CAPT History

  • CAPT was initially formed by a group of four pharmacy assistant students attending Humber College with their teacher's help.
  • In 1983, they applied to Corporations Canada and became a non-profit organization. Initially, the organization included Chapters in some provinces.
  • In 2004, new by-laws were passed by the membership for the first time since the inception of CAPT.
  • The Chapters were dissolved in the mid-2000s when the focus of CAPT changed to more National pharmacy assistant/technician issues.
  • CAPT started having an annual National conference in 2003. The National Annual Conference rotates from western, eastern and central Canada.
  • There are seven directors on the board, all of whom are volunteers. All membership fees are used to promote the profession.
  • The board members represent pharmacy assistants and technicians in many pharmacy-
    related organizations such as PEBC, CCCEP, Blueprint for Pharmacy, CCAPP, NAPRA and many provincial working groups.
  • The seven volunteers manage all aspects of CAPT. This includes overseeing the website and social media platforms, publications, and day to day management of the group.
  • The most important milestone in which CAPT was involved was the regulation of pharmacy technicians. The first regulated technicians were in Ontario in 2010.
  • CAPT passed new by-laws in 2014 to align with the government's changes to the new Canada Corporations Not for Profit Act.
  • In 2015, CAPT hosted a meeting with a pharmacy technician or assistant representative from all 10 provinces. It was the first meeting of this kind.
  • In 2015 CAPT's representative to PEBC was elected as president of the organization the first technician to hold that position.
  • In 2017 the BOD was expanded to include 3 more positions...past president, director of communications and social media and director of external affairs. 
  • In 2020 the by-laws were amended to include an executive committee to assist in succession planning.
  • In 2021 CAPT held it’s first virtual conference.
  • In 2022 CAPT’s representative to CCCEP was elected as president of the organization the first technician to hold that position.
  • In 2023 CAPT celebrates 40 years as an association and the 20th annual professional development conference.