The Myopia Meeting - Canada


Dwight Akerman, OD, MBA, FAAO, FIACLE, FBCLA

Dr. Dwight Akerman serves as the Chief Medical Editor of Review of Myopia Management. He was the Vice President & Global Head of Professional Affairs & Business Development for Alcon before retiring from this role in 2019. Dr. Akerman graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry and earned an MBA from the University of Texas. He has achieved Diplomate status in the American Academy of Optometry Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies, Fellow of the International Association of Contact Lens Educators, and Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association. He currently serves as Chairman of the Illinois College of Optometry Board of Trustees.

Deborah Jones, BSc, FCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA

Debbie Jones is a Clinical Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science and a Lead Clinical Scientist at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE), at the University of Waterloo.

Her main area of clinical focus is in pediatric optometry and her main area of research activity is in the area of myopia control. 

Debbie has a keen interest in the eyecare needs of  indigenous peoples and has provided eyecare to a remote community in Northern Ontario on a number of occasions. 

Trained in the UK, Debbie has been a faculty member at the School of Optometry and Vision Science for 25 years. She is formally a partner in an award winning private practice in the UK and has published articles in optometric journals and regularly presents at optometric conferences worldwide. She is a Fellow of the British College of Optometrists, the British Contact Lens Association and the American Academy of Optometry. 

Jill Woods MSc, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA 

Jill Woods is Head of Clinical Research at CORE, Centre for Ocular Research & Education, University of Waterloo in Canada, which she joined in 2005. Her role involves overseeing clinical research trials from concept to final report, managing the workload of the clinical research team and oversight of administrative and regulatory processes. She is involved in contact lens & dry eye research, with particular interest in presbyopia, contact lens comfort & controlling myopia progression. 

Jill completed her Optometry degree in London, UK and her Master’s in Waterloo, Canada. Previous experience includes her own private practice, low-vision hospital work, clinical teaching.  



Dr. Shalu Pal graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed her Contact Lens, Cornea, and Disease residency at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) 

Dr. Pal was a member of the faculty at NSUOCO from 2005 to 2007 and at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Pal is currently in a group practice in Toronto, Canada, where she specializes in advanced contact lens fitting, ocular surface disease management, and myopia management.

Dr. Pal is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the Scleral Lens Society, and a Fellow of the British Contact Lens Association.