NextGEN OD Canada

In a significant show of support for the next generation of optometry professionals, NextGen OD, alongside Eye Care Business Canada, is proud to announce its continued sponsorship of the Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS) at the University of Waterloo for the second consecutive year.

This partnership is a testament to our dedication to fostering the growth and development of the optometry field by backing its future leaders—our students.

Elevating Student Voices Through APERTURE Magazine

One of the cornerstones of this sponsorship is our support for APERTURE Magazine, the official magazine of CAOS. But this year, we’re taking our support a step further by not only showcasing academic excellence but rewarding it as well.

The APERTURE writing contest offers a platform for students to express their creativity and insights, with enticing incentives. Winners of the contest will not only be celebrated with $500 in prizes but will also see their winning entries published in both Eye Care Business Canada and Optik Magazine. T

This opportunity opens the doors for over 10,000 Canadian eye care professionals to recognize and appreciate the fresh perspectives and innovative ideas of tomorrow’s industry leaders.

David Pietrobon, President of VuePoint IDS—which publishes Eye Care Business Canada, NextGen OD, and Optik Magazine—emphasized the significance of nurturing new talent. “Identifying the next generation of leading peer influencers offers an exceptional opportunity to acknowledge the talent within this cohort and introduce their fresh perspectives to the eyecare industry at large,” Pietrobon remarked.

We are calling on CAOS members to lend their voices to APERTURE Magazine. It’s a unique chance to contribute to the larger conversation in the eyecare community, with the assurance of a fair and transparent selection process led by CAOS leadership.

NextGEN OD Event: A Beacon for Future Opportunity

The highlight of our sponsorship is the annual NextGEN Opportunities & Options event, scheduled for March 28th at Federation Hall, University of Waterloo.

This event is designed to inspire and guide optometry students through the myriad of career paths available in the field. Featuring insights from both recent graduates and seasoned industry experts, the event promises to be a melting pot of inspiration, advice, and networking opportunities.

Key industry sponsors will be present to engage with students, alongside a sumptuous buffet and the chance to win exciting prizes. Moreover, with virtual attendance from Canadian optometry students across North America, the event promises to forge a wide-reaching network of future eyecare professionals.

Mark your calendars and register now for this landmark event. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to explore the diverse career options in optometry and connect with peers and professionals within the industry.

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Looking Forward

The future of optometry shines brightly, and with the continued support of NextGen OD and Eye Care Business Canada, it’s set to become even more luminous. We eagerly anticipate the innovative contributions to APERTURE Magazine and look forward to welcoming you to the NextGEN Opportunities & Options event. Together, let’s step into a future where the vision of tomorrow’s optometry leaders is recognized and celebrated.

Stay tuned to Eye Care Business Canada for updates on this exciting journey and more news from the forefront of the eyecare industry.



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NextGEN OD Canada

Eye Care Business Canada is thrilled to present the NextGEN Hybrid Meeting 2024!

Hosted by Eye Care Business Canada in collaboration with our dedicated NextGEN Student Ambassadors, this event promises to be an invaluable information and networking event for Canadian optometry students in both Canada and the US.

Get ready to unlock the doors to a wealth of insights, connections, and opportunities that will shape your optometry journey.

Speakers to Inspire:

We’re excited to announce our incredible lineup of speakers who will share their experiences and wisdom. Drs. Alexa Hecht (OD, UW 2021) and Amrit Bilkhu (OD, Illinois 2019) will co-present, offering valuable insights into their optometry journeys.

But that’s not all! Stay tuned for more speaker announcements, including spokespersons from leading Canadian eye care organizations who will grace our podium.

Agenda Highlights:

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

  1. Presentations from Recent Students: Gain valuable insights and tips from recent graduates who have walked the optometry path.
  2. Words of Wisdom from Subject Matter Experts: Learn from esteemed experts in the field who will provide guidance and knowledge.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry suppliers, fellow optometry enthusiasts, and Canadian OD students across North America.
  4. Delectable Buffet: Savor delicious food options during the event, with a complimentary drink ticket for a refreshing experience.
  5. Exciting Raffle Prizes: Get ready for a chance to win fantastic prizes through our raffle.

Event Details:

  • Date: March 28th, 2024  starting at 6:15 PM Live and Online at 7:00 PM
  • Location: Live presentations at the University of Waterloo, simulcast to Canadian Optometry students studying in the USA, including watch parties at NECO, MCPHS, and Michigan College hosted by NextGEN OD Student Ambassadors.

Sponsor Spotlight:

The event has a full slate of sponsors from leading Canadian eye care organizations. Visionary Sponsors include Bausch + Lomb Canada, FYidoctors, IRIS Group, Specsavers, and CRO (Clinical & Refractive Optometry). The support of these industry leaders is invaluable.

Our Horizon level partners include Eye Recommend, OSI (Optometric Services Inc.), and ROI Corporation, making this event a true collaboration of industry excellence.

Don’t Miss Out:

This is your opportunity to connect, learn, and grow in the world of optometry. Whether you join us in person at the live venue or online, you’re in for an enjoyable experience.

Learn more about the NextGEN Hybrid Meeting 2024 and reserve your spot today! Visit our event website at

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to embark on an exciting journey into the future of optometry.

Learn More and Reserve Your Spot



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