Nardine Nakhla

The Bowl of Hygeia Award 2020 is provided to a pharmacist on the basis of providing outstanding service to the community.


Nardine is a pharmacist and valued academic that has made key contributions to the practice of pharmacy through her service. As evidenced by her numerous lectures, publications, and service on the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Minor ailment advisory group, Nardine has been instrumental in the areas of minor and common ailments. Many of her guidelines and practices on the topic have been widely adopted. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and is licensed to practice pharmacy in both Ontario and New York. 

As a faculty member at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, Nardine has spent the past 12 years designing and delivering curricular content on the assessment of self-treating patients, common illnesses, and self-medication. Nardine is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy where she has developed and coordinated several minor ailment management courses for pharmacists as well as the undergraduate and international pharmacy graduate programs. A changemaker, she has led continuing education programming for over 3,000 pharmacists across Canada, helping them to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver new health care services. Nardine received both the Excellence in Pharmacy Teaching Award in 2019 and the Excellence in Science Teaching Award in 2020 from the University of Waterloo. Nardine has also worked with Shoppers Drug Mart – Canada’s largest pharmacy employer on a pan-Canadian clinical skills training program aimed at all pharmacists within the chain. A strong advocate for the pharmacy profession Nardine’s efforts has helped to revolutionize the work of tomorrow’s pharmacists.