum, and Winnipeg Search and Rescue.

Amanda Jenkyns

Public Representative

Born and raised in Stonewall, Manitoba, Amanda Jenkyns cultivated a strong foundation in community and values early on. She honed her skills at Red River College and embarked on a dynamic 25-year career in restaurant management and hospitality, mastering the art of customer service and operational excellence. Her dedication to education and industry development led her to serve on the board of MITT, where she collaborated on initiatives that bridged education and industry needs.

Recently, Amanda has broadened her horizons, taking on the role of Account Sales Manager for Western Canada at Tillsonburg Customs Foods. This strategic move underscores her leadership and business acumen, leveraging her extensive network and expertise to drive growth in new markets.

Beyond her professional achievements, Amanda finds fulfillment in her role as a mother to a vibrant 16-year-old daughter and a playful 3-year-old Lab. Her passions extend to outdoor pursuits, whether fishing at the family cabin or immersing herself in a good book beneath the open sky.

Amanda embodies a commitment to excellence in both her professional and personal life, making her an invaluable asset to the Council. Her blend of industry knowledge, community spirit, and personal interests enriches every endeavor she undertakes.

Chantal MacDonald

Pharmacy Technician
Term: 2024-2027

Chantal’s diverse career in pharmacy practice began after completing the Pharmacy Technician program at Robertson College in Winnipeg in 2011. She started at Loblaw Pharmacy as an assistant after her practicum, where she gained foundational knowledge in pharmacy operations. In 2016, Chantal transitioned to a role at the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) as an administrative assistant. During this time, she contributed to the listing process of Pharmacy Technicians in Manitoba, gaining valuable insights into regulatory processes and compliance.

In 2017, Chantal completed her PEBC exams and became a Listed Pharmacy Technician in Manitoba. The following year, she took on a role in Drug Studies at St. Boniface Hospital, which deepened her understanding of pharmaceuticals and their clinical applications. Her career progressed as she secured a full-time Pharmacy Technician position at St. Boniface Hospital, where she gained experience in both sterile and non-sterile pharmacy departments.

In 2022, Chantal transitioned to her current role as a Dispensary Supervisor at Loblaw Pharmacy. In this role, she supports the Pharmacy Manager in overseeing day-to-day operations and managing support staff, showcasing her leadership abilities and expertise in pharmacy management.

Chantal has demonstrated strong problem-solving skills and a commitment to improving pharmacy practice. Her dedication to advocating for Pharmacy Technicians and enhancing their roles within the pharmacy reflects her passion for advancing the profession and ensuring better outcomes for patients in Manitoba.

Brendon Mitchell (he/him)

Term: 2024-2026

Brendon has been a pharmacist since 2007, working primarily in hospital & collaborative health system settings.  Most of his time providing direct patient care has been in pediatrics, including establishing new pharmacist roles within existing ambulatory care teams in pediatric nephrology and renal transplantation clinics.  More recently, Brendon has overseen the delivery of pharmacy services in hospital and collaborative health care settings, and has over 10 years of experience in formal pharmacy leadership roles.

Brendon’s professional interests include patient safety, pharmacist scope of practice, the ways in which pharmacy roles enhance the value of health service delivery, and leadership theory and practice

Teryl Moore

Term: 2024-2026

Teryl Moore graduated from the University of Manitoba Pharmacy program in 1997 and is now serving her second term on the CPhM Council. Her pharmacy career began with a summer research position at the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Ottawa, followed by a 12-month Industrial Residency with Apotex in Toronto. Teryl remained with Apotex for another 2.5 years, developing educational programs and practice tools in Professional Affairs.

After Apotex, Teryl worked as a locum pharmacist in Ontario, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories. She later settled in Parry Sound, Ontario, working first for a chain, then an independent pharmacy, and providing occasional locum services. In 2010, she joined the Parry Sound Family Health Team, continuing remotely after moving back to Manitoba.

Teryl also joined Northwest Company in late 2010 as a Telepharmacist, initially providing anticoagulation monitoring and later expanding her role to include remote hospital pharmacy services. In 2016, she co-founded Quarry Ridge Pharmacy and Medical Clinic in Stonewall.

Teryl has two active children and a husband who owns a construction business. They also manage several rental properties. Teryl is treasurer for the Quarry Choristers Dinner Theatre group and a board member for the Rockwood Festival of the Arts. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, camping, curling, skiing, and photography.

Lalitha Raman-Wilms

Ex Officio Member

Dr. Raman-Wilms is the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Toronto and completed a hospital pharmacy residency at McMaster University Medical Centre. Her research focuses on medication optimization in older adults, particularly polypharmacy and deprescribing.

With experience in team-based primary care, acute care, and long-term care settings, Dr. Raman-Wilms brings extensive patient care expertise. She serves on Choosing Wisely Manitoba’s Provincial Advisory Committee and the Executive Advisory Board for the Manitoba Training Program for Health Services Research. A former President of the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), she has been a Council Member of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba since August 2017.

Elizabeth Reimer

Public Representative

Elizabeth Reimer was appointed to CPhM Council by the Manitoba Minister of Health in 2021. She holds a business diploma and is certified in mediation. She comes from a strong business background, has worked in government, non-profit and in the private sector and has sat on various of boards and committees. She brings to the role a diverse skillset including financial management, communication, and risk management.