Speakers


DR. MIRA ACS
Dr. Acs belongs to Fellow, American Academy of Optometry, is a Past President, Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Past President, Vision Institute of Canada.  She is a senior clinical optometrist at Toronto Eye Care, a full-scope, primary care practice, including the use of therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.  Her areas of interest are contact lenses, clinical research, new products and procedures. Dr. Acs is able to draw from her experience of over 30 years in practice as well as the insights gained through her peer-to-peer meetings on practice management and her personal experience wearing and fitting multifocal contact lenses. She also has a dry eye clinic in her practice and shares her insights on both clinical and business related aspects.

DR. RICHARD ADLER
Dr. Richard Adler is a board certified ophthalmologist, renowned for providing his patients with compassionate care and excellent outcomes.  Dr. Adler graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the University Scholars Program. After graduating from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Adler went on to complete his Ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. He subsequently completed a fellowship at Wilmer in Corneal, Refractive, and External Disease.  Dr. Richard Adler is board-certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology. In addition, Dr. Adler is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Adler is a nationally-recognized speaker on the topics related to eye disease and currently lectures

MAUREEN ATKINSON
Maureen Atkinson is a Senior Partner at J.C. Williams Group one of the foremost retail consultancies in Canada. She is recognized as a leading thinker on retailing, downtown revitalization, and entertainment districts. Before joining J.C. Williams Group, Maureen was with T. Eaton Company, a national department store chain, for ten years in sales management, marketing research, and merchandising management. At J.C. Williams Group, she heads up the research department and has worked with major shopping centre developers and retailers from across North America and the Middle East.  She manages ongoing research products including the National Retail Bulletin and the Canadian Etail Report. Maureen is also a founding member of the Canadian Research Group of the International Council of Shopping Centers as well as one of the 12 global recipients of this year’s Career Service Award as part of the 2016 ICSC Researcher Awards.

DR. KATE BALDRY

Dr. Kate Baldry graduated on the Dean’s Honours List from the University of Waterloo in 2015 and was accepted into the Low Vision Rehabilitation residency program at her alma mater. Her training provided extensive experience in examination and rehabilitation of patients with vision impairment, as well as assessment for drivers’ license reinstatement through the MTO vision waiver program. She now provides primary care and low vision rehabilitation at her practice in downtown Toronto, and has continued in the UWOVS Low Vision Clinic as a Clinical Instructor.

ALESSANDRO BARONTI
With almost 30 years of international optical experience, Alessandro got his career started with Optyl Italia, the largest Optical company at the time.  After spending 4 years with Optyl, he moved to the United States. He was hired by Luxottica as an entry level Sales Consultant in the Midwest carrying Persol , Moschino, Valentino and Yves Saint Lauren . Three years later, Alessandro was asked to be one of the US Sales Consultants to help re-introduce Ray Ban in the US market after the acquisition of the brand from B&L. Soon afterwards, he was promoted to Regional Manager for the Midwest, where he was responsible for the introductions of many fashion lines in the market; Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Polo, Donna Karon and others. Alessandro then left Luxottica to pursue an opportunity with Marcolin as Vice President of Key Accounts.  But his heart was still with Luxottica and after 1-year with Marcolin, he returned to Luxottica when Luxottica President Andrea Dorigo asked him to re-join the organization as Vice President of Sales in the Central Region.  “Today I have a home at Luxottica, a fantastic place to work not just a job but a passion. The philosophy of Luxottica is based on three important pillars; Empowerment, Costumer Focus and Teamwork .We truly build this legend gaining back the primary role in the market share in the US by winning back the heart and mind of our customers, we are doing it one costumer at the time virtually hugging them with a confidence and humble approach “.  Under the leadership of our President Fabrizio Uguzzoni and our Senior Vice President Ludovic Ladreyt, Alessandro is the face of Luxottica in the North America Market eading  in the position  of  VP Industry Relation & Education . As a certified ABOC- certified speaker for level 1 and 2 for the issuance of continuing education credit for Luxottica, Alessandro provides education for thousands of IECP every year.

