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Dr. Régis Vaillancourt is currently the Director of Pharmacy at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Vaillancourt received his Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Laval in 1983, his hospital pharmacy residency certificate from the National Defense Medical Center (in affiliation with University of Toronto) in 1987, and his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Toronto in1995. He is the past President of Pharmacists without Borders-Canada, past vice-president of the Military & Emergency Pharmacy Section of the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and a Surveyor for Accreditation Canada since 2002. Dr. Vaillancourt’s dedication to the pharmacy profession has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally through numerous awards and appointments. In 2004 the Canadian Pharmacists Association named him the Canadian Pharmacist of the Year. In addition to pharmacy related accolades, he was awarded the Order of Military Merit by former Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson. For the last 8 years, Dr. Vaillancourt has worked closely with physicians to develop infographic-based medication calendars, disease management plans and drug instructions for their patients with low health literacy. With the support from partners such as the International Pharmaceutical Federation, Pharmacist Without Boarder – Canada and CHEO, he developed innovative and validated tools to support healthcare professionals in counselling their most vulnerable patients. In collaboration with FIP, he also developed and implemented a standalone pictogram software available free of charge that allows healthcare professionals to create illustrated medication calendars and instructions sheets in different languages for their patients.