Keynote Speakers

Zubin Austin, BScPhm, MBA, MISc, PhD, FCAHS

Dr. Austin’s research focuses on the professional and personal development of the health workforce.  He has published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and authored 4 textbooks.  In 2017, in recognition of the global impact of his research, he was installed as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, one of the highest honors for health researchers in Canada.  He is also the only University of Toronto professor ever to have received both the President’s Teaching Award for sustained excellence as an educator and the President’s Research Impact Award for the significance of his work.  He has been named Professor of the Year by students on 20 separate occasions.

Fun Facts About Zubin

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

Besides busting a move (or a hip) on the dance floor? My talent is that I
have a side hustle being an occasional extra in Hollywood movies and TV
shows that are filmed in Toronto.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Hiking on the trails close to my cottage.

What are some causes you care about?

Things that promote equity and inclusion and that call out discrimination.

Kirstie Galbraith, BPharm, MClinPharm, AdvPracPharm, FFIP, FSHP

Kirstie’s area of expert professional practice is in Practitioner Development. She is responsible for experiential development and graduate education in the Pharmacy Faculty of Monash University, and works closely with the profession to advance practice locally, nationally and internationally. Kirstie’s national leadership profile is established through her roles as Board Director for the Australian Pharmacy Council and Pharmaceutical Defense Limited, and her international influence includes roles as Associate Director and Global Lead for advanced & specialty practice in the FIP Workforce Development Hub. Kirstie works across the spectrum of undergraduates, intern/foundation level pharmacists, and more advanced practitioners. She leads her faculty’s Skills Coaching program, and has responsibility for the Student Experiential Placement (StEPs) program, the Intern Training and Intern Foundation Programs, and the Master of Clinical Pharmacy degree where she works with pharmacists building a Professional Practice Portfolio in their capstone unit

Fun Facts About Kirstie

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Summer time, reading in my hammock on the balcony at the beach house.

If we went to happy hour, what would you order?

Gin & Tonic, some unusual boutique gin that I haven’t tried before.

What is your favorite travel destination?


Tina Brock, EdD, FAPhA, FFIP

Tina Brock [she/her] is Associate Dean for Education in the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she leads the team trying hard (despite being quite tired) to implement innovative, inclusive, accountable, and sustainable learning initiatives.  Tina identifies as an educational activist, trying (and failing often) to amplify the transformative power of education to improve health for all. She is a global honeybee who buzzes around, picks up ideas, and pollinates projects worldwide. Her network of innovators is her greatest treasure. Tina is also a founding member of – a global alliance for climate smart pharmacy practice. (Yep, another cause she picked up from great students, trainees, and colleagues.)

Fun Facts About Tina

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I can whistle like a bird and I can tell which of my eyelashes is about to fall out. These are not very useful talents, I’m afraid.

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…

drinking coffee, reading the Guardian, doing The Age quiz, listening to Freakonomics or Chat10Looks3 podcasts… and (ugh) running my weekly 5K.

What are some causes you care about?

You’ll regret asking me this! I am one of the founding members of, a grassroots organization working toward sustainability in health care. I also really care about inclusion, diversity, equity, and antiracism (IDEA), working through FIPWISE (International Pharmaceutical Federation’s Women in Science and Education). One of my former students (who is now a teacher!) co-founded PharmGradWishlist – and I think it’s just fantastic.

Simon Tweddell, EdD, BPharm, FRPharmS, PFHEA

Simon is a Professor of Pharmacy Education in the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of Bradford in the UK. During 2011, Simon project managed the development of a new employer-informed, outcomes-based pharmacy curriculum, delivered predominantly by Team-Based Learning. This new and innovative program was awarded a prestigious national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) award by the UK AdvanceHE in 2017.

Simon is an accredited consultant-trainer in Team-Based Learning and in 2016 set up the European Team-Based Learning Community (ETBLC) and helps other educators in Europe to adopt the pedagogy. Simon is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015.  

Fun Facts About Simon

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I have acted in Musical Theatre (don’t ask me to sing though!), achieved
Grade 6 in Piano, and have was once mistaken for James Bond (well
Daniel Craig) in an elevator in Albuquerque (I think it was the blue eyes and British accent…..)

What are some causes you care about?

Active and Collaborative Learning
Curriculum Design and Development
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Social Mobility for our students

What is your favorite travel destination?

UK: Scotland and Norfolk
US: San Francisco
Canada: Vancouver
Europe: Italy
Rest of the world: Australia and New Zealand

Ruth E. Nemire, PharmD, EdD, FCCP, FNAP, CRQM

Dr. Nemire is the Dean of Larkin University College of Pharmacy and a graduate of Ohio Northern University and the University of Toledo Colleges of Pharmacy. She completed formal fellowship training in neurology with an emphasis in epilepsy at the University of Miami College of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Nemire completed a Doctorate in Education with a major in Higher Education Leadership at the Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education. She has served as a Senior Vice President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and was the Founding Dean of the Fairleigh Dickinson School of Pharmacy. She founded ASK Education Inc a K-12 competency-based education Company. She serves in a leadership role for the Site Accreditation and Standards Institute, Inc. She has served in leadership and faculty roles for Schools of Medicine and Colleges of Pharmacy across the United States.

Fun Facts About Ruth

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?

I have acted, directed, stage managed and created lighting design for
community theatre and college theatre for a whole lot of years.
I sang in the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Chorus with James Judd
Conductor. Beethoven’s 9th is my favorite.
I was cast as Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.
I rowed 200 miles down the Amazon River in a dugout canoe.
I sang the Queens Coronation anthem at Winchester Cathedral in
Winchester England with a Choir.
I write fiction and have my 1st novel published by Pegasus Publishers.

What are some causes you care about?

The right to die with dignity.
Providing services and care for people with epilepsy.
Prevention of spouse and child abuse.
Saving the Rainforests of the World
Support and health of the Florida Manatee

If we went to happy hour, what would you order?

Lava Flow with Chambord