Dr. Stephanie Kwan, optometry partner, and Rachel Perez, retail partner, reflect on their partnership and experiences in changing lives through better sight with Specsavers.

Q: What are you hearing from patients and customers at your location?

Dr. Kwan: We’ve had some incredibly meaningful interactions with our patients. One had come in with her daughter and was looking for help with her sight to do her hobbies like crosswords. She had already experienced some vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration. I gave her high plus readers to help her do what she enjoyed most, and she grabbed my hand in thanks and told me how much I changed her life.

Rachel: I had a woman who came in during my first week at Specsavers who hadn’t had new glasses in 12 years because she wasn’t able to afford them. She was so thankful that she was now able to buy not only one, but two pairs at Specsavers. When she thanked me for helping her with tears in her eyes, I nearly started to cry myself. This is the Specsavers difference.

Q: What has inspired your journey within the optical industry?

Dr. Kwan: A part-time job at a local clinic during university sparked my interest in optometry. Coincidently, my great-aunt and great-uncle were patients, and I thought to myself, ‘how great would it be to be the one examining their eyes?’ After a few months, I took steps to pursue a career in optometry. Today, I am a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry.

Rachel: After graduating with a degree in human resources, I felt uninspired and disheartened in the job market. I discovered my passion for opticianry through a friend’s enthusiasm of her own career in the industry. I decided at that point that I would pursue it wholeheartedly and took the necessary steps to become an optician.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself outside of the clinic or business.

Dr. Kwan: I am passionate about continued education and self-learning. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, I stay up to date with the latest advancements in the field. I have also participated in two clinic mission trips to Belize and Colombia in the outskirts of the cities where we provided care for those who do not have easy access to eyecare.

Rachel: Working with food banks has always been very near and dear to my heart, so I have always loved supporting local food drives. I have also volunteered with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind and their Special Olympics. Outside of work, my 8-year-old daughter is really my world.

Q: Since opening Specsavers CF Lime Ridge, how would you describe how business is going?

Rachel: Being the second store in Ontario, the volume of eager shoppers exceeded our expectations. We take pride in our high-quality service score (NPS) of 86.6%. Specsavers strives to meet a platinum standard of service by delivering an enhanced experience, personal gestures and happy moments. Our team is dedicated to meeting this standard, and our customers are recognizing it.

Dr. Kwan: The first few weeks after opening my independent clinic at Specsavers CF Lime Ridge happened so fast. It felt like starting a new job with feelings of nervousness, excitement, joy and adrenaline – but multiplied. I was thrilled at how fast the schedules were being booked up and how many patients wanted to give us a try. Soon, marketing was kicking in and the word of mouth was spreading. There are so many people who were eager to come try us out. It’s been a fantastic journey so far.

Q: Is there anything about partnering with Specsavers that you didn’t expect?

Dr. Kwan: What has surprised me since partnering with Specsavers was the level of camaraderie amongst all the retail and optometry partners, the support staff, and the team who helped with commissioning week. Everyone is here to help, and there is always someone to turn to when needed. I am seeing this first-hand given my position on the Optometry Steering Group committee, where we collaborate as a network of independent doctors. Specsavers has been actively listening to support the direction we want to take eyecare.

Rachel: For me, it was the amazing team at support office, who is always willing to step in to provide guidance. I’m also so pleased with how my partnership turned out, as well. My relationship with my partner, Dr. Kwan, is so strong and we enjoy working together.

Q: Did you always want to be a business owner? What inspired you to feel ready to make this change?

Rachel: Ever since I became an optician, I was interested in owning my own business, but after working alongside the owner of a private optometric practice in a previous role, my desire for ownership increased. When I heard about Specsavers, I instantly knew ownership with them was the right move for me.

Dr. Kwan: I was initially inspired by a coworker of mine who introduced me to Specsavers and shared more about the partnership model and the support available. I didn’t think much about ownership before that, but my coworker gave me the little push I needed. After looking further into Specsavers, I was motivated by their unique offering, particularly access to advanced clinical equipment, such as OCT, for all patients.

