Our Club


Our Raison D’Être? Education and Networking 

The PMCQ’s mission is to facilitate lifelong learning, career development and networking for Pharma professionals. In essence, PMCQ brings pertinent business issues, trends, policies and practices into a sharper focus for its members. We accomplish this by hosting monthly guest speaker forums featuring topics as varied as:

  • DTC advertising
  • Patient compliance
  • Stock market investing
  • Population demographics
  • and public policy. 

Our membership is made up of people from across all industry disciplines, from strategic planning, product management, external affairs, R&D, medical publishing, advertising, media to CME, human resources, market research, corporate communications and more! And as our members come from all walks of life, we offer a program that touches and connects us all. And because our members believe strongly in the value of professional networking, PMCQ’s educational mandate is enriched by social and charitable activities

Volunteers Keep Us Moving Forward

The PMCQ Board is staffed by volunteers. While the people in these positions change from year to year, our structure provides a framework for operating continuity. Pharmaceutical companies, various agencies and industry suppliers have been represented on the Board in recent years. Core positions on the Board consist of President, Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, a group of Directors and the Past-President. If you’re interested in volunteering your help or your company’s services, we’d love to hear about it! Every PMCQ sub-committee needs helping hands.


An Esteemed History of Leadership

Since 1957, the PMCQ has been graced with the leadership of 56 generous presidents who all gave the time to lead our organization. Each has brought their own ideas, expertise and vision to our members, driving our mission to educate and facilitate networking in our industry. We appreciate the time and effort each had given to our club.

2021 – 2022

2019 – 2021

2016 – 2019

2014 – 2016

2013 – 2014

2011 – 2013

2010 – 2011

2009 – 2010

2008 – 2009

2006 – 2008

2005 – 2006

2004 – 2005

2003 – 2004

2002 – 2003

2001 – 2002

2000 – 2001

1999 – 2000

1998 – 1999

1997 – 1998

1996 – 1997

1995 – 1996

1994 – 1995

1993 – 1994

1992 – 1993

1991 – 1992

1990 – 1991

1989 – 1990

1988 – 1989

1987 – 1988

1986 – 1987

Iain Boomer

Julie Arel

Shannon Quinn

Cynthia Queano

Terry O’Shea

Dan Leger

Jadzia Ronald

Enza Cignarella

Alexandre Grenier

Greg Buie

Joel Erickson

Harry Jenkins

Anthony Mancini

Robert Ness

Michael Braun

Michael Rubin

Patrick McLean

Sylvain Chrétien

Michel Noiseux

Bertrand Bolduc

Valerie Sloby

Kevin Faubert

Susan Bliss

Michael Laborde

Joan Fisher

Paul Brand

Colette Gingras-Solnica

Blair Mackassey

Ian Gilfillian

Manon Richer

1985 – 1986

1984 – 1985

1983 – 1984

1982 – 1983

1981 – 1982

1980 – 1981

1979 – 1980

1978 – 1979

1977 – 1978

1976 – 1977

1975 – 1976

1974 – 1975

1973 – 1974

1971 – 1973

1970 – 1971 part

1970 – 1971 part

1969 – 1970

1968 – 1969

1967 – 1968

1966 – 1967

1965 – 1966

1964 – 1965

1963 – 1964

1962 – 1963

1961 – 1962

1960 – 1961

1958 – 1960

1957 – 1958

Bart Turner

Bob Passaretti

Peter Slight

George McLeish

Hart Gee

Dave Rimell

Harvey Levine

Jules Machalek

Cliff Goodman

Adrien Lapointe

Dave Saunders

Bill Mathew

John Howlett

Bob Morton

Bob Stapleton

Dave Saunders

Rod Allen

Fred Kumm

Charles Rovira

Bob Stapleton

Lee Crowell

Peter Wilson

Fred Ruppel

Fred Maxwell

Peter Decher

Marius Boivin

Jewell Brisick

Nat Horton

Honorary Members

Recognizing Committment 

The PMCQ recognizes those who are devoted to our organization by offering honourary membership. The following people have all reached that threshold and we’re delighted to offer them this distinction.

Allen, Rodney

Donnet, John

Erickson, Joel

Goodman, Clifford

Laborde, Michael

Levine, Harvey C.

Machalek, Jules

McLean, Patrick L.

Ness, Robert

Pankhurst, Mary-Anne

Richer, Manon

Ronald, Jadzia

Roel, Francisca

Santin, Frank

Tramley, Patricia


The name shall be Le Club de Marketing Pharmaceutique du Quebec /The Pharmaceutical Marketing Club of Quebec (hereinafter referred to as the CMPQ / PMCQ). The CMPQ / PMCQ is an independent, not-for-profit corporation. The activities of the CMPQ / PMCQ shall be carried out in both official languages and all material shall be made available in both languages wherever possible.

It shall be the object of the CMPQ / PMCQ to:

  1. further good fellowship among persons engaged in the marketing of products and services in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and biotechnology fields;

  2. broaden the scope of their knowledge and improve the efficiency of marketing through pertinent educational programs and informative meetings and to provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas.

1. Active Member Eligibility shall be limited to those employed by a company actively or closely associated with the manufacturing, marketing and promotion of pharmaceutical healthcare, and biotechnology products or services.

