John Turnbull

John has had a long and influential career in pharmacy beginning with his graduation in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan in 1949. He was a community pharmacist for a brief time then joined Saskatchewan’s Department of Public Health. In 1953 he was appointed
Secretary-Manager of CPhA in Toronto. He served the Association in many capacities over the next 25 years and became the Executive Director in 1963. His broad list of achievements includes an appointment as the first Registrar-Secretary of the PEBC. He also served as publisher of the CPS and as chief organizer and fundraiser for the construction of the Canadian Institute of Pharmacy building in Toronto in 1965. Mr. Turnbull has been honored with the Canadian Centennial Medal (1967), became a member of the Order of Canada (1975), and was presented the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. An Honorary Life Member of CPhA since 1967, he has also served the Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Association and the Pan-American Federation of Pharmacy and Biochemistry. He is a former Vice President of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique (FIP). He established the drug benefit program in Barbados and served as a drug and logistics management consultant to the World Health Organization. John received a Distinguished Service Order medal for bravery during the war.

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