The MEPS Board is an elected body that is responsible for the administration of the Section, the dissemination of information to members, the co-ordination of meetings and Congress gatherings and for liaison with the FIP boards. The President and Vice Presidents are elected for a four year term.
President (till 2020): Cdr Sylvain Grenier, Canada
Immediate Past President: SnrCol Chen Zheng-yu, China
Permanent Secretary: Mrs Jane Dawson, New Zealand
Vice President / Treasurer (till 2018): Col Richard Wosolsobe, Austria
Vice President / Media Representative (till 2018): LtCol (Ret) Wendy Walker, Australia
Vice President (until 2020): LtCol (Ret) Stephen Shaddock, Australia
President: Commander Sylvain Grenier, CD, BPharm, PharmD
Commander (Cdr) Sylvain Grenier graduated in 1995 from Université Laval, Québec with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. In 2008, he completed a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Toronto. He is currently the National Practice Leader for pharmacy for the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the Military Occupation Advisor for military pharmacists. Aside from working in different military locations and positions in Canada, Cdr Grenier deployed in Bosnia in 1999-2000 and Afghanistan in 2010.
Aside from his military work, Cdr Grenier is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Medicine of the Ottawa University, where he teaches Clinical Pharmacology and he is involved as the Pharmacy consultant for the Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program.
The Pharmacy Practice Commitment to Care Award for Technology Innovation Honourable Mention was presented to him in November 2005. In February 2009, he received the Safe Medication Practices award from the CSHP. The Canadian Pharmacists Association International Leadership Award was presented to him in May 2010. He also received the Teaching, Learning and Education award from the CSHP, which was awarded to him in February 2011. The latest awards he received were the ADM(IM) NOVA award and the prestigious GTEC award for his contribution as a member of the CFHIS project team.
Cdr Grenier has presented to numerous pharmacy conferences both national and international, including the FIP congresses in Sydney 2003, Cairo 2005, Bangkok 2014, and Dusseldorf 2015. He is also a member of the FIP Pharmacy Support Workforce Working Group and the Humanitarian Pharmacist Working Group.
Immediate Past President: Senior Colonel Chen Zheng-yu
Senior Colonel (SnrCol) CHEN Zheng-yu is an associate chief pharmacist and medical officer of the Health Department of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (CPLA). He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1993, his Master of Administrative Pharmacy in 1996, and his Doctor of Military Health Service in 2007, all from the Second Military Medical University (SMMU) of CPLA. In 2003 and 2004, he received UN peace-keeping training course at Switzerland and Canada respectively. In 2010, he has been trained at CPLA’s Army, Navy, Air force and Second Artillery Command Colleges respectively.
He had served as a medical officer in the School of Pharmacy, SMMU, responsible for the coordination of pharmaceutical research, postgraduate training and foreign exchanges from 1996 to 1999, and started his work for the Pharmacy and Medical Instruments Administration Bureau of Health Department, CPLA, from 1999 to 2002. During the 2003 to 2004 period, he has worked as medical officer responsible for the medical foreign affairs and peacekeeping medical units of CPLA. From 2005, he back to the Pharmacy and Medical Instruments Administration Bureau till now.
He is currently working on the pharmaceutical policies and regulations, military medical reform, special drugs management, and pharmacists’ practice within the CPLA. He is also the commissary of International Academic Exchange Committee of Chinese Pharmaceutical Association, the commissary of the Medical Science & Technology of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and Vice President of the Pharmacy Management Branch of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Pharmaceutical Commission.
In 2014, SnrCol Chen was awarded an FIP Fellowship.
Permanent Secretary: Mrs Jane Dawson
Jane currently works as the Director of Health Policy for the New Zealand Defence Force. She is responsible for the team that has the role of the development, maintenance and management of all health policy within this organisation. This includes the legal provision of all pharmaceutical services within the NZDF and as such has a wide-ranging scope of practice. Prior to joining the NZDF, 27 years ago, she was a part-time tutor at the Central Institute of Technology, School of Pharmacy for six years and for six years prior to that was a hospital pharmacist, based at Dunedin and Wellington Hospitals in New Zealand and Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, England.
Her career with the military has been distinguished with the award of a Chief of General Staff Commendation for outstanding work. In 2010 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand, and in 2015 Jane was awarded an FIP Fellowship.
Vice President and Treasurer: Colonel Richard Wosolsobe
Richard graduated Pharmacy from the University of Vienna/Austria in 1996. In 1997 he was licensed as pharmacist after state examination (Pharmacy Diploma of European Union). Currently he is a Colonel in the Austrian Armed Forces and holding the position as chief of department “Military Pharmacy” in the Military Health Division of the Joint Service Support Command since 2005.
- Chief of pharmacy in the Austrian Armed forces Hospital in Vienna (2003-2005)
- Pharmacist in the medical staff of Corps command I in Graz (2000-2003).
- 2013 Cooperation as Senior Short Time Expert / Pharmacist in the European Union Project: Harmonisation of competition and public procurement systems in Ukraine with EU standards.
Deployment: 1999 deployed to Albania (AFOR) during the Kosovo crises with an Austrian field hospital unit.
Mission experience: UNDOF/SYRIA — UNIFIL/LEBANON — KFOR/KOSOVO — EUFOR/CHAD — EUFOR/BOSNIA – HERZEGOWINA
Vice President/Media Representative: Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) (Ret) Wendy Walker
Wendy graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1991 as an undergraduate Lieutenant in the Australian Army. After 23 years in the Australian Regular Army, culminating in her being appointed Chief Pharmacist for the ADF, she retired as a LtCol in December 2012. She is currently in the Army Reserve as a Pharmacy Specialist Adviser. Wendy served in Bougainville and the Solomon Islands and has been the Officer Commanding of the Australian Defence Force national logistics unit for medical, dental and veterinary stores in Sydney on two different occasions. She is currently the Vice-President of the Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Vice President: Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) (Ret) Stephen Shaddock
After completing a BPharm at Sydney University, Steve was employed in a community pharmacy in Sydney for six years until he joined the Army in Mar 80. His initial employment was as the Pharmacist at 1st Military Hospital, Yeronga in Queensland. From 1981 to 1987, Steve had numerous postings to various Defence units including a Field Ambulance, field hospital, garrison health facilities and health supply elements as a Senior Stores Officer. On promotion to Major in 1988, Steve held a number of Logistics positions, including as a Project Officer in the Directorate of Capital Procurement – Melbourne being responsible for the contracting and financial aspects of medical and dental, clothing and mobility projects. His next posting was to Headquarters Logistic Command as the Staff Officer Grade Two Medical and Dental. During this time he was awarded a Support Commander (Army) commendation for his commitment to the Command’s objectives. In Dec 99 Steve was promoted to his current rank and assumed the appointment of Staff Officer Grade One (SO1) Health Materiel Logistics and Pharmacy within the Defence Health Service. Following a restructure in 2013, LtCol Shaddock was appointed as the SO1 Pharmacy which he held until transferring to the Army Reserve in January 2015.
In 2011, in the Australia Day Honours list, LtCol Shaddock was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement as the SO1 Health Materiel Logistics and Pharmacy within Joint Health Command.