Alison is an educator, policy analyst, program manager and community planner who has worked in the local government sector for over 15 years. She has been Chair of the School of Public Administration at Capilano University since August 2008 and began as an instructor in January 2008. Alison has a Master’s in Planning from UBC, a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Bachelor Arts from Trent University.
Prior to joining Capilano University, Alison was Senior Manager of Policy Development and Corporate Programs at the City of Richmond where, among other projects, she lead the development of a corporate sustainability program for the municipality. From 1996 to 2007, Alison worked for the Union of BC Municipalities beginning as a policy analyst and eventually becoming a Senior Associate. During this time, she helped develop UBCM policy and programs on a wide range of issues including First Nations relations, treaty negotiations, healthy communities, regional districts and municipal finance and taxation.
Alison was a Senior Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in the mid- 1990s where she assisted with public consultations and development of regional planning legislation known as the Growth Strategies Act. In the early 1990s, Alison worked in the planning and social planning departments of the District of North Vancouver, working on a neighbourhood involvement initiative and review of the District’s Official Community Plan. Alison keeps active in the planning profession and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP). She served as editor of Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) magazine from 1996-2006 and currently serves as a PIBC Board member and Chair of the Communications Committee. Alison is also a member of the Healthy Built Environment Alliance and has undertaken several projects jointly with the Provincial Health Services Authority.