Sherif Guorgui was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants for 2015 by Canadian Immigrant magazine. These awards recognize inspirational immigrants who have come to Canada, achieved success, and made a positive difference in the community.
Born in Egypt, Sherif moved to Canada in the 90s to pursue a better future. As a third generation pharmacist, he was eager to contribute to the Canadian healthcare system. At the same time, he recognized that he required further training to deliver the kind of pharmaceutical care practiced in Canada.
As a result, he participated in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s International Pharmacy Graduate pilot program in 1999. Designed to equip foreign-trained pharmacy professionals with the skills, knowledge, and experience to succeed in the Canadian health care system, this pilot program provided Sherif enhanced skills and greater confidence to practice pharmacy in Canada.
After attending the IPG pilot program and obtaining his practice license, Guorgui owned and operated his own independent pharmacy in Mississauga, before later becoming a franchise owner with Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto.
“Sherif was fully committed to the patient care process that we emphasized in the program,” notes Marie Rocchi, Academic Director of the International Pharmacy Graduate program. “I recall a conversation we had soon after the pilot program ended where he explained that most nights, after the pharmacy closed, he went home and phoned patients as part of his follow up process. I was struck by his commitment to put theory into practice!”
After achieving success in practice, Sherif moved into senior leadership roles at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall/PharmaPlus. Today, he is the Vice President of Pharmacy for the Ontario Pharmacists Association, the largest pharmacy advocacy organization, drug information and continuing education provider in Canada. In this role, he is responsible for driving and implementing strategic initiatives related to pharmacy practice, professional development, and business support services.
For four terms, Sherif was a Council member for the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the regulatory body of pharmacy practice in the province. Moreover, Sherif is the first and only IPG program participant to be elected President of the College, serving in this capacity in 2011-2012.
Sherif is currently a member of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy’s Boundless Campaign Cabinet, where he is assisting the Faculty in raising $40 million to shape student life and learning, and advance ground-breaking research. Sherif is a member of the Fundraising Committee for the IPG Scholarship Program, which is attempting to raise $500,000 from alumni and friends of the IPG Program to provide valuable financial assistance for individuals enrolled in the program who are in financial need.
Over the past 15 years, Sherif has worked hard to achieve his goals, invested in his own growth, and become involved in professional organizations and causes that have encouraged his participation, leveraged his strengths, and benefited from his unique talents. As a result, Sherif has demonstrated time and again why he is one of Canada’s Top Immigrants.
“It is indeed a humbling honour to be chosen as one of Canada's Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for 2015,” notes Sherif. “The ultimate value of such recognition is to showcase the contribution of immigrants to the Canadian society, and more importantly, to inspire and motivate other IPGs to seek and realize their full potential.”