Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes

VP Business Development & Public Relations; Pharmacist

As the managing partner and co-owner of Westboro Pharmasave from 2008-2015, along with his passion for the profession, he enjoyed being an advocate for pharmacy and helping the community wherever and whenever possible.  This helped Westboro Pharmasave be recognized with Pharmasave Ontario’s 2010 “Best Managed Pharmacy Award” and with Pharmasave Ontario’s 2013 “People Leadership Award”.

Mark is also heavily involved in continuing education for pharmacy and other medical professions.  He lectures as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry and other community groups speaking on a wide range of pharmacy and medical related topics.  All of Mark’s work outside of the pharmacy was recognized by being awarded the “Health is a Community Affair Award” in 2013 and being named Memorial University School of Pharmacy’s 2014 “Alumni of the Year”.

Mark has become a vocal advocate on the dangers of fentanyl abuse and other opioid addiction.  In 2012 while at Westboro Pharmasave he developed and implemented a program of fentanyl patch return to help curve diversion of this deadly drug to the streets. This “Patch for Patch Program” received significant attention and eventually became Ontario provincial law with the development of Bill C. 33 “Safeguarding the Community Act” in the fall of 2015.


Mark’s “respect first” approach to addiction treatment has lead him and his team to open Respect Rx Pharmasave, in conjunction with Recovery Ottawa a newly formed Centre of Excellence for the Treatment of Addiction and Mental Health.  Currently Mark is focused on treating drug addiction at the ground level at this treatment center.  Along with addiction treatment, Mark is also heavily committed to preventing opioid overdose by working as a Naloxone program champion pharmacist for the Ontario Minister of Health and by serving on an Overdose Task Force with Ottawa Public Health.  All of this work in addiction prevention and treatment lead to Mark winning a prestigious national pharmacy “Commitment to Care” award in 2014.

Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force

Rooms 206-208 (2nd Floor)

Three perspectives (Paramedic, Public Health and Pharmacist) regarding how the Ottawa Overdose Response and Prevention Task Force was formed after a drug-related death at a music festival in 2014. We will highlight how it has evolved to include 20 plus community, health care, first responders and municipal partners that are leveraging relationships to prevent, mitigate […]