Announcing the new CMCC President

TORONTO, ON, April 25, 2024:  The Board of Governors of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus as its next President, effective July 1, 2024, following the retirement of President David Wickes.

Bradaric-Baus has led CMCC as Vice President, Academic, since 2017, overseeing all academic programming, student assessments, research, and faculty development.

Among her accomplishments in this role, she implemented innovative active-learning strategies to increase competency-based learning and assessment, strengthened evidence-based practices to improve the quality of curriculum, expanded academic partnerships and oversaw all research activities.

A strong and effective leader, Bradaric-Baus is committed to academic excellence and upholding the highest standards of chiropractic education and patient care in the delivery of her mandate.

Bradaric-Baus holds an Honours, Bachelor of Science and PhD in Organic Chemistry from McMaster University. She has authored and presented numerous scientific articles and has significant research experience resulting in both grant funding and patent ownership. Within academia, she has led academic priorities that include academic programming and quality, partnerships and pathways, internationalization, co-operative education, student retention and continuing education and has experience with simulation and blended learning.

In addition to her leadership experience at CMCC, Bradaric-Baus has senior academic leadership experience as Vice President, Academic at Mohawk College, Dean of Science and Engineering Technology at Seneca College and Dean of Technology at Niagara College. She includes within her leadership experience strong employee engagement and successful labour relations, prioritizing work and study experiences that support the well being of both staff and students.  

“With the selection of Dr. Bradaric-Baus as CMCC’s next President, the Board of Governors is confident that under her very capable direction, CMCC will continue to maintain its position as a preeminent institution of higher education dedicated to academic excellence, innovation, research, patient care, and community engagement. Dr. Bradaric-Baus has demonstrated her deep commitment to CMCC and to chiropractic. She is fully invested in CMCC’s evolution and its responsibility to the profession. “As Chair of the Board of Governors, I thank and commend Dave Wickes for his exceptional vision and relentless energy with which he led CMCC this past decade.  He and his leadership team made our institution stronger than ever, earning the respect and admiration of the chiropractic profession and the higher education community,” stated Board of Governors Chair, Dr. Mark Perrett. 

“I am excited to be taking on this role and to have the opportunity to further expand CMCC’s reach and reputation through academic programming and partnerships, clinical collaborations, research and community engagement,” says Bradaric-Baus.  “I look forward to continuing to build on its solid foundation and am committed to moving forward with its mission and vision, and in preparing our graduates for their important roles in the future of health care.

CMCC initiated an international search to fill the position following the announcement of the retirement of Dr. David Wickes, working with the executive search firm Feldman, Daxon Partners Inc. and the presidential search committee, consisting of members of the CMCC Board of Governors and representatives from among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The committee reviewed an international pool of candidates and made a recommendation to the CMCC Board of Governors.  

“I extend my sincere thanks to the members of the search committee for their commitment to the process and ensuring the voices of staff, faculty, alumni and key stakeholders were heard,” said presidential search Committee Chair Dr. Greg Woolfrey.

President Wickes added his enthusiastic endorsement to the Board’s choice, “I am so immensely proud of all we have accomplished here over the past decade and am confident in the leadership that Dr. Bradaric-Baus will offer CMCC.   She has the right set of skills, the depth of experience and leadership qualities that CMCC needs to continue to build on the momentum and innovative programs developed during my tenure. I am assured and confident that I leave CMCC in the very capable hands of a leader who will take CMCC to the next level.” he stated.

CMCC’s Executive Leadership Team welcomes Dr. Bradaric-Baus as president and looks forward to moving ahead with strength and optimism.

Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus, BSc, PhD

The newly appointed president of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus is a distinguished academic and executive leader recognized for her exceptional management, contributions to research and commitment to advancing education and health care within the chiropractic field and beyond.

Bradaric-Baus earned her PhD in Organic Chemistry from McMaster University in 1998 and holds a BSc (Honours) in Chemistry from the same institution. She has a wealth of experience in academic leadership, having served as Vice President, Academic at Mohawk College, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology at Seneca College, and Dean of Technology at Niagara College. In these roles, she achieved record enrollments, facilitated collaborative programs, secured substantial grants, and established partnerships with various educational institutions and industry partners.

Throughout her career, Bradaric-Baus has demonstrated her ability to lead academic institutions towards excellence in education and research. She has a strong track record of implementing successful programs and initiatives to benefit students, faculty, and the wider community and has noted successes in strong employee engagement and successful labour relations.

She has earned great respect and admiration from her peers and colleagues during her tenure as Vice President, Academic and Chief Academic Officer at CMCC where she has overseen academic programming, student assessments, research and faculty development for seven years.  

Ensuring the highest standards of education and innovation, her achievements in this role include:

  • Implementation of innovative active-learning strategies to enhance competency-based learning
  • Providing the leadership necessary to meet Canadian and US accreditation standards, ensuring academic excellence
  • Pioneering a collaborative Master’s degree pathway with the University of Toronto
  • Expanding academic partnerships with national and international institutions and securing funding for research initiatives

Bradaric-Baus is actively involved in scholarship and professional activities. She serves on the Ontario Council of Articulation and Transfers (ONCAT) and the Simulation Canada Board of Directors and is an active participant in national and international conferences and research forums. Nominated to serve as Chair, Association of Chiropractic Colleges Chief Academic Officers Work Group, she also serves as a member of the Research Advisory Board at the RAND Research Across Complementary and Integrative Health Institutions (REACH) Center.

Presidential Search Committee

In accordance with the CMCC Succession Planning and Line of Authority Policy, the Board has appointed a Presidential Search Committee including Board members, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other persons. Members of the Presidential Search Committee and their relevant background are as follows:

Dr. Greg Woolfrey, Chair, Board, Committee Chair and chiropractic representative

  • Kevyn Kristmanson, Secretary Treasurer, Board, chiropractic representative
  • Deb Manz, Public Member, Board Executive, business representative
  • Richard Mercier, Past Chair, Board, chiropractic representative
  • Mark Perrett, Vice Chair, Board, chiropractic representative
  • Donna Sharp, Public Member, Board, business representative
  • Kelli Blunt, Past Search Committee Chair, alumnae and chiropractic representative
  • Allan Evelyn, Vice President, Administration & Finance, executive leadership representative
  • Sandra Rabah, President, Students’ Council, student representative
  • Greg Ruhr, Chair, Faculty Council, faculty representative
  • Patti Scott, Registrar, administrative staff representative
  • John Sabo, Independent, business representative

Administration, human resources, and legal assistance are being provided by:

  • Allan Freedman, Legal Counsel
  • Sharlene Browne, Director, Human Resources & Employee Engagement
  • Margaret McCallen, Executive Assistant, President & Liaison, Board of Governors