Q: What, if any, barriers stopped you from starting your own business sooner?

Dr. Kwan: At Specsavers, I know there will always be help and support when I need it. Before joining as a partner and clinic owner, I was most concerned about not having help or given guidance when opening my own business. The thought alone was quite daunting and learning about the business side while trying to give quality care to my patients at the same time seemed overwhelming. Specsavers makes it easy to do both seamlessly.

Q: What words of encouragement do you have for someone considering joining Specsavers CF Lime Ridge or elsewhere in the Specsavers network?

Rachel: Specsavers is an amazing company that recognizes the importance of treating their teams and customers the right way. There are so many opportunities within the organization, not just partnership, and they have the best training and encouragement. I always say, “My hardest day at Specsavers is still better than my best day anywhere else I have worked”.

Dr. Kwan: If you are looking for camaraderie in a professional setting where there is always someone to turn to for assistance or direction when you need it, this is the place to be.

Q: Is there anything we haven’t asked you that you would like to add? 

Rachel: The future looks greener on this side. I’m so excited to be part of the change in our industry and the help to all patients, regardless of their financial position.


Learn more about new and upcoming ownership opportunities with Specsavers by reaching out to the Partnerships Team

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OSG at Specsavers

In order to develop the clinical strategies to support better patient care, Specsavers draws upon the clinical expertise and experience of their network of independent optometrists. That’s where their Optometry Steering Groups (OSG) comes in – committees in each province made up of a clinically-diverse mix of optometry partners who collaborate to trial, refine, and implement initiatives.

When optometrists within the Specsavers network raised an interest in making myopia management available to their patients, Specsavers engaged the OSG to develop a training program for interested independent optometrists in the network to introduce it to their practice.

The program was designed alongside industry leaders to provide optometrists, opticians and their teams with comprehensive training in myopia management care and products.

We interviewed Dr. Ramandeep Toor about her involvement on the OSG and the implementation of myopia management.

Why was introducing myopia management into your clinic important?

After the pandemic, with work-from-home and more screen time, I was noticing that there was a significant increase in myopia. I grew up very myopic and I don’t want my patients to have that struggle. That’s why it was very important for me to have myopia management care. I want my patients to be able to experience the little things with clearer vision and I want parents to be able to have options for their children. By implementing these kinds of strategies early on, you can make a big difference for your patients.

Can you describe the purpose of the Optometry Steering Group?

We’re a group of optometrists who specialize in constantly evolving the scope of practice. The group shares best practices and discusses developments, how we can make further advances in our clinics, and the trajectory of optometry. This group allows me to have a voice and be part of the advancement we can create in our practice collectively for our patients.

What have the Optometry Steering Group doctors done so far?

Since we’ve started, we’ve been able to discuss and implement clinical care strategies, pilot new programs and explore new technologies. Specsavers has been very supportive of our vision – listening and hearing ideas that we bring to the table, so we can create a more positive and comprehensive clinical practice for our patients. There’s a lot more to come.

Learn more about the Specsavers optometrist-led steering groups at join.specsavers.com/ca/inside-specsavers/meet-the-specsavers-osg/





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Specsavers Partner with Canadian Council of the Blind

Specsavers announces that it has become a Participating Gold Sponsor of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), whose mission is to improve the quality of life of people who are blind, deaf-blind or living with low vision through efforts that support individuals and communities.

The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is a membership-based not-for-profit organization that brings together Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or living with vision loss through chapters within their own local communities to share common interests and social activities.

The CCB was founded in 1944 by blind Canadian war veterans and schools of the blind. The national office is located in Ottawa with over 80 chapters across Canada. The CCB is the largest membership based organization for the blind in Canada and is known as the Voice of the Blind™

“We at Specsavers are delighted to partner with the Canadian Council of the Blind, an organization that shares our values, to support their important work, and encourage Canadians to take care of their eye health,” said Bill Moir, Managing Director of Specsavers Canada.

CCB’s objectives include promoting measures for the conservation of sight and the prevention of blindness for all. Specsavers shares this objective, as demonstrated by its standard of care for patients and the use of advanced technology.

