June 3, 2019 (TORONTO) – The Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) is pleased to award David Windross with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. A member of OPA for more than 30 years, the award will be presented to Windross at Pharmacy Experience Pharmacie (PxP) 2019 – the joint conference being hosted by OPA and the Canadian Pharmacists Association in Toronto from June 3-5, 2019.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award is about more than recognizing time spent in the field. It is awarded to someone who has made a remarkable impact on the industry through their dedication, willingness, and passion,” said Bill Wilson, Interim CEO of OPA. “David is the ideal candidate for this award. His extensive involvement in initiatives pertaining to the quality of the pharmacy profession is beyond admirable and his outstanding work has been recognized repeatedly through the various awards he has received – all of which he has been completely deserving of.”
Windross has made significant contributions to the Toronto community through his positions in hospital pharmacy at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Toronto General Hospital and the North York General Hospital. Prior to retiring from pharmacy in 2016, Windross held the position of Vice President of External Affairs at Teva Canada Limited. In this role, he worked with various stakeholder groups across Canada and was responsible for Teva Canada’s Corporate Citizenship initiatives.
In his retirement, Windross continues to be involved in various committees that work to ensure the integrity of pharmacy and positively impact future professionals in the field. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy and is a member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists Discipline Committee, OPA’s Audit and Finance Committee, and the Humber College Pharmacy Technician Program Advisory Committee. He is also a highly regarded speaker at schools of pharmacy, conferences and continuing education programs across the country.
When asked about a moment in his career that made it all worthwhile, Windross responded, “There have been many moments. It was in hospital practice helping cancer patients deal with the side effects of their treatments, in hospital administration planning the ‘future’ of the pharmacy services in the hospital, gaining a perspective on the profession of pharmacy in every province, and being able to work with students at all schools of pharmacy in Canada.” Windross’s career has been marked by many “worthwhile” moments with more to come as he remains involved in the industry.
Windross was the recipient of OPA’s Distinguished Practice Award, Meritorious Service Awards from the Canadian Pharmacists Association and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, The Ontario Branch, Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists Award, and the CPhA Centennial Pharmacist Award. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Students and Interns, and in 2012, received the same recognition from the CPhA. In 2013, he received the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award for Volunteerism and the Len Marks Award for the Advancement of the Profession of Pharmacy from the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores (CACDS). More recently, he was honoured with the inaugural Honourary White Coat from his alma mater – the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.
OPA’s Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes and acknowledges the significant contributions that are being made by individuals in the pharmacy profession throughout Ontario.
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About the Ontario Pharmacists Association
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is committed to evolving the pharmacy profession and advocating for excellence in practice and patient care. With more than 10,000 members, OPA is Canada’s largest advocacy organization, and professional development and drug information provider for pharmacy professionals across Ontario. By leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, enabling them to practise to their fullest potential, and making them more accessible to patients, OPA is working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system. The pharmacy sector plays a strong role in Ontario with an economic impact of more than $6.3 billion across 4,500 pharmacies, employing 60,000 Ontarians.