Allan has a deep understanding of Canada’s charitable sector developed over more than 20 years in post-secondary, think tank, and Foundation settings. He has advised on strategy, communications, and program & project design for a range of organizations including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Imagine Canada, Philanthropic Foundations Canada, and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network, where he served as Board Chair from 2009-2012. Over those years, he has developed an extensive network of contacts within Canada’s community of charitable organizations.
Allan has been with Max Bell Foundation since 1998. In his role as Vice President, he has overseen the development and execution of over 200 grants aimed at informing public policy. His work also includes directing the Foundation’s Public Policy Training Institute.
Before joining Max Bell Foundation, Allan taught a range of communications courses at the University of Calgary, the University of Illinois, and Old Sun College on the Siksika Nation. He has worked at the Calgary-based policy think tank Canada West Foundation, where his responsibilities included managing a project aimed at ensuring broad citizen access to the internet.
He regularly daydreams about snowboarding.