“We are thrilled to announce support from Specsavers as we advocate for better quality of life for those with vision loss,” said Jim Tokos, National President of the Canadian Council of the Blind. “Over 1.2 million Canadians are blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted, and the number of Canadians living with vision loss is growing every day. It is necessary that our community has the support of organizations with shared values, who are at the forefront of eye care and share our commitment to conserve sight for all.”

Front Row (Left to Right): Jim Tokos (CCB National President), Dr. Hiba Mannan (Specsavers), Naomi Barber (Specsavers), Sarah Gardiner (Specsavers), Jim Prowse (CCB Executive Director), Dr. Jestyn Liew (Specsavers), Dr. Jas Nagra (Specsavers) Back Row (Left to Right): Curtis Buckroyd (Specsavers) and Mark Walker (Specsavers)


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A few months after opening their doors as the first Specsavers location in Toronto, Dr. Jestyn Liew, optometry partner, and Rita Charchyan, retail partner, reflect on their entry into the GTA, with the help of their experienced team.

Q: How has business been since opening your doors at Specsavers CF Fairview Mall?

Dr. Liew: Rita and I have been thrilled to see the large rush of people coming from all around the GTA to our store. People are excited to experience Specsavers. I believe that affordable, quality eyewear is an important part of this excitement, especially in our current economic climate.

And since opening my clinic within Specsavers Fairview, the consistency of eye exam bookings has been fantastic – especially considering we are building a brand-new patient base. I’m proud to deliver quality and comprehensive care to my patients.

Rita: Being the first Specsavers location to open in Toronto has been incredibly rewarding, and we’ve had a great start with 30% more traffic than Dr. Liew and I had anticipated.

Q: How has your experience partnering with Specsavers been?

Rita: My experience with Specsavers has been amazing. I’ve always had a goal of owning my own business, but there was concern about the pressures that come with being an entrepreneur. With Specsavers, I feel I have an incredible amount of support behind me, for which I am grateful. I’ve found the best partner in Dr. Liew and working with the Specsavers support office has helped bring us together as a team even more. I consider myself lucky to be in this position.

Dr. Liew: Before exploring partnership, I knew very little about Specsavers other than the tag line “Should’ve Gone to Specsavers” from viral content online. Although the Canadian partnership model is different, I spoke with a lovely Specsavers partner in Australia about the support, culture, and purpose; I felt my questions were answered. I’m truly appreciative of the support I receive from Specsavers, including those who helped lay the foundation for us when we first opened our doors. Being in a partnership means that we’re working together to reach a common goal, so we’re always sharing our feelings and ideas to help us get there.


Dr. Liew, OD and Rita Charchyan, RO, partners of Specsavers CF Fairview Mall Toronto

Q: What inspired you to become a business owner?

Rita: I come from a family of entrepreneurs and my father was my role model growing up. What stands out to me about Specsavers is their philosophy and values to make eyecare and eyewear accessible to all, aligned with my own.

Dr. Liew: When I started working as an associate optometrist in Canada, I’d always try to find ways to improve processes in the clinic – whether it was for the patients, doctors, or team. Often, everyone was stuck in their own place, and my changes would not be implemented. My better half was the one who pushed me to consider becoming a clinic owner to conduct business on my own terms.

Partnership with Specsavers checks many boxes. I was able to own shares of an optical retail store with a retail partner and start my own independent clinic at the same time. Financially, the opportunity made a lot of sense. Layering this with their excellent technology, investment in their partners and patients, and marketing, makes Specsavers incomparable.

Q: What, if any, barriers stopped you from starting your own business sooner?

Dr. Liew:  Before, my main concern with opening up a clinic of my own was always how it’d affect my family’s quality of life. With Specsavers, the start-up cost contribution and partnership model mean that a lot of the uncertainties and challenges of opening a business reduced. The timing and opportunity were right for me to proceed.

Rita: I always wanted to start my own business, so I was excited by the opportunity to minimize my start-up costs of ownership. It means I can focus on growing my business.

