Allan’s mission is to empower
people to LIVE
opposed to merely exist.
After spending years persevering through his own struggles with mental illness and addiction, Allan has learned valuable life lessons that have guided him on an incredible path of success. Today, Allan is a sought-after keynote speaker who has gained national attention for his engaging style and captivating approach.
Allan’s professional experience includes clinical case manager, addictions counselor and instructor at several colleges. Drawing from both these personal and professional experiences, Allan confidently conveys how to create a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment that proactively addresses issues of mental wellness. He offers a unique style to effectively speak to these very sensitive issues using humor, compassion, and authenticity.
Allan is a best-selling author of four books, with Stepping Out from the Shadows: A Guide to Understanding & Healing from Addictions, and Born Resilient being incorporated into college curricula in Canada. He has also been featured on several television and radio programs, yet it is his recognition as a professional speaker that has gained Allan the most national attention.
Allan has developed a genuine appreciation and passion for learning and working with Indigenous peoples and communities. He spent the majority of his teaching career instructing the Mental Health & Wellness program at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, and shares his powerful message on reserves across Canada. These cultural teachings have played a key role in his own recovery, and a holistic approach towards healing can be found in his presentations.
Allan currently resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here, he shares his wonderful life with his beautiful wife, four boys, three dogs, and a tank of fish.