Kris Thorkelson is an accomplished entrepreneur who makes his home in the city of Winnipeg. He has more than 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, having found and led a number of retail pharmacy businesses to success.
Kris currently owns a chain of four pharmacies in Winnipeg, called the Prescription Shop. He also owns a pair of medical clinics attached to two of the pharmacies. The retail pharmacy shops employ a dozen pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who take care of the stores’ daily operations.
Kris began his career in the pharmaceutical business after graduating from the University of Manitoba. He worked at HW Pharmacy and ended up purchasing the store with a partner after just three months. The partner left and Kris ultimately sold HW Pharmacy to Safeway in 1995. He opened the first Prescription Shop that same year.
In 2001, Kris Thorkelson founded Canada Drugs, a Canadian online pharmacy company. The pharmacy acquired brand name and generic drugs from around the world and sold them online at competitive prices.
During its seventeen years, Kris led in Canada Drugs’ growth, with the company eventually employing more than 190 team members. Canada Drugs helped millions of patients around the world gain access to the best prices on the best brand and generic medications.
Most recently, Kris has ventured into new areas of the business world, including real estate. He is the owner of Thorwin Properties, a property management company specializing in finding suitable homes for Winnipeg-based clients.
In 2006, Kris donated $500,000 to the University of Manitoba’s pharmacy program, which named a laboratory after him. Kris is also an active supporter of Agape Table and Canadian Lutheran World Relief, among other organizations.