The Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan (PAS) Award of Merit recognizes pharmacists, individuals or organizations, who through their active participation have promoted the profession of pharmacy in Saskatchewan.


The nominee must have made a contribution to the profession of pharmacy in Saskatchewan

Any individual or organization may be nominated for the PAS Award of Merit 

The nominee does not have to be a pharmacist

Due to the circumstances this year related to COVID-19 the 2019-20 awards were not issued. As such, any 2020 nominations received will be incorporated into the 2020-21 PAS Awards process.    

PAS 2020 Awards Online Nominations - Coming Soon


PAS Award of Merit Recipients

2019 Award of Merit Recipient -    Nancy McBean,    Regina

Nancy convocated in 1970 and has been an active and dedicated member within the pharmacy profession ever since. She is an advocate, a leader, a mentor and a pharmacist. Throughout her career she has practiced across the spectrum: community and hospital pharmacy, Assistant Registrar with SPhA (now SCPP) and Executive Director of CCCEP. Nancy has also promoted the profession with her contributions in the development of PACT and the facilitation of PACT pharmacist education across the province, her role with mcbConsultants where she has developed a unique global perspective of the pharmacy profession and as a volunteer member of the International Planning Committee for the Life Long Learning in Pharmacy Conference. She has been a PAS member since the year it was initiated.

Nancy plays an integral role in precepting many students across a diverse range in their journey to licensure from a variety of institutions. Her current position at Towers Pharmacy in Regina supports her drive to foster the transition of students into pharmacists and other health care providers including Nurse Practitioners. Nancy mentors SPEPs, IPGs, NPs, pharmacy technicians, as well as her support staff, to empower them to practice to their full scope and maximize optimal patient care. Her dedication to the profession is in her passion and commitment and in the diversity of knowledge and skills which she applies in every aspect of her work.

Nancy started her career as a pharmacist in Regina in 1971 at Pay’N Save Drugs, became the first female pharmacist at Jolly’s Drugs and then moved to BiRite Drugs when Jolly’s closed. In 1975, Nancy moved to Shoppers Drug Mart in the Southland Mall and also began navigating the realm of motherhood. Nancy joined the Pasqua Hospital pharmacy team from 1984-1985 and in 1985, transitioned to an administrative position as Assistant Registrar for the Saskatchewan Pharmaceutical Association (now SCPP) where she worked until 1998. She assisted in the development of policy, procedures, standards and guidelines offered by SCPP, in addition to responsibilities including licensing, continuing education/professional development and the annual conference. In 1999 Nancy joined the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) as the Executive Director. During her time there, the organization enhanced the accreditation criteria and achieved financial stability.

In 2006 Nancy initiated mcbConsultants. Here she has worked with various clients to advance the provision of professional development, including the University of British Columbia Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program, Royal Society of Pharmacists of Great Britain, and the Australian Pharmacy Council.

With Nancy’s vast knowledge of pharmacy from community and hospital practice, our advocacy body, our regulatory body, continuing education/professional development and consulting, there is not a stone of pharmacy left unturned in her 48 years of service to the profession.

2019 Award of Merit Recipient -    Fred Remillard,    Saskatoon

Dr. Rémillard obtained his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 1975 and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1978 from the University of Manitoba. He received his PharmD from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1982. He joined the faculty of the College of Pharmacy in 1983 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1987 and Full Professor in 1994. He was the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Affairs from 2008 to 2017. He has also held numerous administrative positions at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition including Division Head, Assistant Dean RGA, and acting-Assistant Dean Undergrad. Dr. Remillard started his practice in the psychiatry ward at Saskatoon City Hospital. His practice at the Dube Mental Health Centre, presented him exciting opportunities to collaborate with psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, and multiple students in health care (medicine, pharmacy, and nursing). In addition to his teaching responsibilities and his clinical practice, Dr. Remillard was a preceptor for our fourth-year students for a psychiatry rotation. He was also a regular consultant to the Medication Assessment Centre and reviews patients whose drug therapy includes psychotropics for psychiatric conditions. 

Dr. Remillard has taught psychopharmacotherapy not only to pharmacy students but to other health disciplines including medical students, psychiatry residents, clinical psychology PhD students, physiotherapy and nursing students. Most of his publications have been in the area of psychiatry from basic science, to practice, to clinical research and have been published in reputable journals.

Dr. Remillard recently received the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan Fred has been invited to speak and present in this area at both international and national conferences including the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Saskatchewan Psychiatric Association, AFPC-AACP, ACCP, CSHP, CPhA and numerous drug therapy conferences attended by general practitioners, pharmacists and nurse practitioners.

2019 Award of Merit Recipient - Dr. Azita  Haddadi,    Saskatoon

Dr. Azita Haddadi, born and raised in Iran, received her Doctor of Pharmacy in 1997 from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She moved to Canada in 2003. She has worked as a research scholar on cancer vaccines and immunology at University of Alberta. In July 2010, Dr. Haddadi joined the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan as an Assistant Professor and is now an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Haddadi has made outstanding contributions in cancer vaccines, chemo-immunotherapy, and funding for her research. She is working on developing a cancer vaccine which could be used to stimulate the immune system in cancer patients and prevent tumor recurrence. Her work has focused on developing a cancer vaccine, targeting tumour cells, and has a patented cancer therapy entering clinical trials on cancer patients in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Dr. Haddadi teaches both BSP and Pharm D students at the university. She is heavily involved as a member-at-large for Canadian Chapter of Controlled Release Society representing the province of Saskatchewan since 2014 and provides consultation services to the Government of Canada. Dr. Haddadi has received many nominations and awards for her work in pharmacy. She is passionate about patient care and fiercely advocates finding a cure for cancer. She also advocates for cancer research foundations in Canada particularly in Saskatchewan and volunteers her time for fundraising for cancer research.

2019 Award of Merit Recipient -  Al Chilton,   Calgary

Al Chilton is the Executive Chairman and former CEO of Rubicon Pharmacies. Al’s career spans 40  years in community practice and ownership in Swift Current, 10 years as co-founder and CEO of the Saskatchewan-based Rubicon pharmacies and national recognition as a “Leader in Pharmacy” due to innovative pharmacy solutions.

Al not only ran independent pharmacy for many years in Swift Current but he has dedicated his life to the care of people in Saskatchewan. Al's history includes director of Western Savings and Credit Union, founder of Action Swift Current, keynote speaker for Business Retention and Expansion International, as well as volunteer for Crisis Services, Performing Arts Centre, St Olaf's and Saskatchewan Roughriders. This commitment to community involvement highlights Al’s diversity and passion for people in various outlets.

Al contributed as a founding chairman of Pharmasave Central Ltd, focusing on the Prairie Provinces and Pharmasave programming. He served with Pharmasave National on the Board and Executive Committee focusing on consistency and brand recognition. Al continued to build on his passion by forming Rubicon Pharmacies in order to protect the value of independent pharmacy in Saskatchewan communities.

Al's success has spanned local, provincial, and national as a unique and innovative “Leader in Pharmacy” for advancing pharmacy practice change. He has received accolades for his focus on forming patient relationships as well as his determination and branding to improve the perception of pharmacy tools. Relationship building with patients is at the heart of each of these initiatives, which Al has encouraged through the appointment-based care model Rubicon has embraced by putting the patient first. “I appreciate the acknowledgment very much but also want everyone to know I was just doing what our patients needed.” Al Chilton

Al has dedicated his life to the progression of the profession of pharmacy by having a significant impact on patients as a community pharmacist, on colleagues as a leader, and even more incredibly on a national scale as a role model for all pharmacists interested in optimal patient-centered care.

Past Recipients