Q: What are you hearing from patients and customers at your location?

Dr. Liew: Our patients love all the technology in the clinic. Very often, we will get comments that certain testing or use of technology in their standard eye exam is new for our patients.

We’ve also seen a large number of Specsavers customers who lived in other markets, such as the UK. They’re so happy to see that Specsavers, a brand they know and trust, is in the Canadian market.

Q: What would you like to tell someone considering joining Specsavers Fairview Mall or elsewhere in the Specsavers network?

Rita: For anyone considering Specsavers, I’d say that you’re not joining a company, you’re joining a big community! When we were first exploring and considering Specsavers, I reached out to a Specsavers partner in Australia, who said ‘just do it!’ It’s a great place to be, it’s very rewarding and you have constant, positive support.

Dr. Liew: For any doctors thinking of starting their own independent clinic and partnership with Specsavers, I’d encourage you to talk to a local partner. We all share a common goal of helping our patients see their best by providing quality eyecare. If you want to join a network of like-minded doctors, pop over and have a chat!

For potential staff, eyecare consultants and opticians, you’ll be joining a hard-working and caring team. Each location is like a community, and we are here for each other.

Find out if partnership with Specsavers is for you. Reach out to the Specsavers Partnerships Team at enquiries.ca@specsavers.com.

 This Post is Sponsored by Specsavers.


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To ensure clinical excellence, Specsavers has set out to build the largest network of opticians in Canada.

This is because Specsavers believe opticians are crucial to providing high-quality patient care, as they directly and significantly influence a patient’s quality of life.

Claudia Rojas, Head of Opticianry

Leading the charge is Claudia Rojas, Head of Opticianry, Specsavers Canada.

Claudia has over 20 years of experience working as a licensed refracting optician and has made tremendous strides in the optical industry.

With her commitment to promote eyecare and eye health awareness, Claudia has served on the College of Opticians of British Columbia and is currently the Vice President of the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC) and President of the OAC’s British Columbia Chapter.

“In my new role as Head of Opticianry, I am guided by my commitment to promote eyecare and eye health awareness,” said Claudia Rojas, Head of Opticianry at Specsavers Canada. “I look forward to broadening our network and ensuring opticians feel relevant, important and appreciated, as they are integral to the eyecare industry.”

Specsavers aims to have at least one optician present at all optical stores, at all times, to mentor eyecare consultants and optimize patient care.

“Opticians are integral to the delivery of Specsavers’ purpose, which is to provide accessible, quality eyecare and affordable eyewear,” said Bill Moir, General Manager of Specsavers Canada. “With Claudia at the helm, we’ll continue to support, train and mentor opticians to provide the best care possible, for example, using our OCT scans as a standard part of pre-test and our range of quality eyewear and advanced lenses, to best serve their patients.”

Specsavers is committed to offering its retail team career-progression plans to become licensed opticians and contact lens practitioners through a sponsorship program currently in development.

Click HERE for the full press release.

This post is sponsored by Specsavers Canada.


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Naomi Barber, Director of Optometry, Specsavers Canada shares thoughts with Roxanne Arnal on Specsavers’ approach  particularly as it relates to data modelling and working with various health stakeholders to improve accessibility and drive  more positive outcomes in through its optometry network.


Naomi Barber, Director of Optometry, Specsavers Canada

About the Guest

Since qualifying as an optometrist in 2011, Naomi Barber, Director of Optometry at Specsavers Canada, has subscribed to the philosophy that quality eye care should be simple, accessible, and convenient. Naomi has been involved in shaping the clinical roadmap for Specsavers, a major part of which was building the largest known dataset of optometric patient outcomes to measure impact on early detection of eye disease in Australia and New Zealand. Most recently, she has moved to Vancouver to lead the clinical strategy for Specsavers in Canada.


Episode Notes

Guest Naomi Barber provides an update on the Specsavers roll out, starting with the rebranding of specific BC locations to how it may unfold across the country through practice acquisitions or greenfield launches.  She shares Specsavers’ values and how these ultimately translate into the optometric partner selection process.

