At the most recent Council meeting in Quebec City, Dr. Martin Spiro became the new President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists. 


Dr. Martin Spiro completed his Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Montreal in 2014. He was the recipient of the Quebec Optometric Association’s prestigious student of the year award. Dr. Spiro holds a Bachelor of Science in human physiology from McGill University, where he also completed an internship in cancer research. In the optometric field, Dr. Spiro’s clinical research was honored by the Allergan Society’s prize of excellence. With strong passion for eye care and an emphasis on interpersonal skills, Dr. Spiro is an active participant in the optometric community, sharing his expertise through lecturing on subjects like contact lenses and myopia control. Furthermore, he serves as chair of the Quebec low vision committee and was named by Johnson & Johnson as one of Canada’s top 40 optometrists under 40. Dr. Spiro enjoys providing vision care to the west island of Montreal where is practices and co-owns Optika Eye-Care Center, a full-scope independent group practice. He also shares his time with the Montreal Association of the Blind (MAB-Mackay) working with patients suffering from visual impairment and at the University of Montreal School of Optometry as a clinical educator.


As CAO embarks on a new journey with its 2023/2026 strategic plan, Dr Spiro reaffirms that

“as we move forward, let’s us remember that our greatest strength lies in our unity. Together we will embrace the challenges that lie ahead with our eyes fixed firmly on the opportunities they present. Together we will shape the future of optometry and continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients”.


With Dr. Spiro moving into the role of CAO President, Dr. Alexandra Fortier joined the CAO Council as the new representative from Quebec. Dr. Alison Scott became CAO Vice-President, Dr. Sujinder Sahota became Secretary-Treasurer, and Dr. Harry Bohnsack moved into the role of CAO Past-President.


About the Canadian Association of Optometrists 

The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) is the national voice of optometry. Optometrists are independent primary health care providers and represent the front line of vision health. Optometrists practice in a range of settings: most work in private practice, others work in clinics, hospitals, community health centres, corporate optometry, research, teaching and administration. Recognized at home and internationally as a leading advocate for the profession, CAO is dedicated to providing leadership and support to its +7,900 members (Optometrists, Students and Optometric Assistants) to enhance the delivery of healthy eyes and clear vision for all Canadians. 

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