Thursday, February 16, 2023
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

Access Recording


Anesthesia departments throughout Canada are facing growing concerns over drug shortages, multiple short-term replacement solutions and their contribution to/potential for harmful medication errors. In response to this situation, as well as to the latest CAS educational needs assessment results, the CAS Quality and Patient Safety Committee has organized a webinar to serve as both a high-level discussion led by senior representation from national organizations such as Health Canada, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, HealthPRO Procurement Services and CAS, and as an 'ice-breaker' introduction to future strategic directions pertaining to medication safety within CAS. 

This webinar is a continuation of a recent CAS Anesthesia News Patient Safety bulletin and a stepping stone towards the plans for future CAS Annual Meeting patient safety content.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Recognize and describe the institutions and processes that manage procurement of drugs used in clinical anesthesiology practice in Canada

  1. Analyze and discuss the role of national and provincial organizations in preventing medication errors due to look-alike labelling and packaging of medications 

  1. Identify opportunities for increased Anesthesia representation in national decision-making processes as described in learning objectives 1 & 2. 


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


Dr Conor Mc Donnell, Quality and Patient Safety Committee Chair

Dr Lucie Filteau, CAS President 


Tracy Gallina - HealthPRO Procurement Services
Sylvia Hyland - Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Sally Pepper - Health Canada 
Veronica Yip - Health Canada 
Devon Whitten - Alberta Health Services 

Dr Conor Mc Donnell - Quality and Patient Safety Committee Chair

Dr Mc Donnell is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist and Associate Professor at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. He is the current Chair of Quality & Patient Safety Committee for both CAS and Canadian Pediatric Anesthesiology Society. 

Dr Lucie Filteau - CAS President

Dr Lucie Filteau is the current CAS President and an anesthesiologist at The Ottawa Hospital. She is currently the Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety in her department and represents Anesthesia at the hospital level Quality and Patient Safety Committee. She has a rich history of training and engagement in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, including as Past Chair of the CAS Quality and Patient Safety Committee, and her outstanding contributions to patient safety have been recognized with numerous awards. You can read her full bio on the Board of Directors page.

Tracy Gallina - HealthPRO Procurement Services

Tracy Gallina is a registered pharmacist with 30 years’ experience in both community and hospital pharmacy settings. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a BA in Psychology and has also completed a specialty pharmacy residency in Cardiology and Critical Care.  She is the Clinical Director, Product Quality for HealthPRO Procurement Services, overseeing the product evaluation and product concerns processes for the Pharmacy contracting portfolio. Tracy is passionate about contributing to patient safety through her role at HealthPRO. 

Sylvia Hyland - Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Sylvia Hyland completed a pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto, and a clinical pharmacy residency at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She earned her Master of Health Sciences in Bioethics through the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. Sylvia’s professional experience includes clinical pharmacy and operations positions in several hospitals in Ontario. In her work for ISMP Canada, she has contributed to provincial and national safety initiatives. 

Sally Pepper - Health Canada 

Sally Pepper is a registered pharmacist with experience in hospital, long-term care, and community practice. She is the acting Team Lead for Health Canada’s Patient Safety Section, with oversight of Health Canada’s efforts to prevent medication errors that may result from drug names, packaging or labels.

Veronica Yip - Health Canada 

Veronica Yip is the Manager of the Labelling Division in the Pharmaceutical Drugs Directorate (PDD) in Health Canada. She is responsible for advancing PDD’s current label review mandate associated with the implementation of the Plain Language Labelling Regulations; while meeting the delivery objectives associated with the pre-market label review of pharmaceutical prescription drugs. She also manages PDD’s Administrative Submissions Unit that screens submissions filed through the administrative pathway. She has worked at Health Canada since 2001 in various regulatory positions in the former Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD) which include Senior Regulatory Project Manager and acting Manager of the Regulatory Project Management Division, and Label Reviewer in the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Veronica holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Toronto and a Post-Diploma in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Operations. 

Devon Whitten - Alberta Health Services

Devon Whitten completed his pharmacy degree from the University of Alberta in 2007. After a short stint in community practice, he moved to a frontline clinician position in Alberta Health Services. In 2014 he transitioned into a pharmacy leadership role with responsibility for a variety of small to large rural facilities spread across central Alberta.