P.Eng., M.Eng., FCSCE, FEIC


Dept. Of Civil Engineering, uOttawa

President’s Task Force on Accessibility (2018-present)

Sustainable Development Committee (2015-present)

International Affairs Committee (1994-1999)

Past President (1998-99)

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering


Alan trained as a civil engineer and practiced in water resources during his career. Now retired, he serves as Engineer-in-Residence at the University of Ottawa and leads the President’s Accessibility Task Force under the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. In both of these retirement roles, he tries to share his “lived experience” as the father of a daughter born with cerebral palsy. With his wife, he has been deeply involved in advocacy for improved care and housing for persons with physical disabilities. He served on the Board of Directors of a care agency funded by the Champlain LHIN, and has lobbied hard for better care and housing opportunities for all persons with disabilities in Ottawa. As a result of extensive visits to care agencies across Ontario, he became much more aware of the alternatives for adaptable and flexible person-centred care; safe, secure housing of choice for life; and participation in community life.

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