Toronto, ON – The Board of Directors of the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ayla Azad, DC, MBA, has been named as the Association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Azad has been in the role in an interim capacity since November 2022.
“On behalf of my Board colleagues, I would like to say how delighted we are to formally welcome Dr. Azad into this role,” said Dr. Judy Forrester, Chair of the CCA Board. “She has nearly three decades of experience as a practicing chiropractor and has been heavily involved in education and in promoting the chiropractic profession. In these roles, she has earned the respect and trust of her colleagues and stakeholders in the profession.”
Dr. Ayla Azad graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic (USA) and completed her master’s in business administration (MBA) degree from Athabasca University. Dr. Azad was in private practice at Total Rehab, a multi-disciplinary rehab clinic in Ajax, Ontario, from 1999 to 2020. During that time, she also taught at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in the Chiropractic Therapeutics, Principles and Practice, and Clinical Education Departments. Dr. Azad has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, serving as President of the Board from 2015 to 2017, and she has served on the Board for the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation and the World Federation of Chiropractic. Dr. Azad began working at the CCA in 2020 and was the Chief Experience Officer before becoming interim CEO. Having been nominated by her peers, she was the 2021 recipient of the Ontario Chiropractic Association’s Michael Brickman Heart and Hands Award. The award is presented to the practising chiropractor who best embodies a generous and giving spirit (the heart) with the remarkable passion and dedication to chiropractic care (the hands).
“I am deeply honoured to have been selected for this role,” said Dr. Azad. “I’ve devoted my professional life to the chiropractic profession. Being CEO of our national organization and leading an incredible team of professionals is a true honour and presents an exciting opportunity to support our members and their outreach to their patients and to promote the chiropractic profession. I am committed to continuing this important work on their behalf.”
About the Canadian Chiropractic Association
The Canadian Chiropractic Association represents Doctors of Chiropractic across Canada who treat and manage musculoskeletal conditions that impact the health of millions of Canadians. Every year, at least 4.7 million Canadians rely on chiropractors to help them manage the serious burden of musculoskeletal pain and disease. As one of Canada’s largest primary contact health care professions, chiropractors provide evidence-based, non-invasive, drug-free manual therapies.
– 30 –
Evelyn Yallen, Director of Marketing & Communications