Associate Ownership

Be a trusted healthcare professional and a successful franchise owner. The Associate-Owner is unique to Shoppers Drug Mart® and offers the opportunity to be the owner and operator of an exciting and growing business. Our Associate-Owners have a strong pride of ownership, and a true commitment to patient care and the communities they serve.

The Associate Ownership experience

Focus on business

Successful Associate-Owners use their business insights to maximize the success and profitability of their business while growing the Shoppers Drug Mart® brand.

Focus on people

Associate-Owners motivate and inspire their team to do and be their best. Inspiring and developing a winning team at the store is one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of becoming an Associate-Owner.

Provide high-level patient care

Pharmacy is the core of an Associate-Owners week. Delivering the highest level of patient care is critical to establish trusting relationships with patients.

Lead in the community

Associate-Owners are ambassadors for the Shoppers Drug Mart® stores. With a variety of programs Owners give back and show they care about the health and well-being of their community.

Franchise support

Each Associate-Owner is supported by their in-store management team - backed by a large team of operational resources that are available to assist you in all aspects of the business. Your most frequent contact will likely be with your District Manager and your Pharmacy Operations Specialist, both of whom are dedicated to helping your business success and career development.

Additionally, there are many other specialized resources to support you, such as those who advise you regarding human resources/employee relations issues, recruitment, store systems, loss prevention, retail accounting, and beyond.

Do you have what it takes?

Our Associate-Owners are driven by a dream to build a secure future - practicing pharmacy the way they have always wanted. To be an Associate-Owner, you must be a pharmacist, legally licensed to practice in your chosen Canadian province or territory.

Associate-Owners are appointed by Shoppers Drug Mart® based upon their past performance and experience, an extensive interview process, a review of appropriate references, and upon their successful participation in the Shoppers Drug Mart® Leadership Excellence and Development Program (LEAD).

LEAD Foundations is a customized leadership training program to assist in identifying and developing new or prospective Associates, Front Store Managers and Beauty Managers. This program will help new or future Associates, Front Store Managers and Beauty Managers maintain a competitive advantage in today's fast paced and ever changing environment.

We are looking for individuals who are:

Dedicated healthcare professionals

Committed to operating a competitive retail business

Able to work independently within a franchise framework

Effective team leaders and motivators

Trustworthy with a high degree of credibility

Ready to thrive in a demanding and changing environment