At the age of 44, Anthony Leong's working experience has encompassed a wide range of responsibilities and achievements. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1990 with a B.Sc. in Pharmacy, Mr. Leong became a licensed pharmacist associated with Shoppers Drug Mart, the largest drug store chain in Canada. Within two years Mr. Leong became a franchisee within the chain, and successfully opened and operated the first twenty-four-hour drug store in Hamilton not long after. Following record sales increases at this location, he moved onto his second location in Scarborough. Two years later, after building sales to the five million dollar level, Mr. Leong entered the MBA program at the University of Toronto to study marketing and information technology, from which he graduated in 1998.
Mr. Leong then joined IBM Canada in the capacity of Researcher/Advisor for a small-scale pilot of the e-business Advisory Services offering. This then dovetailed into a two-year stint as a Retail Consultant in IBM Canada's Retail Consumer Consulting Practice, where he assisted a number of North American retailers and consumer packaged goods firms with developing e-business strategies, web implementations, and store systems rollouts.
Mr. Leong then left IBM Canada to join the short-lived HealthMosaic.com, which unsuccessfully tried to streamline the business processes between retail pharmacies and their suppliers. Following the demise of HealthMosaic.com, Mr. Leong formed his own management consultancy, and was involved in the development of a web-based loans administration application for Whodunet, as well as the creation of an operations plan for a new line of business for international aquaculture company Stolt Sea Farm. He then joined the e-Business B2B Team at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Canada, specializing in Life Sciences and Healthcare as a Senior Consultant. For a brief while, Mr. Leong was a Consulting Director dedicated to the McKesson Canada account at Secor Consulting. Today, Mr. Leong is the Vice President of Government Affairs at McKesson Canada, the largest healthcare solutions company in Canada.
In addition to nurturing the professional aspects of his life, Mr. Leong has also cultivated his creativity and what he considers his core competency: writing. Starting with short stories and poetry during his early school years, he moved onto more complex narratives in the later years, such as the completion of his first full-length novel, "[regret]", in 1995. In the past two years, his writing has focused on screenplays, and he is currently having his work evaluated by producers. Mr. Leong is also the resident film and genre television reviewer on e.mba net, a private electronic network connecting business schools around the world, a natural extension of his dual passions of film and writing.
In 1998, Mr. Leong continued to explore new avenues for his writing. He served as Senior Web Editor and provided production assistance for the new television series "This New SoHo". This series aired during the summer of 1998, and illustrated how small businesses could use computers and the Internet to be more productive and successful. The series was hosted by IBM's Tom Vassos and was set in the Toronto Fashion Incubator. He has joined the staff at the Detroit-based Eyepiece.com in the capacity of Entertainment Editor for this new on-line magazine, as well as a movie reviewer for The Reel Site and NZone Magazine. In addition, Mr. Leong is a movie review content provider for a number of sites, such as Indonesia's CelebrityWonder.com and L.A.-based Modelbuzz.com. In the area of print journalism, Mr. Leong was part of the writing staff of Frontier Magazine, the popular science fiction media magazine of Australia, and Asian Cult Cinema, a niche magazine covering the more esoteric films of the East. More recently, he has been a freelance contributor to a number of Variety Magazine Special Reports on the Asian film industries. His hardcopy publications are archived on the MediaCircus Sightings page.
Most recently, Mr. Leong wrote the first ever guidebook to the latest 'Korean New Wave' entitled "Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong", which is dedicated to his wife Michelle Shen, and now available from Trafford Publishing. In addition, he was invited to contribute two chapters on drug distribution and retail pharmacy in Canada for IMS Health's PharmaFocus 2007 and PharmaFocus 2008 reports.
Employment History | Education | Academic Awards | Publications and Sightings
Vice President, Government Affairs, McKesson Canada, 2013-Present
Director, Government Relations, McKesson Canada, 2005-2013
Manager, Strategy & Business Development, McKesson Canada, 2004-2005
Consulting Director, Secor Consulting, 2003-2004
Sr. Consultant, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Canada, 2001-2003
Author, Korean Cinema: The New Hong Kong, 2003
Consultant, Stolt Sea Farm, 2000-2001
Consultant, Whodunet, 2000
Director of Pharmacy Connectivity, HealthMosaic.com, 2000
Retail Consultant, IBM Canada, 1998-2000
e-business Researcher/Advisor, IBM Canada, 1998
Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart #920, 2000-Present
Senior Web Editor, "This New SoHo" (CTV NewsOne), 1998
Entertainment Editor, Embanet, 1996-Present
Film Critic/Columnist, Nzone Magazine, 1998-Present
Film Critic, FilmFrenzy.com, 1998-2000
Entertainment Editor, Eyepiece.com, 1998-1999
Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart #618, 1994-2000
Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart #821, 1995-1998
Writer/director/producer, Love in Fall Productions, 1996-Present
Pharmacist, Shoppers Drug Mart #749, 1995
Pharmacist/Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart #850, 1993-1995
Pharmacist/Owner, Shoppers Drug Mart #749, 1992-1993
Pharmacy Manager, Shoppers Drug Mart #829, 1990-1992