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2022 Executive Committee

At its Annual Meeting on January 21, 2022, Council elected the 2022 Executive Committee as follows: Dr. Areef Nurani, President Dr. William Ulakovic, Vice-President Dr. Camy Grewal, Chair, Governance/HR Committee Mr. Howard Kennedy, Chair, Audit/Finance/Risk Committee Ms. Suzanne Allen, Member-at-Large Thank you to all Council members who put their names forward for this year’s Executive…more

Council Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results for the recent Council Election to fill one seat in District 1 (GTA) and two seats in District 5 (Provincial). The following optometrists have been elected for three-year terms starting January 2022: District 1 Dr. Abraham Yuen District 5 Dr. Pooya Hemami Dr. Richard Kniaziew The College would like to…more

Council Meeting Highlights – September 17, 2021

Council met virtually on September 17, 2021, where it discussed ongoing stakeholder meetings about the possibility of a singular, Canadian entry-to-practice exam, as well as the ongoing job action in relation to complaints and concerns. Council also approved two key items: the establishment and funding of a new Research Grant Panel, and updates to the Optometric…more

Council Elections – Voting Opens Soon

A call for nominations was announced in July to fill five seats in four districts. Two seats were acclaimed as follows: District 4 (Western Electoral District): Dr. Dino Mastronardi District 6 (University of Waterloo Faculty): Dr. Lisa Christian Congratulations to Dr. Mastronardi and Dr. Christian, who will begin their three-year terms effective January 1, 2022.Voting…more

Ontario Optometrists and Withdrawal of Services

In March 2021, the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) announced that optometrists will be engaging in job action and withdrawing services for OHIP-insured patients effective September 1, 2021. OHIP currently covers standard eye exams for those age 19 and younger, age 65 and older, and for those with specific medical conditions. The College of Optometrists of Ontario…more

We Need You!

The College is looking for engaged, enthusiastic optometrists to help us to help us fulfill our mandate to regulate the profession in the public interest. How can you help? It’s easy! There are two key ways optometrists can be involved with the College: Run for a seat on the College Council in the upcoming election…more

Council Meeting Highlights – June 18, 2021

Council met virtually on June 18, 2021, and approved several key items that have important implications for optometrists, as well as the College’s work over the next three years. Funding ReallocationPreviously, the College maintained a reserve fund with the intention of purchasing office space. As per Canada Revenue Agency, not-for-profit organizations cannot maintain significant reserves without…more

Request for Proposals: Website Design and Development

The College of Optometrists of Ontario is inviting proposals from organizations interested in designing and developing a new College website. As the first point-of-contact with stakeholders, the College website is an important tool for communicating with both optometrists and the public. The College is looking to refresh its current website to support the increase in…more