Board of Directors

RxA takes this opportunity to recognize your 2018/2019 RxA Board of Directors. This group consists of hard-working, knowledgeable and experienced volunteers who will provide RxA with its mandate for the fiscal year. 

Led by President Todd Prochnau, the board of directors is comprised of eight representatives, including seven Alberta pharmacists and one student representative. The board includes one ex officio board member (CPhA). 

Members that wish to bring forward comments, issues or questions for discussion at future RxA board meetings, please email


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Back row (left to right)

 Front Row (left to right)

Bruce Winston, Secretary-Treasurer       

Todd Prochnau, President
Jes Buhler, Student Board Member
Mark Elderkin, Past President
Neil Cameron, Ex Officio  Rita Lyster, Board Member
Darren Erickson, President Elect    Missing: Mark Percy, Board Member 









Todd Prochnau, President

Todd graduated from the University of Alberta in 2010 and was the recipient of CPhA’s Dean George A. Burbidge Award. Shortly after, he became the pharmacist and associate owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Sylvan Lake. Achieving both his authorization to administer drugs by injection and additional prescribing authorization, Todd is continually expanding his scope of practice to best serve his patients. He also has extended his knowledge in tobacco reduction and runs a pharmacist-led smoking cessation clinic out of his pharmacy. In his spare time, Todd serves as a Board of Director for the Sylvan Lake & Area Community Partners Association.


Mark Elderkin, Past President

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan pharmacy program in 2000, Mark cultivated his career with Calgary Co-op starting as a staff pharmacist, growing into his current role as Pharmacy Operations Manager in 2011. Mark has enjoyed seeing the changes in our profession over the last few years, and is excited to work with the Board to further promote and enhance pharmacists’ scope of practice in Alberta. 


Darren Erickson, President Elect

Darren graduated from the University of Alberta in 1982 and has spent most of his career in East Central Alberta.  He currently owns a pharmacy in Tofield where he practices with injection and APA authorizations.  He is familiar with the changes going on in the pharmacy profession and realizes that we must guide change, adapt our practices to these changes and be prepared for future change. It is likely you have chatted with Darren at one of RxA's Professional Developement Conferences held in the Spring and Fall.  


Bruce Winston, Secretary Treasurer 

As a pharmacist and pharmacy owner in Alberta for over 30 years, Bruce has a deep personal commitment to the practice of pharmacy. This dedication was recognized when he was the co-recipient for the W.L. Boddy Pharmacy of the Year Award, for creating a multi-disciplinary healthcare delivery team at Sandstone Pharmacies, Simons Valley.


Along with his day-to-day role as president of Sandstone Pharmacies, Bruce sits on the Bow Valley College Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee. Previously, he was a member of the National Advisory Board for McKesson's IDA/Guardian banner pharmacies and participated in the Dean's Advisory Council for the U of A Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Outside of pharmacy, Bruce is a member of the board of the Bertha Gold Jewish Seniors Residence.


Mark Percy, Board Member

Mark graduated from the University of Alberta in 2009 and went on to complete his hospital residency in 2010 with Alberta Health Services (Calgary). While working at the Foothills Medical Centre his practice focus was internal medicine, quality improvement research, and multidisciplinary education. In 2014 Mark became the managing partner of an independent pharmacy in Calgary with outreach clinical work involving inner city health, addictions, and complex chronic diseases (Endocrine, Respirology, and Rheumatology). It is his passion to find novel ways to integrate pharmacists into underserved populations to achieve shared outcomes.


Rita Lyster, Board Member 

Rita graduated in 1980 and has lived through a rapidly changing profession, including roles in retail, hospital and long-term care pharmacy. She is a passionate clinical pharmacist and has bolstered her learning over the years in order to provide the latest and best clinical care to her community. A Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist since 2007, Rita has also trained in menopause management, anticoagulation management, compounding for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, compounding for topical pain management or skin conditions. Rita has also been a study participant for PPMI, RxAction, RxING, RxACT, RxEACH. In 2009 she was awarded the Alberta Bowl of Hygeia and in 2011 the Commitment to Care Rookie of the Year. 


Neil Cameron, Ex Officio Board Member (CPhA)

Neil is a second generation pharmacist and pharmacy owner. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and has practiced in Alberta since graduation. He is a Past President of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association and Value Drug Mart Associates. Neil has volunteered his time to serve on a Budget Challenge Panel for Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, plus volunteers for other provincial and local community Not For Profit Organizations. Neil completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program to obtain his ICD.D designation in 2016.


Jes Buhler, Student Board Member

Jes is a student in her third year of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program at the University of Alberta and serves as the President of the Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association. Jes holds a prior BSc in Microbiology and hopes to specialize in the field of oncology upon graduation.