College Vision, Mission and Values


Better Health through excellence in pharmacy.


The College regulates the pharmacy profession in the public interest. We set and enforce standards and promote best practices for the delivery of pharmacy care in British Columbia.


The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia’s activities and decisions are based on the following values:

  • Being professional and ethical
  • Providing quality service
  • Building quality relationships
  • A culture of excellence

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The College acknowledges with respect that the College of Pharmacists of BC is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh úxwumixw (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


Year in Review


COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic, citing concern over alarming levels of spread and severity across the globe.

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Opioid Overdose Crisis

British Columbia is facing dual health emergencies, with the COVID-19 pandemic compounding and escalating the existing opioid overdose crisis, which was declared a public health emergency in April 2016.

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Addressing Racism and Discrimination in BC’s Health System

2020 highlighted a number of social issues that required deeper consideration of our role as a health regulator in BC.

We mourned with Black communities and allies across the US, Canada and abroad, for the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless others, at the hands of police brutality and a culture of systemic racism and violence.

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Message from our Board Chair, and Registrar & CEO

"As we reflect on the work we’ve done in 2020, we first want to acknowledge and thank BC’s frontline pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, who did their part to provide safe and effective patient care during these uncertain times."

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Message from Our Public Board Members

Public representation is vital to the College Board’s ability to function, and to make decisions that reflect the public’s best interests. The College Board relies on its public members to bring unique and valuable insights and oversight in order to help us maintain a well-rounded, comprehensive decision-making process.

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Claire Ishoy

Chair, District 7

Community Hospitals

Steven Hopp

Vice-Chair, District 4

Kootenay / Okanagan

Alex Dar Santos

District 1

Metropolitan Vancouver

Christine Antler

District 2

Fraser Valley

Andrea Silver

District 3

Vancouver Island / Coastal

Michael Ortynsky

District 5

Northern British Columbia

Anca Cvaci

District 6

Urban Hospitals

Bal Dhillon

District 8

Pharmacy Technicians

Tracey Hagkull

Government Appointee

Anne Peterson

Government Appointee

Katie Skelton

Government Appointee

Justin Singh Thind

Government Appointee

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