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OSI National Summit 2023: A Milestone Gathering Redefining the Future of Independent Optometry

Taking place at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle from November 17 to 19, the 2023 OSI National Summit brought together optometrists, opticians, optometric assistants, managers, and staff.

The three-day event provided a dynamic platform for knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking, fostering a strong sense of collaboration among members. Engaging sessions from industry experts and interactive training workshops stood as the Summit’s educational cornerstones, touching on subjects vital to the evolving landscape of optometry.

The Summit showcased a wealth of knowledge addressing some of the biggest challenges faced in optometry today. Interactive sessions led by renowned industry experts engaged attendees with topics such as cyber security, patient communication, inventory management, and retail strategies.

Key speakers included Andrew Kirsch, Mark Hinton, Nancy Dewald, and Dr. Harbir Sian—OSI Member and host of 20/20, Canada’s #1 optometry podcast. The Summit concluded with a talk by Mike Lipkin, who addressed establishing breakthroughs in a post-pandemic world, underscoring the importance of innovation and adaptability.

“Every challenge faced by our industry became a topic for deep-dive discussions at this year’s Summit,” remarked Patrice Lacoste, CEO of OSI Group. “Our community’s energy was infectious, igniting new ideas and solidifying the bonds that define the OSI spirit. Together, we’re not just adapting to change; we are the catalysts, driving optometry to new heights with unwavering commitment and innovative vigour.”

The Summit’s experience extended beyond the informative sessions, offering attendees evenings filled with entertainment and networking opportunities. From an eyewear fashion show to an energetic 80s-themed night and lively games, each activity underscored OSI’s community spirit.

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