Thank you OAC partners


VISIONARY



ESSILOR CANADA - The OAC is delighted to announce Essilor Canada as a 2017 Corporate Partner of the OAC. Essilor's dedication to its core values demonstrates its relevance to Opticianry.

Essilor values.... Working together  increases the company’s performance and enables to maintain a dynamic of permanent evolution; Innovation  concerns all aspects of the company: technology, manufacturing, sales and service. Innovation to promote access to visual health for a maximum number of people is what drives the Group's development; Respect and trust  are at the heart of the human relationships and foster commitment; The  entrepreneurial spirit  which is reflected in the encouragement of initiative and empowerment, is one of Essilor’s founding characteristics; The  diversity  and the value the Group places on differences are strengths which enrich the human experience. They accompany the geographic expansion and the adaptation to local cultures.

 

LUXOTTICA  - Opticians practice in a variety of workplace environments. Luxottica Retail is a major supporter of Opticians and their passion to provide best in class vision care services. Luxottica is a major employer of opticians and as such has become a partner in our profession and the OAC

Luxottica is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear with high technical and stylistic quality. Luxottica's mission is to protect the eyes and enhance the look of women and men in the world, creating the best possible eyewear to satisfy its clients and interpret consumer tastes and aspirations. Luxottica is open-minded toward new ideas and ways of viewing, different models and cultures, in an effort to continuously improve and maximize the company’s potential in increasingly competitive global markets.

 

THE OPTICAL GROUP - The Optical Group has been promoting and supporting entrepreneurs since its inception.  The OAC is proud to have TOG as a Corporate Partner.

The Optical Group began providing buying group services to a small but select group of Canadian Optical Professionals in January 1988.  By providing great value, customized service and tools that make your business better, we have grown and evolved into one of the largest buying groups in Canada.  With current member locations, nearing 600 Opticians and Optometrists, your kind words and recommendations continue to grow our membership.

 

TRANSITIONS - A Corporate partner of the OAC, Transitions' leadership and dedication to improving vision for all and its focus on children makes the company a perfect fit for the OAC.

IMPROVING VISION ON EVERY HORIZON - Together with our partners, we are proud of our worldwide efforts to help children see, create awareness of the need for eye exams and eliminate preventable blindness through outreach, education and support of global organizations that share in our mission.

TRANSITIONS® HEALTHY SIGHT FOR LIFE™ FUND - Through the Transitions Healthy Sight for Life Fund, we're helping more people establish healthy eye habits today so they can enjoy healthy sight for a lifetime.  Through the fund, we support global, regional and local charitable organizations that aim to create awareness of the need for eye exams and eye protection, as well as those organizations working to eliminate preventable blindness.

www.healthysightforlife.ca

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


   

PPG - Where would the OAC and Opticians be without the innovation of PPG? Their overriding philosophy is a worldwide focus on total quality combined with technological leadership.

PPG Industries is a leading producer of optical grade monomers used in the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses.  With more than 70 years of experience engineering and producing optical monomers and coatings, PPG is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the ophthalmic lens industry.

Their extensive line of optical monomers and coatings products includes CR-39® monomer and Trivex® lens material.  Developed by PPG in 1945, CR-39 monomer was the first plastic resin to be used in the manufacture of ophthalmic lenses and continues to be the leading lens substrate in the world.  Trivex® lens material provides the unique combination of optical quality, lightweight comfort, strength and protection.

The OAC is proud to be partnered with such a respected and historic company as PPG

 

MARCOLIN - We are delighted Marcolin eyewear has joined the OAC as a friend and supporter to Opticians in Canada. Their dedication to education and promotion of Opticians aligns their strategy with that of the OAC.

