Alan is new to the political arena but has a background in problem solving based on sound data acquisition and analysis techniques. A man of ideas, with a strong belief in personal responsibility and freedom. In recent years he has seen too many opportunities lost due to the ineptitude of many in government and felt it was time to stop criticizing what was happening and offering his services to change things for the better.
Alan was born May 31, 1954, in North Bay but grew up in Northwestern Ontario. He is the father of three sons.
He attended Lakehead University and graduated in 1977 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. This was soon followed by a Master of Science degree, also in Geology, from the University of Alberta in 1979.
In 1980 he was hired by Inco as an underground beat geologist at the Shebandowan mine. This was the beginning of a long career with that company that took him throughout Northwestern Ontario as well as much of western Canada, including Nunavut. In addition he had some international assignments to Australia, Indonesia and New Caledonia that allowed him to appreciate what is unique about Canada, especially our strengths and our weaknesses.
In 2020 Alan retired from Inco, now Vale, and started his own geological consulting company. This has exposed him to major projects in Northern Ontario such as the Ring of Fire as well as other locations in Canada and overseas.
As a trained observer he has become able to “see the forest despite the trees” much sooner than many. He has noted many changes over the years in Canada, and in particular Northwestern Ontario, as a result of an ever growing bureaucracy resulting in over-regulation of our key industries such that they are all struggling to remain in existence, and with them the jobs we had previously assumed would last for generations. Opportunities that were once available to everyone have disappeared as government, especially at the Federal level, has become more focused on issues that are best described as imaginary as no real evidence has been found to support them yet the justification has always been the “science” says so. Science is a process. One of asking questions and pushing back against the dogma of the day. Instead it is being used by many in politics to promote dogma at the detriment to our economy, our society and our country. The issues that matter such as health care and jobs for our youth no longer matter to them. We, in Northwestern Ontario, are the “canaries in the coal mine” and are at the leading edge of the collapse that will happen if we do not act soon to change course.
As his career developed and less time was spent away from home he has actively been a volunteer, beginning as a minor hockey coach. Since then he has taken on more diverse roles in the local community including taking on leadership roles such as Curling Club president for 5 years and president of the local Rotary Club for one.
It is this commitment to helping those around him and applying the skills he has acquired over the years that encouraged Alan to take on the challenge of offering his services to the residents of the Thunder Bay – Rainy River riding. Being the kind of advocate we need and deserve.