DR. ANDREW BIONDO
Dr. Biondo works in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri. He fits a wide variety of specialty contact lenses, but his focus is on scleral lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal transplants, severe dry eye disease and other corneal abnormalities. Dr. Biondo also specializes in the treatment of severe dry eye syndrome related to systemic disease, namely graft-versus-host disease, and helped pioneer the use of amniotic membrane transplantation by optometrists in Missouri. He is an executive board member of the St. Louis Optometric Society, as well as a member of the Missouri Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the Scleral Lens Education Society and the AOA. He is also an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry where he mentors fourth year students on specialty lenses and anterior segment disease. Dr. Biondo lectures nationally on scleral lens fitting and practice management.

DR. SONDRA BLACK
Dr. Sondra R. Black, OD graduated from University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1980. Since 2012, she has been Director of Clinical Operations for Crystal Clear Vision Canada. Dr. Black is Board Certified in the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, VISX Custom LASIK Certified, an Orbscan Trainer for Technolas, and on the Optometric Advisory Board for Acufocus. She has lectured at major optometric meetings including American Academy of Optometry, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Vision Expo, AOA, SECO, ASOA and CAO, and has written articles for Optometric Management, Vision Voice, TLC E Vision, Review of Optometry, OSN, Primary Care Optometry News, and Refractive Eye Care.

ANNE BROWN
Anne has been a sales professional in the Eye Industry since 1994 with 18 of those years spent at CIBA Vision/Alcon with senior positions in Sales, Marketing and Professional Affairs.  Anne has been the Ontario District Sales Manager with Luxottica since 2012; including leading Brands:  Ray Ban, Oakley, Burberry, Coach, Versace, Prada, Tiffany, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch.  Anne is responsible for Independent Channel only and focuses her efforts on capturing and retaining patients in the Independent Optometrist Office.

DR. LAURIE CAPOGNA
Dr. Laurie Capogna is the founder of Eye Wellness and a leader in the field of ocular nutrition and health.   She is passionate about learning and education, and has been on a journey of learning and discovery her entire life.  As a doctor of optometry, her journey led her to specialize in comprehensive care and the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of eye disorders. Her passion for whole health, food and nutrition drove her to co-author the best-selling eye health and nutrition books, Eyefoods: A Food Plan for Healthy Eyes, Eyefoods for Kids:  A Tasty Guide to Nutrition and Eye Health and Cooking with Eyefoods:  Recipes to Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light. In 2015 Dr. Capogna founded Eye Wellness, an innovative eye care centre in Niagara Falls, with a guiding principle that overall health is integral to eye health.  In addition to writing numerous articles on the topic of nutrition and eye health, Dr. Capogna speaks frequently about these topics to fellow doctors  and the public. Her mission is to inspire and educate eye care professionals and the public about the power of ocular nutrition and prevention.

DR. CLARA CHAN
Dr. Chan is a specialist in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. She is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and the former Chair of the Resident Surgical Teaching Committee. She teaches fellows as part of the Cornea fellowship program at the Toronto Western Hospital and is the Medical Director of the Eye Bank of Canada, Ontario Division. She has published more than 60 papers and abstracts, and has taught courses and lectured at international meetings. She received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2015, serves on the Cornea Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and is a Cornea Section Editor for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology and the Cornea Editor for the Eyeworld magazine.

DR. KYLE CHEATHAM
Dr. Cheatham, co-founder and CEO of KMK Educational Services, focuses on empowering O.D.s with new knowledge that is practical and can be immediately used in clinical practice. As a featured international optometric educator, and sought after lecturer in other medical and business fields, Dr. Cheatham’s unique educating style simplifies complex topics into logical and easy to understand concepts. Dr. Cheatham graduated from Centre College (KY) with a B.S. in Biology and completed optometry school at Indiana University School of Optometry before accepting a prestigious residency at the Kansas City VA Hospital. Dr. Cheatham has spent the majority of his career in a referral based setting, specializing in Ocular Disease at Heartland Eye Consultants in Omaha, NE.

DOUG COOK
Doug Cook is a registered dietitian and nutritional consultant with over 18 years of experience in a wide range of settings serving diverse needs. His practice ranges from clinical nutrition at St Michael’s Hospital, St Joseph’s Health Centre, and The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, to writing for the public, patients and other health professionals.  Doug has had a variety of experience in media including TV, radio, and print. He served as the nutrition expert for the Ontario Ministry of Health’s former website, Healthy Ontario. He wrote a popular column, The Vice Squad, in the Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator that helped readers deconstruct marketing claims of various food products. He wrote another well-received column in the Medical Post, Food as Medicine, and has co-authored various books on nutrition. Doug is very passionate about nutrition and believes that a diet based on nutrient-dense, whole foods can help heal and restore health. He practices an integrative and holistic approach to nutritional counseling that provides evidenced-based guidance and the judicious use of natural health products, where appropriate. He is known for not being satisfied for blindly following conventional wisdom and actively considers alternate points of view, even if unpopular, in order to establish a balanced approach.

