March 2017

A Billion Dollar Gut Check: Assessing the Value of Over-the-Counter Medicines to Canadian Healthcare

7:30am-9:00am | Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Join the Economic Club of Canada for a report by the Conference Board of Canada's Vice President, Public Policy, Louis Theriault, who will discuss compelling new data examining what happens when prescription medicines are switched to over-the-counter (OTC) status. By looking at just three categories, the study identified significant cost savings due to reduced doctor visits, improved labour productivity, and lower drug costs. An interactive armchair discussion will follow the presentation aimed at discussing the implications for Canadians, primary care, public and private drug plans, employers and the broader economy.

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Breakfast will be served -

From January 9 to March 19, 2017 the Hotel will be conducting maintenance work in its parking garage. Due to limited parking availability while the work is being carried out, unfortunately on-site parking will be limited to registered hotel guests through valet parking service.

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A Billion Dollar Gut Check: Assessing the Value of Over-the-Counter Medicines to Canadian Healthcare

Gerry Harrington

Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs
Consumer Health Products Canada

Gerry Harrington

Gerry Harrington is the Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs for Consumer Health Products Canada. He leads a team that addresses issues related to improving public, government and stakeholder understanding of the role of self-care with consumer health products in Canada and maximizing that role for the benefit of all Canadians. Mr. Harrington has coordinated a number of economic and social research projects for CHP Canada to support the Association’s evidence-based approach to policy advocacy.

Mr. Harrington is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, in Ottawa.

Louis Thériault

Vice-President, Public Policy
Conference Board of Canada

Louis Thériault

Louis Thériault is the Vice-President, Public Policy for the Conference Board of Canada. Louis joined the Conference Board of Canada in 1997, where he specializes in product development and economic analysis. He is currently responsible for research and networks in the areas of national security and public safety, health (including Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care), energy, environment and transportation policy and the Centre for the North.

Formerly, Louis was the Executive Director, Economic Initiatives, responsible for all aspects of the Board's many research programs including the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, Canadian Tourism Research Institute, Global Commerce Centre and the research liaison for the new Institut du Québec.

Since joining the Conference Board, Louis has launched several initiatives. He was first responsible for the Metropolitan Outlook Service including a quarterly economic forecast for large Canadian urban centres. In 2003, he launched the Canadian Industrial Outlook Service providing economic and financial trends for large industries. Louis was also director of the International Trade and Investment Center, which offers Canadian business leaders and policy-makers research related to the implications of ongoing restructuring of global production. More recently, he led the Board's health economics group providing forward-looking, quantitative analysis of the sustainability of the Canadian health-care system.

In addition, Louis is a speaker and a media spokesperson on topics related to health economics, international trade and investment and the Canadian economy.

Ms. Shannon MacDonald

VP, Communications & Public Affairs
Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Ms. Shannon MacDonald

Shannon MacDonald is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Inc. (Canada) where she leads internal and external communications, federal and provincial advocacy, and stakeholder relations. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the health and life sciences sectors, and a consistent track record of leading achievement through collaboration with a broad set of stakeholders including patient groups, healthcare professionals, academia, government and corporate communities. Prior to joining J&J, Shannon served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Partnerships for Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) where she represented more than 50 member companies and enabled alignment and progress across numerous industry initiatives and multi-stakeholder collaborations.

A long-standing health policy advocate, Shannon co-chaired Canada’s first National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (2014) and co-authored Neurological Health Charities Canada’s Framework for a National Brain Strategy (2010). She also volunteers as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre.

Nardine Nakhla

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Waterloo

Nardine Nakhla

Dr. Nakhla is a community pharmacist and academic with interest in common/minor ailments and self-care. As an adjunct clinical assistant professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy as well as Lecturer at the University of Toronto Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr. Nakhla has designed and delivered curricular content on the assessment of self-treating patients, common illnesses and self-medication using nonprescription medicines in both the lecture and practical laboratory setting. She has spoken at provincial, national and international meetings on these subjects, and has written a chapter for the Canadian Minor Ailments reference. As a columnist for Pharmacy Practice+, Dr. Nakhla writes about common and current issues related to OTC counselling. In addition to her extensive academic work, Dr. Nakhla is a part-owner of an independent pharmacy and regularly practices as a community pharmacist.

She is an effective, enthusiastic and knowledgeable educator who is dedicated to and actively involved in the education and empowerment of community-based patients, pharmacists and healthcare providers.

Peter Lin

Director, Primary Care Initiatives, Canadian Heart Research Centre
Medical Director, LinCorp Medical Inc.

Peter Lin

Dr. Lin is the Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre. He has been the chairman of the Dementia Congress in the US for the last 4 years. He has also served on the editorial board of Pri-Med, a US company that provides education for physicians. Dr. Lin received a teaching award from the College of Family Physicians in 2011.

Dr. Peter Lin began his studies in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. Midway through, he moved to the Faculty of Medicine, where he completed his studies and became involved in research. Over the years, it became apparent to him that there was a wide chasm between research and clinical practice, and he moved into clinical practice in primary care and eventually into teaching in order to help bridge this gap. He served as the medical director at the Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough, for 7 years. Currently, he is the Director of Primary Care Initiatives at the Canadian Heart Research Centre. He lectures and speaks throughout the world and maintains two busy family practices in Toronto.

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