On April 22, 2004, the first meeting of the Federation as a legally constituted organization was held in Ottawa. The Letters Patent of the Federation were issued on March 3, 2004. This marks the official creation date of the CDRAF.
At that first meeting in April 2004, Dr. Gordon Thompson was elected by the Federation board as its first President and Chair. Dr. Thompson is the Executive Director and Registrar of the Alberta Dental Association and College.