DR. DOUGLAS DEVRIES
Douglas K. Devries, OD co-founded Eye Care Associates of Nevada in 1992, and since then, has limited his practice to surgical co-management and diseases of the eye.   His specific area of interest has been in ocular surface disease, which makes up the majority of his clinical practice.  Dr. Devries lectures to colleagues extensively, both nationally and internationally, on anterior segment eye disease.  He is the director of the optometric residency program and optometric fourth year intern program at Eye Care Associates and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Optometry.  Dr. Devries received his bachelor’s degree in Financial Management from the University of Nevada, Reno and received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in 1989.  He has been awarded the Optometrist of the Year from the State of Nevada Optometric Association and from the Great Western Counsel of Optometry, where he served as President of both organizations.  He currently serves on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, as well as the Counsel on Optometric Education.  Dr. Devries is a life-long Nevada resident, and currently resides in Sparks.  He is a multi-engine instrument rated pilot, and flies with Dr. Hiss monthly to smaller Northern Nevada communities to assist in surgery.  When he is not working, he enjoys traveling and scuba diving internationally, and riding his motorcycles.   He is also an avid skier, hiker and marksman.

DR. JOHN GONDER
Dr. John Gonder is a licensed Ophthalmologist in London. He is currently working at Ivey Eye Institute where he provides whole eye care, including everything from initial eye examination, the prescription of both eyeglasses and contact lenses and performing surgery on the eyes and surrounding area. 

DR. DONALD HOOD
Don Hood, the James F. Bender Professor of Psychology and Professor of Ophthalmic Science (in Ophthalmology), has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1969. He holds a B.A. from Harpur College of the State University of New York, M.Sc. and Ph.D. (1970) degrees from Brown University and an honorary degree from Smith College (2000). From 1982 to 1987, he served as Vice President for the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Optical Society of America. He served on the Board of Trustees of Smith College from 1989 to 1999 (Vice Chair from 1991-1999), and the Board of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology from 2004-2009. Currently, he is on the Board of Trustees of Brown University (since 2002, Secretary since 2008), of the ARVO Foundation for Vision Research (since 2009, Treasurer) and of The Harry Guggenheim Foundations (since 1996). He also serves on several editorial boards: IOVS (since 1992), Journal of Vision (since 2000), Documenta Ophthalmologica (since 2004), and Translational Vision Science & Technology (since 2011); he previously served on the board of Vision Research.

DR. CINDY HUTNIK
Dr. Hutnik is a full professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.  She is Chair of Research in the department and Director of the Ophthalmology Basic Science Laboratory at the Lawson Health Research Institute in the Center for Clinical Investigation and Therapeutics.  She earned her doctoral degree at the National Research Council followed by undergraduate medical training, both in Ottawa, Canada.  She then obtained her ophthalmology training at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Canada followed by subspecialty glaucoma training under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Kaufman at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.  She currently is a member of a number of editorial and research review boards.  She supervises an independent program of clinical, basic science, educational research and collaborates with local colleagues engaged in health economics research.   Her administrative roles have included Faculty Chair of the Summer Research Training Program at the University of Western Ontario as well as membership on the Faculty Clinician-Scientist committee, medical advisory committee of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind Mobile Eye Care Program, councilor of the Canadian Glaucoma Society and co-chair of the Canadian Glaucoma Clinical Research Council. Her major research interest is focused on the pathophysiology and management of glaucoma with a sub-interest in ocular surface and macular disease.  She has supervised and mentored in research more than 200 students at all levels of training ranging from high school to graduate science and medicine.  Her work has been presented and published both nationally and internationally and has been recognized with over 70 awards. She continues to have keen interest in the development of novel and/or optimization of existing treatments for patients with glaucoma. In addition to research she is engaged in a number of initiatives such as an objective model of competency based medical education, a multi-level microsurgical instruction course, collaborative models of eye care and global partnerships between the Schulich School and key centers in China.