Marcolin, among the worldwide leading companies in the eyewear industry, stands out for the pursuit of excellence, the continuous innovation and the unique ability to faithfully combine design and Italian craftsmanship with the core values of each brand. The brand portfolio includes: Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Moncler, Ermenegildo Zegna, Montblanc, Roberto Cavalli, Tod's, Emilio Pucci, Swarovski, Dsquared2, Diesel, Just Cavalli, Covergirl, Kenneth Cole, Timberland, Guess, Gant, Harley-Davidson, Marciano, Catherine Deneuve, Skechers, Bongo, Candie’s, Rampage, Viva, Marcolin and Web. In 2016, the company sold about 14 million eyeglasses.

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT


 

NATIONAL BANK - Through its actions, National Bank demonstrates its firm commitment to supporting entrepreneurial spirit and furthering knowledge in the world of business, two factors that are essential to social and economic development.

The OAC is pleased to announce the National Bank of Canada as our first financial services partner in our history. The National Bank has specific services for our Optician Entrepreneurs and all OAC members will enjoy customized banking options to suit their everyday needs. We look forward to touring the country with the National Bank and bringing financial planning education to all our members.  The National Bank’s corporate social responsibility approach rests on six pillars:  clients, employees, the community, the environment, governance and their contribution to the economy. The recognition of this responsibility makes the National Bank a great choice for partnership with the OAC.

 

COMMUNICATION


  

COSTCO - Costco and the OAC share a unique belief in investing in our community. Fourteen hospitals throughout Canada are helped each year with money Costco employees and members raise through the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) campaign (Opération Enfant Soleil in Quebec).

Since 1993, the company has donated more than 4.6 million backpacks filled with basic school supplies in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico and the UK. Each year Canadian warehouses hand out over 30,000 backpacks.

Costco recognizes that its employees are its greatest asset and as such treats Opticians with respect and admiration.

The OAC is pleased to count COSCTO as one of our supporters and as a partner in providing vision care services to all Canadians.

 

JOBS4ECP'S - Jobs4ecp's is a specialist jobsite for the Canadian Eyecare Industry, targeting the entire eyecare community. JOBS4ECP's provides cost effective job postings, resume searches, an eyecare marketplace, a community forum and a new vendor directory.

OUR MISSION - To provide a valuable resource for the Canadian Eyecare Community! OUR VALUES - Pay it forward, Be unique, Stay innovative & Keep it relevant.

 

JOHNSON & JOHNSON - The Opticians Association of Canada is pleased to included Johnson & Johnson in our Associate Partnership category.  The OAC and J&J have a shared commitment to grow the eye care profession and the eye care industry as a whole. The fitting of contact lenses is an art. Opticians have a specially trained skill set to facilitate and ensure maximum comfort, vision and health while wearing contacts lenses. It is by way of education, support and superior products that J&J has earned its status as an industry leader in innovation of contact lenses and reinforced its commitment to Opticians by supporting the OAC as the national professional association for Opticians.

For over twenty years, ACUVUE ® Brand has been dedicated to bringing the benefits of vision care to people around the globe. Ever since ACUVUE ® Brand transformed vision correction in 1988 with the world’s first soft disposable contact lenses, we’ve passionately pursued new technologies and the highest quality standards.

As part of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., it’s our responsibility to live up to the principles that guide us, as expressed by Our Credo. It’s why we’re committed to making the best vision care affordable and why we never rest in finding innovative new ways to help people around the world see better.

 

CREATIVE


  

PLASTIC PLUS - Entrepreneurialism is one of the pillars that support the OAC. Plastic Plus is a great example of determination, drive and a successful winning spirit.

Optical industry leader Plastic Plus, was founded in 1974 as a small family run business. More than 40 years later, it remains at the forefront of lens manufacturing and is Canada’s largest independent optical lab. With one of the most highly advanced labs in the industry and the most state-of-the-art technology, Plastic Plus continues to offer unmatched lens quality.

In 2017, Plastic Plus won the prestigious OLP (Optical Lab Products) Innovator of the year award. This is the first time a Canadian lens manufacturer has received this honour. Optical Lab Products is a companion publication to Vision Care Product News, serving the optical laboratory community with articles focusing on new technologies, lab products, lab procedures and operations.  The OAC has partnered with Plastic Plus to offer Opticians more choices and options for products and services.

 

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