In 2001, the CCRF established its research chair program that placed chiropractic researchers in universities across Canada for the very first time. This program was established to investigate best practices in chiropractic care, and to expand our understanding of treating Canadians living with musculoskeletal pain.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
Mr. Robert Harris, CCRF Executive Director
Robert Harris is a Business Development and Marketing executive with experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments.
Most recently, he served as Vice President, Marketing with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, the largest health and safety association in Ontario. In this capacity he led numerous functional areas including brand marketing, events, eBusiness, small business, direct marketing, customer service, training delivery and solution development. In prior not-for-profit positions Robert focused on traditional and digital fundraising, strategic planning, grant development and integrated client services.
Formerly, Robert was General Manager, Wiley Canada with P&L responsibility for a $28 million sales and publishing operation including the iconic For Dummies® brand. In all his corporate leadership roles Robert improved performance by leveraging content value, increasing sales and building staff capacity.
Educated at the University of Toronto (B.A.; M.B.A.) Robert has also attained certifications in Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Coaching and Emotional Intelligence. He has a range of interests including painting, football and international development.
Dr. Chris Martin, DC – Chair (ON)
Dr. Chris Martin graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1978. He served on the British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) Board from 1984-1991, acting as President from 1987-1989.
He later joined the College of Chiropractors of BC from 1991-1998 as the Chair of Standards of Practice. In 1991, he was also awarded the William Lindsay Memorial Award for exemplary service. He then rejoined the BCCA from 1998-2004 serving as a CCA Governor. From 2002-2006, he served as Chair of the CCA Research Committee, also acting as the CCA liaison to the CCRF. In 2003, Dr. Martin also served as the BC Chair to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Capital Campaign.
In 2006, Dr. Martin joined the CCRF Board where he presently remains. He served as President of the Board from 2008-2011. He and his wife, Glenn, returned to their home town of Ottawa to be closer to their two boys and families. They now enjoy taking as much time as possible to spoil their four grandchildren.
Dr. Clark Konczak, DC – First Vice-Chair (BC)
Dr. Konczak graduated from the University of Western States (UWS) in Portland, OR in 1997 before returning to his home town of Victoria, BC. He obtained a Master’s degree from RMIT in 2003, as well as Fellowships in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 2005 from UWS and Chiropractic Sports Sciences from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2011. Dr. Konczak currently serves as Director on the Board of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) and the Board of the BC Chiropractic Association (BCCA). He also contributes his expertise to the editorial review board of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (JCCA). Recently, he finished nine years with Board of Directors of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB), finishing as Vice-Chair. Dr. Konczak was the recipient of the CCA Award of Merit in 2014 for his service to the chiropractic profession. His ongoing and extensive sports experience is highlighted in his past work as team chiropractor with the Canadian Olympic Freestyle Ski Team at both the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. He currently resides in Victoria, BC with his wife, Robin.
Dr. Kate MacAdam, DC – Second Vice-Chair (NS)
Dr. Kate MacAdam owns a multi-disciplinary practice in Halifax, NS. She attained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2000, and graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) with clinic honours in 2005. She completed her residency in the Sport Sciences Program at the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada). In 2009, she completed a Masters of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University. She has been teaching in the department of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University since 2006 and provides mentorship opportunities for students.
Dr. MacAdam’s current National chiropractic involvement includes serving as a board member for the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) and as an opinion leader for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI). She was the Chair of the Patient Experience Task Force Committee with the CCA from 2014-15. Provincially, Dr. MacAdam served as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Council of Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors from 2012-2015. She was also the Nova Scotia Representative on the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) Board of Governors from 2006-2009, and continues to be a proud supporting alumni of CMCC.
Dr. Judy Forrester, DC – Director (AB)
Dr. Judy Forrester has practiced as a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1978. Since graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with the President’s Graduate of the Year Award she has practiced in both San Francisco, California and Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Forrester is the co-author of Pediatric Chiropractic, a textbook published by Williams and Wilkins (now Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) in 1998. She has also edited and authored numerous professional publications in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic. Dr. Forrester is the founder of a large multidisciplinary health centre in northwest Calgary, Synergea Family Health Centre, which houses diverse healthcare practitioners working in a collaborative care model. Synergea Family Health Centre focuses on family, patient-centred, community-based, and integrative care, and has a mandate to respect individual choices in healthcare. Dr. Forrester has served since 2005 on the council of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors and also serves as the CCA Director on the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation.
Dr. Ayla Azad, DC – Director (ON)
Dr. Ayla Azad graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (USA) in 1995. Soon after graduating, she began working at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research where she was involved in clinical research and education.
Dr. Azad has been in private practice at Total Rehab, a multi-disciplinary rehab clinic in Ajax, Ontario since 1999. She has also been teaching at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College since then in the Chiropractic Therapeutics, Principles and Practice and Clinical Diagnosis Departments. Dr. Azad has been on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chiropractic Association since 2007 and served as President and Chair of the Board from 2015 to 2017.
Dr. Azad is currently completing her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Athabasca University.
Dr. Phil Conway, DC – Director (Alberta)
Dr. Phil Conway, BPE, DC, FCCPOR(C) has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Calgary and a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC).
He has completed three years of fellowship training to receive board certification as a Physical Rehabilitation Specialist. He is also board certified in impairment and disability rating by the North American Academy of Impairment Rating Physicians, and is trained in low speed collision analysis by the San Diego Spine Research Institute. Dr. Conway is also a research associate in the human performance laboratory at the University of Calgary, faculty of Kinesiology.
He has been in clinical practice for over 32 years. He was a member of the 1988 Winter Olympics Chiropractic Health Care Team, and formerly served as a medical director for The Calgary Marathon.
Dr. Conway is an avid runner and has an active family who all enjoy playing sports at a competitive level.
Mr. Philippe Garneau – Public Member (ON)
Philippe is Co-Founder, President & Executive Creative Director of GWP Brand Engineering, a branding firm founded in 1996.
GWP is famous for opening up people’s minds to new ideas. Philippe was eager to get involved with the CCRF because of the work his firm led in creating a new, national positioning for the CCA in 2016.
Philippe brand engineered the first ING DIRECT and creative directed its communications for over 13 years—both in Canada and in the U.S. Philippe launched Expedia.ca and stewarded it for over a decade. In 2007 when the CBC wanted to manage its brand during the employee lock-out, Philippe’s pen was behind their communications. Philippe gave Buckley’s cough syrup a taste of what it feels like to be Canada’s best-selling cough syrup. In 2009 he named, positioned and launched Intact Insurance, Canada’s largest home and auto insurer. In 2016 Philippe brand engineered Borrowell.com the first Fintech brand CIBC has partnered with.
To experience a small sample of his breakthrough campaigns visit https://bit.ly/2HODLf8.