2. Honorary Life Member Such memberships shall be granted by the unanimous consent of the Board of Directors.

1. All applications for active membership shall be screened by the membership committee. Applications which have been cleared by the membership committee shall then be transmitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.

2. All membership applications shall be submitted to the CMPQ / PMCQ no later than October 31st of each year in order to ensure adequate time and resource planning for CMPQ / PMCQ activities. Subsequent submissions will be processed as above however they may not be included in published membership directories.

3. Nominations for honorary life membership may be made in writing to the Board of Directors by any two members of the Club who are in good standing.

The annual dues for each active member are to be determined not later than the first of September of the then current fiscal year. Dues for Honorary Life members shall be waived in all instances. Only members in good standing shall have a vote at any official function of the CMPQ / PMCQ.

Notices of general meetings, or any meetings other than the Annual General Meeting at which official business is to be transacted, must be mailed by regular mail at least ten days prior to the date of such meetings. There shall be no necessity to publish any notice in either an English or French newspaper regarding any meeting of the members.

1. Board of Directors and Officers
The Membership at the Annual General Meeting shall elect from among active members in good standing, a minimum of nine directors. The term of office for the directors shall be one year. In addition, the immediate past president and immediate past vice-president shall automatically become a member of the Board of Directors. The immediate past-vice president shall become president to ensure continuity. In the event that the immediate past president is unable to fulfill this responsibility, the responsibility shall be transferred to previous past presidents in descending chronological order. At least twelve active members of the Club must be present and vote for the Board at the Annual General Meeting. The directors shall then proceed with the appointment of a vice-president and such other officers as they may deem required. All officers including the President shall have a one year term of office. The make-up of the Board of Directors including immediate past president shall be as follows : a minimum of fifty percent (50%) shall be those employed by a company engaged in the manufacture or sale of pharmaceutical or biotechnology products for distribution through regular drug channels; if applicable, the balance of the Board shall be made up of other members who are actively and closely associated with the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.

2. Nominations
On or before the first day of March in each year, the Board of Directors shall activate the standing nomination committee consisting of the incumbent president, providing he/she is not standing for office other than immediate past president, the incoming president and the preceding president whose duty it shall be to present, not later than the first day of April, a proposed slate of directors for the ensuing year. The report of the nominations committee shall be published in the notice of the Annual General Meeting. Further nominations may be made by a group of five or more general members submitting the nominations, in writing, to be presented to the Board of Directors not less than seven days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. The written consent of each nominee must accompany the nominations. The President will call for these nominations from the general membership at the February monthly meeting. These nominations will be reviewed by the nomination committee and, if deemed appropriate, recommended to the membership for election.

3. Removal of Board Members
Any member of the Board of Directors who in any way has a negative impact on the CMPQ / PMCQ or its activities is subject to a status review by the Board and may be removed from that position by democratic process at any regular meeting.

4. Committees
The president shall be empowered to appoint chairpersons of the following standing committees, and of such other committees as may be from time to time deemed necessary: publicity, facility, hospitality, membership, program, social, Pharmindex, education. The chairpersons of the standing committees must be directors.

A total of twelve (12) active members shall constitute a quorum at any General Meeting; at a Board of Director’s Meeting, six directors shall constitute a quorum.

The fiscal year of the Club shall be from July 1st through June 30th of each year.

The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall take place during the month of May, at a time and place to be determined by the Board of Directors. Notices of this meeting shall be mailed not less than three weeks prior to the date of the meeting. In addition to election of the Board of Directors, the Annual General Meeting business shall include a summary presentation of the financial status of the CMPQ / PMCQ.

These By-Laws may be amended by the board and ratified by a simple majority of the general membership who are present. No amendment shall be voted upon without first setting forth:

  1. the date of the meeting; and

  2. the exact wording of the proposed amendment.

Such notices must be mailed not less than three full weeks prior to the date of the meeting. Amendments may be introduced by the Board of Directors, or by any ten members in good standing, by means of a written proposal signed by each of the ten members. A special general meeting, to vote on such a proposal, or any other matter of business, may be called by any ten general members making such a demand of the Board of Directors in writing.

Financial control will be ensured via employment of an outside financial consultant. This consultant will be remunerated according to an annual review by the Board of Directors.

Despite not-for-profit status, the CMPQ / PMCQ requires cash reserves to ensure financing of ongoing activities. To support this, the CMPQ / PMCQ will maintain a minimum of 10% of the total annual budget in cash reserve at all times.


Involved and Supportive

The PMCQ is not just focussed on education and networking, we’re focussed on the community at large. We offer support to a number of charities and organizations, raising funds at our events and activities, such as our Summer Social and Holiday Soirée. Our club has donated to many local charities and organizations, including the following:

  • SickKids
  • Dans la rue
  • Children’s Starlight Foundation for the Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • Ste-Justine Hospital
  • Réseau Québécois pour la santé du sein (RQSS)
  • Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • Sun Youth
  • Ste-Justine Hospital
  • Nez Rouge

We appreciate the efforts of all of our members in helping us give back to the community and we hope to continue building our ties to the community for years to come.

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