Why Lend Your Support?

The COETF is a trust fund for the profession supported by the profession. Research and academic support are vital to our profession and since 1977 the COETF has supported optometric research, education, growth and professional development through unrestricted cash awards of over two million dollars to qualified applicants.

The Trust Fund is opening doors for new ideas that will resonate throughout the profession. The charitable donation you give now will go a long way to making us stronger and better equipped to face the future of health care in Canada.


In this climate of economic flux, it only makes sense to support a charity that is working to enhance and grow your profession. The COETF positively impacts the optometry profession through the initiatives listed below.

COETF Annual Awards Program

Research and academic support are vital to our profession. Since inception, Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) have provided more than $2million in funding through its Annual Awards program. The COETF has supported:

•    Research and/or specialized education programs carried out by graduate students;

•    Investigative projects conducted by undergraduates;

•    Faculty development at Canada's schools of optometry;

•    Projects undertaken by independent practitioners or members of the public.

The Optometric Education Trust Fund supports ground level development by giving grants to qualified applicants who are doing valuable research. Some of these research projects will have impacted you already whether you know it or not, and as health care becomes more of an issue in Canada research and development will be invaluable.

In addition to annual awards, the COETF has separately approved financial support for institutions. Most notably, the COETF approved a $250,000 donation to the capital campaign for the expansion of the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo. This brings the total financial support since inception to well over $2 million.


Optometric research needs your support now. We ask that you make a donation today.

Click here to review previous COETF Award recipients.

David McKenna Memorial Scholarship

In 2018, Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) set up two annual David McKenna Scholarships with the École d’optométrie, Université de Montréal and the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo. The criteria for the scholarships were developed as a reflection of David McKenna’s values and interests. The criteria considered include:

  •   Academic excellence of 80%

  •   Exhibited leadership skills and community involvement

  •   Any maritime based student will be considered with a preference to those based in PEI.


2018: Charles Blanchard

2019: Monica Hebert


2018: Jessica Woods

2019: N/A

The Dr. Margaret Hansen des Groseilliers Leadership Award

COETF was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr. Margaret des Groseilliers. Please take a moment to review her powerful obituary highlighting so many of her accomplishments in her full life. Please click here.

Each year, a $500 bursary is awarded by COETF in honour of Dr. Margaret Hansen des Groseilliers, past Chair, COETF. The busary is awarded to a student at the School of Optometry and Visual Science, University of Waterloo in recognition of leadership skills.

Congratulations to the following recipients:










To Donate

All donations of more than $20 will receive an official donation receipt for Income Tax Purposes.

Please click on the appropriate fund to donate:


COETF General Fund


2020 Campaign


David McKenna Fund

Your charitable donations to the COETF foster growth and promote research in Canada. All money raised goes back into your profession and you will receive a charitable receipt for your donation. Currently COETF does not receive funding from corporate sponsors.

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