George Daskalakis 2018 - OPA (C) Alex Heidbuechel - LARGE

The Student of Distinction Award 2021 recognizes a graduating pharmacy student that has exhibited strong leadership qualities and a commitment to advancing the profession of pharmacy throughout their academic career.


George is a bright leader, innovator, and researcher. During his time as Chair of the OPA University of Waterloo Student Chapter, he led a motion to implement a new student engagement model, to strengthen relations between students and OPA. Recognized for inspiring students to advocate for the profession and promoting pharmacy innovation. 

George utilized his foresight to help solve the gap between technology and healthcare by founding a new Technology in Pharmacy club at the School of Pharmacy. The club successfully initiated Canada’s first pharmacy and technology-focused hackathon. 


Additionally, as a researcher, his publication “What Is Known about Community Pharmacy-Based Take-Home Naloxone Programs and Program Interventions? A Scoping Review”, examined the effectiveness of take-home naloxone programs on patient success. His most recent study is working to shed light on interprofessional collaboration and approaches for improvement. George is a 2021 PharmD graduate of the University of Waterloo, and the recipient of various awards including CAPSI’s Guy Genest Passion for Pharmacy, CPhA’s Centennial Leadership Award, and the Pharmasave Business Competition Award.