DR. THERESA JAHN
Dr. Jahn is the Scientific Affairs Manager at Nature’s Way of Canada and frequently presents on the topic of omega-3 fatty acids and dry eye disease to optometrists, their staff across Canada as well as to optometry students at the University of Waterloo. She is a member of the peer review board for Integrated Healthcare Practitioner magazine and the past co-chair of the Nova Scotia Naturopathic Conference. Theresa received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto and her Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

DR. SHAMROZE KHAN
Shamrozé Khan obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 2007, and completed a double residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2008. She then entered private practice in Ontario, where she practiced full scope optometry including low vision care for almost a decade.  She joined the Faculty of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science as Assistant Clinical Professor in November 2016.  Dr. Khan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and published author of several articles on visual rehabilitation and geriatric care.

DR. KEYVAN KOUSHAN
Dr. Koushan attended the University of Toronto for his undergraduate and medical school education, followed by his ophthalmology residency training at McMaster University. He subsequently went on to finish a two-year medical/surgical retina fellowship at the University of Florida, Jacksonville. He is a staff ophthalmologist at Toronto Retina Institute, Mississauga Retina Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. He is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents and is also involved in multiple clinical trials on diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.

DR. CHRISTOPH KRANEMANN
As one of North America’s leading Lasik eye surgeons, Dr. Kranemann’s goal is to understand exactly what patients want from their vision. With this information, Dr. Kranemann can provide the most advanced vision correction option available to meet your lifestyle goals. After completing his education and training at the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and Royal Manchester Eye Hospital, Dr. Kranemann went on to complete a fellowship course in refractive surgery at the Institute for Refractive and Ophthalmic Surgery (IROC) in Zurich, Switzerland. He is Board- Certified in ophthalmology in both Canada and the United States. As a multi-national lecturer and frequent contributor to well-respected, international medical journals such as the American Journal of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, Dr. Kranemann uses his years of experience and extensive skills to advance vision correction research and train the next generation of surgeons. When not providing personalized vision correction to his patients or educating new physicians, Dr. Kranemann enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, gourmet cooking, art, and travel.

DR. ANNE MARIE LAHR
Dr. Anne-Marie Lahr will be responsible for technical and medical education. Most recently Dr. Lahr held the position of Assistant Professor at Salus University and she has more than 18 years of experience as an instructor in the field of optics. Dr. Lahr will be engaged in new product development and technical education. Her instruction will primarily be with doctors to help them understand the impact of HOYA technology on the improvement in optics of our lens designs, materials and treatments. She will also be responsible for conducting and managing all of HOYA’s patient case studies and white papers.

DR. DAVID LEDERER
Dr. David Lederer has genuine passion for eye care education and a knack for translating that into accessible, engaging training that delivers practical skill building. Dr. Lederer is a Clinical Associate at Eye Health MD in Montreal and has served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at McGill University Faculty of Medicine as well as the Director of Tele-Ophthalmology (2011-2013). He has published numerous articles and abstracts and garnered many honors and awards. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, he received his M.D. at Tufts University School of Medicine, performed his residency at McGill University in the Department of Ophthalmology and completed a Medical Retina Fellowship at Duke University.

DR. CHERYL LETHEREN
Dr. Letheren has been practicing Optometry in London for over 24 years. She provides assessment and treatment for binocular vision problems, strabismus, amblyopia, learning difficulties, autism, and sports vision as well as concussions and head injury. Dr Letheren is the former chief of optometry for TLC, the Laser Centre in London, Ontario (1995-2000). She is a graduate of Western University in physiology and has her Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo. She did additional training at the school of Optometry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 1995.  Dr. Letheren has had more than 10 years of experience with vision rehabilitation. She has been on staff at Parkwood Hospital, a rehabilitation facility, for the last seven years, seeing acute in-patient and out-patient brain injury, complex care and stroke patients; she also acts as a consultant for adult concussion patients. Dr. Letheren does consults for patients with chronic conditions, motor vehicle injuries, head injuries, developmental conditions, learning disabilities and concussions in adults and children.  Dr. Letheren lectures, has been interviewed for television and radio and writes articles for numerous publications and patient directed information in North America. Dr. Letheren consults for legal cases and provides expert evaluation for insurance companies. She has been a long time Fellow of the American Academy and has previously been involved with numerous committees and on the board of the Ontario Association of Optometry. She also finds time to mentor optometry students and entrepreneurial young women.

