Board of Directors

The RxA Board of Directors consists of hard-working, knowledgeable and experienced volunteers who will provide RxA with its mandate for the fiscal year.

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2021/2022 Board of Directors

Led by President Kelly LaForge, the Board of Directors is comprised of ten representatives, including nine 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 board@rxa.ca

Top Row (left to right)
Kelly LaForge, President
Mark Percy, President-Elect
Bruce Winston, Past President
Randy Howden, Secretary-Treasurer
Aileen Jang, Board Member

Bottom Row (left to right)
Connor Lohues, Board Member
Darren Erickson, Board Member
Brittany Zelmer, Board Member
Neil Cameron, Ex Officio (CPhA)
Garrett Garlock, Student Board Member


Kelly LaForge, President

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Alberta and has been practicing since 1988. She has worked in a variety of retails settings, including both corporate and independent pharmacy in Alberta.  She is the former Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Shoppers Drug Mart where she worked collaboratively with professional practice to provide programs to enhance patient care. She also supported Associate owners with change management and the deployment of a new software system. Kelly is currently the Associate Owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart in Callingwood, and she is proud to serve on the steering committee for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women’s Society. 


Mark Percy, President-Elect

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


Bruce Winston, Past President 

Bruce Winston is an entrepreneur and pharmacist, having graduated from the University of Alberta.

Bruce co-founded Apex Pharmacies which he grew to 20 pharmacies under the Sandstone Pharmacies brand.  Following the sale of Sandstone to Neighbourly Pharmacy, Bruce has taken on a role with Neighbourly as Head of Alberta Pharmacy Strategy and Professional Affairs. While he no longer directly owns a pharmacy, Bruce retains a deep personal commitment to the practice of pharmacy.

Bruce is committed to working diligently to advocate for the profession and to ensure it remains financially sustainable for a new generation of pharmacists. He hopes that through his activities with the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association, and by working with pharmacy students at the UofA, he will assist pharmacists in launching their careers and in feeling fulfilled with their professional practices throughout their careers.


Randy Howden, Secretary-Treasurer

Randy graduated from the University of Alberta in 2005. He owns and practices at the Calgary Crowfoot and Sunridge Medicine Shoppe pharmacies. As a pharmacist, Randy loves the interaction with patients and the amazing scope of practice that allows pharmacists to do so many different things. His interests and specializations are focused on Diabetes Education, Compounding, Weight Management, Mental Health, Travel Medicine, and Chronic Pain.


Aileen Jang, Board Member

Aileen graduated from the University of Alberta in 1983.  She is co-owner of 2 independent pharmacies in the Edmonton area since 1985. Aileen has been involved in the mentorship program with the Faculty of Pharmacy, preceptor for first-year students and Pharm D rotations. Previously a TA in dispensing labs as well as a Lab Facilitator. She is authorized to administer injections, APA, and recently completed a Medical Marijuana Certificate Program. Aileen is also involved with the Pharmacy Alumni Association and the organizer for Independent Night for students. Also involved in the Leadership Cohort.


Connor Lohues, Board Member
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Upon graduation from the University of Alberta in 2015, Connor had the opportunity to work in both inner-city Edmonton and Sherwood Park with Mint Health + Drugs where he began developing a passion for clinical pharmacy within the community setting. In 2016 Connor and his wife chose to move back home to Lethbridge. Connor took this opportunity to begin working as a clinical consultant in Southern Alberta and continues to work in this role within Lethbridge as well as the nearby communities of Coaldale and Picture Butte. His current practice focuses on management of chronic diseases and addressing gaps in care through use of APA. Recently, Connor’s passion for travel also led him to obtain a Certificate in Travel Health TM


Darren Erickson, Board Member

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 Development Conferences held in the Spring and Fall.  


Brittany Zelmer, Board Member

After graduating from the University of Alberta in 2005, Brittany continued developing her skill set by obtaining her injection certification, APA and Certificate in Travel Health. She worked as a relief pharmacist, staff pharmacist, manager and is now a District Manager for Sobeys, Safeway and FreshCo Pharmacies. Although she is no longer on the frontlines, Brittany continues to advocate for the profession through Sobeys National Pharmacy Advocacy Council and in RxA’s leadership cohort. She encourages and supports her teams to provide patient-centered care by using their full scope of practice.


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.


Garrett Garlock, Student Board Member

Garrett Garlock is the current President of the Alberta Pharmacy Students’
Association. Garrett grew up on a farm in south-central Alberta. Upon graduating high school, he attended Medicine Hat College for two years before being accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Alberta. Garret has been involved in APSA since he was accepted into the program including being a contestant in Rx Factor, being the Vice President External and now acting as the President.

Garrett’s favourite part about pharmacy school and the profession as a whole is the sense of community and collaboration that comes with it. He is also passionate about rural pharmacy and hopes to one day practice in the field.

In his spare time, Garrett enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with friends. He also enjoys playing intramural sports with my classmates and attending APSA social events!