Annual Business Plan Competition

Healthcare in Canada is facing unprecedented challenges in line with other countries worldwide including an aging population placing greater demands on services and increasingly complex care against a backdrop of ongoing financial pressures. As roles for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals evolve and with a growing trend of providing more services closer to home opportunities are emerging to redesign services more fully around patients.

The Annual Business Plan Competition provides an opportunity for students at the Faculty to bring together their clinical and business skills to create novel solutions that can improve individual patient care and have a positive impact on the wider healthcare system.

Team PharmDx won the 2019 Business Plan Competition and celebrates on stage

Working in teams of up to four, students are able to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios with a view to improving quality of care while demonstrating value for money. Business plans may cover any or all sectors of pharmacy practice including hospital, community, and industrial pharmacy.

Shortlisted teams will work with entrepreneurial specialists to develop their business idea and pitch, and present their business plan to a panel of healthcare and business experts.Teams will be evaluated on their written plan, as well as their presentation skills and ingenuity.

Up to $10,000 in Prizes:

  • The top three teams win cash prizes 

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Healthcare Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Every Toastmaster’s journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

Toastmasters offers a proven education program that is divided into two tracks: Communication and Leadership. The program allows you to start with one track or both simultaneously, and each features a series of projects that can be completed at your own pace.

Once you become a member, you can get started right away. There are also many opportunities for awards and recognition along the way. At every club meeting, every single member can take a leadership role from leading debates, to evaluating speeches.

As future clinicians and leaders, we must know how to speak with our patients, colleagues, and other healthcare providers; Healthcare Toastmasters will provide you with the means to deliver persuasive speeches, think on your feet, organize a meeting, and step outside of your comfort zone!

Any Pharmacy student, professor, or staff member my join Healthcare Toastmasters. The first 30 members to complete a charter application form will receive a subsidy from the Centre for Practice Excellence. Ultimately, the goal is to invite students from other healthcare professions to join.