AMBER MAC
Amber Mac is a TV host, entrepreneur, author and popular digital expert in Canada. Her enthusiasm for all things tech and digital is reflected in her many innovative speaking engagements and through her social media platforms. Amber’s strong journalism experience has led to many broadcast appearances throughout her career on shows such as the Marilyn Denis Show, CTV News and CITY-TV, Bloomberg TV as well as the creation of her own Sirius XM Satellite radio show. She is also currently president of Konnekt Digital Engagement, an agency which specializes in digital marketing, social media, online video production and web design and development. Through her multiple outlets and opportunities, Amber aims to educate and inspire others to grow and expand their own digital and social platforms.

DR. SARAH MACIVER
Sarah MacIver is an associate clinical professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry and Vision Science. She completed residency training in ocular disease at the SUNY State College of Optometry in New York City before joining the faculty at the University of Waterloo in 2011. She has presented at various national and international conferences on glaucoma, nutrition, imaging and anterior segment disease. She won the Ontario Association of Optometrists President’s award in 2013. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a board member of the American Academy of Optometry Nutrition, Disease Prevention and Wellness Special Interest Group, and a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.

DR. RICHARD MAHARAJ
Dr. Richard Maharaj is the Clinic Director at eyeLABS Optometry and Center for Ocular Surface Disease and Lead Optometrist at York-Finch Ophthalmology, Toronto.  Dr. Maharaj is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is an Associate Clinical Adjunct at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.  He continues to develop new techniques and devices for non-surgical clinical care of the meibomian glands and ocular surface.  He is an international speaker on primary management of eye diseases, a published author on ocular surface disease and is associate editor for Clinical & Surgical Ophthalmology and current Editor-in-Chief for Clinical & Refractive Optometry Journals

DR. BABEK MALEKI

Dr. Maleki is a Canadian trained and board certified ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of conditions affecting the eyelids, ocular surface, lacrimal system and orbit.  A graduate of McMaster medical school, Dr. Maleki completed his ophthalmology residency at Dalhousie University followed by fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Montreal. Since 2009, Dr. Maleki has performed over 12,000 solo oculoplastic procedures and has trained over 30 medical residents and students in ophthalmology, ENT, plastic surgery and maxillofacial surgery. He is currently on faculty at the University of Toronto and enjoys teaching learners at all levels in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Maleki has served as past president of the Canadian Society of Oculoplastic Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Canadian Ophthalmology Society. He also serves as a journal reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology for his expertise in oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Maleki has a private office and fully accredited surgical center at 1033 Bay Street in Toronto. He welcomes consultations for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery involving the eyelids, ocular surface, lacrimal system and orbit. 

MR. CRAIG NORMAN
Mr. Norman is Director of Research at the Vision Research Institute (VRI) in the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO), Ferris State University. A clinician for more than 30 years, he has lectured worldwide on contact lens and eyecare topics, and has published more than 100 articles, posters, videos and book chapters. He is a member of the All About Vision Editorial Advisory Board and a consulting editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and heads the education committee of the Global Specialty Lens Symposium. Mr. Norman serves on the editorial board of Refractive Eyecare and on the advisory panel of the GP Lens Institute. He has consulted for numerous contact lens companies and has been involved in evaluating and introducing new products and technologies worldwide. Mr. Norman is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Physician Assistant of Ophthalmology program.

DR. LISA PROKOPICH
Dr. Prokopich achieved her Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the University of Waterloo and followed with a Residency at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, now Salus University. Dr. Prokopich is currently a Clinical Professor at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science specializing in ocular disease diagnosis and management. She had a hospital-based practice with the Grand River Hospital group for over 10 years, maintained private practice involvement and has worked with various provincial scope of practice committees across the country in the efforts to resolve legislative issues of prescribing for optometrists in Canada. Dr. Prokopich is the Vice-President of the Sjögren’s Society of Canada and has lectured widely and published in the therapeutic field, including section editor and author in Bartlett and Jaanus’ Clinical Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics and author of the Canadian Dry Eye Guidelines (2014).

