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Manitoba Association of Optometrists

Continuing Education
Annual General Meeting
The Fairmont Winnipeg, 2 Lombard Place

April 14-15, 2023


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Schedule & Course Outlines

Friday, April 14 2023
Continuing Education at The Fairmont Winnipeg

7:30 am - 8:00 am   Buffet Breakfast  

8:00 am - 9:00 am   Eyecare CEO: Insights from a Podcast Host - Dr. Harbir Sian
Canada's number 1 optometric podcast host brings insights into entrepreneurship from his many guests and discussions with corporate industry leaders including FYi, Specsavers, LensCrafters and Essilor.

9:05 am - 10:05 am   E-Commerce in Eyecare - Dr. Harbir Sian
This session covers some emerging strategies to boost online presence and sales. Focused on current trends in online retail rather than the set-up details.

10:05 am - 10:15 am   Coffee Break   Sponsored by CooperVision

10:15 am - 11:15 am   The Myopia Startup - Dr. Harbir Sian   Sponsored by Hoya
Our ability to treat and manage myopia in young patients has improved dramatically in recent years. In this comprehensive course, you will gain a thorough understanding of treatment protocols, the latest technologies, and strategies for creating personalized treatment plans for your patients. This step by step guide will empower you to successfully implement myopia management into your practice.

11:25 am - 12:25 pm   5 Key Metrics to Track in Your Practice - Dr. Wes McCann   
In this presentations, participants will learn key metrics to analyze in private practice, as well as tips for working smarter not harder. How can we increase the value of an average patient in our clinic with small easy changes to our day to day practice routine? Participants will be introduced to tools to track success in their practices and make clinics thrive in today's competitive environment.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm   Lunch   Sponsored by Sun Pharma

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Glaucoma Management: Don't Let the Pressure Dry You Out - Dr. Mahnia Madan
Glaucoma-related ocular surface disease is a significant and often underdiagnosed ocular comorbidity that can affect a patient's quality of life. This lecture will provide an in-depth review of the various treatment options for not only managing glaucoma, but also preserving the ocular surface.

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm   Aesthetics in Optometric Practice - Dr. Mahnia Madan and Dr. Wes McCann
Aesthetics has become a perfect pairing in a dry eye focused optometric practice. How to weave in an aesthetics component to your patient's experience alongside your dry eye clinic will be the focus of this talk. We will discuss possible procedures to consider, products to retail, and how to make this flow with your natural patient journey. Learn how to create a "WOW" in both the areas of patient experience and your financial return.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm   Coffee Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm   The Business of Dry Eye - Dr. Wes McCann   Sponsored by Thea
Dry Eye Disease has exploded over the past five years with many new diagnostic and treatment technologies being introduced over that time. This can be overwhelming and often diagnostic and/or treatment equipment is purchased and not utilized as practice owners do not know where to start. Practice owners will leave this session with an easy guide to apply to their own clinics to ensure successful integration of DED.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Social Event at Across the Board   Sponsored by Alcon

Saturday, April 15 2023
Continuing Education & AGM at The Fairmont Winnipeg

7:30 am - 8:00 am   Buffet Breakfast   

8:00 am - 9:00 am   Droopy Eyelids & Intro to Orbital Tumours - Dr. William Turk   Sponsored by Aqua i Laser
Droopy eyelids affect many of our patients. We will review the many factors that contribute to droopy lids including levator aponeurosis dehiscence, dermatochalasis and brow ptosis. We will discuss the more worrisome ptosis cases and various surgical approaches to correct droopy lids will be presented. We will also review the presenting features of orbital tumours, give an overview of the different categories of tumours, and briefly review the management including medical and surgical intervention.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm   Joint Luncheon with MPOA

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm   CPR Level C
Recertification, Red Cross, training provided by First Aid Training Centre.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Harbir Sian, BSc, OD, is the co-owner of two optometric practices in the Vancouver area. In the clinic, Dr. Sian is passionate about developing services such as dry eye and myopia management. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Sian is the host of Canada's number 1 optometry podcast, The 20/20 Podcast, and has built an online presence through his website, AboutMyEyes,com and his social media channels. Dr. Sian has lectured at various conferences around North America, he has given a TEDx Talk, and he was named as one of Eyecare Business Magazine's Game Changers in 2022.

Dr. Mahnia Madan, OD, FAAO, has over 15 years of experience managing complex dry eye patients, and is the current President of BC Doctors of Optometry. She has completed a residency in ocular disease at the Eye Center of Texas in Houston and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Madan has lectured throughout North America on the management of advanced dry eye disease and glaucoma. She has published in various optometric publications including Review of Optometry, Optometry Times, Modern Optometry and Eyes on Eyecare. She is also a lecturer at Pacific University College of Optometry.

Dr. Wes McCann, OD, MBA, attended Western University and Nova Southeastern University where he earned three Honours Bachelor of Science degrees, an accelerated MBA, and Doctorate of Optometry. Dr. McCann owns eight practices in the London and surrounding area and is a professional consultant for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. He lectures at the Canadian Dry Eye Summit and at hundreds of events and conferences and across various platforms on contact lenses, ocular disease, dry eye disease, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment. He is a KOL for numerous companies such as J&J, B+L, Labtician, Oculus, Clarion and Zeiss. He has been part of many boards and has been published in numerous journals including Review of Optometry and Review of Myopia Management. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Top 20 Under 40 Award that is awarded to 20 individuals under the age of 40 recognized for their business achievements and community involvement in London, Ontario.

Dr. William Turk, MD, FRCSC, BSc, BSc Med, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended medical school and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba. He completed fellowship training in Oculoplastics, Lacrimal and Orbital surgery at the University Hospital of Wales in the UK as well as the University of Calgary. His research interests include 3D printing and he has designed a strabismus surgical model used around the world to teach trainees. He is married with four children and loves outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing and hiking.

Venue Details


Continuing Education and the AGM will be held at The Fairmont Winnipeg. Hotel rooms are available under the group name "Manitoba Association of Optometrists". (See Registration Form or contact MAO for information on room rates and booking deadlines).

Continuing Education & CPR

Continuing Education and CPR will be held in the Wellington Ballroom.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, April 15, 2023, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wellington Ballroom, The Fairmont Winnipeg

Meals & Hospitality

Breakfasts & lunches are complimentary for CE attendees.

The Joint Luncheon with MPOA will be held in the East/Midway Ballroom at The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Hospitality on Friday and Saturday is in the Royal Alexandria Suite, 20th Floor, The Fairmont Winnipeg.

Social Event at Across the Board Game Cafe

Friday, April 14, 2023, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Across the Board Game Cafe
211 Bannatyne Ave, Winnipeg

Join your colleagues for an evening of fun and games! Each ticked includes food, one drink ticket, and your gaming fee. One complimentary ticket is included with full CE registration.


MAO and MPOA thank our generous sponsors for making this weekend possible...


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