ACAO Office

Alberta College and Association Of    Opticians
201-2528, Ellwood Dr., SW
Edmonton, AB, T6X 0A9

Tel: 1-780-429-2694
Toll Free: 1-800-263-6026
Fax: 1-780-426-5576
Toll Free Fax: 1-800-584-6896

General Inquiries E-Mail: general@acao.ca

Office Hours

Monday to Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST

(closed all stat holidays or week days in lieu of stats)

Check our Calendar for detailed information about hours and events.

Website Help

If you are having trouble with the website (broken links, outdated information, can’t find what you’re looking for, etc.) the quickest way to get it fixed is to contact Kalen@acao.ca. We want to improve your online experience by making our website work for you!

Staff Directory

Jennifer Bertrand, CAE 

  • Role: Executive Director and Registrar
  • Pronouns: she/her
  • E-Mail: jennifer@acao.ca  

Julie Therou Zechel, RO, RCLP 

  • Role: Deputy Registrar and Complaints Director
  • Pronouns: she/her
  • E-Mail: julie@acao.ca

Kristie Murray

  • Role: Operations Administrator and Hearings Director
  • Pronouns: she/her
  • E-Mail: kristie@acao.ca

Ruta Nuguse

  • Role: Registration Administrator
  • Pronouns: she/her
  • E-Mail: ruta@acao.ca

Kalen Hussey

  • Role: Professional Practice and Complaints Administrator
  • Pronouns: they/them
  • E-Mail: kalen@acao.ca

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Jennifer Bertrand, CAE

Executive Director & Registrar

Pronouns: She/Her

Responsibilities include: Oversight and Management of the ACAO. 

E-mail: jennifer@acao.ca

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Julie Therou Zechel, RO/RCLP

Deputy Registrar & Complaints Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Responsibilities Include: any duties delegated by the Registrar.

E-mail: julie@acao.ca

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Kristie Murray

Operations Administrator & Hearings Director

Pronouns: She/Her

Responsibilities Include:Events, advertising/marketing, council support, communications and Hearings Director

E-mail: kristie@acao.ca

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Ruta Nuguse

Registration Administrator 

Pronouns: She/Her

Responsibilities Include: Communications, Social Media, Registration including Students and PLAR candidates, Volunteer coordination.

E-mail: ruta@acao.ca

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Kalen Hussey

Professional Practice & Complaints Administrator

Pronouns: They/Them 

Responsibilities Include: Website development and maintenance, professional practice advice, and complaints administration.

E-mail: kalen@acao.ca