DR. MATTHEW SCHLENKER
Matthew B. Schlenker is a University of Toronto Glaucoma, Cataract, & Anterior Segment Surgeon on Staff at Kensington Vision & Research Center and Toronto Western Hospital.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Yale University and then worked as a Financial Analyst at Bear Stearns and a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co.  He received his MD with Honours and Ophthalmology training at the University of Toronto.  He then completed a Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Fellowship with Dr. Ike Ahmed.  He is completing a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Research interests include observational study design and big data projects related to functional outcomes following cataract and glaucoma surgery, glaucoma surgery comparative analysis, glaucoma and cataract outcome predictive modelling, eye health economics, and other health systems research.

DR. ALLAN SLOMOVIC
Dr Slomovic is the Research Director of the Cornea/External Disease Service at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network and the Vice Chair of Education and Continuing Education Director for the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto. Dr Slomovic has served in the following roles for the Canadian Ophthalmologic Society:  President (June 2014-June 2016); Chair of Continuing Professional Development (June 2009- June 2014); and Chair of the Canadian Cornea and External Disease Society (June 2000-2009). Dr Slomovic is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and the Marta and Owen Boris Endowed Chair in Cornea and Stem Cell Research at the University Health Network. Prior to starting Medical school, Dr Slomovic completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montreal. He then went on to do his Medical School training at Memorial University in St John's Newfoundland, followed by an internship in Internal Medicine at The Montreal General Hospital. Dr Slomovic then went on to complete a 3 year residency training program at the New York University School of Medicine in Manhattan, New York. This was followed by 2 separate Fellowship programs at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. The first fellowship was in Cornea/External Ocular Diseases and the second was in Laser Microsurgery.  Dr Slomovic has been involved with teaching residents and fellows, research and clinical practice over the past 30 years at the University Health Network. He was the program Director for Ophthalmology for the University of Toronto for 10 years (1991-2001) and has lead the program through 2 successful Royal College reviews. He has also trained 42 fellows in Cornea/External Ocular Diseases of the Eye from all over the world, including Canada, United States, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the  Philippines, and Great Britain. In 2001, Dr Slomovic was awarded the Mentor of the Year Award by the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Dr Slomovic is the inaugural winner of this award in the province of Ontario. Dr Slomovic has published numerous articles in the area of Cornea/External Diseases of the Eye and Refractive Surgery and has also lectured on these topics locally, nationally and internationally. On March 2014, Dr Slomovic was nominated by Toronto Life as one of Toronto’s best doctors. 

MARILYN SMITH
Marilyn Smith is a retired Faculty Clinical Lecturer from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science. She joined the School in 1988 and taught courses related to ophthalmic optics & spectacle therapy, is the head of the External Dispensing Clinics for nursing/seniors homes in the Waterloo area and Head of the Primary Care Externship program. Marilyn has been honoured by the students of the School of Optometry with the Distinguished Clinical/Lab Instructor Award and the Distinguished Clinical Associates Award.  Marilyn joined the CCOA Team as the Lead Lecturer and Workshop Instructor in 2014.

DR. JEFF SPEERS
Dr. Speers attended the University of Waterloo where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science Honours degree on the Dean's list. Dr. Speers then attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry graduating in 2008 with High Honours. During this time, he was a part of many different volunteer associations, one that took him to Guatemala to help provide eye care to many without normal access. In 2008, Dr. Speers started his yearlong residency at Omni Eye Services of New Jersey in Co-Management of Ocular procedures and surgeries.  Dr. Speers returned to Canada in 2009 where he joined TLC laser eye centres in Mississauga where he still works as the Clinical Director.  He is a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario, as well as Ontario Association of Optometry (OAO), where he currently is the Chair of the Education Committee.

DR. RAYMOND STEIN
Dr. Raymond Stein is a board-certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of Bochner Eye Institute. As an esteemed global leader in refractive surgery, he has been honored with numerous awards from a variety of prestigious international medical organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Intraocular Implant Club and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. Because of his commitment to advanced technologies and surgical excellence, Dr. Raymond Stein also served as the President of the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Raymond Stein has been invited to lecture at numerous medical conferences and has written various published journal and magazine articles, book chapters and books. With more than 100,000 successful eye surgeries performed, Dr. Raymond Stein has established himself as an expert and pioneer in refractive and implant surgery. As a testament to his exceptional surgical talents, he was chosen to serve as the chief eye surgeon for the W Network's Style by Jury. He also serves as the editor of the prominent scientific journal, Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology. Dr. Stein began his career by completing a medical degree at the University of Toronto Medical School. Continuing his education, Dr. Raymond Stein performed an ophthalmology residency at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and a cornea and external diseases fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. In addition to serving as the Medical Director at Bochner Eye Institute, Dr. Raymond Stein is the Chief of Ophthalmology at the Scarborough Hospital in Toronto, as well as the Cornea Consultant at the Mount Sinai Hospital. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto.

