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McKesson Canada completes acquisition of Uniprix and Appoints Alain Arel as President, Uniprix and PROXIM

Regulatory approval obtained from the Competition Bureau of Canada for the acquisition of Uniprix.

• Alain Arel to lead McKesson Canada’s Retail Banner Group segment in Quebec, as President, Uniprix and PROXIM.

• Philippe Duval will continue as Senior Advisor to ensure a successful transition.

St-Laurent, Quebec, September 6, 2017 -- McKesson Canada announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of all outstanding shares of Uniprix. This follows regulatory approval obtained from the Competition Bureau of Canada and other customary closing conditions.

“Today’s announcement marks a milestone for McKesson Canada, Uniprix and PROXIM. Together, we will leverage our shared expertise to deliver better care and value to patients across the province and strengthen independent pharmacy in Quebec” said Paula Keays, President, McKesson Canada.

McKesson Canada also announced the nomination of Alain Arel as President, Uniprix and PROXIM, effective immediately. Arel will continue reporting to Rick Brennan, Senior Vice President, Retail Banner Group, and assume overall leadership responsibility for McKesson Canada’s Retail Banner Group segment in Quebec, including Uniprix and PROXIM. 

“It is a privilege to take on this exciting new role” said Alain Arel, President, Uniprix and PROXIM. “With McKesson Canada, Uniprix will be able to ensure a positive future for independent pharmacists and continue to be a destination of choice for health care in Quebec.”

Philippe Duval, President and CEO of Uniprix, will continue in a senior advisory role to ensure a smooth transition.

“This is a positive step towards ensuring long-term, sustainable success for Uniprix owners” said Philippe Duval, President and CEO of Uniprix. “Alain Arel brings deep knowledge of the retail pharmacy sector in Quebec, and a proven track record of delivering results to independent pharmacy owners.”

Individual pharmacies will remain independently owned and continue to operate under the existing Uniprix brand.


About McKesson Canada

Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the healthcare industry to provide patients better, safer care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other healthcare institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada. For more information, visit


About Uniprix

Founded in 1977, Uniprix Inc. is one of the largest groups of independent pharmacists in Quebec. The company offers services to a network of more than 330 pharmacies across the province. Year after year, Uniprix ranks among the most admired companies in Quebec. For more information, visit:



PROXIM was created in 2006 following the consolidation of independent pharmacist-owners. With over 265 pharmacies throughout Québec, pharmacist-owners affiliated with PROXIM are leading health professionals in their community. Their priority is to provide specialized and customized support to their patients for improved health. PROXIM is one of six banners owned by McKesson Canada. With over 2,000 pharmacies, these banners represent the largest network of independent pharmacist-owners in the country. For more information, visit:


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