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ACAC celebrates the profession’s common purpose

November 10, 2009
By Maria DiDanieli


Nov. 10, Edmonton, AB – On
November 7 and 8, the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC)
welcomed approximately 200 DCs at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff Alberta
for their annual convention and AGM, this year titled “Celebrating our Common

conference comprised two days of informative and thought-provoking sessions as
well as ample opportunities to network with other DCs and representatives
from  various industries and services
that support the profession.


First class speakers, Guy Reikeman
and Gerrard Clum

Saturday, November 7, the sessions were powered by Dr. Guy Reikeman, president
of Life University School of Chiropractic in Marietta Georgia.  Dr. Reikeman developed themes such as necessary
components of the doctor/patient relationship, strategies for ensuring that
chiropractic not only survives our current hyper-dynamic global society but
emerges as a thought leader in those areas where the profession has cultivated its
vision and purpose, and to never forget that the bottom line for these efforts
is to benefit the individual patients who seek out chiropractic. 

discussed the roles of the various chiropractic educational institutions, colleges
and associations in the profession’s quest to move forward, while never
forgetting the importance of the DCs in practices all over the world to the mission
for carrying chiropractic into the future as an integral part of health care. 

Such a
tough act to follow as Reikeman called for a speaker the caliber of Dr. Gerrard
Clum – immediate past-president of the World Federation of Chiropractic and
current president of Life Chiropractic College West – to lead the sessions on
Sunday, November 8.  Dr. Clum brought
together global, national, provincial and local elements to frame the
development and current state of chiropractic research, education, practice,
role in politics and payment trends into a cohesive and highly relevant

Clum’s assessment of the
profession’s needs in our current world health care milieu was as frank as it
was inspirational, calling chiropractors to be vigilant and not indifferent to
the developments that impact the profession and to act as ambassadors for
mutual growth and forward vision in health care.  He also reminded DCs that they can only
achieve this by pursuing unified attention aligned along a collective

Deserved recognition

sessions were interspersed with moments wherein several Alberta chiropractors were recognized for their
perseverance throughout decades of practice in an ever-changing Canadian and
global milieu. 

As well,
for his notable work and accomplishments that have honoured the vision that
defines the chiropractic profession, Dr. Jeff Warren was awarded the distinction
of ACAC’s Chiropractor of the Year. 
Finally, organizers of the event were named and recognized for their
hard work in ensuring that this venue for chiropractic collaboration continues
to be informative, relevant and fun!

ACAC and beyond 

also took the opportunity of a gathered audience to remind DCs of The Canadian
Chiropractic Association’s National Convention 2010 to be held from November
11-13, 2010 in Toronto.  For more information on this, DCs are asked
to visit

For more
information on the Alberta
College and Association
of Chiropractors, please visit