Allison is a facilitator and co-founder of Co+Host a facilitator’s collective based on Haida Gwaii. As a facilitator, she specializes in community engagement, strategic planning and organizational development. Trained in The Work and IAP2 Foundations of Public Participation, Allison is able to meaningfully engage the public to generate ideas, solve problems and make decisions. She recognizes the importance of local knowledge, stories, and experiences when planning community engagement processes. She has experience working with entrepreneurs, non-profits, businesses, aboriginal agencies and governments in Alberta and British Columbia. She has worked closely with the Haida Gwaii Museum, the Haida Gwaii Arts Council, Literacy Haida Gwaii and creative entrepreneurs, developing a sound understanding of the unique challenges that make up Haida Gwaii’s creative ecology.
Allison is the Visual Arts Chair of the Haida Gwaii Arts Council and Vice President of Literacy Haida Gwaii. Allison is also the Creative Director and Co-owner of Braid Films, a documentary and outdoor film production company based on Haida Gwaii. Most recently her film, Eyes of Society, was screened on Air Canada In-Flight Entertainment.
Allison holds a Master’s in Management from London Business School, a BSc Human Ecology and Psychology from Queen’s University. She has studied improv at the Second City in Toronto.