1987-1990 | 1990-1991 | 1991-1996 | 2002-2010 | 2012-2016

Gordon Lawson, MSc, DC, FRCCSS, FCCOS, FICC
RCCSS(C) Past President 1987 to 1990

gordon lawsonGordon is married to Susan Gillis (CMCC 1983) who encouraged him to attend the inaugural meeting of the RCCSS May 1984 in Ottawa, where he was elected Secretary Treasurer. Susan has been the main reason for any achievement and deserves more credit than can be imagined. Gordon served closely with the first President, Dr Jacque Breton, until Jacque stepped down in 1987. It was an exciting period when the foundations of the organisation were laid. He has been involved to some degree ever since. Gordon recruited an excellent team and assisted in the expansion of the RCCSS in the educational and political arenas.

Gordon is a lifetime learner. After attending York U, he graduated from CMCC after which he studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). He worked for the UN in Rome and Central America as a nutritional consultant before returning to Toronto, where he took up teaching positions at York U and CMCC. He holds Fellowships in Nutrition, Sports and Orthopaedics. He taught at CMCC and many US Universities for decades. He serves on the Board of the Orthopaedics Specialty and in the past many other national and provincial boards.

Gordon served with FICS (International Sports Federation) in various capacities since inception (1987). His first International athletic event was the V African Games in 1988. He served at the Athens and Vancouver Olympics as well as the Para Pan Games, after working with local and Canadian organisations for years. He was honoured with a life membership with RCCSS and has received awards from the Ontario Chiropractic Association (Heart and Hands). He is also a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors. Gordon lead the charge in attaining our ‘Royal Prefix’ from HM the Queen and our Coat of Arms. He was the visionary and instigator of the Foundation for the RCCSS which assists with fundraising and research.

Gordon is President of a Medical Evaluation firm (Maxabilitation Inc.) and continues to assist those with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential. He volunteers his time at Evergreen Health Centre for Street Youth. He considers it an honour to be able to contribute to the RCCSS and the development of the organisation to the pre-eminent chiropractic specialty in the world with the involvement of so many talented individuals giving of their time and skills.

Dr. Gary Goodyear
RCCSS(C) Past President 1990 to 1991

gary goodyearGary Goodyear is currently serving as Member of Parliament for Cambridge and as a Minister of the Crown. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Dr. Goodyear held the position of Minister of State (Science and Technology) from 2008-2013 and is the longest serving Science Minister in Canada’s history. In 2009, the Prime Minister created a new portfolio to boost Southern Ontario’s economy, and appointed Dr. Goodyear as Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), in addition to the Science file and Dr. Goodyear continues to serve in this role.

Dr. Goodyear currently sits on the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity and Security. Previously, he held the role of the Chair of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and as Chair of the Sub Committee on Hill Security.

Prior to entering federal politics, Dr. Goodyear practised as a Doctor of Chiropractic in Cambridge, Ontario and worked as an advisor to investment firms in the biomedical industry.

While in Practice, Dr. Goodyear wrote a weekly Health Column for the Cambridge Times for approximately eight years. Further, he designed one of the first franchised health care centres in Canada—Future Recovery Centres. Dr. Goodyear has worked with many athletes, both amateur and professional, including serving as medical services chair for the Ontario Special Olympics.

Dr. Goodyear attended the University of Waterloo specializing in kinesiology and psychology before graduating from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1983.

He and his wife, Valerie, have two children.

Quote: “During my tenure as President, I challenged the Sports Medicine Council of Canada to allow Doctors of Chiropractic to serve at Olympic level events, which resulted in a positive outcome for Chiropractors across Canada that we all enjoy to this day.”

RCCSS(C) President 1991 to 1996

DrB2012Dr. Seaman is a native of Moncton, NB and studied science at Dalhousie University.  He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC) from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1982 where he served on the Board of Governors for twelve (12) years (1984-1996).  Dr. Seaman completed the Fellowship program of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) in 1988 has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1984 having served in a variety of positions during his thirty (30) year tenure:

•    1984 - 1986 – Regional Director.
•    1986 - 1990 – Secretary/Treasurer.
•    1990 - 1991 – First Vice President.
•    1991 - 1996 – President.
•    1996 - 2000 – Past President.
•    2000 - 2002 – Member at Large.
•    2002 - 2004 – Second Vice President.
•    2004 - 2008 – First Vice President.
•    2008 - 2014 – Member at Large.