Insights garnered from Canadian health care research and revealed to her tremendous opportunity for Canadian optometry to improve patient awareness of optometric services.

Naomi enthusiastically shares the Australian-New Zealand experience on how Specsavers were able to leverage their 10 million plus patient data set to help develop evidence-based programs to improve patient outcomes in diabetes. Working with the Australia’s national health care system and key stakeholders, including Diabetes Australia, they were able to improve patient communication, compliance and outcomes.

Naomi directly addresses the potential implementation and challenges of a similar program in Canada, where health care is provincially administered, and eye care has been chronically underfunded.





Optometrist and Certified Financial Planner

Roxanne Arnal graduated from UW School of Optometry in 1995 and is a past-president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists (AAO) and the Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS).  She subsequently built a thriving optometric practice in rural Alberta.

Roxanne took the decision in  2012 to leave optometry and become a financial planning professional.  She now focuses on providing services to Optometrists with a plan to parlay her unique expertise to help optometric practices and their families across the country meet their goals through astute financial planning and decision making.

Roxanne splits EWO podcast hosting duties with Dr. Glen Chiasson.


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Optometrist since 2011 (Australia)
Currently resides in Vancouver, BC.
Leads the clinical strategy for Specsavers in Canada

Naomi subscribes to the philosophy that quality eye care should be simple, accessible, and convenient. She has been involved in shaping the clinical roadmap for Specsavers, a major part of which was building the largest known dataset of optometric patient outcomes to measure impact on early detection of eye disease in Australia and New Zealand.

Naomi Barber

Director of Optometry, Specsavers Canada.


Why did you choose your field?
My optometrist changed my life. I developed an accommodative esotropia at age 2 and was scheduled for resection surgery (in the 80’s!).

My mother took me for a second opinion to Dr. Ed Howell, a children’s specialist. He took time and care to ensure I was patched and trained, and by age 4 my eyes were straight with correction.

I credit him with my development and regaining my confidence as a child, even if I had to wear hexagonal glasses and a patch! I spent a lot of time in his chair, and he even attended my graduation from Optometry School. It’s always been at the heart of why I entered this profession.

What is currently the most exciting thing in your field to help patients?
In our field, we are now enabled to deliver preventative care through advancement in research and technology. Whether we’re talking about myopia management or detection of asymptomatic disease, optometrists are practicing in an era where we have the tools to really stretch our expertise and help numerous patients. It’s now up to us to explore how we raise patient eye health awareness to really maximize the impact!

What is your definition of success or what habits make you a successful person?
There is something that resonates with me and I’ve held close to me in life so far: it’s to do what you can, with what you have, to the best of your ability, and try to do it every day.

Even the biggest moments in life are really an accumulation hard work, effort, disappointments, and moments of resilience. It’s the integrity with which you strive that really gives the greatest satisfaction and fulfilment, no matter the outcome.

Last indulgence?
A $12.00 bunch of carrots from an organic grocer in Vancouver’s Yaletown… I love vegetables but in hindsight I’d classify that as an overindulgence.

Tell me something few people know about you?
I’m first generation Australian (and very proud). My mother is Indian but born in Malaysia and my father is English.

I ate pies and rice for dinner often as a child. I’ve been very fortunate to grow up surrounded by people who were curious, embraced my differences and opened my eyes to their perspectives.

This mentality of humanity, openness and embracing diversity is something I carry with me, and something I’d like to champion more and more as I live my life.

What is one thing you own that you should probably throw away but never will?
I have a lucky scrunchie that has been with me since my first year of high school. It was around my wrist in every exam I took during high school and has been with me through lots of major milestones in my career.

It’s purple with sequins (hideously kitsch) and in my handbag pocket right now.

I’m not at all superstitious but I do make a point of ensuring I keep it close!


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Specsavers Storefront Canada

By Jean-François Venne

Specsavers recently unveiled its intentions for the Canadian market. The British optometry giant hopes to have more than 200 offices in Canada by 2024 and eventually have a presence in all Canadian provinces.

