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CPhM Appoints New Registrar and CEO

CPhM Appoints Kevin Hamilton as the New Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Earlier in the year, Council launched an extensive national search to recruit a Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to succeed Ms. Susan Lessard-Friesen, who will retire at the end of September 2022.  

The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) is pleased to inform you that Council has appointed Mr. Kevin Hamilton to take on the position as Registrar and CEO.  Mr. Hamilton joins the CPhM staff to transition to the position, beginning September 20, 2022. 

“Please join me in welcoming Mr. Hamilton in his new role as the incoming Registrar and CEO of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and thanking Ms. Lessard-Friesen for all her hard work and dedication to serving the public interest during her tenure.” says Ms. Jane Lamont, President.

As Registrar and CEO, Mr. Hamilton will work to advance the regulation of pharmacy practice in Manitoba in support of the mandate to uphold the public interest.  He will provide strategic and operational support to Council and its committees, oversee the operation of the CPhM office and staff, represent CPhM, and build strong connections with various stakeholders and government officials while ensuring the statutory responsibilities of the Pharmaceutical Act. 

Mr. Hamilton has an impressive history with CPhM through his service on Council and numerous committees over the last eight years.  He held the officer positions of vice-president, president, and past president while working closely with CPhM staff, Council, and stakeholders to advance patient safety and develop regulatory improvements.   

His experience in academia, community pharmacy as both staff and managing partner, as a hospital pharmacist, and as a primary care clinical pharmacist are all significant assets to understanding the implications of regulations within the profession.   

As Registrar and CEO, Mr. Hamilton will be a valuable leader to CPhM. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and vision for the organization align with the strategic direction of working toward progressive change that advances the regulation of pharmacy practice in Manitoba.  His proven leadership skills will guide CPhM in achieving its strategic plan while championing the modernization of pharmacy regulation as CPhM works to come under the Regulated Health Professions Act.   

 ”I am excited to be working with CPhM staff and Council in this new role.  With our provincial health system transformation leading to significant changes, we have a unique opportunity to ensure pharmacists are part of the larger solution,” says Mr. Hamilton. “My vision for the College is regulatory excellence based on the principles of Right Touch Regulation, to enhance public safety, evidence-informed practice innovation, and equitable and culturally safe care.  I also want to thank Susan Lessard-Friesen for her dedication over the years; you have positioned the College to be leaders in patient safety.”