Oncology Fundamentals Day for Technicians 2018 Speaker Biographies


Rachel Gilbert, M.A., Safety, Human Factors & Strategy Consultant, Rachel Gilbert Consulting, Toronto, ON

Rachel Gilbert (née White) is passionate about making healthcare safer for patients by making environments, processes and technologies more intuitive for clinicians. She has a keen interest in integrating human factors principles into medication safety initiatives, especially those relating to chemotherapy. Through her research she has gained a strong understanding and respect for the role that care providers and leaders play in patient safety.

A graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Rachel received an MA in Psychology, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction. Following her studies, she made software and hardware devices more user-friendly through a variety of projects and operational activities in Canada and the UK. Upon her return to Canada in 2005, she worked for ten years at Toronto’s University Health Network as a member of the internationally-acclaimed HumanEra team. During this time, she won research grants, executed research projects and influenced safety standards, primarily in the oncology space. She also taught thousands of Canadian and international care providers, leaders and academics how to prevent human error in healthcare.

Since late 2015, Rachel has been consulting with the public and private sectors on patient safety and human factors issues.

Sukhraj Gill, Pharmacy Technician, Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, AB

Sukhraj Gill received her Pharmacy Technician Certificate in 2002 and became a regulated Pharmacy Technician in 2012. She has worked for the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) for 15 years and has some retail experience as well.

Sukhraj works in rotation, manages interprovincial and non-insured billing and also has been involved in various projects at CCI including the remote chemotherapy delivery service. She is a member of the provincial IV team in CancerCare and is also involved in training of new staff.

Sukhraj won the poster award for the remote chemotherapy delivery service at CAPhO 2017 in Banff.

Michelle Koberinski, Oncology Certification Pharmacy Technician, BC Cancer Agency, Kelowna, BC

Michelle Koberinski graduated from Vancouver Community College’s Pharmacy Technician Program in 1999. Since then, she has worked in various community and hospital settings in BC and Alberta. She currently works for Provincial Pharmacy at the BC Cancer Agency as the Oncology Certification Pharmacy Technician where she developed, implements, and maintains an oncology certification program for pharmacy staff in British Columbia that prepare and dispense oncology medication. In 2010, Michelle received CAPhO’s Merit award for her work on the BCCA Pharmacy Practice Standards for Hazardous Drugs Manual.
Michelle dedicates much of her time to improving aseptic compounding processes that involve hazardous drugs and developing guidelines for practice.

Kelly-Ann Wakeford, Senior Pharmacy Technician, Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON

Kelly-Ann is the Senior Pharmacy Technician at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. She has worked there for 30 years and really enjoys her job. Kelly-Ann is a licensed pharmacy technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Her specialty is chemotherapy and she trains and certifies all technicians in chemotherapy preparation and checking. Kelly-Ann also taught the practical chemotherapy IV course at Mohawk College to set a high standard within the area of all practicing pharmacy technicians. In her spare time, Kelly-Ann is a certified spin instructor and motivates her members to be the best that they can be!

Rhonda Kalyn, BSP, Pharmacy Communities Oncology Network Educator, Clinical Pharmacist, BC Cancer Agency, Kelowna, BC

Rhonda started her oncology pharmacy practice with the BC Cancer Agency in Kelowna in 2002. Prior to 2002, she worked in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings since graduating from the University Of Saskatchewan College Of Pharmacy. In her 15 years working at the BC Cancer Agency, Rhonda has worked as a clinical pharmacist, clinical trials pharmacist, and pharmacy educator. She is currently the editor for the BC Cancer Agency Oncology Pharmacy Education Program and serves on the Pharmacy Safe Handling Working Group. Rhonda volunteers for CAPhO’s Education Technician Committee and Webinar Planning Committee.