After serving as the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association (NBPA) for the last 15 years, Paul Blanchard has made the personal decision to pursue another career opportunity, effective January 4, 2020.
Paul has been a strong voice for New Brunswick pharmacists, and has served the Association with professionalism, integrity and positivity. We are tremendously sad to see him go.
Paul started with the NBPA in May 2004, amid a tumultuous environment. He has proven to be a great asset to the NBPA, providing guidance and support to the Board of Directors and representing the interests of pharmacists and pharmacy owners every day. He is passionate about the pharmacy profession and has worked tirelessly to increase the profile of pharmacists over the last 15 years, as indicated by a recent Abacus Data poll which showed that pharmacists are highly trusted by 98% of New Brunswickers and 89% feel that pharmacists are being underused in our healthcare system. Paul was an important driver of amendments to the Pharmacy Act in 2008 and the introduction of the new Pharmacy Act in 2014. The increased scope of practice that resulted from these legislative changes allowed the NBPA to collaborate on the recent groundbreaking RxOUTMAP study, which demonstrated the value pharmacists can add in the diagnosis and treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infections. Paul worked steadfastly with successive provincial governments to increase the pharmacists’ role in primary healthcare. In 2014, he was instrumental in negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the provincial government – significant milestone for New Brunswick pharmacists who had not had an agreement with the province since 1995. Along with his advocacy work, Paul has provided leadership and guidance to the NBPA Board of Directors, helping to facilitate and implement two 5-year strategic plans, coaching Directors on government and media relations, mentoring young pharmacists on the Board of Directors and running the day-to-day operations of the Association.
The Board of Directors has created a hiring committee which is currently in the process of identifying an executive search firm to assist with securing potential candidates to fill the role of Executive Director. We expect the opening to be posted in early January. In the meantime, Janet MacDonnell, a pharmacist and former President of the NBPA, has agreed to serve as Interim Executive Director and will manage the Association’s operations until a permanent replacement is in place.
We would like to thank Paul for his support and guidance over the past 15 years and wish him much success with his future endeavors.