WAYNE STOBIE
Wayne Stobie is INNOVA Medical Ophthalmic's Director of Professional Development and has spoken on imaging technologies at Optometric meetings across Canada as well as for providing regular workshops for Optometry students at the University of Waterloo. With over 25 years of experience within the Canadian Ophthalmic Industry, Wayne is responsible for keeping INNOVA on technology's leading edge by actively investigating new technologies and procedures at international events.  Wayne graduated with a B.Sc Hon with a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph in 1989. 

DR. NANCY TORGERSON
Nancy Torgerson’s passion is to help those that struggle needlessly in school, work, sports and/or life because of visual difficulties. Her team of vision therapists, patient care coordinators and doctors love the challenge and strive to live up to their motto of “Transforming Lives Through Vision”.  Dr. Torgerson is a graduate of PUCO and past President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). She has received numerous awards including 2015 Washington State Physician of the Year.  She is a frequent lecturer and consultant to educators, rehabilitation and therapy providers and other eye care professionals.

TERRANCE WELCH
Terrance J. Welch is a successful and professional salesperson with superior interpersonal skills and organizational abilities. He has an in-­‐depth understanding of the industry with over 25+ years of award-­‐winning achievement in professional sales and management with Fortune 500 companies as well as entrepreneurial start-­‐up  operations.  Terrance is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of our customized consulting programs to clients across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been offering consulting services to governments and corporations alike in the fields of Sales, Marketing, Sales Management,  Customer Relations, Negotiations and Team Building. Some of his clients include Mercedes-­‐Benz, Rogers, Dell, Otis Elevator, The Royal Canadian Mint, The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Hertz, Donalda Club, Yale University, Peterbilt Trucks and John Deere Corporation to mention a few. Terrance is highly skilled in identifying the needs specific to the sales process as well as the uniqueness of different organizations. The innovative, dynamic and high-­‐ energy style of his programs produces immediate impact and lasting results.  Terrance consistently and expertly turns groups into teams of record-­‐setters.

DR. WALT WEST
Prior to joining Vision Source®, I practiced for 27 years in Brentwood, TN, served as Chief Editor of Optometric Management, worked as an independent consultant and as a professional speaker, presenting to audiences in 16 countries across 5 continents. At Vision Source®, I search for any means to enrich the lives of our members, their staff, and their patients by improving the office culture, practice profitability, and the patient experience.

DR. DAVID WHITE
Dr. White graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in 1985. Since graduation, he has been in group practice in London Ontario. He has been a long-time volunteer at the College of Optometrists of Ontario, serving on the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee, Quality Assurance Committee, Ethics Committee and Transparency Committee. He had the honour of serving as President of the College and chair of the Executive Committee from 2003-2005. He has given numerous presentations on behalf of the College always with the theme of helping members provide excellence in optometric care. For almost 20 years Dr. White has been a member of the Canadian Vision Care Guyana Team providing eye care for those in need which earned him the OAO Millennium Award for volunteer service in 2008.

DR. PENG YAN
Dr. Peng Yan is a vitreo-retinal surgeon and academic lecturer at the University of Toronto department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. Dr. Yan completed his double major in computer science and genetics before attending medical school at the University of British Columbia. Following the completion of medical training in Vancouver, Dr. Yan completed his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. Following residency training, Dr. Yan further pursued subspecialty fellowship training in surgical retina at the University of Toronto through Toronto Western, SickKids and Sunnybrook Hospitals. As a surgical retina specialist, Dr. Yan offers all surgical and medical retina services through Kensington Eye Clinic and Toronto Western Hospital. As an active member of the academic community and a clinical educator, Dr. Yan also enjoys teaching medical students, residents and retina fellows.  With many active research projects, Dr. Yan is also an active member of the research community with multiple publications and presenting at international conferences.