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David Chapman-Smith

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David Chapman-Smith

David Chapman-Smith
Born Aug 28, 1947
Template:New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Education Barrister
Alma mater Auckland University
Occupation Barrister, Administrator, Journalist
Years active 1970's- Present
Home town Toronto, ONT
Known for Co-Founding the World Federation of Chiropractic
Title Barrister, Esq.
Spouse(s) Sira Borges,MD,DC

David Chapman-Smith, LL.B. (Hons) FICC (Hon) [1], was born in New Zealand, August 28, 1947. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Auckland University, New Zealand in 1969. [2] Awards at law school included the Gary Davies Award, first prize in the Faculty of Law Mooting Competition (1968). Following graduation he practiced civil and commercial litigation, from 1978 as a partner in Holmden, Horrocks & Co [1] in Auckland.

His introduction to the chiropractic profession was as counsel for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association before the New Zealand Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic in 1978-79 [2]. In 1982 he took a two-year leave from his law partnership to serve as a legal consultant to the Ontario Chiropractic Association in Canada during a major review of health professions’ legislation. Subsequently he remained in Toronto, Ontario, Canada acting as a consultant to chiropractic organizations internationally. He re-qualified as a lawyer in the Province of Ontario in 1989.

When Dr. Gary Auerbach conceived the idea, Mr. Chapman-Smith became its Secretary_General [3], and as such, was a key player in the formation of the World Federation of Chiropractic in 1988 and has served as its Secretary-General [4].since that time. Since 1986 he has been editor/publisher of a newsletter titled The Chiropractic Report, and his many other articles and publications relative to chiropractic include the book The Chiropractic Profession: Its Education, Practice, Research and Future Directions (NCMIC Group, 2000).

As WFC Secretary-General he has been an adviser on chiropractic legislation and the development of the chiropractic profession in many countries and has administered many joint projects for the WFC and the World Health Organization since the early 1990s. Mr. Chapman-Smith is married to Dr. Sira Borges, a doctor of chiropractic and medicine, and has four adult children [2]. Two of his four brothers are medical specialists in New Zealand, [2] and two of his four stepsons are chiropractors in Brazil [2].