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Manitoba Association of Optometrists

Continuing Education
Annual General Meeting
President's Banquet
RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg

April 8-9, 2022

Online Registration is now closed - contact the MAO office if you would like to register

Schedule & Course Outlines

Friday, April 9, 2022
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Buffet Breakfast   Sponsored by Bayer

8:30 am - 9:30 am   Headscratchers and Conundrums: Cases with Atypical Presentations of Common Conditions - Dr. Ravi Dookeran   Sponsored by Bayer
A series of cases that present as common diagnoses but have unique characteristics and patient findings that make them anything but typical.

9:30 am - 10:30 am   Sharing Stories of Resiliency and Reconciliation - Kevin Chief
As a sought-after speaker, Kevin draws on his humble beginnings as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg's North End to working alongside business, community, and government leaders. Through sharing personal stories of resiliency, possibility, and hope, he is able to engage diverse crowds into inclusive and healthy conversations about reconciliation.

10:30 am - 10:45 am   Coffee Break   Sponsored by Visual-Eyes

10:45 am - 11:45 am   Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Neuro-ophthalmology - Dr. Behzad Mansouri
Several studies have shown that AI has equal or better performance to specialists in diagnosing certain eye conditions such as papilledema. Considering the shortage of eyecare specialists for nightshifts and ERs, and in rural and remote areas, AI may be a valuable additional tool to help non-ophthalmic specialists. It is also helpful in screening a wide range of patients with eye conditions in remote areas.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm   Virtual Eye Examination - Dr. Behzad Mansouri   
A shortage of eyecare specialists has made eye diseases, which are treatable if diagnosed early, a significant healthcare burden. Because eyecare is mostly concentrated in urban areas, rural/remote areas have little or no access to standard eyecare. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of access to virtual medicine. Unfortunately, in eyecare a foundation for complete virtual eye exams hasn't existed. EyeMirage is an affordable/portable device designed for thorough home-based eye exams on a smartphone platform using EyeM app. EyeMirage/EyeM are being developed locally in Winnipeg.

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm   Lunch   Sponsored by Allergan

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm   Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma: Peeling Back the Layers - Dr. Lisa Gould
The definition and clinical signs of PXFG will be reviewed, as well as how surgical outcomes are affected by this condition. The genetic and environmental factors contributing to the development of PSFG will also be discussed. Interesting clinical cases will be included in this talk.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   Contemporary OCT interpretation for Detecting Early Glaucoma - Dr. Brandon Prete   Sponsored by OSI
In this session, attendees will leave with a systematic approach to OCT scan strategies and interpretation for early detection of glaucoma. Emphasis is on understanding the functional anatomy of the optic nerve and case-based application of structure-function analysis in clinical care.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm   Tradeshow   
Our first Tradeshow in four years, with over 40 exhibitors in attendance. We will start with an open bar, sponsored by Bayer, from 5:00 - 6:00 pm and end with a dessert bar, sponsored by WestGroupe, from 8:00 - 9:00 pm. We will also have a Cappuccino Bar, sponsored by Allergan. Bring your draw ticket to the MAO booth for a chance to win great prizes throughout the night and fill out the Tradeshow Quiz for a chance to win one of the grand prizes.

Saturday, April 9, 2022
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

8:00 am - 8:30 am   Buffet Breakfast   Sponsored by Centennial Optical

8:30 am - 9:30 am   Vitreoretinal Interface Disorders - Dr. Richard Leicht
A review of common vitreoretinal interface disorders with an emphasis on macular pathology, review of OCT findings and indications for surgical treatment.

9:30 am - 9:45 am   Coffee Break   Sponsored by CooperVision

9:45 am - 12:30 pm   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm   Joint Luncheon with MPOA   Sponsored by Bausch + Lomb

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

6:00 pm - 1:00 am   President's Banquet
 6:00 pm - Cocktail Reception   Sponsored by Alcon
 7:00 pm - Dinner and Dance

Featured Speakers

Ravi Dookeran, MD, FRCSC has a surgical and medical retinal practice serving all of Manitoba, Nunavut and Western Ontario since 2006. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Alberta and went on to a surgical and medical retina fellowship at McGill University. Dr. Dookeran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba and is actively involved in clinical research. He has served on the national board of the CNIB Patient Advocacy Committee and also serves as the medical director of the Manitoba Retinal Screening and Vision Program (MRSVP).

