2018 Alumni Agent of Change

UBC Pharm Sci alumni are amongst the most talented, pioneering, and inventive minds in the world today. Over the past several decades, they have impacted the worlds of science, health care, and technology – just to name a few. We invite you to celebrate one of our Alumni Agents of Change at a special event hosted by Dean Michael Coughtrie.


Event Information

2018 UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Agent of Change
Featuring Bob Nakagawa, BSc(Pharm)'80 and
2018 UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Future Alumni Agent of Change
Larry Leung, BSc(Pharm)'10

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
6­ pm – 8:30 p.m.
Business attire
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Vancouver Point Grey Campus
6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

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The current registrar of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, Bob Nakagawa, is a registered pharmacist with over 35 years of experience in hospital pharmacy and public health administration. Prior to his role as registrar, he served as the assistant deputy minister of the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health and was responsible for Pharmanet, among many other health care policies. Bob and Larry will present engaging TED-style talks, which will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Admission is free but an RSVP before March 2 is required.

LIVE WEBCAST – For those not able to attend, the presentation portion of the event will be live webcast. To watch on March 6, please connect here: Pharmaceutical Science Alumni - Agents of Change - Live Stream - March 6, 2018.

With generous support from our sponsors


2018 Alumni Agent of Change
Bob Nakagawa, BSc(Pharm)’80

Bob Nakagawa is the registrar of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, which is responsible for administering provincial pharmacy legislation and protecting public health by licensing and regulating pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and the pharmacies in which they practice. He draws on his extensive industry knowledge to inform and operationalize the College Board’s direction in regulating pharmacy practice. Additionally, he manages and provides guidance to the College’s executive team in the creation and fulfillment of strategic goals and initiatives.

Bob is a registered pharmacist with over 35 years of experience, having held numerous positions in hospital pharmacy and public health administration. After beginning his career as a staff pharmacist at St. Paul’s Hospital, Bob moved to Lions Gate Hospital where he spent 13 years serving as director in a number of different areas including pharmacy; pharmacy and clinical nutrition; community drug utilization; clinical nutrition and palliative care; and patient care services. From there he moved into roles including Pharmacare director with the Ministry of Health and director of pharmacy services for both the Simon Fraser Health Region and the Fraser Health Authority. 

Prior to taking on the role of registrar at the College, Bob served as the assistant deputy minister of the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health. During his time with the Ministry, he was responsible for Pharmanet, drug use optimization programs and other provincial drug programs. He implemented an innovative evidence-based policy-making model that has become the gold standard for public drug plans in Canada.

Bob also has extensive experience as an industry leader in BC’s pharmacy profession having served as president (board-chair) of the College of Pharmacists of BC, and of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. He also served as the Federal government representative on the Health Council of Canada and chaired the Medical Services Commission, the BC Drug Benefits Committee, and the Federal Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for Canada.


2018 Future Alumni Agent of Change
Larry Leung, BSc(Pharm)'10

Larry Leung completed his bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2010, and his community pharmacy practice residency in 2011. He is currently a lecturer and pharmacist in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. As a clinical pharmacist, he works at the Faculty's Pharmacists Clinic, Canada's first university-affiliated, licensed, pharmacist-led patient care clinic. His responsibilities include providing direct patient care, precepting undergraduate and graduate learners, and leading innovative projects aimed at expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists in primary care. His professional areas of clinical interest include complex chronic pain, cardiovascular risk reduction, and deprescribing. Larry also has a strong passion for Indigenous health and collaborates with First Nations communities in the delivery of culturally safe medication management services. He is currently leading grant-funded initiatives and research related to healthy medication use in collaboration with the Heiltsuk Health Centre Society and the First Nations Health Authority.

As a lecturer in the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program, he coordinates a seminar course in contemporary issues in pharmacy and co-coordinates an elective in Indigenous health. Larry is also co-lead for interprofessional education in the Faculty's Office of Experiential Education and has previously taught in the UBC School of Nursing. He has led the development and delivery of numerous interprofessional education activities, including case-based learning with pharmacy, dentistry, and physiotherapy students.

In 2011, Larry co-founded Clinicare Pharmacists Inc., a non-dispensing pharmacy organization aimed at developing and implementing clinical pharmacist services in the community. Through Clinicare, he works with and enables a team of pharmacists to deliver chronic disease management programs in a family physician setting.

Larry has received a number of awards, namely the 2013 Ben Gant Innovative Practice Award from the British Columbia Pharmacy Association and the 2014 British Columbia Community Achievement Award from the British Columbia Achievement Foundation for his work with Indigenous communities. In 2014, as a member of the Pharmacists Clinic team, he received the Commitment to Care and Service Award for Innovative Practice.