2018 CCA National Convention & Tradeshow

Date:  May 4, 2018


2018 CCA National Convention & Tradeshow

Hello and welcome,

Wow! Another National Convention and Tradeshow has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday that we were wrapping up NCT’15.

Thank you to all that attended NCT’18. It is with your enthusiasm that we had an even bigger and better NCT, and we look forward to continuing to grow in Halifax in 2020. The CCA National Convention & Tradeshow continues to be Canada’s largest chiropractic show, bringing together chiropractic clinicians, researchers, chiropractic stakeholders, and exhibitors.

This year, we explored the important theme of A Better Approach to Pain Management – Chiropractic Care Changes Pain. I would like to thank Dr. Carlo Ammendolia for bringing his Boot Camp Program for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis to convention. He provided attendees with hands-on skills to treat LSS, a leading cause of pain, disability, and loss of independence in people over the age of 65.

Recognizing Threatening Conditions that Mimic Common Complaints, from Dr. Brandon Steele, helped refresh participants’ knowledge in diagnosing the causes of chest pain, back pain, hip pain, arthritis and many other issues. In regards to the role chiropractors play in pain management, Dr. Jason Busse highlighted chiropractic’s unique opportunity in battling North America’s opioid crisis.

There are so many more to be highlighted, and I am very proud of the role the chiropractic community plays in helping Canadians manage their pain.

In addition to many panels, workshops, and seminars, I was thrilled with our amazing keynote speakers! Scott Stratten, president of Unmarketing, kicked off Friday night by challenging us to rethink our ideas of the digital and real world.

Esteemed chiropractor, Dr. Greg Kawchuck got us all determined to explore strategies that will extend the shelf-life of chiropractic in today’s evidence-based, integrated healthcare environment. And of course, it was an honour for me to interview Canadian Olympic Track Silver and Bronze Medal winner Andre De Grasse and his chiropractor, Dr. Alban Merepeza, about their amazing partnership.

Not only did we experience so much informative and inspiring content, but we had a lot of fun too!

Kicking off with Rock Star Karaoke at the Friday night reception has become a fun tradition of NCT. Our Denim & Diamonds gala at Calgary’s legendary Ranchman’s was a rootin’ tootin’ good time. I have to admit it was thrilling to watch colleagues ride the mechanical bull in our Born to Rodeo fundraiser to benefit the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF).

Since 1976, the CCRF has been funding chiropractic research to discover the best, evidence-informed care for patients living with pain and disability caused by spinal dysfunction and disease, and our amazing community raised $26,000 at the gala!

These incredible few days would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you to our host province of Alberta who, not only showed us their Calgary hospitality but also sponsored our Denim & Diamonds gala.

Our industry truly shows its community spirit with our sponsorships from the Canadian Chiropractic Guidelines Initiative (CCGI), Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (MMCC), and the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association (CCPA). Vitality Depot, Rocktape, Performance Health, and Foot Levelers showed spectacular support for our industry with their respective sponsorships, and our unique partnerships with CCA Plus members, Telus Health and The Personal Group Insurance, brought in more support for the CCRF!

Last week, we brought together our extraordinary Canadian chiropractic community, as well as members of the ACA, NCA, and DCA who met to discuss the future of chiropractic care and experience our Canadian hospitality.

This weekend was a reminder of the important work we do and made me confident in our vision that chiropractors will be an integral part of every Canadian’s healthcare team by 2023.

There is so much more to say, but for now, I’ll leave you with an open invitation to join us for NCT 2020 in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Yours in health,

Alison Dantas