Welcome Message from Dean Michael Coughtrie

The development of the Faculty’s new strategic plan has provided a tremendous opportunity for engagement throughout our extended community. Not only has this process highlighted the amazing things our faculty, staff, students and alumni do every day, it has also confirmed that their talent and dedication are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of people all over British Columbia, throughout Canada and across the world. These are things of which we can collectively be incredibly proud; they also serve as a strong foundation on which we can build for the future. 

Catalyst for Change: 2017–2022 identifies a unique set of opportunities for the Faculty that build upon our track record of success and the strong relationships that we have with our collaborators inside and outside the University. And while the pace of change that surrounds us is ever-quickening, and the environment in which we operate continues to present challenges, we are confident that together we can carve a path forward that maximizes these opportunities for the benefit of the profession and science of pharmacy. 

This is a time of incredible excitement for both the Faculty and the University as a whole. We have high aspirations and what we hope to accomplish is ambitious and will challenge us individually and collectively. However, I am absolutely convinced that what is outlined here is eminently achievable and that together we can be a catalyst for positive and lasting change in pharmacy practice and the pharmaceutical sciences. I invite you all to continue to work together towards this goal, and to participate in our exciting journey over the next five years and beyond, as we take the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC to the next level – locally, nationally, and internationally.

Michael Coughtrie BSc(Hons) PhD FCAHS
Professor and Dean