Dr. Benny Xu was born in a family of Chinese medicine practitioners and is the founder and Executive Director of the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM), and the Director of the Sino North American Partnership for Traditional Chinese Medicine (SNAPTCM). He is also a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal (earned September 1, 2005).
Dr. Xu was an instrumental part in transforming the acupuncture profession from ‘Alberta Labour’ to ‘Alberta Health’ in the early 1990s and has been in the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta Health.
In 1997, he established the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, the first of its kind in the province. In the twenty-some years since its inception, ACATCM has grown into an internationally acclaimed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) educational institution.
Under his leadership, ACATCM has signed an exclusive agreement with the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002, and in the following ten years has successfully established a number of other high-profile international agreements. These include a joint venture with the Yunnan University of Chinese Medicine and an education agreement with the Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Over the years, Dr. Benny Xu has served on the Alberta Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Counsel, Advisory Committee of the Integrated Health Institute at Mount Royal University, Acupuncture Committee of Alberta Health, and boards of varies associations and societies.