Manitoba Para-Optometric Association

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

April 14-15, 2023


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* updated changes 3/17/23

Saturday, April 15, 2023
The Fairmont Winnipeg

Lombard Room

8:30 am - 9:10 am   Registration & Buffet Breakfast

9:10 am - 10:10 am   It's Time to Rethink Myopia - Dr. Wes McCann

10:15 am - 11:15 am   Corneal Cross Linking - Ron Sison  Sponsored by TLC Laser Eye Centres

11:15 am - 11:30 am   Coffee Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm   Cataract Surgery and IOL Upgrade Options - Ron Sison   Sponsored by TLC Laser Eye Centres

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm   Joint Luncheon with Optometrists - East-Midway Ballroom

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Diabetes and the Eyes: Past, Present and Future - Dr. Tanya Dillon, Optometrist 

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm   Coffee Break

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm   Transforming the Contact Lens Experience for the Astigmatic Patient - Dr. Irene Mestito-Dao, Optometrist   Sponsored by Alcon

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm   MPOA Annual General Meeting

Sunday, April 16, 2023
The Fairmont Winnipeg

7:30 am - 8:30 am   Continental Breakfast (Lombard Room)


8:30 am - 12:00 pm   CPR (Wellington Ballroom)


Lectures (Lombard room)

8:30 am - 9:30 am   Children's Vision & Exams - Dr. Carmen Recksiedler, Optometrist Sponsored by Optos

9:35 am - 10:35 am  Elevating Your Dry Eye Knowledge - Dr. Diana Nguyen, Optometrist Centennial Optos

10:35 am-10:45am  Coffee Break

10:45 am - 11:45 am   Triaging Red Eye - Dr. Luke Small, Optometrist Sponsored by Optos

2023 Annual General Meeting Agenda

  • Welcome and opening statements 
  • Review of Financial Statements
  • Recognition and thank you to sponsors
  • Explanation/review of acquiring and submitting CE
  • Nominations and voting on new committee members
  • Open floor for questions

MPOA Committee Job Descriptions


Duties include planning committee meetings, assigning duties to committees, decisions on all convention details, ensuring the convention runs smoothly, introducing speakers at the convention.


Duties include helping President, attending all committee meetings, and eventually taking over for the President.


Duties include taking minutes at all committee meetings, distributing minutes to all members of the committee. Must attend all committee meetings.


Duties include keeping track of all committee expenses, balancing MPOA books, and writing cheques for convention related expenses.

Continuing Education Rep(s)

Duties include finding speakers for convention, assisting speakers with details as required, ensuring topics meet criteria set out by committee.



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 & AGM

Continuing Education and the Annual General Meeting will be held in Lombard Room on the Concourse Level of The Fairmont.

CPR will be held in the Wellington Ballroom on the Lobby Level (main floor) of The Fairmont, and will run concurrently with Sunday morning CE.

Meals & Hospitality

Breakfasts and lunches are complimentary for CE attendees.

Joint Luncheon

The Joint Luncheon with the Optometrists will be held in the East/Midway Ballroom of The Fairmont.

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


2023 Spring Sponsors