Our Team

Directors

Bob Rai, BSc. Biochem., BSc. BioPharm, R.Ph.

President

  • Pioneered in-pharmacy testing for HIV/AIDS
  • Pioneered in-pharmacy screening for chronic kidney disease using HealthTab
  • Chair, A Night of Miracles, BC Children’s Hospital
  • Director, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
  • 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Rep for UBC Alumni Advisory Council
  • Partner in PharmacyBC.com Medicine Shoppe locations
  • Online pharmacy pioneer
  • Past President, Philippines Canada Trade Council
  • Past President, Vancouver Fraserview Rotary Club
  • Past Director, Tapestry Foundation, Rotary Club

Alan Arnstein

Director

  • Previously worked for the Katz Group Canada where he oversaw the development of the Medicine Shoppe from 28 stores to 175 stores (corporate and franchised) before the successful sale to McKesson Canada.
  • Mr. Arnstein also was very involved in expanding the Rexall pharmacy brand across Canada including responsibility for acquiring and consolidating independent pharmacies under the Rexall banner.

David Hall

Chairman & Director

  • Chairman, RepliCel Life Sciences. CEO & President 2012-2015.
  • Chairman, Providence Healthcare Research Institute
  • Founder, CFO, CCO, Treasurer and Secretary of Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Consultant to government, pharma industry, biotech, eHealth and NGO’s.
  • Past Chair and Board member of Life Sciences BC.
  • Former member of the BC Task Force on PharmaCare.
  • Holds an Honours Economic degree and an Honours degree in Finance from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Robert Sindelar

Director

  • Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Advisor, External Relations to the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcomes Sciences, Providence Health Care Research Institute and UBC
  • Elected fellow International Pharmaceutical Federation
  • Chair of the Global Pharmacy Observatory Advisory Board of the International Pharmaceutical Federation
  • Part-time President, Global Drug Commercialization Centre (GDCC), Chengdu, China
  • Part time VP, GDCC Worldwide
  • Member of the External Advisory Board, Trinity College Dublin, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Holds B.A., Chemistry from Millikin University, a M.S. and Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products from the University of Iowa, College of Pharmacy.

David Farnfield

Director

  • 35 years of commodity/currency/financial futures markets experience.
  • Served as Vice President and Officer at George Weston Limited, the parent company of a large food manufacturing and food/pharmacy distribution business including Weston Foods, Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart.
  • Built a strong reputation for cost management innovation and systems improvements, as well as negotiating supply agreements with key stakeholders and suppliers.
  • Board member of Canadian Oilseed Industry Association (Oilseed Innovation Partners) – Non - Government Agency
  • Economics degree from Yale University.

Board Advisors

Mark Zhou

Board Advisor

  • Pharmacy Services Manager, McKesson Canada
  • Owner, Little Mountain Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Director, IGotShot.ca
  • Pharmacy facilitator and Lecturer, UBC School of Pharmacy
  • President, Chain Drug Association of BC
  • BC College of Pharmacy Applications Committee
  • Experience in foriegn aid as healthcare team member, Dominican Republic
  • Former Associate-Owner, Shoppers Drugmart

Ray Chepsiuk

Board Advisor

  • Commissioner (CEO) Pharmaceutical Advertising Advisory Board (PAAB)
  • Strategic Planner with marketing and advertising expertise in pharmaceuticals
  • Consultant on successful ethical marketing and advertising practices
  • Health Policy analyst in board of directors environment
  • Direct patient care experience to Director in Hospital Pharmacy
  • Licensed Pharmacist in Government, Hospital and Community
  • Franchise owner with SuperX Drugs 1984-85
  • 1969-1979 - Canadian Forces to Captain

Sherif Guorgui

Board Advisor

  • Third-generation pharmacist with extensive experience in various pharmacy sectors; such as retail, specialty, regulatory, industry, government and professional affairs.
  • Vice President of Pharmacy, Ontario Pharmacists Association (“OPA”)
  • United Pharma Group, CEO.
  • President of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, 2011-2012.
  • Board member of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy, the Ontario Pharmacists Association and the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada
  • Advisory board member of the Humber College Pharmacy Technician Program, and mentor at the University of Toronto Career Centre Information Interview program.

David Huston

Board Advisor

  • President & CEO of Providen Pharmacy Logistics
  • Advocates for Pharmacy’s evolution from dispensing centres to providing more clinical service
  • A pharmacist by trade, has served as a Director of Pharmacy for two rural hospitals, as well as managing and being an owner/operator
  • In addition to his Bsc in Pharmacy, he holds an MBA as well as being a Certified Health Manager

Philippe Ugnat

Board Advisor

  • Recognized leader, known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to develop and achieve business goals.
  • Strategic thinker having implemented innovative solutions targeting public and private company growth in a domestic and international context.
  • Built and led teams in Russia, Europe and the Americas focused on delivering product innovation and development, geographic expansion, customer partnerships and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Played a key role in the development and implementation of business and corporate development strategies for various North American and international companies, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, strategic alliances, joint ventures, intellectual property rights, R&D projects and tax matters.
  • Unique combination of international business experience and transactional legal experience.
  • Practiced law in Ottawa and Toronto in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters helping both domestic and international companies, from startups to public companies, achieve their objectives.
  • Called to the Province of Ontario Bar, Law Society of Ontario, 1998.
  • Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.), University of Ottawa, 1996.
  • Fluent in English and French
Dr. David Noshad

Dr.David Noshad

Board Advisor

  • President of Bio-Act Technology which specializes in research and development consulting and project management.
  • Part-time Faculty member at British Columbia’s Thompson Rivers University
  • Researcher and Instructor at the University of Victoria
  • Served as Principle Co-Investigator with the UBC’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in pharmacology of Cannabis; characterizing cannabinoids and terpenes in Cannabis and Humulus
Sotiris

Sotiris Antoniou

Board Advisor

  • Consultant Pharmacist at Barts Heart Centre, part of Barts Health NHS Trust.
  • Lead Cardiovascular Pharmacist for University College London Partners
  • Independent prescriber and is currently chair of the cardiac committee for United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA)
  • Chair of the DRM-foundation that supports the international Pharmacist Anticoagulation Taskforce (iPACT)

Management

Hector Bremner

CEO

  • Owned and operated a boutique marketing and communication firm, TOUCH Marketing, in Vancouver from 2007 – 2013
  • Joined the BC Government as Executive Assistant to the Minister of International Trade
  • Served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Deputy Premier, responsible for Housing
  • Also served Executive Assistant to the Minister of Small Business
  • Joined Vancouver’s Pace Group Communications in 2015 as VP, Public Affairs
  • Elected to Vancouver City Council in 2017
  • Currently offering strategic communications support to top tier orgnaizations as an independent consultant

Kiki Smith, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial Officer

  • Over 20 years experience assisting private and public companies in the roles of accountant, corporate controller and chief financial officer in mining, oil and gas, real estate, high technology, food production, and investment fund management.
  • Currently provides consulting services in mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance to several public and private companies in the resource, food production and investment sectors.
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia
  • Bachelor degree in economics from University of British Columbia

Rodger Seccombe

Head of HealthTab Division

  • Co-founder & former CEO of HealthTab Inc.
  • B.Com (hons) from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA)
  • 20 years experience launching and running companies in software, healthcare technology, and clean energy
  • Recognized industry expert in direct-to-consumer and point-of-care testing technology
  • Prior to HealthTab, designed and developed cloud-based informatics system currently in use by world’s leading medical laboratories and instrument manufacturers
  • In 2006, joined the start-up team at Canadian Bioenergy Corporation and helped pioneer the development of the renewable fuel industry in Canada