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CAO Office

234 Argyle Ave.
Ottawa, ON  K2P 1B9
Telephone: 613-235-7924
General Inquiries:


Our Team

Media Contact 

Director of Communications and Marketing

Julie Vanghelder, x. 213


Vision at Work

Louise Crawford (Manager), x. 215

Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) Program

Professional Development Assistant, Habone Awaleh, x. 219

E-Learning Specialist

Kelly Reid, x. 224

CAO Staff

Chief Executive Officer

François Couillard, x. 212

Executive Assistant

Sophie Lalonde, x. 216

Director of Finance & Operations

Jeanne Franche, x. 223

Director of Government Relations and Advocacy

Bonnie Kirkwood, x. 214

Director of Policy and Research

Ibrahim Daibes, x. 221

Policy Analyst

Erin Nolan, x. 226

Director of Professional Development and Member Services

Mélanie Bérubé, x. 217

Communications Coordinator

Catherine Heinmiller, x. 210

Communications Coordinator

Victoria Guay, x. 227

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