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Eyes Wide Open is an eye care podcast exploring issues of interest to Canadian Eye Care Professionals across the entire spectrum of the industry. EWO podcast hosts cast their curious eyes toward compelling issues, interesting perspectives and new products and services that impact Canadian ECPs today and in the future. Guests include professionals from within the industry as well as those that view our industry from the outside with fresh, open and observant minds.


Dr. Glen Chiasson is a 1995 graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.  In 2009, he co-hosted a podcast produced for colleagues in eye care, the “International Optometry Podcast”. He is a moderator of the Canadian Optometry Group, an email forum for Canadian optometrists. He enjoys tennis, hockey, and reading and lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

Roxanne Arnal is a past-president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS). She successfully grew an independent Optometric practice in Alberta before leaving the profession to become a Certified Financial Planner® focusing on optometrists and their families’ financial requirements. Originally from Manitoba, Roxanne now resides in Alberta.

Recent Episodes

Episode 32: Dr. Scott Mundle on Optometry Giving Sight

Dr. Scott Mundle updates listeners on the activies of Optometry Giving Sight. He and EyesWideOpen Host Roxanne Arnal discuss the individual physcological and practice benefits of giving, detailing how and why Optometry should support OGS

Episode 31: An Optical Executive Insider Reveals Tips to get a Great Lease

Tom Bollum uniquely combines commercial real estate expertise with extensive optical C-suite experience. Currently he is a licensed real estate Broker focusing on retail development properties and tenant representation.

Episode 30: Dr. Sophia Leung Takes The Road Less Travelled

Dr. Sophia Leung, President Elect of the Alberta Association of Optometrists and EyesWideOpen host Dr. Roxanne Arnal, explore, mentorship, professional collaboration and practitioner burnout.

Episode 29: Meeting the Recruitment Challenge at FYidoctors

Dr. Michael Naugle, VP of Optometric Partnerships outlines FYidoctors new Future Vision Program. The program offers forgivable loans of up to $100,000 to new ODs joining their network.

Episode 28: Delivering Dry Eye Clinical Excellence Through “Channel-Protected” Products

Dr. Trevor Miranda discusses the role of practice culture and channel protected products to deliver clinical excellence in dry eye. He shares his.key processes.

Episode 27: Bring Style into Your Sales Strategy

Wendy Buchanan combines Fashion Image expertise with her Opticianry skills to build a successful mobile practice and the training system she’s developed to style fashion eyewear and generate multiple pairs sales.


Eyes Wide Open Podcast features guests who are eye care professionals opinion leaders and leaders in the eye care industry. Some of the professionals you might encounter in this podcast are:

  • Dr. Sophia Leung (Optometrists, President-Elect Alberta Assoc. of Optometrists)
  • Dr. Michael Naugle (Optometrists, VP Optometric Partnerships, FYidoctors)
  • Naomi Barber (Optometrist, Australia, Director of Optometry, Specsavers Canada
  • Dr. James (Jim) Hoffman (Independent Optometric Practice Owner, Florida)
  • Dr. Daryan Angle (Optometrists, VP Business Development, IRIS Group)
  • Dr. Al Ulsifer (Optometrists, CEO & Chair of FYi doctors)
  • Dr. David Schwirtz (Optometrists, VP of Innovation and Head of Innovation for New Look Vision Group)
  • Jackie Joachim (Chief Operating officer for ROI Corporation)