Previously, Alison was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, where she led teams that developed strategies for both public and private organizations in Europe and North America, with a focus on financial services and healthcare. She was also the founder and first executive director of Canada25, a non-partisan organization that involved Canadians in the development of public policy. She also worked at the Privy Council Office in the Government of Canada and for the Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) Discovery District, where she developed the first business plan for a major scientific commercialization facility in Toronto.
She is also the past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, the leading current affairs podium in Canada, a director of the Toronto Community Foundation and a member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Alumni Board. She has also served on advisory boards and committees at the University of Toronto, Ridley College and at the Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Alison received several awards for her public service leadership, including the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and the Public Policy Forum’s Youth Leaders Award. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named one of the WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2013. She has degrees from Queen’s University (BAH) and the Harvard Kennedy School (MPP), where she won awards for academic, community and teaching excellence.