Dr. Seaman’s involvement in sport has taken him to many national and international events including as a member of host medical services at the Calgary Winter Olympics (1988).  He was also selected to be a member of the Canadian Medical Team at the Pan American Games (Winnipeg, 1999) and the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City (2002), Torino, Italy (2006) and Vancouver (2010).  Dr. Seaman was also appointed as the Chair of Medical Services for the 2011 Canada Winter Games (Halifax), Medical Co-ordinator for the Canada-Russia Hockey Challenge (2012) and Halifax’s SandJam (2012-2014).  He has been the Chair of Medical Services for the East Coast Ice Jam Hockey Tournament (2013-2015).

Dr. Seaman has been a recipient of many professional awards including the Canadian Chiropractic Association “Centennial Award of Excellence” (1995), Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors “Chiropractor of the Year” (1998), “Honourary Member” of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (1999), and the Canadian Chiropractic Association’s “Award of Merit” (2001).  Dr. Seaman was named as a “Fellow” of the International College of Chiropractors (FICC) in 2002 and “Independent Chiropractor of the Year” (2003) by the publication Canadian Chiropractor.  In 2008 Dr. Seaman was awarded the Canadian Chiropractic Association’s highest honour, the “Medal of Merit”.  In 2014 he was honoured by the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada), being named as a “Life Member”.

Dr. Greg Uchacz
RCCSS(C) President 2002 to 2010

pastpres GregDr. Greg Uchacz is the owner and Clinic Director at Proactive Health Group in Calgary, Alberta. As a chiropractic sports specialist, Dr. Uchacz has provided health care support at over 180 International competitions; including 3 Olympic Winter Games, and has worked with nearly 200 Olympians. He has served as a health care provider for the Canadian Sport Institute, as Health Care Director for Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Canada, and Health Care Coordinator for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.  Practicing for over 20 years, Dr. Uchacz has worked with a number of international organizations such as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Sports Chiropractic Association (ISCA), and member of the Games Commission for the International Sports Chiropractic Federation (FICS).

After attaining his Sports Fellowship status with the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) in 1996, Dr. Uchacz soon became involved with this organization. First as a provincial representative and then serving on several committees, it didn’t take long to see he had a passion for this endeavour. Fueling this ambition, Dr. Uchacz joined the Board of Directors in 1998 as the 2nd Vice President and in 2002, began his tenure as President. After serving 4 terms, he passed the torch in 2010 with a strong legacy.

For his involvement for the advancement of chiropractic, Dr. Uchacz was awarded ‘Chiropractor of the Year” in 2012 by the Alberta Collage and Association of Chiropractic. He received a 'Distinguished Service Award' from his alma mater Palmer College of Chiropractic - West. Further, the Canadian Chiropractic Association honored him with an 'Award of Merit', and he received an honorary Fellowship from the International College of Chiropractors.  

Dr. Uchacz's accomplishments as President include the creation of a Master's level educational platform for sports fellowship training; the most extensive sports specialty training of any health care professional worldwide. He also saw for the first time ever, the inclusion of chiropractic as an equal partner in the delivery of health care with Host Health Care Services under the IOC for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada - a monumental accomplishment for chiropractic internationally. Finally, conferring upon the college, permission to use the title Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was a truly special honor during Dr. Uchacz's  presidency. Now the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada), this royal honor marked only the third such health care organization in Canada's history to earn this prestigious ”royal” distinction.

Dr. Christopher deGraauw
Chiropractor, Sports Specialist

Christopher deGraauw bioDr. Chris deGraauw is an associate professor at CMCC and is part of the clinical faculty department for over 20 years. He is the owner and operator of DCHealthCentre since 1998. He also co-directs Durham Sports Centres, the branch of the health centre which services the athletes of Durham for the Ontario Soccer Association.  Dr. Chris deGraauw was competitive at both the national and international level in flatwater canoe paddling and dragonboat racing. His commitment to sports led him to complete his postgraduate residency and attain a Chiropractic Sports Specialist designation in 2003. As a fellow of the Royal sports college Dr. deGraauw has served as President , past president, chair of the Fellowship committee, director of examinations and is current Games chair for the Board.  Dr. deGraauw believes in an active lifestyle for his patients. He sat on the Exercise is medicine National advisory council form 2013-2016, and he has presented on EIM nationally and internationally. He continues to enjoy golf, tennis, paddling, and cross country skiing with his wife Lara, and their three children.


Chris deGraauw DC, FRCCSS(C)
Past President, Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Science (Canada)
Associate Professor/Clinician CMCC