Kevin Chief is Principal of Chief Partnerships Manitoba Incorporated. He is currently the chairperson for the Centre of Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. and Senior Advisor at True North Sports and Entertainment. Born and raised in Winnipeg's North End, he served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, representing Point Douglas, and was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities in 2012, Minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg in 2013, and Minister of Jobs and the Economy in 2014. Following public service, Kevin was the Vice President at the Business Council of Manitoba. Chief is the co-founder of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre.

Behzad Mansouri, MD, PhD, FRCPC is a licensed neurologist in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba with fellowship training in Neuro-ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He completed his MD at The Tehran University of Medical Sciences, his PhD in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, and his Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology at McGill University. He did his Residency (including a term as Chief Resident) with the Section of Neurology at the University of Manitoba. In 2013, he joined the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Internal Medicine (Section of Neurology) and served as an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program from 2018 to 2020. Since 2020, he has been in private practice, and is the director of the neuro-ophthalmology clinic at iScope Brain, Vision and Concussion in Winnipeg. He has published of 70 peer-reviewed publications, focusing on amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, concussion, brain imaging such as fMRI, post-concussion syndrome, migraine, cognitive function, and visual system. 

Lisa Gould, MD, FRCPC, DABO is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba. She obtained her Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba and completed her residency and glaucoma fellowship at the University of Toronto. In addition to a busy surgical and medical ophthalmology practice, she is involved in teaching and is the residency Professionalism/Ethics Lead, is a past Glaucoma Lead and is Co-Director of the Glaucoma Fellowship. Her research interests include Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma and the effects of smoking on glaucoma surgical outcomes. Dr. Gould is proud to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada.

Brandon Prete, BSc, OD, FAAO, is an alumnus of University of Waterloo, after which he completed a residency in primary care with emphasis in ocular disease from Nova Southeastern University. After several years' practise in a comprehensive ophthalmology and refractive surgery centre, he has now opened a primary care optometry clinic in both clinical settings. Brandon has co-authored multiple publications and presentations in the fields of vitreoretinal disease, neuro-ophthalmic disorders, and advanced technology refractive surgery. With a practical and evidence-based approach, he hopes that optometrists in all modes of practice can take home some tips to use in their daily practice.

Richard Leicht, MD, FRCSC, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Manitoba. He is active in resident, medical student teaching and is an instructor in the retina fellowship program. Following ophthalmology residency at the University of Toronto he did a retina fellowship in Memphis, TN. He practices at the Winnipeg Clinic and the Misericordia Health Centre. He has served as chair of the Winnipeg Clinic and the Ophthalmology Section of Doctors Manitoba. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Lieutenant Governor iCare Award.

Venue Details


The Tradeshow, Continuing Education and AGM will be held at the RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg. Hotel rooms are available at the Delta Hotel, 350 St. Mary Ave, under the group name "Manitoba Association of Optometrists". (See Registration Form or contact MAO for information on room rates and booking deadlines).


Breakfasts & lunches are complimentary for CE attendees. Lunch on Friday will be in Rooms EF, Second Floor, North Building of the RBC Convention Centre.

The Joint Luncheon with MPOA will be in York 2-4, Main Floor, South Building of the RBC Convention Centre.

Hospitality Suite

Hospitality on Friday and Saturday will be in the Presidential Suite on the 17th Floor of the Delta Hotel, 350 St. Mary Ave.


Friday, April 8, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
York Ballroom 1, Main Floor, South Building of the RBC Convention Centre
Free with MAO or MPOA full CE registration or $25/person without CE

Continuing Education

Rooms EF, Second Floor, North Building of the RBC Convention Centre

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 9:45 am - 12:30 pm
Rooms EF, Second Floor, North Building of the RBC Convention Centre
Arrive on time to earn 1 hour of CE credit for attendance!


Millennium Suite, Second Floor, North Building of the RBC Convention Centre

President's Banquet

Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am
York 2-4, Main Floor, South Building of the RBC Convention Centre
Tickets $110 (one ticket complimentary with full MAO CE registration)


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


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