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CPhA honours CFP’s Dayle Acorn with Honorary Life Award

Dayle Acorn


With three decades of leadership roles in Canada’s pharmaceutical industry, Dayle Acorn is an exemplary role model for the profession and living proof that innovation can lead to success.


This award recognizes outstanding service to pharmacy, CPhA and the profession nationally.

Dayle became the Executive Director for the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy (CFP) in 2007. CFP was in financial difficulty and required a strong guide to help refocus on its vision of being a recognized leader at the forefront of pharmacy evolution and innovation. Since then, Dayle has reset the Foundation on a solid financial footing and CFP has granted over $750,000 to practice research projects through the Innovation Fund alone, a program that helps frontline pharmacists explore innovative models of practice to advance the profession.

In addition to supporting innovative practice, Dayle and the CFP are also dedicated to excellence in leadership. Dayle established the Wellspring Award in honour of the late Barbara Wells, to assist pharmacists advancing their leadership career goals. He was also the driving force behind CFP becoming the new home for the Past President Award, granted to presidents of pharmacy associations as they step down from their volunteer terms. “As a volunteer organization itself, CFP understands and cherishes the contributions of volunteers who generously give their time and expertise to the profession at large.”

Most recently, Dayle has spearheaded the development of an updated textbook in pharmacy management. Recognizing the need for a Canadian-based resource, Dayle tirelessly recruited over 100 authors and editors to volunteer their time and expertise. Pharmacy Management in Canada was published in the fall of 2015 and is a valuable tool to help Canadian pharmacists and students run a successful business.

Truly passionate about pharmacy, Dayle is heartened by the changes he’s seen in the profession over the course of his career. “Pharmacists are providing more services than ever before and are taking a much more proactive role in educating patients to be more in control of their disease,” he says. “They are spending much more time talking to their patients.”

What is the most critical skill pharmacists will need to be successful in the health care system of the future?
“Listening and communication. As pharmacists ask their patients more questions around their understanding of disease and how their medications help, patients will become more engaged, will ask more questions and will look for even more from their pharmacist.”