 Specsavers has begun in British Columbia, following the acquisition of Image Optometry last spring. “We’ve been talking with Image for a long time and we think their business is a great base for our Canadian venture,” says Bill Moir, General Manager of Specsavers Canada. “We like their values and people model, which fits well with our approach that values quality and accessibility of products and services.” 

 Two former Image Optometry stores were opened under their new Specsavers banner in November in Nanaimo and Coquitlam, with 14 more to follow by March 2022. The company also has a lab in British Columbia and may open more to support the company’s growth across the country.

 “We’ll be developing the B.C. market in the coming months, but we want to expand into all provinces eventually,” says Bill Moir. Canada is a relatively complex market, as the regulations governing eyecare professionals vary from province to province. But we are used to adapting to new jurisdictions.” 

 The company plans to grow organically first, allowing optometrists and opticians to join its franchise network, but also remains open to acquisitions. Founded in the United Kingdom in 1984, it now operates in 11 countries, serving more than 41 million customers.

 A Partnership Model
 “One of the things that sets us apart is that our stores are owned and operated in part by the optometrists, opticians and retailers themselves,” explains Bill Moir. We want to offer them a low startup cost and high quality support.” Each store may offer the services of an independent optometrist, but the product sales portion is jointly owned by an optometrist/optician or optometrist/retailer duo. The startup cost for a franchise is approximately $25,000 for each partner (so $50,000 per store).

Franchisees receive what Bill Moir refers to as “full service.” This includes, for example, management services such as marketing and accounting, IT and technology services or procurement. In particular, Specsavers plans to have an integrated supply chain for all its franchises. “We want eyecare professionals to be able to focus on their patient services, so we provide a lot of support,” summarizes Moir.

Specsavers has a history of becoming a dominant force in the countries it enters fairly quickly. It was founded just as Margaret Thatcher’s government was deregulating optical services in the UK. This allowed Specsavers to use advertising and marketing approaches previously prohibited in that country. Specsavers now has half of the market share in UK.

In Australia, the company opened 100 stores in 100 days when it arrived in 2008. It now has about 40% of the Australina market share.

Specsavers maintains that there is no truly dominant national force in the Canadian optical market. It sees this fragmentation as an opportunity to make their mark fairly quickly. They plans to invest heavily in advertising and marketing to become a major player in the Canadian optical and optometric industry.

 A major competitor
 The British company becomes a new competitor in a market that has seen the arrival of Bailey Nelson, Warby Parker, Mujosh and Oscar Wylee, among others, in recent years. Specsavers will certainly be a challenge for Luxottica (owner of LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Sunglass Hut), New Look (which owns its own stores and also the Vogue Optical, IRIS and Greiche & Scaff chains), FYidoctors and their new acquistion, Bon Look, among others.

These competitors remain very discreet following Specsavers’ announcement.

As for the independents, it remains to be seen whether they will perceive Specsavers as a threat or an opportunity to join forces with as a new partner.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the head of one buying group called Specsavers’ acquisition of Image Optometry a “trial run” and recalled that independents are already competing with chains, many of which are in consolidation mode. He added that “customers continue to prefer the attentive service and care of an independent, locally involved professional who tailors his or her offerings to regional differences.”

Bill Moir believes that the Canadian market will benefit from the Specsavers model. “We offer high quality, affordable products and services, while at the same time providing an attractive partnership option for eyecare professionals,” he says. “Doug and Mary Perkins, optometrists, started their company with these two goals in mind and we think Canadians will like this approach.”  

Jean-François Venne is a freelance journalist based in Montreal. He has been covering news in the optical industry for over ten years.


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Career Pathfinders

The employment market in eye care has always been a challenge but today, catalyzed by the new opportunities from eyecare organizations eager to acquire new talent, the challenges, options and opportunities are greater than ever.

An overview of the employment situation will be shared with attendees as well as some sage advice from employment gurus.

Hiring organizations will provide insights into their culture and benefits. Attendees will be able to meet with the leaders behind Canada’s largest organizations and get first-hand perspectives. OD members of the Canada’s largest optometric buying groups share their perspectives on independent optometry. 

