Ontario Association of Optometrists Appoints Justin A. Brown as CEO

TORONTO, January 7, 2019 – The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Justin Brown as CEO, effective January 7, 2019.

Mr. Brown is a visionary leader with a proven track-record of success at the federal and provincial levels of government, and in the not-for-profit and private sectors. He is a former Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Ontario Cabinet and served in a number of senior roles in government from 1996-2003.

Mr. Brown is known for bringing consensus amongst diverse stakeholders and advocating for policy change, funding and access to new innovative therapies to improve the health of Ontarians. Prior to joining OAO, Mr. Brown held senior leadership roles as Director at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as Vice President at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as a senior consultant in the private sector.

“I’m excited to welcome Mr. Brown to OAO and the Board is looking forward to the energy and expertise he will bring to our Association in 2019 and beyond,” says Dr. Joshua Smith, President of OAO. “His success through an extremely competitive hiring process is a true testament of his readiness to take on this role and contribute to benefiting OAO members, our patients, and Ontarians.”

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Brown added: “It is an honour to represent OAO and I look forward to working with a dynamic membership, their elected board, along with the staff team.”

The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading professional organization, representing over 1,600 optometrists. We are dedicated to helping our members provide the highest standard of eye health and vision care for Ontarians while driving the profession of optometry forward.  For more information: optom.on.ca.

Brittany Blow
Ontario Association of Optometrists
905-826-3522 ext. 246

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