Executives 2019 – 2020

CAOS National Executives 2019 – 2020

President – Raphaela So (president@caostudents.ca)

The president chairs the executive team and is responsible for the overall goal setting, vision and direction of the organization. The president coordinates with the CAO and the provincial organizations and represents the student voice and perspective on Canadian optometry issues at CAO Congress, the Optometric Leaders’ Forum (OLF), and Strategic Planning seminars.


Education DirectorKopikaa Easwaran (vped@caostudents.ca)

The Education Director represents students on education-related issues and undertake endeavours that enhance the educational experience of CAOS members. They ensure that students are prepared for changes ahead in the profession, while liaising with UWOSS on internal school issues (ie. curriculum). The Education Director works closely with the Political Affairs Director in advocating on issues, working closely with the associations. They are also responsible for public awareness and promotion to help educate the public in regards to vision health via social media channels such as the CAOS Instagram and Youtube channel.


Finance DirectorChristina Chen (vpfin@caostudents.ca)

The Finance Director has overall fiscal management responsibility and manages our bank accounts, expenses, and revenue. They keep track of current finances in order to allocate funds from different sponsors. The Finance Director actively works to seek out financial partnerships, sponsorships and donations to enhance the CAOS experience and programs. They are also in charge of developing and sustaining membership and seeks to broaden the benefits and perks of being a member through sponsors and other channels.


Communications Directors (Marketing and Technical)Cindy Nguyen and Kevin Tieu (vpcomm@caostudents.ca)

The Communications Directors manage all avenues of communication and marketing. They oversee our website’s development and maintenance, updating our social media, creation of marketing materials and graphics, and handling the main e-mail correspondences. They also vital in spearheading and promoting CAOS’ many projects such as the yearly Aperture magazine and the annual CAOS Interview Day.


Chapter Development Director – Jacob Binnema (chapter@caostudents.ca)

The Chapter Development Director acts as the chief-in-charge overseeing all the chapters in Montreal, USA and Puerto Rico. They act as a liaison between CAOS and its chapters on developments and changes in Canada and serves as a resource for Canadian students seeking to return from abroad. The Chapter Development Director supports and provides resources to best serve the needs of its chapters. They are also in charge of maintaining the CAOS Doctor Network.


Professional Development DirectorsHalina Li (pdo@caostudents.ca)

The Professional Development Directors are responsible for the growth and development of students in the areas of business, practice management, and career planning, as well as a variety of inter-professional and clinical-based topics that supplement the school’s curriculum. They organize professional lecturers to be a part of the CAOS lecture series throughout the year, as well as seek sponsorship funding to grow the program and the association’s quality and content.


Mentorship Director – Angeline Hong (mentorship@caostudents.ca)

The Mentorship Director is involved in organizing groups of students to meet up with optometrists throughout Ontario and well as the CAOS Summer Internship Program. This provides a great opportunity to speak to many different optometrists in Ontario throughout the year and helps students find summer employment where practical experience is gained. Each optometrist provides a great deal of knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly be useful upon graduation.


Political Affairs Director – Marie Sarabusky (pad@caostudents.ca)

The Political Affairs Director is developed to promote political initiatives at the local and national level. The PAD is in charge of developing policies and position statements on issues and challenges pertinent to students of a political nature. The PAD coordinates lobbying and advocacy efforts and initiates campaigns to get the student body involved and politically active with the associations.


Special Events Director Lisa Zhang (social@caostudents.ca)

The Special Events Director is responsible for organizing and planning student social events and communicates with our counterparts in Montreal. They coordinate with the Montreal chapter to strengthen the relationship and ties between Waterloo and Montreal students and unite students as future colleagues in our profession.


Executive-Elects (2019-2020)

Cedrick Mah President
Talia Jacob Education Director
Tiana Yip Finance Director
Tanisha Lutz Political Affairs Director
Nirmala Dewi, Christine Chow, Jessica Wong Communications Directors
Angela Hao Special Events Director
Lucy Huang, Sarah Emmons Professional Development Director
Jamie Leung Chapter Development Director
Vaness Ho Mentorship Director
Tina Lin, Hajra Naeem, Alvin Hong First Year Representatives

CAOS National Advisory Board

The advisory board consists of practising optometrists that provide guidance, strategic management and direction, advising on matters of issues, scope and policy of CAOS as an organization. If you are a licensed optometrist interested in joining, please send a letter of interest to info@caostudents.ca.

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