This interactive event is ideal for early career stage eye care practitioners looking to chart their course and those, at any career stage, considering upon a change in direction.


  • Tim Brennan, Chief Innovation Officer, FitFirst Technologies
  • Dr. Michael Naugle, VP Optometric Partnerships, FYidoctors
  • Dr. Daryan Angle, VP Business Development, IRIS Group
  • Dr. Laurie Lesser, Eyecare Director,  Canada/UK, Bailey Nelson
  • Nicholas Perry, Cofounder & Managing Director, Canada/UK, Bailey Nelson
  • Dr. Kyla Hunter, Aurora Eye Care, Grande Prairie, AB , Eye Recommend
  • Dr. Trevor Miranda, Cowichan Eyecare BC
  • Dr. Maria Sampalis, Founder & Owner, Corporate Optometry
  • Naomi Barber, BOptom, Director of Optometry, Specsavers

All events will be hosted and moderated Roxanne Arnal, OD, Certified Financial Planner. Dr. Arnal brings a unique combination of experience as a former independent practice owner and certified financial planner to the proceedings.

Mingle with your colleagues and presenters in conversation rooms following the presentations.


  • Presentations and Moderated Panel discussions
  • Private Video Chat tables
  • Interactive Text Chat
  • Direct Links to valuable information

Event registration is now open. Click Here for Details. 












Events in the Series:  

Registration for the first event Monday October 25th,  “Technology Drivers of Change” is still open. Click here for detailed information on this event. 

Registration for the second event Monday November 1st,  “Selling & Buying a Practice” is still open.  Click here for detailed information on this event. 

Click here to register for any of the Changing Landscape Events 


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Buying & Selling a Practice

The second event of the “Changing Landscapes: Opportunities & Options for Canadian ECPs” will focus on Selling & Buying a Practice and will be held Monday November 1st (7:30 PM Eastern).

The Canadian market has experienced transformational change in the past year.

Major players have had substantial capital injection and new Canadian market entrants are making their play for market share, creating more opportunities and options for Canadian ECPs.

Join leaders and spokespersons from the world of independent optometry supported by B+L and major eye care groups/organizations including IRIS, FYidoctors, Vision Alliance Corporation, OSI/SOI, Eye Recommend and, new to Canada, Specsavers. ROI Corporation, Canada’s leading health practice brokerage will also share their experience.

This event is a must-attend for any practitioner looking to exit their business, start a new practice or formulate a strategic partnership.

Speaker List Includes:

  • Jackie Joachim, Chief Operating Officer, ROI Corporation
  • Dr. Daryan Angle, VP Business Development, IRIS Group
  • Dr. Wes McCann, Central Optometry, ON, Eye Recommend
  • Dr. Michael Naugle, VP Optometric Partnerships, FYidoctors
  • Gord McFarlane, Managing Director of Corporate Development, FYidoctors
  • Dr. Skylar Feltis, YXE Vision Group, SK, OSI Group
  • Dr. Warren Toews, YXE Vision Group, SK, OSI Group
  • Dr. Trevor Miranda, Cowichan Eyecare, BC, Independent Practice
  • Dr. Robert Allaway, Chief Optometry Officer, Vision Alliance Corporation
  • Mike Protopsaltis, Partnerships Director, Specsavers 

The event series will be moderated by Roxanne Arnal, OD and Certified Financial Planner (TM), bringing an informed and unique perspective to the events.

Event registration is now open. Click Here for Details. 





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Follow up Events: 

The final event in the series will be held Monday November 8th  7:30 PM (Eastern). 

Career Pathfinders| Making Informed Choices (November 8th)  
Career options and opportunities for both young and experienced ODs have never been greater as new organizations offering unique business models enter the market and established entities respond to the changing environment.
Click Here for Detailed Information.

Registration for the first event Monday October 25th,  “Technology Drivers of Change” is open. 
Click here for detailed information on this event.  

Click here to register for any of the Changing Landscape Events 


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