June 17-20, 2016  -  shaw Centre  -  OTTAWA, ONTARIO


APRIL 8-10, 2016    BANFF, ALBERTA

Who We Are

The Canadian Glaucoma Society was established to offer a forum for ophthalmologists with an interest in glaucoma to exchange ideas on all aspects of this sight-threatening disease. The Society meets each year, in conjunction with the Canadian Ophthalmological Society annual meeting, to present current topics to the membership from visiting speakers, members and residents in training. We also are responsible for the glaucoma portion for the main COS meeting each year and Skills Transfer sessions at the meeting. The Stephen Drance Award is given for the best scientific presentation by a trainee, including residents, fellows, and medical or graduate students.

Goals of our website

This site has member and non-member areas for discussing important glaucoma concerns to better care for our patients. The non-member section provides general information about our goals and educational material for patients. The member-only section is for minutes of annual meetings, white papers being discussed, and clinical case discussions for input from our members. We would appreciate your feedback and any content that you would like to contribute. Please contact me with your suggestions and articles.



Although the Canadian Glaucoma Society (CGS) was officially founded in 1989, the origins of the CGS can be traced back to the early 1970s.  Fellows of Dr. Stephen Drance, in conjunction with other glaucomatologists,[1] met annually at the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) to present cases and study reports.  In time, other ophthalmologists with an interest in glaucoma were also invited to join.  As Dr. Drance’s involvement gradually diminished, the need for a more formal organization became apparent.  Dr. Raymond Leblanc was instrumental in leading this initiative, and in 1989 the CGS was officially established.  Under his leadership as the first president of CGS, there was tremendous growth of the group and several others have taken on this leadership role since that time.[2]

 Bylaws for CGS were eventually developed and state: “The purpose of this society shall be to maintain and improve the quality of patient care and teaching, particularly as it relates to the investigation and treatment of glaucoma.  The Society will direct its efforts to promoting the interchange of information and scientific material and facilitating meetings of those who have a special interest in the diagnosis and management of the glaucomas.  The Society is to be non-profit organization.”

 Today the society meets on an annual basis via a CGS dinner, held at the COS meeting each year.  The CGS is responsible for the glaucoma portion of the meeting, including the Skills Transfer sessions for glaucoma, as well as for administering several awards that include the Stephen Drance Award for the best glaucoma scientific presentation by a trainee.  In 2014 the CGS formally adopted a five-year strategic plan and introduced additional awards to foster research.  Further details can be found on the CGS website ( 

The success of the CGS’s journey is due to the collective contribution of all its members along the way.  The CGS has wonderful members with diverse interests and skills, who, despite having busy clinical practices in various geographic locations across Canada, come together regularly to exchange ideas on glaucoma and to support glaucoma related clinical care, as well as educational and scientific ventures.   

Compiled and written by:

Dr. Darana Yuen, MD, FRCSC

CGS Member

Faculty, University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

[1]{C} Glaucomatologists involved in the 1970s included: Raymond LeBlanc, Dr. Nabil Saheb, Dr. Gordon Douglas, Dr. Donald Morin, Dr. Henry Wyatt, Dr. Marvin Kwitko, Dr. Marcel Amyot, Dr. Gilles Côté, Dr. Robert Reid, Dr. John Speakman, Dr. Alf Elliot, Dr. Donald Mills, Dr. Michael Motolko and Dr. Cecil Ewing.

[2]{C} CGS past presidents in chronological  order: Dr. Raymond LeBlanc, Dr. Gille Coté, Dr. Fred Mikelberg, Dr. Marcel Amyot, Dr. Andrew Crichton, Dr. Gordon Douglas, Dr. Paul Rafuse, Dr. Yvonne Buys, Dr. Marcelo Nicolela, Dr. Neeru Gupta, and Dr. Karim Damji. 


Glaucoma Specialist


The University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) are seeking a qualified full-time ophthalmologist with a minimum of 12 months of fellowship training in Glaucoma to practice in an academic and clinical setting.

The successful candidate would join an active and vibrant department of Ophthalmologists with a wide range of subspecialty training. Our department provides ophthalmology services to the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut, and Northwestern Ontario. The position includes a nil-salary university appointment at the University of Manitoba with both undergraduate and residency teaching responsibilities. An interest in research is encouraged. The successful candidate would be committed to running a busy clinical practice in Glaucoma. Surgical privileges would be provided at the Health Sciences Centre and the Misericordia Health Centre with its newly constructed Buhler Eye Centre.

Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city and is known for its cultural achievement and flourishing arts scene. Manitoba boasts fantastic green spaces, lakes and a multitude of outdoor activities. The City of Winnipeg features more than 1,100 restaurants as well as numerous attractions, museums, theatres, sports venues and nightspots.

All candidates must be certified or eligible for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and be eligible for a full medical license in the province of Manitoba. An interview will be required as part of the selection process. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however priority will be given to Canadian citizens or permanent Residents.

The University of Manitoba and the WRHA are Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employers. Please submit your curriculum vitae and 3 references. Please visit the original posting to apply for this vacancy. Closing date for applications is 29 April 2016.

Physicians may be eligible for a recruitment incentive. Please contact for further information.

This site is meant to help in education but does not in any way replace being examined by a qualified eye care professional.