CAO Leadership

CAO Council

President

Vice-President, NB Rep

Treasurer, QC Rep

Past President

British Columbia

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Newfoundland & Labrador

Student Representative

Chief Executive Officer


Council Committees

Awards Committee

  • Dr. Michael Nelson
  • Dr. Michael Dennis
  • Dr. Barry Thienes
  • Rhona Lahey, Staff Liaison

Board Development Committee

  • Dr. Michael Dennis
  • Dr. Allison Scott
  • Dr. Martin Spiro
  • François Couillard, Staff Liaison

Brain Injury Task Force

  • Dr. Vanessa Bachir
  • Dr. Kristine Dalton
  • Dr. Angela Peddle
  • Dr. Julie-Andrée Marinier
  • Ibrahim Daibes, Staff Liaison

Finance and Audit Committee

  • Dr. Martin Spiro
  • Dr. Harry Bohnsack
  • Dr. Patrick Kean
  • Dr. Michael Nelson
  • Dr. Allison Scott
  • Jeanne Franche, Staff Liaison

Governance Committee

  • Dr. Harry Bohnsack
  • Dr. Patrick Kean
  • Dr. Surjinder Sahota
  • François Couillard, Staff Liaison

Insurance Industry Working Group

  • Dr. Harry Bohnsack
  • Dr. Gurpreet Leekha
  • Dr. Aaron Patel
  • Dr. Michelle Lane-Palk
  • Ibrahim Daibes, Staff Liaison

Teleoptometry and Artificial Intelligence Task Force

  • Dr. Johnathan Lam
  • Dr. Patrick Sauvageau
  • Dr. Jean-Marie Hanssens
  • Dr. Anita Voisin
  • Dr. Andrea Lasby
  • Ibrahim Daibes, Staff Liaison

CAO Working Group on Proposed Model for Access to Quality Vision Care in Rural and Remote Communities

  • Dr. Barry Thienes
  • Ibrahim Daibes, Staff Liaison

Past Presidents & Executive Directors

Past Presidents

  • Dr. Michael Dennis, BC, 2017-2019
  • Dr. Barry Thienes, SK, 2015-2017
  • Dr. Paul Geneau, BC, 2013-2015
  • Dr. Lillian Linton, NB, 2011- 2013
  • Dr. Kirsten North, ON, 2009- 2011
  • Dr. Len Koltun, SK, 2007- 2009
  • Dr. Dorrie Morrow, AB, 2005-2007
  • Dr. Joan Hansen, BC, 2004- 2005
  • Dr. Scott Mundle, MB, 2002- 2004
  • Dr. Claude Neilson, QC, 2001- 2002
  • Dr. Pasq Marcantonio, NB, 1999- 2001
  • Dr. Alphonse Carew, NS, 1997- 1999
  • Dr. Doug Côté, NL, 1996- 1997
  • Dr. D. James Kerr, SK, 1994- 1996
  • Dr. Margaret Hansen des Groseilliers, ON, 1992- 1994
  • Dr. Jean-Marie Rodrigue, QC, 1990- 1992
  • Dr. Thomas L Adamack, BC, 1988- 1990
  • Dr. Scott D Brisbin, AB, 1986- 1988
  • Dr. Bruce N Rosner, MB, 1985- 1986
  • Dr. Ralph Rosere, NB, 1984- 1985
  • Dr. Roland C des Groseilliers,ON, 1982- 1984
  • Dr. J.A. Reid MacDuff, NS, 1981- 1982
  • Dr. H.L. Landry, NB, 1980 - 1981
  • Dr. J.F. Huber, SK, 1979- 1980
  • Dr. R. Brown, MB, 1977- 1979
  • Dr. G.C. Lecker, NS, 1975- 1977
  • Dr. I.J. McNabb*, AB, 1973- 1975
  • Dr. R.W. MacPherson, ON, 1971- 1973
  • Dr. E.L. Spearman, MB, 1969- 1971
  • Dr. H.D. MacKenzie, SK, 1967- 1969
  • Dr. E.N. Rea, BC, 1965- 1967
  • Dr. D.R. Price*, ON, 1963- 1965
  • Dr. Emanuel Finkleman*, MB, 1961- 1963
  • Dr. D.L. Francis*, AB, 1959- 1961
  • Dr. Harold Coape-Arnold*, SK, 1957- 1959
  • Dr. W.M. Lyle*, ON, 1955- 1957
  • Dr. C.A. Palmer*, AB, 1953- 1955
  • Dr. J.J. Mulrooney*, 1952- 1953
  • Dr. H. Nowlan*, 1951- 1952
  • Dr. H. Perrin*, 1950- 1951
  • Dr. E. Boyaner*, 1948- 1950
  • Dr. F. Nuttall*, 1946- 1948
  • Dr. D. Maguire*, 1945- 1946
  • Dr. A. Mignot*, 1943- 1945
  • Dr. H. McClung*, 1941- 1943

Past Executive Directors

  • Laurie Clement: Chief Executive Officer July 2013 - Aug 2019
  • Glenn Campbell: Executive Director June 1998 – July 2013
  • Michael J. DiCola:  Administrative Officer/Executive Director July 1992 – June 1998
  • Gérard A. Lambert:  Executive Director September 1983 – June 1992
  • Donald (Don) N. Schaefer:  Executive Director October 1974 – September 1983
  • Gregory (Greg) J. Walsh: Executive Director June 1971 – October 1974
  • H.G. (Mel) Mellow:  Executive Director February 1968 – May 1971
  • James (Jim) Gilmore:   Executive Director January 1964 – January 1968
  • Edward B. Higgins:  Manager